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Weekly Goal Setting
Using Post-In notes and some sticky tack, Ms. Abii implements a weekly goal setting activity for each of her three fourth-grade classes. Each of her 70 students learns to how to set attainable goals and achieve them.
Write Stories with Toontastic iPad App
Ms. Sutter uses Toontastic, a free app on the iPad created by Launchpad Toys to create a place for students to have their writing come alive in the form of cartoons.
Watch Eagles Hatch Live from School
The Raptor Resource Project has a camera trained on an eagles' nest in Decorah, Iowa and started live streaming on March 23, 2011.
Word Therapy
I devised a vocabulary exercise that I call 'Word Therapy.' When we begin a new unit, students choose a word to portray in a 'therapy session,' which we hold on Thursdays.
Whisper Readings
I have found that kids of all ages love whisper reading into a homemade phone. Take a PVC plastic elbow shape and...
Walk and Talk Exam Prep
Here's an idea that works with highly social students preparing for their final exams. I clear the room, divide the students into two groups, and...
Words of Encouragement
Teachers should have a scrapbook binder with plastic sleeves for saving positive notes from parents...
Word Patterns
We use the program by Kathy Ganske, Words Sorts and More. There are four different levels of words and books to accompany each level...
Writing Utensil Collection
Start a collection of castoff pens and pencils. Keep a few on your desk to lend to students.
Word Window
Where do you post your cumulative vocabulary word list in a classroom with little extra wall, white board, or bulletin board space?
Winter Holiday Rotation
This team of five first-grade teachers developed a plan to teach about a variety of winter holidays. In this special day-long event, each teacher covers a single holiday in depth, while the children rotate among classrooms.
Writing Vocabulary Stories
"To build on vocabulary, I place important and new words from the next novel we are about to begin on the board.
Wait Cards
I use numbered cards to organize students who need my individual attention. I laminate the kind of cards made for classroom calendars and put them in order in a basket…
Walkie-Talkie Lockdown
If there is an intruder in the building or on school grounds, and our school needs to impose a lockdown, here is what we do. Our P.E. teachers, and any other teacher that is not in his/her classroom d...
Wandering Eyes
In order to prevent those wandering eyes during tests, I invested $5.00 for a pair of mirrored sunglasses with a holographic smiling face on each lens. While the holograms smile away to help brighten ...
Want Ads
Some of my students thought that school was of no value to them so I decided we, as a class, would see what life would be like if they dropped out of school then and there. We searched the Want Ads fo...
Wanted Work Groups
I use a sociogram to create workgroups in my class. Each student is asked to put his or her own name on a quarter sheet of paper. Under this name, the student writes the names of two others in the cla...
Wanted: Basic Skills
I researched the wages and background requirements for a variety of jobs to share with my students. All the best-paying high school diploma jobs require testing for placement on the hiring list and th...
Watch Those Hands!
We're in the habit of looking at students' faces almost always. But if you regularly drop your focus about 12-18 and look at hands, you can see some very revealing things going on. This works especial...
Waxed Strings
I often use lacing strings in my class for art projects and lacing boards. When I need new ones, I cut pieces of yarn to the desired length and dip them all at one time into melted wax. After they've ...
Ways to Welcome New Teachers
I put a coffee cup or small basket filled with goodies such as tea bags, coffee, candy bars, cookies and a note in each new teacher's mailbox. In the note, I welcome them and tell them where I can be ...
We Missed You
To manage make-up work, I decorate several manila folders with cut-out shapes (apples, pencils, etc.). On the outside of these folders, I write: 'We missed you! Please complete the enclosed make up wo...
Web 66 to Research Immigration
I teach American literature and American history in a teamed classroom. My students research immigration patterns to America. They e-mail schools from the countries they are researching through the li...
Web Site for Teachers
I developed lesson plans for using newspaper editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in social studies, art, journalism and English from elementary through high school. My husband, a syndicated cartooni...
Weekly Behavior Report
To keep parents informed of their child's progress and behavior, I send a Weekly Behavior Report home each Monday. The report has a box for each day in which I document both positive and negative beha...
Weekly Chores
After more than 20 years of teaching, I have finally found a way to assign weekly chores/jobs to my children without any fuss or bother. I have 20 children in my class; so on the first day of school I...
