12.07.2017

Literature Inspired Ornaments

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I had a classroom set of very old, falling apart To Kill a Mockingbird books. They were in too poor of condition to resell or donate (many were missing pages). Some of the pages we used for a blackout poetry project. But with 100+ of these books, I wanted to find another easy way to repurpose my favorite novel. 
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BOOK QUOTE ORNAMENT (Glued on outside of ball)
I was inspired by images on Pinterest of so many book crafts; one that caught my eye that I knew I would be capable of making was an image of a holiday ornament made from pages of a book. I gathered up some old plastic colored balls and grabbed my Modge Podge glue and scissors and started cutting and gluing.


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I quickly realized that my strips were too wide. If you are gluing the pages on the outside of the ball, cut the strips into two- or three-line strips. The skinnier the quotes, the easier they are to wrap around the ball. I found wrapping them vertically rather than horizontally worked best. 

But this way does take a long time. I also found out NOT to glue your favorite quotes first, because chances are, they will be covered up. The first layer of quotes will probably not show, so feel free to glue blank pages first, then your favorite quotes after.

It took me several hours just to complete one. The more I made, though, the faster I became. Picking out the quotes probably took the longest.
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They were pretty but needed a little sparkle. I purchased some Diamond Dust, clear glitter, and clear "vase filler" baubles that looked like little ice pebbles and figured I would experiment with each and see what I liked best.
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Make sure to let the ornaments dry completely overnight or for at least 12 hours before adding any embellishments.

I found my favorite look was to glue the ice pebbles near the top, then sprinkle the diamond dust on top and down the sides. I didn't want too much because I wanted to be able to read the quotes through the dust and glitter. 
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You can experiment with the amount of bling you wish to add. 



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BOOK QUOTE ORNAMENT (Filled clear balls or other shapes)
I really love the look of the glued strips on the balls, but not the amount of time they took. So I purchased some clear balls and present shapes and decided to fill them instead. (This ornament is FAST and so easy!)


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I took the quotes and wrapped them around my pinky, then stuck them in the balls. Most of them retained their shapes. I experimented with wrapping them around skinnier objects like a colored pencil or just rolling them into a spiral helped keep their curls better.  
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While just the book quotes looked nice, they tended to just roll up together into one big curl. So I realized I needed another element inside the shapes to keep them from doing that.

I added a mixture of the diamond dust, clear glitter, silver glitter, and some of the little ice pebbles. This worked well. Adding another paper element that wasn't rolled into a curl, however, worked the best. I had some crinkles--I don't know what you call these things, but they are like shredded paper folded in zig zags--left over from a gift, so I added some of those, and they worked. They kept the quote strips apart and added some color, too.


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There are so many possibilities you can try with this type of ornament. As long as it fits in the ball, you could add charms, beads, and anything that fits inside relating to the novel.


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I hope you enjoy this little craft and are able to repurpose your own old novel sets into beautiful ornaments.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.  

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12.02.2017

Celebrate the Holidays in Your Classroom

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog for Day 12 of the 12 Days of December Holiday Blog Hop


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Incorporating comfort and joy into your classroom during the holiday season can be as easy as a lesson relating to the holidays or announcing a contest or challenge to your fellow staff members.

REGIFTING: YAY OR NAY?
Regifting: most of us are guilty of regifting something at least once in our lives. What do your students think about regifting? You can have some engaging arguments in your classroom on the topic.


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My nonfiction argument lesson on regifting contains "pro" and "con" articles on regifting. Students read both sides, analyze both arguments, then decide which side of the debate they fall. It also includes a role-play activity, an infographic assignment where students collect their own data and create an infographic based on their findings, and a writing component in which students form their own arguments on regifting using the data and research they collected.

HOLIDAY COLORING PAGES
Coloring and doodling aren't just for children. CNN reported last year that coloring can "...reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about mindfulness." We all know students (and teachers) who can benefit from less tension and improved concentration and mindset. 


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My Christmas and Holiday coloring pages are geared toward teens and are perfect for decorating your classroom for the holidays. The winter-themed pages can be used for the entire season.


Christmas and Winter Themed Doodle and Coloring Pages
Students who like to doodle will love the doodle pages included.


DOOR DECORATING CONTEST
Last year when some teachers at my high school decided to have a holiday door decorating contest, little did we know how much joy it would bring to not only the students but the entire staff.

The guidelines were very simple: decorate your door for the holidays and complete it within a week. You could do it yourself or have your students help you during our common 8th period study hall.

Since there weren't any stipulations, pretty much anything holiday-related was acceptable. Some teachers used their content area for inspiration, like my fellow English teacher's "Winter PoeTree," complete with poems written by students:


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Or by our P.E. teachers on the locker room doors:

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And by one of our math teachers:


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Others made their doors warm and cozy with fireplaces:
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Our computers/business teacher's door.

