I know that it's technically, "Student Motivation Saturday", but sometimes, teachers are motivated too and that's just as worthy of being shared!
At an inservice following Winter Break, I found out that I would no longer be with a small skill intervention group, but a large vocabulary skills group. (Going from just a handful of students to close to 30, short notice, and I really like to have a plan of attack. I may have had a slight panic attack.)
So I did what many teacher bloggers may do, jump on pinterest, search out my favorite blogs, and email blogging buddies for any and all ideas. Let me just tell you, I was overwhelmed by the results. Tons of ideas and products were shared. I am forever grateful for so many individuals who give of themselves, share ideas, friendships made... having the blogging buddies that I do and resources such as blogs to scour both are truly motivating to me!
I've delayed this post so that I could have pictures to share, but between my health issues last month, and the very few brain cells that are left by the end of the day when I have this group I usually forget to take pictures. I apologize for the lack of real-world photos, but I hope you'll still find some ideas!
Joanne shared with me a couple of word work activities that my students love! I've pulled them out about once a week, and the whole class gets into them!
My students especially love the word wizards. It works great for team competitions as well.
Catherine had a new product out in December that I had to have: her root word puzzles. She has a new pack with prefixes and suffixes that I'm going to have to purchase as well. The puzzles make for a wonderful center to review different roots that we've covered throughout the week.
I remember that Amelia had boggle boards in some of her centers packs. A great game included with several centers that I was able to use throughout my communications classes. Her February centers even had a center on various affixes that worked out really well too.
Last year, I bought a resource from Ladybug Teacher Files, it was a morphology dictionary. When I inherited this vocabulary group, I emailed Kristin as well, and she shared many ideas with me too! She's made new posters with morphology and curriculum terms and graphic organizers as well.
Seriously, I was overwhelmed by the response and ideas that were shared. This vocabulary group has been a lot of fun and I feel that the students are learning more as a result of this wonderful network of teachers that blogging brings! Teacher-motivation that then turns to student-motivation, love!