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Velcro Pencil Holders
No more searching cluttered through desks or tripping over strays on the floor. Ms. Johnson’s nifty solution will keep runaway pencils in place — all it takes is a little Velcro.
Velcro Behavior Tokens
Ms. Person has a suggestion for implementing a rewards system that may work particularly well for young, visual learners. All it takes is a bit of Velcro and some token pictures.
Verb Charades
Warning: this learning game may cause lots of squealing and grunts, but it definitely reinforces the meaning of a verb. Needless to say, kids love playing it. You’ll be surprised how much their “verb” knowledge grows throughout the year.
Vacation Scrapbook
When I had a student leave for a two week vacation to the Grand Canyon area, I gave him a simple scrapbook, a few pages, and some fun pens.
V for Victory
Rather than yelling at my students to be quiet, they know to quiet down when I hold up my hand and use the V for victory sign. As soon as they see me, they make the signal too until the entire class i...
Vacation Reports
After long vacation breaks, I hand out large post-it notes to my students and they write down something they did and where they went over the vacation. I draw a long line with hills and flatlands. The...
Value of the Pre-Test
The value of a pre-test can't be emphasized enough. Students view a pre-test as a fair way to determine if there are students who will need extra work or an extension of our topic. These achievements ...
Valuing Ideas
I choose a teachable moment to tell a story that encourages risk-taking and mutual respect during discussion -- when a child's response to a question is met with tittering causing the child to feel em...
Variety Reinforces Learning
I never have my students practice with their mouths alone - unless they plan to be in a spell down. Second, we never write a word the same way twice when practicing. I don't mean we deliberately make ...
VCRs on AV Carts
I use Velcro strips about six inches long to attach VCRs to AV carts. I cut the strips (stuck face-to-face) as long as the VCR case allows. I take off one of the backing strips and carefully attach it...
Velcro Mats
My students sit on the floor for group activities. In the past, I've used mats or carpet squares to designate where they should sit. They are a chore to move and the children continually shift about o...
Velcro Nametags
Taping nametags to a desk is convenient, but can be a sticky situation when you need to switch or to rotate kids. I have found that if I put Velcro on my table and the name tags, I can easily move the...
Veterans Day 1
Here's another suggestion for Veteran's Day or any holiday. Find out where the nearest Veteran's Hospital is and send notes, cards, pictures there to the attention of the Patient Coordinator. A fellow...
Veterans Day 2
This tip dovetails with the Veteran's Day letters to the VFW. I have my primary classes write letters and draw pictures. Then I drop them off at the nearest Veteran's Administration hospital. The staf...
Veterans Day 3
For the last ten years the sixth grade classes at our school have been writing letters to our state Veterans Home. We always get some veterans who reply to the students. Some years we continue our cor...
Video at Open House
In the fall, we hold a traditional open house for parents, in which they come to school in the evening and meet the teachers by following...
Video Autobiography
Each of my students creates a video autobiography. I've used this activity with all ages from elementary to high schoolers. I use a VCR, TV/monitor, macro camera, and an audio cassette or CD player. A...
Viewing Students' Progress
At the beginning of the year, my children brainstorm and write about what they want to learn during the school year. I save the papers and at the end of the year I have them repeat the process by writ...
Virtual Trade Mission
We have a relatively new (about five years-old) interdisciplinary unit that we teach in seventh grade. It's quite a sophisticated and challenging unit for middle schoolers, and I'm sure adolescents wo...
Vocabulary Bingo
I play a slightly different version of Bingo in my geography classroom. After students make their own 'boards' from a preprinted template and a list of current vocabulary words, I give out numbered pa...
Vocabulary Builder
This game is based on the Groucho Marx show 'You Bet Your Life.' The game needs almost no preparation and can be played in any class that has vocabulary to learn. I am a French teacher and use the gam...
Vocabulary Frisbee
This game could work with any subject that requires knowing vocabulary words. I have the students define all the words needed in the chapter and then put the students into groups of three or four. I g...
Vocabulary/Spelling Review
Like many teachers across the country, I give spelling tests on Fridays. My class does a special word review in the middle of the week to prepare for the test. They need to use the words in order to i...
Vocal Punctuation
I use vocal sounds to teach commas and other punctuation to my students. When they read a sentence from their book they have to click their tongue where they would put in a comma. When they do written...
Volcanic Plate Movement
When I discuss plate movement in my volcano unit, I do a hands-on activity that gives the students visuals and a tasty treat. I give each child a piece of wax paper with a tablespoon of frosting on it...
Vomit Comets
I request a container of 'Vomit Guard' from our custodian to keep in my classroom cupboard for when one of those inevitable accidents happens. Quick application of the compound makes the room more ple...