Motivation refers to the student’s “drive” or striving to accomplish some goal based on past performance and expectation for success or failure Many of our students are not motivated because they have already experienced too much failure in the classroom.
Engagement…not just another education buzz word! Engagement refers to the student’s involvement with, investment in, or connection to an activity or task Engagement is affected by motivation—how the student feels, what the student expects, and the value the student attaches to the activity
Make 1 engaging change in each unit you teach! Transform a worksheet Make a game Find a video clip
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT WILL DO WONDERS FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN YOUR CLASSROOM… If you set clear expectations for your students before you begin the activities!
LEVEL 0: No Conversation LEVEL 1: Whisper LEVEL 2: Normal Conversation LEVEL 3: Elevated Voice VOICE LEVELS
Activity Title C Conversation H Help A Activity M Movement P Participation
Topic Sentence Boxes C Conversation Level 1-2 (Whisper-Normal Conversation) H Help Ask your partners If you can’t figure it out together, RAISE YOUR HAND A Activity ALL group members are working to complete task M Movement Level 0 (No movement) P Participation Groups working together
Why hands on activities work well in my room… Students will participate in at least 4-5 different activities in a class period The variety keeps the students’ attention, increases their motivation, and facilitates learning Every student can succeed in some way and there is no time to get bored
While I am talking, be on the lookout for ideas that will work with your teaching style and your students. Brainstorming Notes: Write down activities you think will work in your classroom and what content you think the activities will go well with Handouts
Name 15 Materials: Scrap paper and a pencil Directions: Instruct students to list 15 things that……. in 3 minutes Have students stand and share 1 item from their list aloud, then be seated (students may not repeat an item another student has already listed Record the item onto a list on the white board and have the student write their item on the back of their scrap paper in large letters When all students have had a chance to give an item have them arrange themselves in alphabetical order according to their item Demonstrate Scrap Paper
Whiz Kids Quick Thinking Game Half the deck is creative questions The other half are letter cards Draw one from each stack and have fun with the answers
Brain Gym The primary focus of Brain Gym is children moving, speaking, and physically interacting in the classroom There are 26 Brain Gym activities The Brain Gym activities are designed to provide physical activities that WAKE UP THEIR BRAINS The program was developed based on findings during Dr. Paul Dennison’s research into reading achievement and its relation to brain development
The Cross Crawl A movement similar to walking in pace and swinging the arms This activity accesses perceptual/cognitive functions such as: crossing the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile midline Enhances academic skills such as: spelling and writing, listening, and reading comprehension Demonstrate
Neck Rolls A movement that relaxes the neck and releases tension; it is often used reading or writing This activity improves auditory- linguistic processing, coordination of visual and auditory skills, and skimming and scanning for information Academic skills enhanced by this activity are reading aloud and silent reading for study Demonstrate
Arm Activation A self-help activity that lengthens the muscles of the upper chest and shoulders, helps balance the muscles of the chest and back, and relaxes the fingers This improves work in the visual/tactile/kinesthetic midfield and relaxation while focusing Enhanced academic skills are penmanship and cursive writing, spelling and creative writing Demonstrate
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Guided Notes… Copy of notes with key words left blank so students can fill them in as you give the PowerPoint presentation Address labels can be created prior to note-taking day to reduce spelling errors…this is especially good for students who need a scribe Copy of notes provided for students to highlight and add visual cues Sample
Around The World… Supplies: envelopes, colored paper, teacher- created graphic organizer Directions: 1.Write keywords on the outside of envelopes 2.Print information related to the keywords on colored paper 3.Create a graphic organizer for students to record information onto 4.Place envelopes on desks (Envelopes stay on desks, while students move from desk to desk) 5.Students will move from desk to desk to complete their graphic organizers Suggestion: Review expectations before starting activity and set a timer to have all students move at the same time
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Sorting Games Any worksheets that ask students to categorize is perfect for a sorting game! Materials: Small buckets, bowls, boxes, bins, etc. Labels Worksheets Directions: 1. Label buckets according to the type of worksheets (ex. Types of sentences: declarative, exclamatory, interrogative, and imperative) 2. Cut worksheet problems into individual playing pieces 3. Have students work in groups to sort the worksheet problems into appropriate buckets
Human Sentences Supplies: Sentence strips Markers Duct tape Directions: 1.Write sentences on strips and cut as you see fit, according to your content focus (You may want to make punctuation marks on separate cards) 2.Place a strip of duct tape, long enough for your students to stand on, on your classroom floor 3. Hand out pieces of sentence strips and have students arrange themselves on the duct tape in a complete sentence 4.Students can place correct punctuation, move prepositional phrases for a more complex sentence, etc.
