I am a Vintage classroom teacher located in the heartland of the United States. I have taught in small rural districts as well as in a large urban setting. Each of these settings has its own challenges and its own rewards. There has never been a year when I have not learned from my students and from fellow members of the faculty.
When I was teaching sixth grade Social Studies, my students were always mesmerized by the cave paintings in the book from Lascaux, France. To go with this section I had my students "tell" a story with "cave paintings." They would write a short story, then have to tell it with pictures.
We opened up a paper grocery bag and they used a charcoal briquette as their drawing utensil. The next day each group wrote what they thought the story was.
I am bringing this up because it was a great activity, but also because I have came across an article with a video and some resources I think my students would have thoroughly enjoyed and I learned some new things additionally! See how preschoolers and this ancient cave may be related by clicking on the image below.
Need some creative writing ideas to help your students. Writing captions is harder than you think. They have to be short and express creativity. Scholastic News has a section in their website that allows students to write and submit a caption for a picture each week. Below is the picture for this week.
I was thinking this would be a great weekly activity for the classroom. Print the picture and have your students come up with the caption. They could work in groups or individually. Have them vote on the best two and you submit those. That way everyone is sharing ideas and trying to come up with the best. The next week you can see which captions were chosen.
All students can submit a caption they came up with, but I think the sharing and explaining would help some of us "less creative" individuals. I also am thinking of some of my past students who would just submit anything so they could say they did and would have benefited by the sharing, etc.
Yesterday I heard a little one humming a song a song and I thought of a grouping activity I haven't used in a while. I thought I would share it with you as well.
Write on index cards the names of several different tunes your children would know and can hum. (My students don't know the tunes so I usually have to teach them the tunes.) You will need one tune for each group.
Examples: Row, Row Your Boat, Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc.
Each child draws a card from the group and doesn't tell anyone what tune they have.
When you say go, everyone starts humming their tune and walking around the room trying to locate the other people in their group humming the same tune. There is no talking and they are NOT allowed to show anyone the card. When everyone has been "Found" they go to a location on the edge of the room away from the others and hum their song loudly, then stand silently. (I usually tell them how many people make up a group ahead of time so they will know how many people to find.)
When the last group has gone to a location and the room is now silent, I pick up the cards. I now have groups for the activity that we are doing.
Welcome to a "Spooktacular Collection" of Freebies this week! This week I am bringing you freebies from various sources and levels for a great Halloween season! I hope you don't get "too scared" while downloading all these freebies.
(If you are not a TN member, membership is FREE. Here is a link to register so you will be able to download. Teacher Notebook RegistrationClick on log in or register )
She has five activities, a great poster, and a set of sorting sentences to download for free!
Thanks Mrs. Lemons for sharing these wonderful resources. Don't miss out on these adorable activities! My favorites are the Frankenstein's and the Witch's Legs! Then again, the scarecrow is really cute too!
I would like to thank A Teacher's Treasure for awarding Vintage Teacher the I Heart Your Blog Award! It is always a treat to be recognized by your blogging friends! To see the list of blogs I nominated, click on the award below.
I stumbled on these page corner bookmarks. What a great activity or maybe they could be made and given as "prizes" for special readers, etc. To get the directions, go to I Can Make That for directions or click on the bookmarks below.
There are directions to make your own template and a pdf with a template available.
Holly Bloggy Christmas is a Christmas gift exchange for members of the teaching blogging community. Participants will receive a gift from another teacher blogger AND a virtual stocking full of teacher resources from sponsors! It is free to participate but sponsorship options are available and all donations will go to support TOYS FOR TOTS.
I thought I would host my first linky party. The topic is Earth Science. Please link any resources that you feel might benefit teachers. You can link blog posts, Internet resources you found helpful, etc. Please link resources for all grade levels.
1. If linking to a blog post please link directly to the post.
2. All posts should deal with Earth Science.
If you don't have a blog, you can still participate. You can leave comments explaining your ideas and you can participate in the linky party by linking to resources you have found helpful!