Geometry can be lots of fun, but it can get overwhelming for students. I've created this free resource to help students review important vocabulary words in a fun way. They will plot points on a coordinate grid to create line segments, angles, and shapes.  Review Sheet #1 Students review the following vocabulary words: obtuse angle acute angle right angle parallel perpendicular After plotting the ordered pairs, students use the vocabulary words to complete each sentence. You could give students markers/crayons to complete these at a math center. To save paper, place each sheet inside a sheet protector and have students use dry erase markers. Review Sheet #2 Students review the following vocabulary words: pentagon square rectangle trapezoid parallelogram Here's a fun way to review shapes!  You could also have students draw: A rhombus that is not a square A parallelogram with 4 right angles. A parallelogram that is no...
If you're like me, you've read your share of rough drafts that were vague and difficult to follow. Student-authors often forget that the reader was not present when the event took place, and the author fails to develop important details that will help the reader visualize the scene. Over the years, I have come to realize that most students will benefit from receiving explicit instruction on how to expand dull, short sentences in a way that will help the reader picture the event they are describing. Today, I am going to outline a minilesson that focuses on expanding sentences. #1- Outline the problem. We stood outside for twenty minutes. After writing that sentence on the board, ask students to judge whether it's a strong sentence or a weak sentence. You'll likely receive a mix of answers, as some students will rate it as "strong" because it doesn't contain any misspelled words or errors that need to be edited. Other students, however, will ...
Teaching grammar and the parts of speech for some may be a tedious task, but these are important concepts for students to learn. While I actually love teaching grammar, I am constantly searching for ways to make this subject interesting for my students. Here are a few ideas that can make reviewing the parts of speech a lot of fun. Games Around the World Making a game out of any subject turns learning into fun, and reviewing parts of speech is no different. One of my tried and true games that I have used in my classroom for many years has been Around the World . I use this game for any subject review or for anytime we have a minute or two that needs to be filled. This game is perfect for a quick grammar review. To play, have 2 students stand. The first student stands next to the student beside her. Call out a question and the students who says the correct answer first moves on to the next person who will stand. Play continues around the room. The goal is to see who can stay...