A new linky for me! Today I am linking up with The First Grade Parade for a little throwback! Here’s a post from August 2012 which showcases my top 2 selling products. Maybe it’s something you can incorporate into your classroom this year.
………………………………Originally posted August 2, 2012……………………………
Here is my piece of cake idiom idea:,
I did this activity las year, but I started in the middle of the year, so I taught 3 idioms a day. After doing a lesson on idioms, I would present an idiom and ask the class if anyone had a prediction of what the idiom meant. If someone got it correct, their team would earn a table point. To help generate more guesses, I used it in a sentence so they could use contact clues to help them make a better guess.
After that, I told them the definition and had them copy it down in their idiom book. To finish the activity, they drew a picture to create a visual representation of the idiom. In their free time they could color it. I would quiz them every so often to see which roots I needed to reteach.
Here is what it looks like:
Teaching roots is a Common Core Standard for EVERY grade level 1st-9th. I always wanted to teach a root or two a week, but somehow I just never stuck with it. I would introduce new roots to my class, but there was no rhyme or reason to when I did it. Teaching in a cohesive way will make learning root words more meaningful. This year, I pledge to stay on track. I can ensure that I will stay on board because I created a weekly Root Word Activity that will help me stay more focused.
I compiled 60 of the most commonly used roots, suffixes and prefixes and made circle maps with each root. I plan on running this off as a packet and having them make a root word book.