Teaching the '5 Jobs of a Noun' to your Elementary, Middle, and High School language arts students allows them to more easily recognize the other parts of speech in sentences. This is the FIRST THING I taught at the beginning of each year, and it gave my students amazing confidence.
Students will learn a NOUN can be a:
Subject - Direct Object - Indirect Object - Object of the Preposition - Predicate Noun
1. Subject (who or what the sentence is about)
2. Direct Object (who or what receives the action)
-I saw Molly.
3. Indirect Object (to whom or for whom – comes before the direct object)
-I gave Molly the note.
4. Object of the Preposition (the noun following the preposition)
-I gave the note to Molly.
5. Predicate Noun (the noun that follows a linking verb)
-The captain is Molly.
The 5 Jobs of a Noun are often difficult for students to identify. Not to worry! In addition to a 20-page PowerPoint teaching/reinforcing these concepts, an additional Practice + Assess lesson on each job will give your students the opportunity to practice what they have learned and then be assessed on the same subject.
You can find the 5 Jobs of a Noun bundle HERE
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Literacy Week is one of my *favorite* weeks of the year. We celebrate BOOKS and promote READING to our kids whether they are in preschool or 8th grade. Every child grew up with Dr. Seuss and knows his wonky stories and funny rhymes. Literacy Week is a great time to celebrate Dr. Seuss and remind your kids how much *fun* reading can be! If you need something fun for your students or even your own classroom... be sure to check out my Dr. Seuss activities here:
If you teach and are remote teaching... we are in the same boat. I actually quit my job last year to stay home and create lessons plans on TPT. Then my replacement didn't work out, and my principal asked me to come back. I have been back since December 2 - and let me tell you...
All I want to do is go back to school!
When it was announced we were closing the doors and going home... I thought this remote teaching thing was going to be a mini-vacation. I couldn't have been more wrong. I struggled at first to find good resources to use with my students.
A good resource I have on TPT is teaching the Five-Paragraph Essay.
Your students will MASTER:
Introductions (Hook, Background Information, Thesis Statement)
Body Paragraphs (Topic Sentence, Details, Closing Sentence + TRANSITIONS)
Conclusions (Summarize Thesis Statement, Review Body Paragraphs, Final Thought)
Check it out HERE!
Literacy Week (March 2-6)
My school is looking forward to Literacy Week next week. One of the fun activities the students will be doing is making words out of 'Reading is Fun.'
This is a wonderful activity to CHALLENGE your middle school students during Read Across America / Literacy Week... or anytime. This Dr. Seuss themed activity will challenge them to find 25 words made by the letters (reading is fun) - BUT - will they be able to come up with the ONLY WORD made by 11 of the 12 letters??? 1089 words are possible, and many of them are provided for your reference.
You can find the activity HERE if you want to do it with your own child or classroom:
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!
February 11th, 2020
Literacy Week (March 2-6) is a favorite time of the year! My school spends the entire week celebrating Dr. Seuss, the love of learning... and we READ READ READ all week as well as doing FUN literacy activities. One of my favorite lesson plans is on TPT...
It is called "The Film of Life" - Students have 22 movie frames to fill in with wonderful
(and maybe not so wonderful)
memories like losing a tooth, going on an airplane ride, winning an award, playing a sport, etc. All of these experiences have made them the person they are today. Then they get to think about WHERE they are going...
(Oh, The Places You'll Go!)
and creatively place those in the last four frames.
The lesson includes a 16-page student instruction PowerPoint with examples, a Film of Life and Template, and Teacher Instructions.
You can find it HERE!
Enjoy Literacy Week and Read Read Read!!!
Black History Month
February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Celebrate the achievements of African Americans by having your students research and create a FUN interactive fan.
Check it out here: Black History Month Interactive Fan
Kennedy Center Honors
I enjoy watching the Kennedy Center Honors each year
and have my students do a mini research project on
what it is and who is being honored
It is a wonderful CULTURAL LITERACY activity
that lets your students have a greater appreciation
for the arts and the effect these talented
men and women have had on our culture.
You can find it HERE in my TPT store!
Recipients are recognized through one of the following performing arts:
Be sure to watch the Kennedy Center Honors December 15th @ 8pm EST on CBS!
I met a fourth grader this week who asked me if I wanted to know a 'fun fact' about Presidents. I said YES! and we had a fabulous fifteen-minute conversation about everything Presidential. I asked him HOW he knew so much. He told me he reads. Don't you just LOVE that! I wanted to take him home with me.
I recently made a Presidential Interactive Fan for my TPT store. You too can engage your kids/students in all things Presidential.
You can find it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/US-Presidents-Interac…
Enjoy your weekend!
One more week with Nick...
Grown and Flown on Facebook
This blogger brings me to tears with every post. We are one week away from taking Nicholas to college (Cal State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo) and... even though he will only be an eight-hour drive away... he will be EIGHT HOURS AWAY! He is ready to go. I know Nick will do well because he is ultra responsible and driven and enjoys people and will enjoy being active in his new community. And they will enjoy him :)
But this blogger... she always hits the nail on the head.
I am not alone. I have been commiserating with my other mom friends in the same boat. It is a rough time to say goodbye to your child whom you have loved and enjoyed the past 18 years.
On the bright side... I get to keep Noah & Jacob who are going to college here in San Diego, and Alex is still a Junior in high school. Whew!
Cool 'Back To School' Lesson Plan
Any teachers out there looking for a very cool back to school writing assignment?
I did this last year with my 8th graders - and they LOVED it! Okay... not all of them loved it.
It pushed a lot of 13/14 year olds way out of their comfort zone - but that is GOOD!
Scott, Nick and I were driving home from looking at colleges last summer... and with a
little help from Johnny Cash... this *fun* idea popped into my head. It became a group
project when Scott started singing the first stanza - and I had to quickly write it down:
Well the last day of school in the middle of June (a)
And I didn’t know what I was gonna be doin’ (a)
But I knew I wanted the summer to be the best there ever was (b)
So I set my sights on some adventurous fun (c)
I lathered up with sunscreen and headed out in the sun (c)
And soon was doing just what a young kid does (b)
The kids had to then write about their adventurous summer - using a specific rhyming pattern,
and then they had to get up and sing it/say it/rap it to their classmates to the music of
"One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash. Check it out! It was extremely entertaining!
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