This is an activity that I have used in different variations. My students are always actively engaged as they create a reindeer that Santa rejected. They are even excited to write about their reindeer.
This Year’s Version–completed in class
Rejected Reindeer Directions 2014
rejected reindeer help wanted
rejected reindeer sheet
Previous Year’s Versions–completed at home
Rejected Reindeer middle school
This is a student sample from several years ago.
Here are some Thanksgiving writing prompt ideas. What a great time of year!
As we approach the much needed Thanksgiving break, it easy to forget the importance of creating and maintaining a student centered focus and its impact on student achievement and student behavior.
Below are somethings that I have enjoyed reading and reflecting on.
Life of an Educator: 5 Ways to Make Your Classroom More Student Centered
NAE-60 Student Centered Teaching Strategies
Creating Learner Centered Middle School Classrooms
Student Centered Learning Environments: How and Why
In a time of so many Hallmark holidays, I find it especially important to remember holidays of true importance. As I start to reflect on this Veteran’s Day, I say a special prayer of thanksgiving for my brother, my father, my uncles, my grandfathers, several friends who served, and for my father-in-law who was killed in action. For those who served and continue to serve, I say thanks.
Here are some resources I found as I look for resources to use with my students.
2014 ESPN College Game Day Salute
US Department of Veteran’s Affair–http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/index.asp
Teaching History-Veteran’s Day http://teachinghistory.org/spotlight/veterans-day
Veterans’ Stories: The Veterans History Project http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/veterans/
PBS Veteran’s Day http://www.pbs.org/pov/educators/veterans-day-lesson-plans.php
Poems of War and Remembrance http://poetry.about.com/od/ourpoemcollections/a/poemsofwar.htm
WWI Poetry: On Veterans Day, The Words of War-NPR http://www.npr.org/2012/11/12/164808416/wwi-poetry-on-veterans-day-the-words-of-war
On Veteran’s Day, Stories of Heroes and Homecoming http://www.npr.org/2012/11/11/164735893/on-veterans-day-stories-of-heroes-and-homecoming
I often find myself searching for full-text pieces for my students to use in class. Here are several resources I have found.
A Bibliography for a Few Non-Fiction Text Sets for Argument Writing
40 Excellent Short Stories for Middle School http://www.mrswatersenglish.com/2014/05/40-excellent-short-stories-for-middle-school/
Short Stories for Middle School Students-Click the tabs across the top of the page for additional lists. The Christmas list is pretty cool. http://americanliterature.com/middle-school-short-stories
Smithsonian TweenTribune-Each full-text article has a short answer question that goes along with it.
Popular Poems to Teach