St. Patrick's Day Activities and Ideas

 It's time to bring some St. Patrick's Day activities and ideas into your classroom since it's right  around the corner. You can even pin this blog post and save it for this time next year!

Leprechaun Paper Plate Mask

Grab this fun and easy to make mask from Simply Today Life! you probably have ALL the materials you need right in your classroom!

Simply Today Life

Scavenger Hunt

Food Fun and Family have a free, no hassle St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt  that you could do at school OR home with your own children.

Make Rainbows Inside!

Another fun  one of my St. Patrick's Day Activities I love is making rainbows from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas! Easy to create indoors, even if you don't have a prism!

Cute Clover Plants

I found some really fun ideas for cute little clover plants (that you can also use as place cards at home) from Chica and Jo. So adorable!

St. Patrick's Day Math Games

Linda Nelson from Primary Inspiration by Linda Nelson has some really fun games for you to jazz up your math class or math centers! Check them out at her Teachers Pay Teachers shop here!

Free Pop Art Project

I LOVE using Art with Jenny K's seasonal pop art projects! They are a fun and no prep way to incorporate holidays into your classroom. Check her St. Patrick's Day freebie here!

My Writing and Math Freebies

I also have TWO freebies for you! A free graphing activity and a free writing prompt (where students write about what they would want to find at the end of the rainbow). You can check them out by clicking on their names below or their covers.

What are your favorite St. Patrick's Day activities and ideas? Be sure to let us know so we can all add them to our repertoire!

How to Introduce Flexible Seating

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All At Once
Maybe it's the start of a school year, or maybe you just really stocked up, or that Donor's Choose project got funded, and you have everything and want the students to try it out! Last year, this is how I did it. I went over (briefly) the guidelines (ie rules) for the seating options, let students try it out and tweaked things, gave reminders, and yes, sometimes told certain students they couldn't use a certain seat because they were not using it safely (my number one rule). Last year, I also had a rule the first week of school that students needed to try a different type of seat each day. I kept a little checklist on my clipboard to help me make sure kids were doing so. This also helped if someone said "I don't know where I can sit" especially on the fourth or fifth day. I could say "Okay, you tried wobble stools, IKEA stools and scoop rockers. How about the carpet seats, a stability ball, or camp chair today?"

How to introduce flexible seating - ideas and tips !
One Option at a Time
Perhaps you are just more comfortable introducing and having students try out one option at a time...It's pretty easy if you are bringing just one option out, like the first year I tried it when I brought in two camp chairs from home. I let a couple kids try them out each day and then after a few weeks I rounded up a stability ball chair and we tried that, too. However, if you do this, you need desks or an alternative for most of the students to sit at at first when you only have introduced one or two options. That year, I was adding them in to a classroom full of desks. You could have everyone else sit at carpet seats if you have no desks. If that won't work for you, scroll down for an in between option!
How to introduce flexible seating - ideas and tips !
A Few Options at a Time 
Sharing a few options at a time is another way to go, too!  You could bring out 2-3 options, have the rest of students at desks or carpet seats, make sure you go over guidelines in details, and then after a day or two, introduce another option or two (this actually reminds me of how I roll out classroom jobs several at a time over the course of the first week of school).
How to introduce flexible seating - ideas and tips !
What is your favorite way of introducing flexible seating options to your class? Let me know in the comments? And if you want to see some of my students focus and comfortable in some flexible seating, check out the images below!

      How to introduce flexible seating - ideas and tips !

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    Tips for Teaching Writing

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    Isn't teaching writing so tough? Personally, I always find it the most challenging subject to teach. I have been to professional development and found resources with online videos and books that helped me, so I wanted to share with you!

    Texts for Students and Teachers

    First, I highly recommend helping your students get invested in learning about writing with books made for children. I love the Katie Woo Series, Arthur Writes a Story, and several more.

    Also, I find books for teachers to be very helpful. Some of my favorites are:
    Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins
    How's it Going? by Carl Anderson
    The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Seravello

    Picture Prompts

    Use Funny or silly picture prompts to inspire students! You can use silly pictures from the internet or, if you want it all done, explained, and ready for you, check out Hojo's Teaching Adventures blog post here

    Anchor Charts 

    So helpful! We are Teachers have collected and shared tons of ideas!  

    What Works Clearinghouse Tips

    Steve Graham from What Works Clearinghouse (U.S. Department of Education) has shared some really helpful tips.

    Provide Daily Time to Write

    • The important, but often overlooks daily writing time - Even 5-10 minutes of free writing, or working on in progress work is great!

    Teach the Writing Process

    • Teach by modeling the steps of the writing process and be sure to display a visual or visuals for students in your space.
    • Also use the gradual release of responsibility to help the students.
    • Support Students in choosing and using appropriate writing strategies.

    Teach Students to Write for a Variety of Purposes

    • Help them expand their idea of audience. Some students write just for themselves or you, but have them write letters to their principal or consider writing with younger book buddies in mind, or local politician or the world at large!
    • Help your students understand difference reasons and purposes for writing.
    • Teach students to use models (ie mentor texts, peer exemplars) to learn from.

    Create an Engaged Writing Community in your Classroom

    • Support student collaboration.
    • Help students learn how to give appropriate peer feedback. I love the peer editing checklists from Keys to Writing.
    • Share your own writing with your class!
    • Provide choices for students as far as to topics and assignments!

    Writing Prompts (Including a Freebie!)

    Finally, I also have some ready to go writing prompts that would help you and your students. I used them weekly with second graders. There is a freebie you could try out, and your could look for other prompt collections in my store, or you could save money, time, and grab the full year, 229 page bundle here! You can also join the RWR Insiders Club (free to join) for a 15 page writing prompts freebie! Join up here. Click on the images below to take a look at them!

    Feel free to let me know your favorite tip for teaching writing in the comments!
    Also check out any of the books I have mentioned by clicking on their covers below to see them at Amazon.



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    pencil ready to write and RWR Insiders Club link to get freebies