Sunday, April 23, 2017

The End of the Year Drag...

It's the end of the year.  The days loom long and engagement has become a challenge.  How does a teacher cope?  How can we continue to reinforce content, engage students and finish the year strong?

These tips can help make the end of the year march NOT seem so much like a Bataan Death March and a little more like a celebration of KNOWLEDGE and CRITICAL THINKING!   🙌

Stage a Crime Scene

Imagine students entering the room to the sight of a chalk outline on the floor.   a crime has been committed!  Encourage evaluation, exploration and evidence based writing by presenting students with a crime scene scenario.  ONE FULL WEEK of engaged exploration!!

Scavenger Hunts

Digital or not, everyone LOVES a treasure hunt! Goosechase and Klikaklu are GREAT apps for creating digital scavenger hunts for students.  Set them up with picture riddles, group picture challenges or puzzles to solve as they compete for bragging rights in their class scavenger hunt!

At a loss for ideas?  This bundle focuses on CONTENT as each scavenger hunt sends students from clue to clue as they gather up information to solve a riddle.  It's a GREAT way to reinforce content and provides a mystery for students to solve.

Breakout EDU

The escape room CRAZE has hit the classroom!  Rather than break out of a room, how about breaking in to  a box???  Breakout EDU provides hundreds of tested scenarios for you to use in your classroom to reinforce critical thinking and keep students engaged.  Want to create your OWN breakout??  Here are some tips to help you along the way!!

Celebrate Vocabulary Prowess

Grab some GREAT vocabulary; an adjective FILLED with meaning and head OUTSIDE. Stage a sidewalk chalk vocabulary competition.
Challenge each student to a Word Art competition where they illustrate a word via Chalk Art in some way.  Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!!

As always, thanks for

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I'm Seeing RED!

Everyone likes secrets!!  The Red Lens Reveal (Red Blue Reveal) strategy creates a unique opportunity for students to be engaged and entertained by SECRET MESSAGES!

How does it Work?

By creating a blue (cyan) section of text masked by red, yellow and pink, hidden words can be revealed using a transparent red lens.  Simply hold a lens over the a masked image, and the hidden text shows through.  This strategy works when printed in color, but can also work when displayed on a tablet or PC screen!
Try it For Yourself!!"
Editable Red Reveal Google Slide
Simply edit this Google Slide and add your own SECRET MESSAGE!  Students will be THRILLED to discover what hides beneath.

Hide and See App
This FREE app will create a customized, downloadable red reveal hidden text.  It can be a bit glitchy and the resulting image is small and allows for a limited amount of text to be hidden but I've had some success using this app.

What can I use to Reveal Text??

  • Make your kiddos feel like genuine spies!!!  Oriental Trading Company offers 24 of these decoders for $4.

  • I tend to like the FREE option of cutting apart a plastic file folder or the inexpensive option of purchasing cellophane wrapping paper from a dollar store.

  • Incorporate even more science and use red food coloring in a clear glass!

List of Ideas for Red Reveal in the Classroom

 (ANY content area!)

#1. Secret Reveal Surprises (Treasure box, stickers, pencils, etc.)
#2. Use in a
#3. Content based Scavenger Hunts similar to QR Code Scavenger Hunts
#4. Behavior Management Reward Cards
#5. Self Correcting Stations
#6. Use with other student engagement strategies!

As always, thanks for

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Wieners of an Egyptian Afterlife

With seventy, one-dollar bills in my pocket, I'm on a mission to obtain a very select group of items. One dollar from each student in my class waits patiently in my purse to purposely purchase items that will PREVENT putrefaction.  My dollars are earmarked to help fund a journey 4000 years back in time to the days of the Egyptians.

The items I seek are:
  • 6 lbs of Baking Soda
  • 80 Oscar Meyer Wieners
  • 2 lbs of Salt
  • 100 lunch bags
  • 1 container of cinnamon
  • 3 yards of gauze or fabric cut into strips
  • Sequins
Needless to say, this is no ordinary shopping list and they aren't ingredients for a magical time travel potion, for in my cart are

The Wieners of an Egyptian Afterlife.

Step #1:        Measure the Mummy to Be
-Using a piece of string, measure the length and circumference of the hot dog.
-Using a scale, weigh the hot dog.
-Draw a sketch of the pre-embalmed hotdog
-Record all observations

Step #2:      Enter the Ibu…you are Now an Embalmer.

Step #3 - #5:  Canopic Capture
-Mime/Emulate the Egyptian procedures for preparing a body for the afterlife.  Including brain removal, removal of lungs, liver, stomach and intestines.    Leave the heart in the body.

Step #4:  BEGIN Dehydration Process
-Take a brown paper bag.  Write student names on the bag.
-Place 1 cup of the natron mixture into your paper bag.
-Place your hot dog on the mixture.
-Place another cup of the natron mixture into the bag.
-Sprinkle cinnamon in the bag to reduce odors.
-Place entire preparation in a warm, dry area for 1 - 2 weeks.

Step #5:  Dehydration is Finished
-Remove the hotdog from natron concoction.
-Discard bag and ingredients.
-Re-measure and record the changes in the hotdog.

Step #6:  Prepare for the Journey to the Afterlife
-Have students write hieroglyphic lettering or messages with fine point sharpie onto the gauze/linen bandages.
-Wrap bandages around the mummified hot dog.
-Tuck Magical amulets, or charms (sequence)  into the wrappings.

Step #7:  Build/Decorate a Sarcophagus 
-Fold and tape together.
-Insert mummy into sarcophagus.

.....and that's a wrap!