Thursday, February 23, 2017

How I get my English kids ACTIVE...

This past week we've enjoyed unseasonably warm weather (mid 60 degree temps). That doesn't happen very often in Wisconsin in February! I wanted to take advantage of the warm temps and get my kids outside. Yesterday I created a quasi-obstacle course on the high school track for my 6th period English class. I created 16 stations and at each station kids completed a physical task and answered a question about the book we've been reading in class. I also included a couple "sit down and read" stations. The activity was a huge success! Definitely doing this again!

Another important benefit of getting kids outside and active:

You can find my Outdoor Literature Obstacle Course Activity here:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Women's History Month Task Cards

Women's History Month is fast approaching. This year, in addition to the Women's History Month bulletin board project I usually do with my kids, I thought I would make some task cards to use in conjunction with the bulletin board. Once I got started, I decided to not only assign "tasks" incorporating the bulletin board, but I thought it would be beneficial to assign tasks incorporating our school library's Women's History Month display, community events planned to honor women's history and other tasks which would get the kids out of the classroom (and out of their "comfort-zone").

Here is a sampling of some of the cards I created:

All 32 task cards can be found in my store:

My Independent Study student and I also made a Women's History Month QR code bulletin board! Madeline helped with the "cutting" and assembly of the bulletin board. I love her! She helps with these sorts of "tasks" all the time, often without me even asking! We did run into a problem with the QR codes not working (apparently our school's internet filter blocked them). With the help of IT, the problem was quickly resolved. Whew!

Here is the finished product:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Pentagon Papers Film Guide (Interactive Worksheet)

One of my favorite topics to teach in my high school history courses is the Pentagon Papers story. I love teaching that time period. I love any story involving freedom of press. I also love stories about unsung heroes. This year I tried a new lesson with my students. This is my first year using interactive notebooks in most of my classes. To be honest, I was a little surprised how much my high school students liked them! So, I created an "interactive film guide" I could use with "The Pentagon Papers" (it would also work with the documentary "The Most Dangerous Man in America." My students did a great job on the lesson. I'm thinking about creating similar film guides for other films I use such as "All the President's Men."