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Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-07-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 0
Posted By azulcat
7th Grade Pen Pals Wanted- Approximately 75 Students


This year my students will be reading the fascinating memoir I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. It is the story of two seventh-grade penpals, one from the...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 09-09-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 58
Posted By azulcat

Thank you so much! These are fantastic! I can't wait to print them!
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-09-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By azulcat
Chocolate is a given!

Pandora (I play classical music in class during group work)
A student helper
Flash Drive
Lap Top (Internet)
Dry Erase Markers

And when I get home... a glass of wine :-)
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-09-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By azulcat
Brown Bag Autobiography/ Picture Board

I don't remember where I first learned this, but I have used it for several years and the students really seem to enjoy it. On the first day of school I introduce myself using a brown lunch bag. ...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-09-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By azulcat

Those are amazing. Such great work. I don't teach the book, but I wish I did!
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-09-2011, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By azulcat
It depends

It is hard to say how much you should spend. I try not to spend too much on my classroom, but I find as the year goes on, I always have to spend money on supplies. If you are required to cover your...
Board: BusyBoard 04-13-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By azulcat
My school is also in the planning year

I am currently working on compiling a list and a survey. I will share them with you when I am finished.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-13-2011, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By azulcat

so much for the ideas. Please post the others if you remember.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 04-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By azulcat
Pbsis student incentive ideas

My school has become part of the Positive Behavior Support in Schools initiative and a part of the program is tangible student rewards and incentives. Does anyone have any ideas for inexpensive or...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-19-2010, 05:51 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By azulcat

My students write in their journals nearly every day. I check one or two random journal entries per week to keep my sanity. I also use a very easy check system for journal entries and try to put...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-19-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By azulcat
The Giver

is a great novel for 8th grade students. It really gets them thinking about society.

Fahrenheit 451 is another good one.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-17-2010, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By azulcat
Scrabble is not dorky!!! :-)

I plan to start a Scrabble club this year!
Board: The VENT 08-17-2010, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By azulcat
Thanks for the reply.

I spoke to the principal and unfortunately I am still teaching seventh grade. :-(
Board: The VENT 08-14-2010, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By azulcat
Constantly Changing My Assignment

I just wanted to quickly vent, my principal has decided to change my grade for the third year in the row because I have been very good at boosting test scores. This past year I moved from 6th to 8th...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-05-2010, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By azulcat
I have my students complete prompts

each day in composition notebooks that don't leave the classroom. They have to complete a table of contents heading for each entry so it is very easy to identify the task. I randomly grade the...
Board: ARCHIVE 09-27-2009, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By azulcat
A-Z reading strategies poster

I thought this could be helpful to those who are looking for reading strategy posters.
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 09-23-2009, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By azulcat

Its been rumored that she has been on drugs for year. Shame too I have really enjoyed her music in the past.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 09-16-2009, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By azulcat

I teach middle school usually sixth grade, but this year I am teaching 8th. Homework menus have been working for my students. I use one for Vocabulary to help prepare the students for the...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 09-16-2009, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By azulcat
Did you say smartboard?

Color me jealous! :-)

Thank you so much for all of your ideas. I think I can do a mix of journal prompts, multiple choice and lesson based "Do Nows"
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 09-15-2009, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By azulcat
Thanks so much for the ideas

Mug shots are paragraphs or sentences that have mechanics, usage and/or grammar errors.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 09-15-2009, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By azulcat
Language Arts "Do Now" Suggestions


I am looking for ideas for "Do Nows" that can be done everyday in 10 minutes or less, like journal prompts, Mug shots etc. I was wondering what you do for your daily "Do Now".

Board: ARCHIVE 09-12-2009, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By azulcat
Student groups

could research a country and share what they found.
You could also have a door decorating contest with the rest of the school.
Board: ARCHIVE 09-12-2009, 09:25 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By azulcat
We had a moment of silence

a screening of a documentary about 9/11
We wrote letters to service men and women overseas
and for volunteerism we gave potted plants to all of the houses that neighbor the school
Board: ARCHIVE 09-12-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By azulcat
Cartoon Clock

Here is a website that I found when I did a search for cute clocks.

You can also go to a craft store like ACMOORE and get one that you can design...
Board: ARCHIVE 09-12-2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By azulcat
I have tried several things.

I used to charge my students a nickel each time they lost a paper and needed to replace it. I would then donate the money to the Red Cross.

I now have a class website and I upload the work to the...

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