Friday, June 09, 2017

FREE Resource eBook for Grades K-12, the 2017 Edition


Those great summer days are almost upon us, and better still, most of you are on VACAY...Yaaaay!!! 

It's time to relax, kick back with with a Pina Colada in hand, let down your hair and enjoy your well deserved time off.   

In lieu of all this, I'm celebrating 1000 followers at my Tpt store by collaborating with a group of amazing sellers to bring give you some awesome
FREE resources for your classroom....aaaaaand  IT WON'T COST YOU A CENT!!!! 

I have the privilege of including three of my most sought after FREEBIES. Back to School ActivitiesFree Literacy Bundle with over 20,000 downloads, and, last but not least my Greek Theater Powerpoint preview which is actually part of a paid product. I hope to inspire you with these items for when you return to school in the fall. Never too early to begin preparing. 

Anyhoo, This groovy resource book has 89 pages with links to over 200 FREE resources from Kindergarten to Grade 6, Secondary Teachers and a group of very talented clip artists.

We've thought of everyone.....aaaand so many subjects, from Mathematics, Literacy and History to the Arts with some wonderful Music resources as well as clip art for your classroom.  I don't think you can find a better deal anywhere!!!
Our amaaaazing teacher authors have donated some of their best free resources that are included in this ebook.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Diversity is Beautiful



There is so much misunderstanding and prejudice in our world today. A lot of this due to a  fear of people who are different from ourselves.  We seem to get stuck by physical appearance and don’t realize that we all have similar feelings, organs, desires, hopes, and fears, the list goes on and on.  It saddens and angers me to see the KKK and hate groups holding rallies. Not the world that I grew to love.

I have a  lesson to help you add diversity into your curriculum by using old proverbs taken from many different religious, ethnic and cultural groups. Included in this activity is a list proverbs that you’ll be using. To make this activity even more fun and meaningful, have your class ask their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles to share some old sayings and explain how they began.

List of Proverbs
Now, have your students break into collaborative groups of 2, 3, or 4, whichever works best for you. Let them know that they will use their inference abilities to make an educated guess about the meanings of some proverbs/sayings. Pass out the proverb list that I’ve included as a FREEBIE for this month. Give the students time to discuss their meanings with each other. Then have a class discussion to make sure they are correct in their thinking. 

Here are some important points to bring up.
1. The way we feel about others depends on how we see them as people and how well we know them ..
2. Everyone's views are unique due to their own circumstances and background.
3.  You might look at Jason and think he is hot, but  your closest friend Jessica doesn’t agree with you. She has found Jason to be mean and full of himself, making him ugly in her eyes. 
4. Another example might be that Sally is not too cute on the outside but she is beautiful on the inside.  Her attributes are quite positive.
5. Ask the class if they can come up with any other examples.

After you’ve finished your discussion, tell the students that their assignment will be to choose 2-3 phrases and write about how the phrase(s) apply to their lives, and how they can help them  become better human beings.

I hope that this lesson will help your class to understand that Diversity is Beautiful and Everyone is Beautiful in their own way!
Deann


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Monday, May 15, 2017

End of the Year Growth Mindset Award Activity

My teaching partner and I always faced the end of the school year with nostalgia, excitement, and a bit of sadness as our students leave our classrooms.  Kind of like parents whose children have flown the coop. We enjoyed giving out student awards, but instead of us choosing all of them, we decided to let the kids help us. So the class had an opportunity to pick who they felt was most deserving. They thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility. As part of the teacher prep, we set it up so that each reward would be given to two people, one from each homeroom.  For obvious reasons, we chose who is to receive academic awards ourselves. 

The awards that our students were asked to choose were based on fairness, compassion, empathy, kindness. and looking for the good in everyone. For the most part, the students could be trusted to make the right choices.

Around two weeks before school finished, We'd hand out a sheet of paper with rewards written on them and another sheet with each child’s name. The class would write the name of the person that they’ve chosen to receive that particular reward. We'd also fill out a sheet.  Votes were collected and tallied. We'd then fill our each reward.  The kids especially loved this because it felt good to receive positive acknowledgement from their peers.

During the last week of school we would hold an awards ceremony and invite the parents. Of course the awards were distributed with much pomp and circumstance. We'd usually bring in some cider and donut holes to help celebrate. Great PR with the parents there, they were so happy to see their child receive this recognition..

