Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What Time is It?

I remember when I was a child back in first grade, I was so thrilled because I learned how to tell time. After all these years I can still remember the large clocks that we made out of cardboard, we cut out the clock, the hour and minute hands, put in the numbers, drew a line down the center and wrote before and after. Then my teacher punched a hole in the middle and the hands were attached with a paper fastener. She would tell us to find a particular time and we would move the hands to show her.

Since I was able to learn this so easily and it was fun to do, I decided to use her idea and make my own bundle to help children learn how to tell time.

 What’s inside
 Page  3 Instructions for Teacher
 Page  4 Large clock for students
  Pages 5-18  Student Worksheets
                                    Pages 20-33 Answer Sheets 
 They need to be cut out and glued to cardboard or oak tag. This can be done by you, ahead of time, or your class depending on their ability.

As a group lesson, you can either say a time, or write it on the board, the children are to move the hands accordingly. After you have taught the   lesson there are worksheets for the hour, half hour, 15 minutes before and after, 5, 10, 20, 25 minutes before and after the hour.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

FREE... Literacy Bundle

     I would like to offer my popular free item so that you can take a look at my work.  I used it with my 6th grade English classes and they loved it.  Perhaps they liked it so much because they got rewards for participating and they didn't realize that they were actually learning something.

This is 4 weeks of 5-10 minute warm-ups for the beginning of English class, it will help to reinforce English grammar, parts of speech, etc. Included in this Literacy Bundle is a worksheet on nouns and verbs, 2 worksheets on pronouns, a writing prompt, and a writing rubric. It can be adapted for any grade level. You can also utilize this if you are teaching a foreign language. 


Write two incorrect sentences on the board. Have students correct them at their seats. After they have finished, choose someone to go to the board and write the sentences correctly.  You can base the sentences on what you are doing that week in class. For example, if you are teaching capitalization and punctuation, the sent should reflect this. You can also ask what type of sentence it is: Exclamatory, Interrogative, Declarative, or Imperative.  If you are learning about parts of speech, ask which word is a noun, verb, etc.

After they have finished writing the sentence, have one child come to the board and correct it. Then ask the class if it’s correct. If not, the student that corrected it  can come up and fix it.  Then have them tell you what makes the sentence/ word correct/incorrect if it is wrong. That way they will learn the rules. Then choose another child to correct the second sentence and repeat the process again.

To help motivate the kids, give them a reward for coming up and writing the sentence correctly. You can also reward them for just coming up and writing the sentence, even if they make a mistake or two.  The reward can be a candy, classroom privilege, a star next to their name,etc.

I hope you like this, I'd love to hear your comments. Please visit my store to see my other items and follow me at Socrates Lantern, just click the green star.

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