The Important Book . I use is all.the.time. It is just a great, great book that can be applied to so many different things. So we started off the year reading this fast read and discussed what makes our own selves so important and unique. The students began by creating a circle map of the most unique and mundane qualities they possessed. Then, using a poetry frame, the students constructed simple sentences using those qualities. (you can pick up the poetry frame here.) After a brief lesson on extended sentences (a nice 5th grade standard), we went back in and revised, looking for ways to extend our poem even more, while still keeping within the context of the book. When it was all said and done, the final draft was mounted on a background of images and words from magazines that the students cut out and glued collage style.
|This is an old pic, but you get the idea!|
Runde's Room. She posted (forever ago!) about doing a 100% Me activity and I knew it was for me. The students write a poem in which they describe their character traits, giving each a percentage. When all the traits are added up, they equal 100%! The students needed to include at least two decimal percentages (since that is the standard we are beginning the year with.) Then, the students created pie graphs to display their character traits, using the percentages to break up the circle. This was a great visual representation of the poem and mixed a little math with writing! You can pick up this gem in Jen's store for free here.
So there you have it! Some fun, simple, STANDARDS BASED activities that you can use to get your students started on the right foot in your classroom. What are some things that you have done in the past that hit the key standards you are trying to teach right off the bat?