Weekly Communication
I teach a one-semester speech class that is required for graduation from our 400-student high school. One of my major goals in the first three or four weeks is to establish an atmosphere of trust. I r...
Weekly Email
When I was teaching, I had almost every student’s email address and many of their parents' addresses in my computer address book. I would send them an email every Sunday about upcoming quizzes, tests,...
Weekly E-Mail Newsletter
I e-mail newsletters to my students and their parents. At the beginning of the year, I collect the addresses of all those interested in receiving the newsletter. I send out a quick little newsletter a...
Weekly Envelopes
Every Thursday I allow my students to clean their desks while I pass back all the graded papers that I've collected during the week. I look over their work carefully and take the time to comment on ea...
Weekly Folder to Parents
At our school we send home a 'Friday Folder.' The students decorate an oversized brown, clasp envelope (9x 12 aren't large enough for some of those big projects). We then run each one through the lami...
Weekly Paychecks
I connect the classroom with the world of work by giving out weekly paychecks instead of grades. Students receive points on their paycheck with which they can buy certain rewards in life. Rewards cons...
Weekly Sanity Schedule
At the end of the school day the amount of work that a teacher takes home seems endless. To keep focused, I designate different nights of the week to different purposes. For example, Monday, Wednesday...
Welcoming Phone Calls
I ask my principal to give me the names and home phone numbers of our new teachers and give them a call before school starts to welcome them to our building. I give them information about our school a...
Welcoming Subs
As a former student council sponsor, one of our favorite projects was to make our substitute teachers feel welcome and valued when they came to our school. Our student council members put together doz...
What to Wear
If you work with primary school age children, here is a way to make them feel less worried about and less frightened on the first day of school. At your school's Open House, wear something distinctive...
What's My Noun?
I have a game that I play with two to four teams. Each team writes five nouns for a member of the other team to describe with up to five adjectives. I can increase or decrease the number of nouns, dep...
When Nothing Isn't Good Enough
Eliminate the overused answer of 'nothing' students give their parents when asked what they did at school. Have students write their own note home to Mom or Dad telling them at least one thing they le...
When Paras Help Students Too Much
I am currently a regular Middle School Social Studies teacher but have served inclusion students for three years. I had a para that was assisting the students too much, a problem that definitely needs...
When Students Move
Whenever a student moves out of the district, I provide him/her with a stamped, addressed envelope. I tell the student to wait a month to get acclimated to his/her new surroundings and then write me a...
When Your Child Is Also Your Student
I taught in split grade situations for many years, and so have had the opportunity to teach my four sons for years. The biggest key I found was to be scrupulously fair, perhaps leaning ever so slightl...
Where to Submit Student Poetry
If you're searching for a place to submit a student poem for publishing, you should check out www.gigglepoetry.com. There are several poems on their page. I also found a link about submitting student ...
While the Math Teacher Is Out
As a secondary math teacher and the new teacher advisor in our school district, I understand very well that math teachers can sometimes be frustrated when they miss class and need a substitute. Oftent...
White Board Erasers
As a middle school math teacher, I have fallen in love with individual white boards. What I haven't fallen in love with are the ineffective little erasers that the white board companies offer. After u...
White Boards in the Classroom
I purchased six 4x8 foot sheets of melamine and made table tops out of them. I set the tops over each group of desks in my room. Anytime we are doing a guided practice or a review session, the student...
White Paper Recycling
I feel hypocritical throwing paper in the trash after teaching about tree conservation. So, I called a local recycling company and obtained two five foot tall bins to place in our school. All students...
Whiteboard Mistakes
Sometimes a marker is grabbed to write on the whiteboard and invariably, it turns out to be a permanent marker. A quick solution is to use the correct type of dry-erase marker to write over the perman...
Who wants to be a Millionaire?
My class is enjoying reviewing each day by playing our version of the popular game show Who wants to be a Millionaire? A student is chosen to sit in the hot seat. Questions pertaining to the day's les...
Window Shade Charts
I like to use a word wall to introduce new words to my students. I have limited space in my classroom so I make my word charts on old window shades that can be pulled down during writing times. Frayed...