Stand Up / Sit Down This can be adapted to any Smart Board or PowerPoint activity in order to give students an opportunity to move in the classroom Students are instructed to stand beside their desk when they see a correct model on the screen and stay seated when they see an incorrect model on the screen A great formative assessment that can be added to already existing plans
Response Boards Another great formative assessment that can be included in already developed lesson plans Easy to make or inexpensive to buy Items needed: Colored card stock, sheet protectors, dry erase markers, and decorative duct tape for some added fun Demonstrate Cardstock/Sheet protectors
The Matching Game This activity is perfect for vocabulary practice! Supplies: Teacher created graphic organizer (with vocabulary words and definitions) Scissors Envelopes (for storing matching game) Glue sticks Construction paper Directions: 1. Create a graphic organizer with vocabulary words on one side and the definitions on the other. 2. Have students cut out the vocabulary squares and the definition squares. 3. As a warm-up during that unit have them play the matching game to learn words/definitions. 4. As their vocabulary quiz at the end of the unit, give them a glue stick and a sheet of construction paper to make their final matches. Hints: Have students work with partners the first few days and then ask them to begin to practice matching independently For students that are easily overwhelmed, give them a few words at a time then introduce new words as you begin to see them mastering the original words Demonstrate Phobia-match Envelopes
How well do you know your phobias? Acrophobiafear of heights Agoraphobiafear of open spaces Ailurophobiafear of cats Amaxophobiafear of vehicles Anthophobiafear of flowers Arachnophobiafear of spiders Astraphobiafear of lightning Brontophobiafear of thunder Claustrophobiafear of closed spaces Cynophobiafear of dogs Gephyrophobia fear of bridges Herpetophobia fear of reptiles Murophobia fear of mice Nyctophobia fear of darkness Ochlophobia fear of crowds Ornithophobia fear of birds Pyrophobia fear of fire Triskaidekaphobia fear of the number 12 Xenophobia fear of strangers
Main Idea Madness Students will listen to all of the supporting details and determine the topic or main idea. Directions: Hand out supporting detail cards to the students Have all students stand and read aloud the supporting details that appear on their card Provide sticky notes Ask students to write their name and the topic or main idea Demonstrate
Read the text to the students Read the text to the students omitting the last word…they will read the last word in unison This help student’s fluency and require them to follow along as you read Demonstrate “The Biology Teacher”
Custom Reading Guides Materials: various colors of transparency paper cut to desired size, sentence strips cut to the same size, and double-sided tape Directions: 1.Have students look through the various colors of transparency paper and choose the color that they can read through the best 2.Place double-sided tape on the top portion of the sentence strip and apply the chosen transparency paper with approximately 1 inch of the transparency paper above the top of the sentence strip
Annotation It is like having a conversation with a book!
Highlighting is a way to annotate a book Annotating allows you to: Ask questions Define difficult words Comment on meaning Mark events and passages you want to revisit Take notes during a classroom discussion Additional Suggestions: Use sticky notes or side loading sheet protectors for annotating textbooks, magazines, etc. A student annotation guide and side loading sheet protectors are located in your folders
Student Handout If you are new at annotation the student handout will give you simple guidelines to help you through the process Let’s take a look!
Reading Walking Tour Supplies: Teacher made graphic organizer, enlarged reading materials, masking tape Directions: 1.Reproduce reading materials in chunks or paragraphs, or rewrite sections of reading materials onto poster paper. Number in order and hang sections on the walls around your classroom or in hallway outside of your classroom 2.Create a graphic organizer with corresponding paragraph/section numbers for students to write the main point of each section 3.Divide students into groups and have them rotate from section to section reading and recording the main point of each section as they read 4.After all groups have made it through the rotation, have a class discussion to ensure that all students found accurate main points
Paragraph Stickers Supplies: Non-fiction reading passage Removable color coding labels Directions: 1.Supply number of labels according to the number of paragraphs in the passage 2.Have students place a label at the beginning of each paragraph 3.Students should then number their paragraphs (I suggest telling students how many paragraphs they should have numbered ahead of time) 4.While completing questions pertaining to the passage, have students site paragraph numbers. 5.If answers are incorrect, prompt all students to go back to specific paragraph to reread and find the correct answer Demonstrate “A Smart Move for Schools: Adding Chess to the Curriculum”
Brainstorming Cards Supplies: Sentence strips Markers Whiteboard or chart paper Magnets for each student in your class Directions: 1.Give students a theme or title on the board 2.Have students brainstorm a list of nouns related to that title (This is a good time to do Name 15 activity) 3.Students will share their favorite noun and you should place their noun on a class list 4.Once all students have shared their favorite noun have them write that noun on their sentence strip (This is going to be a class poem, so ask them to start with a capital letter) 5.Next, have them write a …….. 6.Last, have them add a prepositional phrase to their strip 7.Place strips on the board with magnets and lead the class in a discussion about the appropriate placement in the poem 8.Rearrange as needed Demonstrate Imagery Poem Sentence Strips “Snow Days”
Ranking Activity (This exercise is great for persuasive writing) 1.Present a thesis statement to the students and ask them to brainstorm arguments to support the thesis 2.Ask students to write the thesis statement and their three best arguments on separate index cards 3.Assist the students in ranking their arguments from strongest to weakest by rearranging the index cards as a prewriting activity
Floor-Sized Game Boards Supplies: Bulletin board paper, floor puzzle pieces, or vinyl table cloth (to create game board) Markers or paint (to decorate game board) Plastic bowling pins (to create pawns) Large dice (home-made or purchased) Review questions Note: If you have core content board games, you can use their board as a model to create your own floor-sized version
Whiteboard SpinnerWhiteboard Spinner Puts a new spin on those old review questions
Game Templates on Your Disk Today’s PowerPoint Slides Bingo Jeopardy Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Turnover Squares The Answer Is… Weakest Link Hollywood Squares The Price is Right Foldable Activities
Brainstorming Activity What have I seen today that I can use in my classroom…
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