Thursday, June 09, 2016

Activities to Practice Telling Time

I always find that students have trouble grasping how to tell time. Here are a few activities we do to practice this skill.

WHITEBOARDS & CLOCKS
Activities to practice telling time.

I would call out a time, and students would show me either by using a clock or by writing the time correctly on the whiteboard. When I called out "Show me!" they held up their clocks & whiteboards so I could quickly assess who got it and who needed some more practice. They switched items with their partners after each turn. It also kept everyone engaged and listening, and was really good practice.
Activities to practice telling time.

TIME CHECK

I just love this activity! It is an idea from Lisa {here} and it's a freebie!
I had my students tape a Time Check strip to their desk. During the day I would randomly call out "Time Check" and students had to look at the clock and record what time it was.
Activities to practice telling time.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Nate the Great!

One book study my class always loves to do is Nate the Great! 
We just love this pancake-eating hero :)
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
It's so fun to read mysteries, and it's one of their favourite genres!
After reading the story together, we fill in some facts about the story, using a story map:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We discuss the characters, and define them by their character traits:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We discuss what detectives are, what they need, and what they do:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We fill out these pages before we find out who took the painting. Students make their inferences based on facts from the text:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
...and how fun to have a mystery within a mystery!
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
Where is Rosamond's missing cat?
Next we made some text-to-self connections:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
and became familiar with some vocabulary from the story's text:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We made some personal story notes:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
and we solved the mystery...
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

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Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
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