Friday, May 4, 2012

Different School Supplies–Part 2

Last week, I wrote a post for GTC (found HERE) about the differences I had been experiencing in the school supplies I have in my classroom.  Today I am going to tell you about the difference my son has had when it comes to dealing with supplies.

My son is 8 and he attends a Moroccan school where he learns in bookbag - moroccan studentFrench and Arabic, while I teach at an American school where my children learn in English.  There are many differences between the schools.  I recently wrote a guest blog post for KidsWorldCitizen highlighting some of these differences and how my children reacted to those differences when we moved here.

Here is what his school supplies look like:

1.) First and foremost in his book bag is the “trouse”, or pencil case that he must bring back and forth to school each and every day (actually twice a day because they come home for lunch).  Inside the pencil case, he has 2 blue pens, a green pen and a red pen, as well as one pencil, a pencil sharpener, and eraser, colored pencils and a ruler.  The pencil is only used in his English class, the majority of his work is written in pen.  The ruler is used not to measure, but to draw a straight line when connecting two sides of a matching activity.

2.) He has multiple notebooks – small soft covered notebooks that are each covered with a different colored plastic color.  Each color has a different purpose.  The paper inside looks (to me) like graph paper, it has boxes instead of lines.

text books and notebooks- moroccan student3.)  He has is text books.  We had to purchase all of his text books and workbooks, and they had to be covered in plastic as well.  These books will be his at the end of the year, although I’m not sure what we’ll do with them.


4.) A personal size chalkboard and chalk – they use this regularly for whole group activities.


What school supplies do you use in your classroom?


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Global Gifts ~ Day 4 ~ United States

Hey everyone and welcome to Day 4 of our Global Giveaway! 

This is Michelle from Making It As A Middle School Teacher in the United States.

It's great to have a week set aside just for us.  But you know what, that doesn't even begin to cover just how much appreciation we deserve!!! 

There are so many hard-working, dedicated teachers making our little world go 'round.

You know the saying..."Teachers make all other professions possible."

I completely agree!  

So I was more than happy to take part in this awesome giveaway from Global Teacher Connect!!!

Since it's Friday...and I only have 15 more days of school...I'm offering 3 FREEBIES for you today!  I teach Math, Science, and Social Studies, so I decided to offer something from each content!

Click on the link below the image to download from Google Docs.

Partner Picking Cards Middle Grades Math

Scientific Method ~ Penny Lab

Earth Day Freebie

Thank you again for all you do!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Global Gift from the United States

Here's the gift for Day 2 of the Global Gifts Giveaway.  Telling time is a pretty universal need (I think) so here's a whole class or group game idea and some story cards about elapsed time.  The Time Elapse cards are an exclusive freebie I'm only offering to Global Teacher Connect Readers; they are usually part of my Telling Time Pack.  You can get the game idea here and the time elapse cards here.  I'm so excited to see what all of the other authors have coming up in the next few days.  Be sure to check back daily for a different gift each day!

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Forty-Niner Day

Last Friday, we had our annual California 49er Day celebration with both 4th grade classes. Forty-Niner day celebrates the historic event in the 1840's when the discovery of gold sent people from all over the world to California.  We spent the entire day with the students doing activities that the 49ers would’ve done.

In the morning, we spent time playing the Miner-Merchant game.  Half of the 4th grade students were miners and the other half were merchants.  The job of the merchants was to create a storefront (they did this for homework before 49er day) and sell items to the miners that they would need to be successful in “striking it rich.”  Some of the items were a pick, shovel, gold pan, pillow, blanket, tent, etc.  The merchants worked in pairs to come up with items they wanted to sell and price those items, remembering they are in competition with other merchants selling their goods.

The miners were given a set amount of money, given a list of items they should purchase, then shopped for their items.  Miners were told to use smart shopping strategies like price comparing from all the merchants before making purchases.

