This game is SO much fun for your class. Set up a "baseball diamond" on a wall - I just draw it on the white board. Each question is worth a certain number of bases. When a student gets the question right, the move their player the designated
These are the 5 centers I use in my classroom. Students are on a 15 minute station rotation. If you have a longer class, of course, you can make your centers longer.
We are a 1:1 laptop school so each student has their own computer, which works
This activity goes along with chapter 32 of the novel where Craig draws a map during arts and crafts. It gives students a chance to use their own experiences and interests to relate to the characters in the book. It can also be extended into a
For this activity, your students will get the chance to offer Craig the advice that his good friends should have given him. This activity focuses on empathizing with peers and gaining a deeper meaning of the book.
A simple introduction to It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini that includes an author's biography, character descriptions. It also sets up the themes of the novel and provides a thoughtful quote from the book for a classroom discussion.
This PowerPoint displays 17 of the most powerful videos. sound clips, and videos taken from Sept.11, 2001. Students view and discuss each slide and, after choosing 5 slides to reflect upon, they are asked to write a reflection paragraph/essay for
This extensive planning and research project covers the 4 core subjects and is made up in parts for both group assessments and individual assessments. For this project, students will (1) plan a trip, (2) individually research and write about one of
This game allows students to get familiar with each other the same way that Noelle and Craig do on their first "date". It is a good lesson in listening and conversing as well as relating to characters from the novel
For classes studying American literature, this is a great tool for introducing a poetry unit. This presentation includes Whitman, Emerson, Dickinson, Frost, and Silverstein. Typically, I like to teach two poets a day and pair the lesson with 2 or 3
At the end of each novel, I like to assess with a standard test AND a longer writing assignment.
This is the essay that I used to assess my students at the end of our novel study over Wonder. You can modify and adjust as needed.
Let your kids play baseball while reviewing verbs! This interactive review game incorporates team building skills while reviewing verb forms, verb phrases, and verbals. The game includes single run, double run, and home run questions.
This project is mostly geared toward younger level classes who have not yet studied Shakespeare; however, older grades may benefit from it as well. Before diving in to his literature, have your students become "friends" with THE man himself first.