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Are you ready for the big game?

If you're like me, you're taking advantage of the enthusiasm for the big game coming up!

It's Super Bowl time! Take advantage of the children's enthusiasm and let them enjoy some football themed learning experiences!

When children are excited about something, I always try to bring it into the classroom when I can. Books are a great place to start. (Click each image for a link to Amazon.)

                                            

There's a ton of kid-related Super Bowl videos on YouTube. Just google "Super Bowl for Kids!"

Here's one I found. The commercials are often the best part of the Super Bowl. I'm thinking I might have the children vote on their favorite. then make a graph of the voting. 

Top Ten Funniest Doritos Super Bowl Commercials


I'm sure you can find more YouTube videos that you can relate to classwork!

Here's a Super Bowl freebie with mapping and writing! Just click the image.


Here's a football themed gameboard, with 4 different games that could be played on it.


Here's a freebie version of the above game, which practices Counting to 1,000. Just click the image for the freebie!


This game can be played a few different ways, and always has the children giggling! All the verbs are football related, too! Football Past and Present Verbs.


I also have a couple of "twin" football BINGO games. This math game practices adding and subtracting tens.

It's Super Bowl time! Take advantage of the children's enthusiasm and let them enjoy some football themed learning experiences!

Here's the literacy "twin," Touchdown R-Controlled Vowels

It's Super Bowl time! Take advantage of the children's enthusiasm and let them enjoy some football themed learning experiences!

Looking for a little more math practice? Check this one out: 



Now here's the fun: all these football themed resources are now bundled at a great discount!


With the excitement of the Super Bowl, having football related games will keep them engaged, and they might not realize that they are practicing important skills!

It's Super Bowl time! Take advantage of the children's enthusiasm and let them enjoy some football themed learning experiences!

How do we keep them engaged?

"They" can be a whole lot of learners. They are the "fast finishers", or maybe the "gifted". They can be children who are "high achievers", or just a child who already knows the concept you're working on because his older brother taught it to him.
How do we keep them engaged? Some children finish their daily work much faster than others. How can we keep them engaged without assigning "busy work?"

There are a million reasons a child might need an extra challenge to stay engaged. 

I know most schools have many ways to address the struggling students with Tier 2 and Tier 3, RTI, Title I, Special Education, and so on. But there's not all that much for those who learn easily or quickly. Yet, they are just as important! (Personally, I think they are ALL important, not just the ones who need to "up their test scores!")

Here are some things to NOT do: 
-give more practice on the same skill
-give "busy work" (work that won't advance the student's skills.)
-another grade level's work (This is a sticky subject, especially with some parents, but I truly believe that a child can be "enriched" without acceleration.)

Try to avoid most of the time:
-helping other students (again, it really doesn't advance the child's skills, but done occasionally can help reinforce the concepts.)

Better choices:
It's easier to challenge and engage early finishers in literacy. They can:
-read more challenging books
-read different genres
-write summaries or book reports
-write a story from another character's point of view
-write poetry
-write a play
-research a favorite subject and create a report

I could go on, but there are plenty of ideas all over the internet. (Check "early finishers" on Pinterest!)

Math can be a bit more of a challenge, because some kids struggle to grasp the daily lesson, while others breeze through the practice. We need to challenge the "fast finisher" brains by having them think of using strategies and procedures that will let them practice their skills with a little extra thinking.

Math choices:
-Yahtzee or other games that involve math strategies and planning
-Make their own math stories
-Complete or make their own math puzzles
-Practice facts with a friend
-Task cards, "I'm done" jars, or "What's next bulletin boards" (again, search Pinterest, there are tons of ideas out there!)
-computer games and tasks (such as BOOM computer task cards)

Here's a little video I made about one of my resources that fits this idea:



What other ideas do you have to keep them engaged?


How do we keep them engaged? Some children finish their daily work much faster than others. How can we keep them engaged without assigning "busy work?"

Five Finger Gratitude

Do you want to be happy? 
Do you want your students to be happy?
Did you know that being grateful helps a person be happy? Did you know it works for children, too. This post shares a couple of ways to show gratitude, and includes a freebie!
I've read from several sources, the key to happiness is showing gratitude. (See THIS ARTICLE for example.)
We as teachers know that happy children are in a better state for learning, aren't they?

Here's a trick that the kiddos love: Five Finger Gratitude!

It's a great activity to do during morning meeting, in between subjects, right after recess, or at the end of the day. 

The children (and teachers) just need to count their blessings on their hand! It shouldn't be tough to come up with 5 things, and the more they think of their five, they can come up with more and different thoughts of gratitude daily!

It's a good idea to let the children share their thoughts as often as possible. They can share whole group, small groups, or with partners, but sharing is important.

Another option: give the children Gratitude Journals! Any notebook will do, and the children can put these FREE labels on the covers! 

Did you know that being grateful helps a person be happy? Did you know it works for children, too. This post shares a couple of ways to show gratitude, and includes a freebie!


Of course, teachers can keep a gratitude journal, too! The children LOVE to hear the teacher's thoughts!

Be grateful!
Be happy!

Did you know that being grateful helps a person be happy? Did you know it works for children, too. This post shares a couple of ways to show gratitude, and includes a freebie!


Are You Ready to Go Back?

Here in New England, we've had sub zero temperatures. We're expected to have these low temperatures on most days for the next week. I know it's only the very beginning of January, but I've definitely had enough of winter!

Plus, our vacation ends today, it's time to go back tomorrow!
Are you ready to go back? Christmas vacation is over, so I'm trying to help that transition back a little easier!

I'd like to make your life a little bit easier!

Here's a link to a former blog post with several resources including books and other resources that will make the next few weeks easier: January Resources.
January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.

I want to recommend this time saver: a bundle with 6 different January resources that will make that transition MUCH easier. These are valuable experiences which will engage the children AND make your life easier. Plus, it's on sale! (along with everything else in my store!)



Are you ready to go back? Christmas vacation is over, so I'm trying to help that transition back a little easier!

Here's another blog post, with a few freebies for you to use in the month of January: Enjoy!


January Freebies!  Here are four different freebies that can be used in your elementary classroom during the month of January!

My personal goal for 2018 is to be a role model of kindness. 
What is yours?

I hope you're not experiencing the bitter cold we have here in New Hampshire, but whatever the weather, I hope your 2018 is the best ever! 


Are you ready to go back? Christmas vacation is over, so I'm trying to help that transition back a little easier!

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