Since I'm no longer on the front lines, I've created a set of 104 class awards, 52 in color and their counterparts in black and white. with thought provoking growth mindset quotes from philosophers, artists, scientists, historians, psychologists and more, for you to use with your 6-8 grade classes.  I really want to help make your lives easier during this tough time of the year.

End of the Year Awards

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

If you love Jelly Beans......

Can’t you just smell spring in the air? Daffodils beginning to bloom, Lilac trees starting to flower, and Lilies of the Valley popping up. I just love the aroma. Not only is my birthday in April but it brings us Passover, Easter, and one that you may never have heard of, can you guess? If you said Jelly Bean Day, you’d be right. It's April 22nd. I don’t know about you, but I looove jelly beans. They come in so many awesome flavors, no I don’t like the black ones, but I had an aunt who used to love them.

Jelly beans have a history that goes way back to the 1800’s, that's the year they were first made. It's believed that the first bean was inspired by the yummy candy called Turkish Delight, made of flavorful fruit and powdered sugar.  Did you know that the term Jelly Bean was used to describe electronic equipment? I didn't either. It was also used to describe a young male who would dress in the latest fad to attract a young lady, but once he caught her eye, he had nothing else to offer. 

Harry Potter made this tiny bean more popular with,”Bertie Bott’s Every
Flavor Bean,” with some of the grossest flavors like earwax, vomit, sausage, rotten egg and more. When you ate these beans, you never knew what you were getting till you put it into your mouth.

Looking for fun things to do this month? How about poetry and writing
activities that have to do with this infamous little bean! Stick around, I’ve got some great ideas for you.

There’s a new candy store in town that wants you to come up with a new flavor for jelly beans.  What are the ingredients, what is the recipe., what does your new jelly bean look like, and how does it taste? Use colorful  adjectives to describe it.
Take a bag put different flavors of jelly beans into it. Go around the room and have each child pick one and without looking at it, eat it. They will then write a poem using adjectives to describe it using their five senses.
Adjective practice, give every student a jelly bean and they are to write down 3-5 adjectives to describe it. Go around the room and have everyone say their adjectives out loud, the rest of the class must guess what type of jelly bean that person is describing.
You are at Walmart and a strange looking lady gives you 3 magic jelly beans, what do you do with them? Write a story about what happens.
You go to sleep and wake up in a land made of jelly beans.  Why are you here? Is it real, or a dream? Write a story about your experience here. Use descriptive adjectives to paint a vivid picture of this adventure.
You are a jelly bean! What do you look like? How does it feel? What happens to you?  Write a story about this.
Here’s a YouTube video with a jelly bean song. Show it to your class and  then have them write a rap or other kind of song about jelly beans.
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April is also poetry month and I want to help you inspire your students with these engaging and creative poetry activities that they’ll love. Take a look.
Poetry at Socrates Lantern
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Till next time…..Happy Jelly Bean Day   Deann

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Brown and Yellow = Diversity


Throughout my life, I’ve had friends from all different races, cultures and religions. When I was a kid, my best friend, Lynn was African American, and we did everything together, we were true buds. So I learned at a young age that people are people are people.  As I got older, I became more aware of the predjuce around me and couldn't believe it. I just never understood how people could be so cruel just because of skin color. I joined many civil rights marches while in high school and college. 

In the school system where I taught, it was predominantly white, Christian middle class. So… I used to love telling the kids that I am Jewish, just to see their reactions. Some of them chuckled, others were amazed and shocked. Many said they had never met a Jew before. As our talk continued, I found out that some came from homes where parents had never met a Jewish person either.

Eventually, some students from urban communities were bused into our district which was a great way for our kids to learn a little about diversity. 

I’m going to share a lesson with you that will help students realize that people are people no matter the color of their skin or how they look. The idea is to promote students’ acknowledgement of cultural uniqueness, ethnic, racial and cultural heritage and to promote harmony among them.

Find a book or movie about a culture that is not the same as most of your charges. Begin a discussion about this culture and discuss the similarities and differences between the book’s characters and themselves.

Take them to the school library where they can find a book about a culture or race that is not the same as theirs. While reading, have them pay close attention to traits, desires and values that the characters have which are similar to themselves and their families. Have them take notes. 

