A fun writing prompt tool

A fun writing prompt tool

16 emojis

From byrdseed.com called Emoji Prompts.

The site starts a visitor with an emoji. As I’m writing this, the opening emoji is a beaming face with hearts as eyes.

Ideally, the visitor writes or speaks the beginning of a story based on that emoji.

With a click of the ‘AND THEN’ button, another emoji pops up [in this case, a face with a disapproving tongue-sticking-out expression] and the ad libbed story continues…

Check out the short demo.

Free 20-Idea Teaching Packet: Pancakes in Your Curriculum

Free 20-Idea Teaching Packet: Pancakes in Your Curriculum

In my recent serialized book [first 20 entries] The Next Page, Ms. Page delved into making pancakes.
And the teaching ideas just kept springing forth.

Here is a PDF entitled ‘Weaving curriculum into a pancake morning’.

Hoping you get a few useful, fun ideas.

The Next Page Entry 13: Morning break–My version

The Next Page Entry 13: Morning break–My version

morning break annie-spratt-fBrGckWLQ0Q-unsplash
Okay, ours wasn’t quite as free-flowing. But give me time. **Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

So, morning break.

A first step was to NOT call it ‘morning break’. I’m going with “10:00 Flex Time”. My thinking: Renaming it helps the ‘Why does Room 36 get morning break and we don’t?’ objection.  I like the multiple meanings, as we’ll be flexing our brains and our muscles, while also being flexible with our time. 

Because I wanted this first foray to go smoothly, I took them through each step ahead of time. [Someone calls it ‘journifying’.]

We walked out in two parallel lines. We formed two circles. After a quick review of a proper jumping jack, we did three sets of ten. As we did the jumping jacks, we counted by multiples of four. [Always fun to hear the inevitable confusion of numbers as they get higher…Note to self–a little review of ‘The Fours’ would be a good idea.]

I limited our flex time to just that. I wanted the basic steps to sink in. The kids will eventually ask why we’re always located behind the classroom. While we might be heard, we won’t be seen. No need to call attention our way any sooner than necessary. [With each day, I’m liking this whole ‘exiled to the boondocks’ more and more.]

Tomorrow: Burpees. 

Five new photo prompts for Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo…

Five new photo prompts for Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo…

evening street scene

Below are four more photo prompts I just added to my
Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo

Suggestions for teachers:

1. Let writers team up to author a story.

2. Give writers a separate assessment for their prewriting efforts.

3. Challenge writers to add:

  1. humor

  2. a real person as a character [celebrity? family member? another teacher on staff?]

  3. a heroic action



 

3 more friendship quotes/posters for your students

3 more friendship quotes/posters for your students

dog massaging another dog's back


I’ve added freely downloadable friendship posters to my Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo .

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

A couple of ways to use these files…

  • Project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘self-doubt’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • Pose the question, “Which one of these reminds you of one of your friends?”

  • Use one as a theme/’behavior guide’ for an upcoming week.


 


 


 

Friendship quotes/posters for your students

Friendship quotes/posters for your students

I’ve added freely downloadable friendship posters to my Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo .

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

A couple of ways to use these files…

  • Project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘self-doubt’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • Pose the question, “Which one of these reminds you of one of your friends?”

  • Use one as a theme/’behavior guide’ for an upcoming week.




 

Teacher ecard: Shadow puppets as a Plan B

Teacher ecard: Shadow puppets as a Plan B

old man doing shadow puppets

Another page from my in-progress Incomplete Book of Teacher Wisdom…

Freely downloadable, as always.

And since it’s a PNG, you can easily edit it here.

Drop by the Expo for a tour of the preview items.

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

Suggestions:

— Project it to the whiteboard and have the students provide their own captions.

— Save/download the image above and send it to a teaching colleague.

— Better yet…

  1. Open it in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. Slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment.

  3. Export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.

Teacher ecard: Field trips…a mixed blessing.

Teacher ecard: Field trips…a mixed blessing.

Teacher eCard Field Trips Mixed Blessing cropped

Freely downloadable, as always.

And since it’s a PNG, you can easily edit it here.

Drop by the Expo for a tour of the preview items.

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

Suggestions:

— Project it to the whiteboard and have the students provide their own captions.

— Save/download the image above and send it to a teaching colleague.

— Better yet…

  1. Open it in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. Slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment.

  3. Export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.