Our school and many schools around the nation are celebrating the week of respect. To raise awareness, our school has special dress up days such as asking students to wear a hat, mismatched clothes and to wear the color orange. Weeks like this promote community awareness and discussions about important topics. My classroom brainstormed specific ways respect looks like in different settings familiar to students.
Since respect is an abstract concept that can be hard to understand and explain, specific examples help students visualize how they can be respectful. My students were responsible for giving examples and drawing pictures of the different scenarios shown below. Students who are older can be responsible for writing examples on a sentence strip to help in the process of creating the anchor chart. Interactive anchor charts can help students feel more ownership and responsibility.
This chart will now hang in my classroom so we can refer back to it as needed throughout the year. Other activities regarding respect can be found online on sites such as Pinterest (where I got the idea for this poster) and Discovery Education (where I found videos). To aid in the presentation and discussion, I showcased different examples of respect through videos and class modeling.
Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to spelling words. Instead of boring repetition drills or using the outdated method of writing something 100 times, there are many activities students can participate in to practice weekly spelling words.
To start, I downloaded a great resource from teacherpayteacher that guides students to trace, write, build, find and use their spelling word in a sentence. Then, I have students use magnetic foam alphabet blocks and dry erase markers to write and build their words three more times during a rotating center.
To reinforce the skills with an adult, my students can then practice writing their words in sand while saying the word and each letter of the word out loud.
For homework, students can choose from a variety of activities that reinforces the words at home. Here are some ideas below:
Write the word 3x times using pencil, colored pencil, and crayon
Write the words in rainbow colors
Write the words in ABC order
Write a sentence for each word
Write or type a story using all your spelling words
Stamp the words
Build the words with legos, clay, dough, yarn or pipecleaners
String the words together using letter beads
Write the words in a verticle pyramid format. For example: l, lo, lov, love
Practice building the words using magnetic letter blocks
Type spelling words on the computer
Spell words in a sand or salt container
Trace words on the back of your hand
Spell words in shaving cream
Trace letters into the air (sky write)
Use ABC blocks to spell words (Scrabble)
Build words using ABC stickers
Use q-tips and paint words
Write words in glue and add glitter
Use newspaper and magazine to clip letters to build words
We use a spelling notebook to keep track of their progress and their words. All words are individualized so a spelling book helps everyone stay organized. Please feel free to use some of these ideas in your classroom! 🙂 Enjoy!