They will then write a book report and put themselves in the place of one of the characters portrayed. They are to write it as if they are that person. Make sure that they include the following in their reports: How the person feels about his/her life, are they happy, what are some problems that they’ve faced, how have they overcome these problems, and how is their character similar to them? As a conclusion, they should add what they learned from this assignment.

Another idea you might use for the reports would be to have your kids write about a day in the life of one of the characters.

Once the assignment has been completed, have a class discussion about what they learned Talk  about how it felt to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Have they realized that people are both alike and different?

Book List that you will find helpful.
African American
The Watsons of Birmingham by- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Monster by Walter Dean Meyers
Brown Girl Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Tituba of Salem Village by Anne Petry
Asian
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee
Millicent Min Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Cuban
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Dominican Republic
How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Iranian
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Jewish/Arab Palestinian Conflict
Samir and Yonatan by Daniella  Carmi
Habibi by Naomi Shihab
Running on Eggs by Anna Levine
Mexican
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Circuit: Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Native American
The Absolute Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Far North by Will Hobbs
A Group of One by Rachna Gilmore




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Disciplined Child is a Happy Child




I’ll never forget the book I read back in college called, Discipline Without Tears, by Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs. “It provides a clear, constructive outline of his proven strategies for dealing with a wide range of childhood misbehaviors. Believing that children are social beings who want to belong, Dreikurs stresses encouragement, cooperation, and firm control in a democratic alliance of parents, teachers and children." Dreiker’s book has had a long lasting effect on me and my discipline techniques were based on what he said and I would highly recommend reading it.

I can’t express enough that one of the worst things a teacher can do is to prejudge a class or a student before they even enter the room. Let’s face it, some kids get along better with some teachers than they do with others, so it’s better to listen but with a grain of salt and make your own judgment.  I once had a young man come into my class with a really bad reputation, I was told that he had a bad attitude, didn’t listen, and yada yada yada yada. Needless to say, this boy was one of my favorite students. Sure he was talkative and questioned everything, he fooled around, but I loved his personality and sense of humor. He was an excellent student, a hard worker, and really cared about learning. What more could I ask for. His parents were, however, going through a divorce, and I always took this into consideration when working with him.



Tip # 1
Let your students know that you care about them. Talk to them, find out what is going on in their lives. Are they from a broken home, did one of their parents die, are they going through a divorce, is there drug abuse in their family? There are so many reasons why children act out and these are only a few. I always try to put myself in their shoes and know that if I was going through some of the things that they’re dealing with I wouldn’t be able to concentrate or listen during class. I’d be thinking about the pain that I was going through. Many times kids will act out because they need attention, that they don’t receive at home. You might be the only one who takes the time to listen. This is why I love holding morning meetings. They can get what might be bothering them off their chests and be able to settle down for the rest of the day. It will make your life and theirs so much easier. Once the kids realize that you are there for them and you have their best interests in mind, they will do anything that you want, which includes appropriate behavior. 


Tip #2
I’ve found that the kids want discipline, they want to follow rules, this helps to make them feel safe and secure. They like knowing what is expected of them. Ask what would happen if there were no rules. Most of them will say that nothing would get done, or that there would be chaos with everyone doing what they wanted. Then spend time setting up classroom rules with them. Ask for ideas, write them on the board, then vote for the ones that you all think are important. Help them to come up with consequences for their actions. This way, the kids will be heard, they will be making their own rules and most will follow them. 



Tip #3
Be fair, set up consequences that fit the crime so to speak. Make sure that all of the children are treated the same way. One rule that I’ve found to be very effective is 3 strikes and you’re out. If you have to talk to a child 3 times during one period, there is a consequence, if he/she misses 3 home works in a semester, there is a consequence, if he or she is disrespectful, or bothers another child, there is a
consequence, and so on. Be consistent, don’t give them chance after chance, they know the rules and if they choose not to follow them, it is their decision. 

NEVER show favoritism, the rules are for everyone. Let’s face it, we’re all human, we like some kids more than others, the trick is not to let them know. We don’t want to hear, ”Mrs. Smith likes Johnny better than me. He can do anything he wants and never gets in trouble.  Be firm, don’t raise your voice, let them know that you are in control in a kind and loving way.


