Paperless Make-Up Work Folder in Google Drive

The Humble Bird Teacher Students miss school for several different reasons from family vacations to medical causes. These days can go from one day to weeks. As a teacher, you probably created one of those cute file folders with the days of the weeks for each missing assignment for students to collect when they return,…

Project Based Learning and Assessment

The Humble Bird Teacher Imagine you are sitting in a classroom where students are collaborating while thinking critically, creatively, and respecting each other’s decisions through citizenship. They are fully engaged in learning and excited about what they are learning. The great part about this type of learning is that your students don’t even realize they…

Class Dojo Toolkit

For the past few years, I have used Class Dojo in my classroom. It was a great way to connect with parents and students through messages to keep them posted about what was happening in the classroom. The students loved having an avatar and receiving positive points for doing task such as being prepared, participating,…

Main Idea and Supporting Details

Main idea and supporting details is an important objective to teach. It can be found in writing and reading. In writing, the main idea is the topic sentence of a body paragraph and the students must use supporting details to back up it up.

Sentence Structure Links

“Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!”¬† Teaching sentence structure to my students was like climbing a mountain in high heels.¬† After countless hours, days, and weeks of direct instruction, modeling, guiding, independent practice, and formative assessments, I was 100% sure my students understood sentence structure.¬† Until one day, we were reviewing compound sentences and complex…

Reading Activity Cards

  Last year, I was trying to find a way to review with my students before the state test. However, I wanted my review process to be student-centered. I wanted the students to work on assignments that they would enjoy, but they would learn at the same time. As a result, I created these engaging…

Cause and Effect Matching Game

A great way to review cause and effect with your students! There are enjoy playing cards to use in groups, teams, or for the whole class! After the students match the cards, have them complete the cause and effect worksheet to check for understanding.

Storybird

  Written by The Humble Bird Teacher “Wah, Wah!” That is the sound the teacher makes in the show Charlie Brown.  That sound is a great example of onomatopoeia, but the sound is what many students hear flow out of their teachers’ mouths into their ears.  Many students dislike reading and writing. They especially do…

Bowling for Body Paragraphs

You will need: 10 bowling pins 1 bowling ball 1 writing prompt with written introduction 1 score board 1 graphic organizer (You can use the graphic organizer found here for FREE along with the score board and written introduction, or you can create your own.) Duck tape for lines How to Play: Create five teams…

Teachers: The Real Celebrities

When will society realize that teachers are the real celebrities? Maybe, when we receive a pay raise, live in mansions, drive fancy cars, and have wild, night dance parties. Until then, they will have to deal with the fact that we make enough money to survive, we live in average-sized houses, drive a little under…