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One of our science teacher's door. Names on the stockings are students from Physics class.


While others used iconic holiday characters like the Grinch, Snoopy, and Olaf:

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A math teacher's door.
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The special education room.

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Another math teacher's door.

Even our principal and office staff got in on the fun:

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Our principal's office door.
The student office workers and secretaries made the "Nice" list;
our principal and athletic director made the "Naughty" list.


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The door to the main office.
For my door, I decided to go with one of my favorite holiday movies as inspiration: A Christmas Story. I debated on whether the leg lamp would be appropriate but thought I would take my chances. I decided I wanted the outside of the box on the outside of my door and the lamp on the inside of my door: 
 

I used large rolls of printed paper in woodgrain patterns for the box and the window frame and stars for the sky. (Most of the supplies I used were leftover from Homecoming float-building and Prom decorating supplies or Christmas decorations I happened to have.)   

Our school has an excellent color photocopier with an enlargement feature that will print a giant image on several pieces of 11x14 in. paper (you just need to piece them together). I used this feature to print the leg lamp and the larger images of the characters. I made two copies of the lampshade so I could tape battery-operated fairy lights under the top layer of the lampshade. To add another three-dimensional feature, I taped real black fringe to the bottom of the top layer lamp shade. 

Then things got a little out of control...

    
 Once I started decorating around the door, I just couldn't stop. And there were so many parts of the movie I wanted to include! So I added the Bumpus dogs, Scut Farkus, the famous "You'll shoot your eye out" quote, Ralphie in his cowboy outfit, his C+ essay, the Little Orphan Annie Decoder and Ovaltine message, Ralphie in his pink bunny gift, Randy's zeppelin, the Old Man's bowling ball, the Red Ryder BB gun, the Old Man's "Fra-Gee-Lay" quote, Ralphie's mom correcting him, Ralphie dropping the lugnuts and saying "Oh Fudge," LifeBuoy soap, Randy in his snow suit "I can't move my arms," the triple-dog dare, Flick's tongue on the pole, and Scut and Grover Dill. (The "retweets" comment was because a student had recently said he would tackle a Christmas tree if his tweet got 150 retweets.)


Here's a video of my "A Christmas Story" door:


The total cost of this door was less than $3 (the black fringe was the only thing I purchased) because I was able to repurpose leftover decorating supplies and use holiday decorations I already had on hand. Of course, being able to use our school's photocopier helped keep costs down.  

I'll post pictures from this year's door decorating contest in a separate blog, so make sure to follow me to get updates. This year's theme is any holiday song; I'll be helping my husband with his social-studies classroom door. 

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Bringing comfort and joy into your classroom doesn't have to be complicated, of course. A simple string of lights, playing of a holiday song as students walk in the classroom, or wearing an "ugly" holiday sweater can be enough to bring a smile to your students' faces.

Make sure you check out Hello Teacher Lady and Write On with Miss G's blog posts, as well!

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I hope you obtained many great ideas from my fellow bloggers for bringing comfort and joy into your classroom!

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11.25.2017

Using Holiday Ads in the Classroom

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During the holidays, advertisers ramp up their advertising, luring buyers to their stores. They'll use colorful, vivid words to snag new customers, which actually works in YOUR favor, English teachers! You can use their ads to teach a number of lessons.

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1. CHANCE (or DADA) POEMS: Cut up the words and use them for an impromptu poetry writing session. I like to store the words in little plastic baggies and use them when we have time left at the end of the period. I'll have students work in groups and prompt them to create a poem based on the lesson we just practiced (or the book/story/character we are reading). Or if there is a fun event coming up (a holiday, a dance, etc.), have them create a poem related to the event. Give them a limited time to create a poem, then have each group share with the class.

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2. PARTS OF SPEECH REVIEW: Have students cut out the words themselves*, only with a twist--require students to find an example of each part of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection). You can make it a contest and see who can come up with the most (and the most interesting). *If the words are already cut out, they can just each take a baggie full and sort them by part of speech.

3. REVIEW IDIOMS AND CLICHÉS: Ads are perfect for containing overused idioms and clichés. Introduce and/or review the figurative phrases with your students. Have them find their own in the ads, old magazines, or in newspaper headlines.

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4. ANALYZE THE MERIT OF MARKETING: Have students look over the ads, analyzing the marketing techniques used, including the word choices and design/aesthetics (colors, font, and placement of words and products on the page). Which phrases stood out to them? Which did they pay little attention to? Were others more effective? Why?

5. ANALYZE TARGET AUDIENCES: As students look over the ads, ask them to evaluate who might the target audience be for the ad. How did they come to that conclusion? Which words and/or phrases did they use as clues? Do the ads stereotype?

I've been using ads and newspapers in my classroom for years. If you do not have access to a newspaper or magazines, check with your media specialist to see if she/he has older copies that can be saved for you. Also, your school may be eligible for Newspapers in Education. It's a wonderful program that supplies classrooms with copies of newspapers, which are paid for by donations from local businesses.