Tip #4
Keep in close contact with parents and or guardians.  Parents want to know when their little one has broken a rule, but they also like to hearwhen they have shown good behavior, have aced a test, have done a fantastic job on their homework, or have been kind to another student. Send a happy gram home, let everyone know how pleased you are. This helps to establish a good rapport with both parents and kids. They will know you care and will realize that you want what is best for everyone involved. It will make your life so much easier.

After grading a test, I will write a note to the student about their how they did. Even if they fail, I will always write something positive


Tip #5

Lets say that Joey is a very needy child who constantly requires your attention, he is disruptive, causes arguments with others, can be a bully, you know the type. Sometimes the best way to deal with this behavior is to ignore it, and you need to teach the rest of the class to do this by rewarding them for not paying attention to him.  Peer pressure can truly be effective since everyone wants to be accepted. If the rest of the class really gets disgusted with Joey, some of them may actually talk with him about his actions, and this is more effective than you having to say something. This technique will work if the kids know that you care for them and are fair because their ultimate goal is to learn..

I've created a behavior modification bundle that can be utilized in a way to effectively help with discipline problems. 


Character Building

Deann

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Are You an Empathetic Listener?



I have a new and exciting activity to help your students learn about kindness and understanding for others. First, a free questionnaire for the class to fill out which will help them to get in touch with  their empathy.

Just a little bit of prep for you:
   1.  If you have 24 students, you’ll need 2 sets of cards numbered 1-12. Cut out the cards and put them all into a bag or box. 
   2. Copy the character traits supplied here, and/or write your own on index cards.

The Lesson:
Ask students if they know what is meant by standing in someone else’s shoes. For example:
   *Tell them that one way they can understand this is by asking 
     themselves how they would feel in the same situation.
    *Ask what behaviors show that you are an empathetic listener.
     They should be able to tell you that an empathetic listener
     makes eye contact, they don’t fidget or interrupt, and they
     ask great follow-up questions, or make 
     appropriate comments.

Freebie Questionnaire
It's time to introduce the questionnaire. Go over the instructions and have them  write their responses. Then let them know that they are empathetic if they answered yes to the majority of the questions. Talk about what they discovered about themselves.
Next:
1.  Each child will pick a number
     card without looking.
     2.  Once everyone has chosen, they must find
          their partner. If you have 25 in your class, 
          one group will consist of 3 
          members. Make sure you’ve prepared for that.
Now the fun begins…
 1. Let them know that they are going to be given 
     a character card and they will become 
     that person have them think about the way
    their character is feeling.
2. Pass out the character cards. Each partner should have a 
    different one.
3. Partner A acts like the character whose role he/she has read, while Partner B listens.
4.  Switch roles
5.  When the role play is finished, partner A tells partner B how
     they did or didn’t show empathy towards them. Use “I” statements, like, ”I could really tell you were listening because you were looking at me the entire time," or "I could tell you cared by the expression on your face."
6. Partner B tells partner A how they felt.

Drum Roll Please...The Culminating Activity
 1. Everyone should return to their desk and remain standing until they've shared something they've learned. Once they've shared, they may sit down.

 2.  For a homework assignment they will write about what they learned. This can also be written as a journal entry.

Here are some role play ideas that you can use, just copy them onto index cards.
*Jose is the star forward on the soccer team. During one of the final  games of the season, he suffered a severe concussion and was told he couldn’t play for the rest of the season.
*Ever since she was a little girl, Maria wanted to be a cheerleader.. During tryouts she fell flat on her face and was so embarrassed. Kids started laughing and worst of all, she didn’t make the cut.
*Mica found out that an old friend of hers spread a nasty rumor about her.
*Shondra was so excited to be part of the school talent show, but tripped during her routine. One of her peers was using her cell to tape the show and posted Shondra’s fall on the Internet that night.
*Lee’s bff told her about a surprise party she was planning to throw for her boyfriend. Lee let the secret out by mistake and now her bff won’t talk to her.
*During a field trip, LeBron was sick to his stomach and threw up all over himself and Juan who was sitting next to him.  Everyone was grossed out.
*Nathan found out that his bff cheated by copying his paper during a math test. 
*Ali, a muslim, moved into your neighborhood and no one wants to hang out with him.

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