Saturday, May 4, 2013

Calming The Chaos

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog. All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two! Happy Hopping!

So the end of the year is pretty hectic right? There is SO much to do and so little time. Often is it SO hot! You are tired. The kids may either be hyper or shut down (or both). Here is one end of the year strategy that I use  that may help you !

You have heard of SCOOT right? If not, you will love it! A couple years ago a friend mentioned it and I said, "What?". Turns out I had already been doing it. Basically, it is an activity where the kids go around the room from desk to desk, usually for a very short time , moving when the teacher signals (with a bell perhaps). At each desk they have an activity to do. For example, one I use at the beginning of the year is simple adding. You put two playing cards or two dominoes on each student's desk. The students either get a pre-made record sheet or what I have often done is have the students fold a paper into 16 squares and on each square write the answer. At the end we often correct it together and they can bring it right home.



Here is an example of what a blank preprinted SCOOT sheet might look like.

Other skills you can practice with scoot include subtraction, multiplication, division, telling time, identifying coins, counting $, the list goes on and on. You can also work in skills from language arts, such as rhyming words, antonyms, and so on.

I have attached a freebie for you called SCOOT Rhyme Time. SCOOT requires little planning, if any ( you can even have students put the materials on each desk). It can be a sanity saver and I hope it can calm the chaos at the end of the year!



Just click on the picture below to grab it from google docs! Also, you may want to head to Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies to see other great ideas for the end of the year ! Click on their logo at the end of the post!





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18 comments:

  1. Bex,
    Love your blog. Thanks for the heads up about my link. My post is live, but I did email Kristy the actual url. Can you tell me how to get the icons of the stores to line up 3 across? I have worked on blogger all morning and can't get it to do that.
    Thanks,
    Kathy

    The Fun Factory

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    1. Hey Cathy ! I am not 100% sure but usually when something like that happens to my blog it is because a post is missing a closing tag. I go back and look for every single opening tag like and make sure it after that section there is a closing tag with a backslash for it like . Try going to the blogger forums and post the problem there. Whenever I have done that it takes very little time for some awesome person to post a solution! Hope it helps!

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    2. Oops sorry I spelled your name wrong !

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  2. Hi Bex! I still don't know if my link is working, I put in the new code Kristy sent but I just tried my link from your blog & it didn't work! Oh well, at least I'm finding out about some fun blogs like yours! I'm your newest follower!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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    1. I know Sue, I am excited to find new bloggy friends! I will have follow all your blogs, facebooks, etc.

      For your link, I don't know, but I did go to your home page and see the Calming the Chaos post. Maybe copy that link and e mail it to Kristy?

      PS any advice on how you got a link to your blog to show up after your comment? Cool!

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  3. Thanks Bex. I am sending you the html code for your signature (links your blog - I think that is what you mean in your comment above

    name of your blog goes here

    Kathy

    The Fun Factory

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    1. That's awesome Kathy! You rock ! Thanks !

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  4. opps sorry it didn't work I will email it to you if you like thefunfactory12@gmail.com
    Kathy

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  5. Bex, love your blog! Thanks so much for the great SCOOT freebie.

    Nicole
    Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade

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  6. I love SCOOT games! I use it for all kinds of concepts in my class! Thanks for sharing!

    Marcy
    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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    1. Thanks for saying hi Marcy ! Love the name of your blog !

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  7. Oh no I hear I may have uploaded the wrong version. I will look at it in about an hour! Sorry everyone !!

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  8. I discovered SCOOT about a year ago and love it! My students feel the same... It's such a nice way to get them moving and reviewing all while having FUN. That's a winner in my book.
    Glad I found you through the blog hop.
    :0) Melissa
    Www.moretime2teach.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I've been over to your blog before too ! It's great !

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  9. I fixed it I think! PLEASE DOWNLOAD it again and make sure you have the right one! Thanks everyone!

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  10. Thank you for this fun game, Bex. Sometimes the kids have to write a spelling word that rhymes with something, and I am surprised they have trouble. This will be just what we need for fun practice!

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I am glad you can use it!

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