Student Notebook Organization

Great Idea! Glue envelopes in the back of students' books for them to put small pieces/paper cut outs they are working on but are not ready to glue in. Ok, so this isn't very useful for a relief teacher but when I saw this picture on Facebook I needed to share it! Something so simple but would save so much time & lost pieces of paper! Why didn't I think of this when I was a classroom teacher??

Punctuation Detectives

There's something about post it notes that kids love! For some reason it's more exciting to write on a coloured, sticky backed, piece of paper, than just a piece of normal lined paper. Here's an activity that lets them use post it notes to investigate punctuation in books. - Hand out post it notes to students. - Discuss why punctuation is so important. Brainstorm different punctuation marks. -Students choose a book to read quietly to themselves. -While they read they keep a tally of punctuation used (.,!?"") -As a class compare results. What was used the most? The least? -Compare punctuation used in non fiction and fiction texts. Is it different? Why?

Boggle

Here is a free Boggle game from Teachers Pay Teachers that you can put up on a Smartboard or Data Projector screen. Alternatively, you can draw up a Boggle grid on the board. You can either do a timed challenge, to see how many words students can find in a set amount of time, or leave it on the board all day, for students to work on when they've finished their set work.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Boggle-for-the-Smartboard-214028