My Magnetic Poetry Kit is also an option for activities #1 and #2 if you don't have access to newspapers or magazines.

You can keep collecting the ads through the spring: Valentine's Day ads are perfect for love-inspired poems; there's also President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and so on... Each holiday will offer different flavors of language to suit the occasion.

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COMING SOON: Handouts for each of these activities, which will be included in my POETRY BUNDLE (a bundle of ALL of my poetry-related resources...past, present, and future!)

Poetry bundle: A growing bundle of all my poetry resources


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11.17.2017

Wonder Movie Compare/Contrast Activities

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Now that the movie version of R.J. Palacio's bestseller Wonder is out, your students can practice great critical-thinking skills comparing the novel to its theatrical rendition.

The seventh Common Core anchor reading standard (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7) asks students to "Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words." The movie version, of course, is the visual depiction of the text, so it's a perfect opportunity to practice this skill in your classroom.

IMPLEMENTING THESE SKILLS IN YOUR CLASSROOM
• Before seeing the movie, have your students describe how they envision the characters in their minds from the evidence given in the text. For example, we know Jack's character has curly blonde hair from Justin's description of him on page 187. Then, after they see the movie, have them describe what Jack looked like in the movie. How did his depiction differ? 


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• Have your students write which scenes/events from the novel they hope to see portrayed in the movie. For example, one student may hope the movie shows the story of Auggie's birth, including the farting nurse. Another student may hope to see Via and Justin acting in "Our Town," while another student may want to see Henry, Miles, and Amos saving Auggie and Jack from the seventh graders at camp. After the movie, have them reflect on how these scenes were represented in the movie (or if they even made the cut). 


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• Sometimes certain events from the book cannot logistically happen in a movie so they may be changed completely into a whole new scene that didn't happen in the book. After seeing the movie, have your students write about their favorite movie "additions"--the scenes that were never in the book, but were in the movie. Ask them how it enhanced or changed the way they "saw" the story from the book. Did it make it better? Worse? 


Additional activities for specific grade levels:  

Fourth Grade (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.7):
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

• Have students write a list of their favorite quotes from the novel. They can also reflect on WHY those quotes are important to them. 

• After seeing the movie, have them reflect on those quotes and whether they were included in the movie. For those that were omitted, did it change the way they felt about the story? For those that were included, did it enhance the meaning of the quote when they saw/heard it in the movie? 


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Fifth Grade (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7):
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

• The quote activities for Fourth grade work very well for the Fifth-grade standard, as well--especially reflecting on if and how it enhanced the meaning of the text when they saw/heard it in the movie.

• In addition, your students can evaluate the scenes from the book that did NOT make the cut in the movie. How did their absence affect the story? Were there any scenes deleted that they thought should have been in the movie? 

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Sixth Grade (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.7):
Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

• Both activities for Fourth and Fifth work well for Sixth.

• When students compare and contrast specific character depictions, have them describe how they "heard" the characters when they read the novel. For example, we also learn in the book (through Justin) that Jack has a "low, gravelly voice" like one of the kids from the Little Rascals (p. 196). Did Jack's voice sound the same in the movie? Did it change the way they perceived Jack's character? 

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• Another activity that will allow students to analyze the movie depiction is asking themselves whether they think the author would approve of the movie? This allows them to think critically about both the text and the movie and whether the overall effect--with changes and all--made a difference or not.

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USE THE MOVIE TRAILERS IF YOUR STUDENTS CANNOT SEE THE MOVIE
Can't see the movie as a class or have students who missed out? No problem! If your students aren't able to see the movie, you can still use the movie trailers to do many of the activities. Click on the following links to see different trailers:

#ChooseKind Wonder Movie Trailer: Features Auggie, Isabel, Nate, Mr. Tushman, Julian, Charlotte, Jack, Summer, the Seventh Graders from camp, Mr. Browne, Via, Mr. Tushman  

"Inspiring" Wonder Movie Clip: Features Auggie, Isabel, Nate, Via, Jack, Mr. Browne, Daisy, Summer, Justin 

"Whispering" Wonder Movie Clip: Features Auggie, Isabel, Nate, and Via Pullman

"Toughest Kid" Wonder Movie Clip: Features Auggie, Summer, Julian, Jack, Charlotte, Via, Isabel, and Nate

"Precepts" Wonder Movie Clip: Features Mr. Browne, Julian, Charlotte, Jack, Summer

See ALL of the Lionsgate Wonder Clips Here


EDITABLE & PAPERLESS ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
All of these activities can be found in my Wonder Book vs. Movie Activities pack. I offer them in ready-to-print PDF format AND in editable Google Slides format that you can customize for your students and print OR share digitally for a paperless activity. 

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These can be found in my store by clicking on any of the linked images. I hope you enjoy the activities! 

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