At the end of the game, the merchants who made the most money won the game and the miner who purchased the greatest amount of goods won also.  Here are some photographs of the Miner-Merchant game.

After distinguishing the winners of the game, the students rotated through a series of 8 activity booths:
1. Line Dancing
2. Photo next to a pony
3. Craft - create a necklace
4. Gold Panning
5. Cow Roping
6. Relay Races
7. Sling Shots
8. Making Beef Jerkey

They spent about 12-15 minutes at each activity booth. When the day was over, the students received goody bags and a frame with their picture next to the pony.  It was a great day.  Luckily we had many parent volunteers who stayed for the entire day to help!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A freebie from South Africa!

Living in South Africa we are so fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful nature reserves with an abundance of wildlife and beautiful plants. My family are always keen for a getaway to a nearby game park, and as we live in the Eastern Cape, we have a few really good ones close by. Our favorite for a day trip is Addo Elephant National Park. We happily spend hours watching a herd of elephants frolicking at a waterhole. These enormous animals just love to play and have fun in the water on a hot day!

As a tribute to the wonder of being on safari in Africa the freebie I have for you is 'Safari Park Data'. This worksheet/activity is geared for students in Grades 2 and 3. Using the picture reference students count the animals in the safari park and complete a graph with their information. They then use the graph to assist them to answer questions about the data they gathered.

I hope your students will enjoy this activity as much as my family enjoys visiting game parks! :)
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Do you know that May 1st is Mother Goose day?

Let's celebrate with a freebie!

Celebrate Mother Goose day at school or at home with these hands on activities:

Colour and cut out the pictures of a nursery rhyme. Glue the pictures in order onto a sheet of construction paper or use them to make a mini book.

Seek out Mother Goose Rhymes which have finger play actions, and teach them to the children.

Print worksheets for children to colour and decorate.

Choose a nursery rhyme that is familiar to the children. Find the "pieces" needed to tell the story. Put them in a basket and put the words to the nursery rhyme or a brief outline of the story in it. These can be used independently by the children to recite the rhyme

Pointing to a picture when it is mentioned in the rhyme helps to associate the picture and the sound of the word, also expanding the child's vocabulary.

Size characters from some nursery rhymes.

Miss Muffet is one of my favourite nursery rhyme. I made this filefolder to identify letter M

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Teacher Gifts From Around the Globe


Have you all seen this quote?  It’s floating around pinterest, and it’s so very true.  As teachers we know this to be true, so often teachers achieve through their hard work, their effort, and their determination - feats that seem impossible. 

This is true of teachers everywhere around the world.  There are many teachers that I am personally grateful for at the end of this school year – including the ones who have brought my personal children from speaking no French or Arabic to speaking and reading in both, in just a year’s time.  I am also grateful to all of the teachers that I have been able to collaborate with this year via blogs, facebook, pinetrest, twitter and other social media outlets.  You have all given me so many amazing ideas and perspectives to change and impact the way that I teach.

In recognition of all of these amazing teachers, I wanted to do something to say thank you for Teacher Appreciation Week.  So, I asked the Global Teacher Authors if they would be willing to Global Teacher Gift Cardcontribute to a Global Gift Giveaway.  Ten of our amazing authors have agreed, and so today I get to announce that every day from May 1st – May 11th, you will be able to come back here to Global Teacher Connect and get a FREE teacher resources, that you will be able to download directly from Google Docs.  It’s our small way of saying Thank You!  to all the teachers around the globe who are making miracles happen for their students.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to grab your first freebie – but for now, tell us about a teacher you are grateful for this year. 

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Growing Trend - Are Parents Unable to Parent?

Over the past few years, I’ve been noticing a growing trend.  Let me know if you’ve been seeing this too.  The trend I’m seeing is the inability for parents to parent their child.  Now, I know that not every parent falls into this category, but it is now becoming a rarity that a parent will actually give a consequence and stick to it.

