Monday, 19 August 2013

Using Post-It Pockets for Classroom Use

How do you like this idea? These are transparent and translucent pockets that you can mount on any surface in your classroom to keep classroom forms, posters or centers. They are available in different sizes and see-through colors. When I saw them, I was reminded of my own classroom pockets that I made last year. Of course at the time, I did not know that these were commercially available. I am going to try these this year and I'll tell you how well they hold up!

Free Verb Tense Poster Puzzles - From Past to Future Tense and Participles


Use these free puzzle strips as posters or a sorting activity for verb tense. For the activity, keep the first strip intact and let the students use it as a guide so that they will order their cards in the same order as the titles on the header strip below.

This free set has eight strips and they are already placed in order as they are printed here.

verb-tense-puzzles present past and future tense

Here’s another activity:
If you are just introducing your students to the topic, it would be a practical idea to first group the past tense and the past participle cards as one category called ‘Past’. Group the present Tense and the present participle as Present. And the future tense cards can be in its own group ‘Future’. Now each group can be examined and further separated e.g. look at these two ‘Past Cards’ on the left. Ask the students to spot the differences. Do this with other ‘Past cards’. This will help them to learn that one card has ‘Past Tense’ verbs and the other has ‘Past Participle’. This method can also be used with the ‘Present’ cards. 

Click here to get your free copy!

You may also be interested in these verb books...

It's Hard to be a Verb book by Julia Cook     Activities for the 'It's Hard to be a Verb' book by Julia Cook
        It's Hard to be a Verb by Julia Cook                       It's Hard to be a Verb Activity and Idea 
                                                                                      Book by Julia Cook

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Ring Binder Tips for Classroom Use

Free-Ring-Binder-Pages-for-Classroom-UseRing binders are good for many purposes in the classroom. You can use them for storing and organizing your lesson plans, classroom forms, posters, calendar pages, classroom centers, and you can even flip them into desk-top flip charts. Oh yeah. As teachers, we are great at improvising. I saw this idea in Pinterest and had to try it for myself. It is a very simple DIY project - making storage packets for your binder to store your centers or classroom stationery. I got some resealable clear bags and lined the sealed ends with duct tape (you can use washi tape instead to make it colorful). Then I punched in the holes and used them to store flash cards and centers in my ring binder. The tape protects the bags from tearing.
 to marking out where the holes will be punched out...
How-to-make-storage-pockets-for-your-binder to this! How-to-make-storage-pockets-for-your-binder

If you are short on time, you can always get these commercially available zippered binder cases. Even though the pictures shown below have classroom stationery and other stuff, think of having your flash cards and centers in them to go along with your lesson plans.

Click on any of the links below to download free teacher binder pages and school year calendars for your ring binders. 

Here's a tip I got from ChartChums. I'm not sure how they did it but it looks like they inverted a binder and slid the sloping back flap into a long reinforced sleeve that folds under to hold the end of the front flap in place (left picture below). This is a fabulous idea because I see Flip Chart Binders (the real deal) for a lot of money on Amazon. I'd rather pay six dollars for a strong ring binder that I can invert than to pay seventeen dollars for the custom made one.

These are my Ring Binder Tips for Classroom Use:
  1. Choose binders that are durable.
  2. Use binders that can be personalized with a title page inserted at the front with your name and class information and other information along the spine of the binder.
  3. Don't overcrowd your binder, choose a 2" or 3" ring binder for larger volumes of pages.
  4. Select a binder with inner pockets on the inside of the front and back.
  5. Know that binders are not limited to storing papers, they are also handy for keeping your stationery in one place.

I am sure that you already use some of these Ring Binder Tips for Classroom Use and if you want to share any ideas you like, please leave me a comment below this post. Happy teaching!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Introduce Halloween Books to Foster Writing Spooky Poems and Stories

Halloween will be creeping up soon. It affords us the opportunity to introduce a whole new vocabulary of words that are used in Halloween themed writing. Words that give the reader chills and thrills are also the words that will make their own written works more colorful and vivid. So here are a few books that are fun to read and not too scary. I particularly love the first one because it is an anthology of Halloween poems for children and it really models the use of literary devices in writing. And the cute monsters are a plus!

Trick or Treat Poems                            Trick or Treat: Smell My Feet

Halloween Night                                     Room on the Broom

The Best Halloween Ever                       The Witches by Roald Dhal

The Spider and the Fly

By, the way, if you are having a Halloween class party, this collection of Halloween jokes will be a hit! 

I'd love for you to check it out.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Play the Steel Pan from your Android!

Play the Steel Pan from your Android!

The creative arts 'umbrella' is the most fun part of our curriculum here in Trinidad and Tobago. It's actually a combination of folk and classical singing, instrumentals, dance and drama. Every school here can choose the instruments that the students will learn to play from the Ministry of Education because each district has its own musical culture so the choice of instruments will vary. My personal favorite is the Steel Pan (which is our national instrument).

The students usually perform at Christmas when we have our annual Christmas concert to show off their new musical skills. There are also other island-wide events that they attend to represent the school throughout the school year. 

Anyway, aside from practicing at school, the students are now able to practice at school (via an android device). The pan teacher introduced them to the Digital Pan app. It's free! Well, you know how very modern the children are these days... They started using it right away. My daughter plays it at home and I'm kind of relieved that I don't have to get an actual Steel Pan because I don't know where in the house it would fit!

So, if you are curious about the Steel Pan, you can download it for free and Play the Steel Pan from your Android!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Teachers-pay-Teachers Back2School Sale!

The annual TeacherspayTeachers Back to School Sale - Sunday 18th to Monday 19th of August- was a success! I want to thank everyone for patronizing the many TpT shops and helping to make this venture work so well for all involved. 

Have a blessed school year!

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!