March 11, 2017

💫St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! 💫

💫💫St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!  💫💫

  I love using this holiday to teach about idioms!

What is an idiom?
Idioms are words that don’t mean what they say!  They are usually a group of words, well known and used by native speakers of a language, that can’t be understood by the individual meaning of the words.

Why teach idioms?
Students develop a clear understanding of idioms with direct instruction, read-alouds, teacher modeling and student-centered activities.  According to readwritethink teaching idioms offers students the ability to further comprehend texts that contain metaphorical and lexical meanings beyond the basic word level.

Here is one way to teach idioms: 
·      When presenting idioms to students, introduce a group of 4 to 5 idioms together.   It is best to group the idioms into a category, for  example; before St. Patrick’s Day teach idioms that use green in them!
·      Always use stories or relate personal conversations to introduce each idiom in context.
·      Use an Idiom Journal to record the idiom and it’s meanings.  Don’t forget a picture.
·      Practice by offering students a student centered activity.

Now you are on your way to teaching idioms!

I like these idioms for green!
·      Get or give someone the green light
·      Green with envy
·      Grass is always greener on the other side
·      To be green
·      Green thumb
·      Green around the gills

Here are some fun sites for idioms!
·      My English Teacher
·      Learn English

What are some of your favorite idiom activities!  I would love to hear about them.

Happy Teaching,

March 1, 2017

💖Co-teaching 5th grade Math! 💖

💖Hello everyone!
Oh my gosh it is still snowing here in Southern Oregon!  What a winter!
I am enjoying co-teaching 5th grade Math this year and thought I would share our awesome Math wall!

 Check out Granite School Districts Math Vocabulary Cards.  They rock.  I have blogged about these before, but they are worth another shout out!   Here is what they say about their cards:

Vocabulary Cards

This page contains math vocabulary cards for Kindergarten through 8th Grade and Secondary 1 Mathematics.  These cards can also be found in Spanish, Chinese, and French under the Dual Immersion menu.  Portuguese, German, and Russian vocabulary cards are located at the following website:  USOE Dual Immersion Vocabulary Cards

Click here for this great freebie find!

Check out my TPT store for some great
math vocabulary products, too!  Click here!

Happy Teaching

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