As I am enjoying my last few days of winter break, my mind starts moving back into work mode, and I begin thinking about what new ideas I can share with the teachers I support. Knowing that it may take a few days for students to get back into learning mode, I wanted to share some ideas that may make it a bit easier for students and teachers alike, as you get back into the groove of things.
Try Something New
1. Reader’s Theater – Allow your students to perform stories through fun Reader’s Theater. Students enjoy them and it’s a great way to have the stories come alive! Dr. Chase Young is one of our favorite sites to use for Reader’s Theater scripts.
2. Using Music – Using music as a morning greeting, for transitions and for the end of the day can make a huge difference in your classroom. Students might also enjoy soft music in the background while they work. Here are a few of our favorite tunes to use during different times of the day:
- These are Days by 10,000 Maniacs
- Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
- Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
To Build Community:
- The Muppet Show theme song
- Friends theme song
- Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
- Paperback Writer by The Beatles for Reading
- Read It In Books by Echo and the Bunnyman for Reading
- If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot for Reading
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for Spelling
- I’m Gonna Sit Write Down and Write Myself a Letter by Nat King Cole for Writing
- Rewrite by Paul Simon for Writing
- Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Sprinsteen for Writing
- The Math by Hillary Duff for Math
- Multiplication by Bobby Darin for Math
- 867-5309 by Tommy Tutone for Math
- She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby for Science
- The Elements by Tom Lehrer for Science
- Space Oddity by David Bowie for Science
- Weird Science by Oingo Boingo for Science
- America by Neil Diamond for Social Studies
- Peanut Butter Jelly Time by Chip-Man & the Buckwheat Boyz for Lunch time
- Savoy Truffle by the Beatles for Lunch time
- All You Can Eat by The Fat Boys Lunch time
- Eat It by Weird Al Lunch time
- Who Let the Dogs Out by Baha Men for Recess
- Outside by Foo Fighters for Recess
- Outside (feat. Ellie Goudling) by Calvin Harris
Independent work time:
- Any soft, classical music without words
3. Puppets – Use colorful socks with googly-eyes as puppets for your little people to use to share about their feelings, weekend or summarize a story.
4. Wordle – use a tool such as Wordle to turn vocabulary words into cool art.
5. iMovie or Slides- use a tool such as iMovie or Slides for students to create stories and presentations about various topics they are learning about. Taking photographs around school can also be a fun way to motivate students during writing time.
6. Travel brochures – Have your students create brochures either on paper or using digital media to learn about various places around the world or for learning about history.
Small changes can make huge differences and offer new motivation for yourself and your students. So, go ahead, try out some or all of these ideas – after all, what have you got to lose?
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