Kinesthetic Without the Krazy
Want to help your students develop their voice in writing? No mark of punctuation, in my humble opinion, is more valuable to developing voice than the colon.
A colon helps students develop voice in a of number of ways: through the ability to make lists (see what I did there?), create hard pauses, and emphasize important parts of their sentences.
Don’t wait for high school to teach colons. Middle school students are aching to find their writing voice: let’s give them the tools to do so.
Here is a fun, kinesthetic without the krazy Maze to teach/review colons.
I love to let students move around when they learn, but I Do NOT love the loud and off task behavior that can come with kinesthetic learning. So here is a kinesthetic lesson without the "Krazy." (Krazy = the potential for any of the following classroom management problems: opting out, letting others do all the work, loud and/or off task behavior, and having more fun than learning.) There is no krazy in The Maze!
*This product is a zipped folder with PDF documents.
*The product is fully editable so you can change wording (i.e. dependent vs. subordinate clause, class vs. period, etc.).
What is The Maze you ask? (For a free Maze, please see Independent vs. Dependent Clauses Kinesthetic Maze.)
In short, the students go into numerous “Mazes” throughout the year. Before our first Maze, we read a section of the book The Maze Runner. (However, you can certainly do the Maze without mentioning the book.)
I normally set up The Maze in the hallway, and students have to crack a code by finding clues on papers taped to the wall. Please note: this is NOT a real maze. The Maze is in their imaginations. In reality, they are in a much scarier place: a middle school hallway.
This is only one of the many kinesthetic Maze lessons I’ve created to motivate middle schoolers.
Give The Maze a try. Your students will thank you for it.