Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Personal Narrative Task Cards

Task Cards can be used in a variety of ways! Task Cards can be used as a review of ELA skills and strategies, part of literacy centres or stations, or whole group activities.

I created the Personal Narrative Task Cards will help students reflect on their writing to ensure it is rich in details, develops story structure, and provides readers with a valuable lesson or insight. The Task Cards ask the students to reflect on their narrative drafts, examine mentor texts, and incorporate peers' feedback to enrich their craft.

My students like task cards because the activity allows choice. I have outlined four ways the Task Cards can be used in the classroom:
  1. Whole Group Activity - Place a task card on the document camera to facilitate discussion. Whiteboards can be used as a recording device.
  2. Centres or Stations - Print and laminate the cards. Allows students to choose a card of interest.
  3. Pair Work - Students work collaboratively to respond to a task card. The pairs can discuss their answers together.
  4. Exit Slip - Students take a card and respond. Their response serves as an informal assessment of conceptual understandings.

My Personal Narrative Task Cards examine the following narrative elements:
  • Setting and Leads - Cards 1-4
  • Story Structure - Cards 5-8
  • Characterization - Cards 9-12
  • Theme and Endings - Cards 12 - 16

My Personal Narrative Task Cards resource also includes:
  • Suggested ways to use the Task Cards in the classroom
  • Tenets of narrative writing
  • 16 Task Cards (which can be printed in colour or black and white)
  • Student Recording Sheet

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Purposeful Tasks - Keeping Students Engaged Until the End of The Year!

Recently, I hosted a Facebook Live session for the Saskatchewan School Library Association.The broadcast, entitled Engaging Students, shared apps and sites to help keep students motivated as the year is rapidly coming to a close. The broadcast can be found on the SSLA Facebook Page. The accompanying slides are also available for viewing.

BUT there is MORE!! I have compiled a summary of each feature tool or app and detailed possible classroom uses! Click on the image to download the FIVE page Purposeful Tasks!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Facebook Live and Accompanying Slides

I was honoured to host the second Saskatchewan School Library Association's Facebook Live broadcast entitled Engaging Students.

The broadcast can be found on the SSLA Facebook Page.
View the accompanying slides below:

Sunday, 6 May 2018

TPT Sale!


In appreciation of teachers, my entire site will be on sale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Visit my store for year-end deal.

Facebook Live Featuring End-Of-The-Year Fun!

Save the date!

I am honoured to host Saskatchewan School Library Association's second Facebook Live session featuring technologies to help students reflect on and celebrate the end of the year. The fun starts on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 CST!

To join, visit Saskatchewan School Library Association's Facebook Page! It is free!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Math Rotation and Stations

I recently posted a picture of my math rotation and the stations, which are organized and ready to use. I received many questions and requests for examples, so I am happy to share! Specifically, this post is will focus on how I organize my mathematics block and what my third grade students do during each rotation.

I have four math "stations" in my mathematics block. The four stations spell the acronym MATH.

The groups are fluid and always changing based on the skill we are working on. An exit ticket, journal entry, or group discussion is completed as the culmination of the mathematics block to consolidate thinking. The reflections are used plan subsequent minds-on (mini-lessons) and set individual goal (which are visited during conferences). Due to the fluidity of the groups, a simple way was needed to display the grouping of the students. I purchased these magnetic labels from Amazon as a solution. As the labels feature each student's name with dry erase marker, the labels are easily moved to reflect the rotation where students are currently working.

The rotations occur during the Independent Time portion of my block.

We start the block with a Minds-On focus. During this time, we activate prior knowledge, connect previous and new learnings, revisit concepts, or introduce new learnings.

The next section of the block focuses on Purposeful Practice. This is time students explore and experience concepts through the mathematical rotations. After the independent practice, the students meet in a variety of group settings to discuss and share their learning. Conferencing occurs during this time as well.

The block culminates with a reflection of the learning. Students share their learning, revisit the teaching point to reground their learning, and consolidate their thoughts.

I hope this helps with your instructional planning and answers some of your questions. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to comment.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

More Poetry Fun

Poetry is possible for young students because it is all around them. They read poems and sing poetic language.

I have created a resource, Poetry Anthology, which is organized around NINE elements of poetry and EIGHT poetic forms. An anchor chart has been created for each element and form. The charts can be displayed for student reference or photocopied for students to use at the writing centre. 

This resource is a supplement to my Poetry unit for Reader’s Workshop.