I had the pleasure of swapping with Michele from Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans! Michelle is a middle school math and ELA teacher with almost 20 years of experience under her belt!
I used Michele’s Word Work: Vocabulary Analogy Match Ups, Practice
I’m currently taking a year long class to become a Common Core Blackbelt (more on that later!) and came across something that I really felt made sense. When working with words:
Materials should use games, jokes, puns, and other forms of word play to enhance instruction and develop a sense of excitement about words.
Isn’t that great? I have been trying to squeeze in time here and there for our word play. I wanted to use analogies with my 6th graders since they are a great way to practice critical thinking strategies, so I picked up this item from Michele.
This analogy pack is a great activity to use for centers or group work, but I used it a little differently. I often find an activity like this that I want my students to have in their interactive notebooks, so I find a way to adapt it and make it fit – which is exactly what I did here!
These analogy sort cards are designed to print 8 to a page – the perfect size for centers, the wrong size for interactive notebooks! So, I simply chose “multiple” as my print option and selected 2 pages per sheet. That printed them at 16 cards per sheet, which is just the right size for interactive notebooks.
Then, all that was left to do was cut, sort, and color. My students enjoyed this activity and it was a great change from the typical “complete the analogy” exercise. Students were forced to think differently about the analogies, find connections between word pairs, and sort them accordingly.
Any center activity or worksheet can be turned into an interactive notebook activity with a little bit of creative printing and/or cutting and gluing. I find that being able to manipulate the cards by moving them when sorting and categorizing helps so many of my students to make those connections!
Michele’s pack also includes a few worksheets that I used to practice analogies before doing this activity and reinforce afterward.
I also picked up Michele’s Salt in His Shoes Comprehension, Inference, Reflective Writing Packet.
Salt in His Shoes is a story about Michael Jordan as told by his mother. It is a perfect companion piece to an activity for Martin Luther King, Jr. or a great stand alone activity in Black History Month. The story involves Michael learning that practice, determination and perseverance are what it takes to get better at something. This would be a nice addition to a Character Education lesson as well.
The activity packet includes word wall words, comprehension and inferences, a writing activity about goals and and a reflective writing activity using motivational quotes.
These lessons cover CCSS standards for grades 4-6 in citing textual evidence, determining the meaning of words, drawing evidence from literary text.
I’m planning to use this lesson as an enrichment activity after my students read The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, which I’m planning to start next week.
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