Wiping Boards
When whiteboards need a good cleaning, simply use Baby Wipes, Cleaning Up over the entire surface. The wipes will take off the marker that erasers leave behind and they're less expensive than white bo...
Wonders of Hair Spray
I keep a bottle of hair spray on hand for whiteboard marker mistakes. It also gets ink out of clothing as well as a multitude of other things. It makes me wonder what it does to hair.
Word Boards
I receive words of the day from Wordsmith and Word du Jour which are both free email services. I print them out and back them with colorful construction paper to make great bulletin board displays. I ...
Word of the Week
Each week, I write an unusual vocabulary word on a large index card or strip. I then show the word to the class, pronounce it, and we discuss possible meanings for the word. I choose a small group of ...
Word of the Week
Maybe this has been around for ages but it works terrifically for me. It's called WORD OF THE WEEK. Each student takes a turn choosing a word from the dictionary on Monday morning - a word he/she does...
Word Wall
I have a word wall of all the spelling words we've had throughout the year. I write the words on eight inch sentence strips on card stock weight paper. I color code lists for my different spelling dif...
Growing Vocabulary
At the beginning of each week, my students head a sheet of paper with the title Words of the Week. Every day I put a new word on the overhead projector. They copy it onto their sheet and we take seve...
Words Their Way
Have you heard of the Words Their Way program? Professors from the University of Virginia developed this. The authors are Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, and Francine Johnston. The pr...
Work Folders
I always have a work folder with developmentally appropriate activities ready to go. This keeps students focused while waiting to receive your attention. I use colored paper about three-fourths of the...
WOW Activity
Middle school students are social beasts, and because of that I often do small group work and use this activity. However, when I have to work with a small group on a particular concept, this activity ...
Wrapped Boards
An easy way to cover painting easels is to use the new Glad Press 'n Seal Wrap. Just press the wrap down onto the easel board making sure to press the edges firmly where they wrap to the back of the b...
Writing a Play
I divide my class into two groups and give each group the assignment of creating a short play. I tell them they must use all the props in a bag I give them. The groups have 15 minutes to think of thei...
Writing about Self
I like to tell my students something about me the first day of school. I make a list of 20 things about me including age, where I went to school, where I have lived, etc. This becomes my prewriting. I...
Writing Assignment Chart
My students write daily and use Word '97 to publish their stories. To help me to keep track of who has a story to publish, I use a large chart called 'Papers to Publish'. I list the students' names on...
Writing Autobiographies
Students in my computer classes learn how to format reports by writing their own autobiographies. They begin by drawing a 'map' on a plain sheet of paper that I do with them on overhead. In the top ri...
Writing Checks for Holidays I
Ms. Golomb has developed a math and money skills lesson in which her third- and fourth-grade students develop a budget, shop gift catalogues for holiday presents, and then practice writing checks.
Writing 'De-Tails'
With this creative, Thanksgiving-themed writing activity, Ms. Hurd uses a large, paper cutout of a turkey to illustrate how the main idea and support details work together.
Writing from Catalogues
Ms. Landis uses holiday gift catalogues as the pretext for a writing lesson. Students use an imaginary sum of money to shop for gifts, and then write a formal business letter requesting various items, computing costs, and choosing payment.
Writing Good Details
I use a six-day activity to help students see the importance of using good details in writing.
Writing In History
Since one can argue that specific historical data is not needed in the everyday workplace, I bypass the argument entirely by focusing on writing. I emphasize to students that the knowledge they gain i...
Writing on Lamination
I use a permanent marker to write on all my laminated materials. Dry erase markers tend to smudge and make charts look sloppy. Permanent marker comes off easily with nail polish remover.
Writing on Overheads
I use my overhead a lot and found that writing directly on the sheets stains them so I put blank transparencies on top of the preprinted ones. This way, I can put the preprinted transparencies right b...
Writing Sticks
I use ice cream sticks to aid children in writing sentences. I give everyone a stick with their name written on the left side for directionality. I make a green dot for 'GO' following the child's name...
Writing Five Line Themes
Many teachers say they have problems getting students to write. Sometimes students have difficulties coming up with ideas. I tell my students to write about what they know. I find that when they do, t...