Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fishing For Friends - Helping Students Get to Know and Remember Classmates' Names


This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go



Sound familiar?

Not so much for us as teachers.  We are pretty good at remembering students' names pretty quickly, but I am constantly amazed that many of my 4th graders don't know the names of all the kids in the class.  

That is how my latest project came about.  It has been "swimming" around in my mind for quite some time.  It was created to help students get to know and remember names in a fun and engaging way.  It also allows for some "teacher time" as you are trying to get all the things done during those first few days/weeks of school.  It has the added bonus of helping new students learn their classmates names when they get added to your class during the year. (You can also use the cards to add school staff members and teachers for students, especially new ones, to learn who's who.)

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go

It is designed to be played like a "Go Fish" or Memory/Concentration game.  Even my 4th graders love to play those games!

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go

I always took pictures of my kiddos on the first day of school so that I would have them for classroom projects.  I highly recommend it.  To make the playing cards simply type the students' names and insert their photos on the cards provided in the file.  Print them back-to-back on card stock with the backs provided.  Cut apart (I have made it easy with just 2 cuts per page,) laminate for durability, and you are good to go.

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go

Rule pages for both games are included.

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go

After some feedback from friends, I also added pages to make flashcards with student names to help everyone recognize the names in print.

I have also included cards where you can add student names and photos for a bulletin board display.

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go
Or use them as flash cards during your morning routine.

Also included are pages to make a "KEY" for the games.

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go
All fonts are editable so you can use one that fits your needs.

I think you will enjoy this Back-to-School activity that can be added to your centers and game days and be used all year.  Click on the picture to grab yours now.

This fun and engaging game was created to help students learn then names of their classmates and school staff.  It can be played like “Go Fish” or “Concentration” as a group activity, in centers, or individually.  Everything you need to get started is included.  Just add student names and photos and you are set to go

Do you have strategies or ideas for helping kids get to know and remember names?  We would love to have you share them below.

Visit my Back-to-School Pinterest board for more beginning of the year ideas.

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Need Help With Geography Lessons?

How to make geography lessons stick - Educents blog 

How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It's so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!



Here are a few geography activities to try:
  1. Playing "Name That State" with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They'll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state-- but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you've been (or where you're going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.


What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don't miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site.

Mona Melissa Peel & Play Geography Set

Looking for more ways to save on geography resources? Check out more geography deals.

Monday, July 20, 2015

What Makes a Good Teacher? - Here's What Kids Say...


 Get to know what your students think makes a good teacher, while you work on all that BTS paperwork and organization. It’s is a great Back-to-School class book idea!
Here's a fun and easy way to keep them busy with something productive while you deal with all the STUFF...
supplies,
notes from parents,
BTS paperwork,
lunch money,
more supplies...

Start off with this cute book.


Have the students talk with each other and share ideas.

Here are a few that my kiddos came up with...

 Get to know what your students think makes a good teacher, while you work on all that BTS paperwork and organization. It’s is a great Back-to-School class book idea!

 Get to know what your students think makes a good teacher, while you work on all that BTS paperwork and organization. It’s is a great Back-to-School class book idea!
I have made it even easier for you.

 Get to know what your students think makes a good teacher, while you work on all that BTS paperwork and organization. It’s is a great Back-to-School class book idea!

I have included an editable cover page for your class book or bulletin board display, and 3 different versions of the student page.  Have them discuss, write, and illustrate while you are busy with other things you need to get done.  Even if you don't have the book, start a discussion with your students and then put them to work.

 Get to know what your students think makes a good teacher, while you work on all that BTS paperwork and organization. It’s is a great Back-to-School class book idea!

It will give you some insight into what the students expect in a teacher and it will make a great display or class book.  Best of all, it gives you a little time to get things done!

Grab this fun Back-to-School writing prompt by clicking on the pictures above, or visit my TPT store. 

Stay tuned for more fun Back-to-School ideas and resources!
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Link up with us to add YOUR Back-to-School ideas!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Team Building Activities for Back-to-School

Building a classroom community is SO important!  Student have to learn very early on that they will need to work together and depend on their classmates to be successful.  But how do you instill them with that sense of community?  Check out these great ideas to get you started!

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Building a classroom community is SO important!  Student have to learn very early on that they will need to work together and depend on their classmates to be successful.  But how do you instill them with that sense of community?  Check out these great ideas to get you started!

Stay tuned for even more Back-to-School ideas!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Science Fun With Miss Frizzle!

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