Too many parents are making excuses for their children.  I see this when I give a consequence in class for poor behavior.  Many times, but not always, I receive emails, notes, or phone calls explaining away the behavior.  Well then, of course the child keeps exhibiting the poor behavior because the parents are allowing it.  
What happened to holding children accountable to their actions?  What’s going to happen when these kids enter high school, or get a job?  If parents don’t stop shielding their children from accountability, children will never learn how to be responsible adults.

I would love to see this kind of scenario in my class.  Instead of a parent sending an email that reads, “I’m so sorry that Johnny was talking out loud in class.  He’s such an outspoken boy and just gets very excited.”   Rather I would love to see this kind of note, “I apologize for my child’s poor behavior.  We have spoken to him about this and he received a punishment at home.  We hope this kind of behavior does not continue.”

Is anyone else noticing this?
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Teaching About Other Countries

One of the benefits of living in a country that is not my home country Egypt Research Bookis the ability to teach my children about other countries and other cultures.  I try to carry this over into the classroom by using my country books.  (You can grab all of the country books I have created for FREE in the exclusive page offered in my Raki’s Rad Resources Newsletter.)  In each country book, students list basic facts about the country they are learning about.  I make each book exclusive to the country they are learning about – in order to keep their interest and give them clues to the answers they are looking for. 

Morocco Informational GlogAs an added step, I am starting to make glogs that my students can use to help them find the answers.  Here is the glog I created for my Morocco book.  I am now working on one for my Egypt book.


If you would like to grab a “generic” country book – you can click on Country Research Bookthe picture and grab one FREE from Google Docs.  If you would like the more specific books – sign up for my Raki’s Rad Resources Newsletter and you can grab plenty more from the Exclusive Freebie Page – and I’m developing more all the time, as I have plans to do one country book a month with my students next year!


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Allow me to Introduce Myself - Teacher Nyla...

Nyla's Crafty Teaching

Hi there, it's Nyla here from Nyla's Crafty Teaching. I teach at the primary school level in Trinidad and Tobago. "Gosh! Where's that?" you may ask. It's a twin island country in the Caribbean right above the coast of Venezuela. This little picture below is my country and our National Flag.

I made a brief introduction video. It's all about my blogging and teaching experience so far... I hope you like it!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

What Standards Are You Teaching?

Who’s writing this blog? Lots of people – each from a different place and with a different story.

Who’s reading this blog? Lots of people from all around the world.

So, each week, there will be a Getting to Know You question posted so that we can all come together as a Global Community and get to know each other better.

Do you have a question about us you would like answered? Feel free to email you question to us at heidiraki @ gmail . com.


Common Core, AERO, Quality Core Curriculum, there are so many sets of standards out there, which do you use?

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Research Groups

I like to have my students complete cooperative learning activities.  One activity the students LOVE is when I break them into research groups. Click here to read how students work in the groups, what project they completed, and how can use these in your classroom!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Feelin' A Little Antsy

Here’s a fun bulletin board I leave up all year ‘round.  It’s titled “Feelin’ a Little Antsy.”  Then underneath I have some cute ants holding up a poster that lists activities the students can complete if they’ve finished their work early. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fresh Start Giveaway

It’s that time of the school year where we all start looking toward the Raki's Rad Resources - Quality Teaching Resources for Quality Teachersfuture, to next school year and getting ready for a Fresh Start.  This weekend, I am starting a Fresh Start of my own.  Raki’s Rad Resources is moving over to a new logo and a new blog – .  In order to celebrate my fresh start, I’d like to set you up with a Fresh Start Package.  I’m going to be giving away these four Fresh Start Packages, each valued at over $35 worth of Quality Teaching Resources, at the new blog, and there’s a Fresh Start Freebie for all!  One way to enter is by following Global Teacher Connect, so you may have an entry already set up for you!  Stop by and sign up!

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Our best Field Trip ever

I just read last post about a field trip and wanted to share mine.
This was our best field trip ever.
In Spain we always loop with our students 1st-2nd grade and I love it. So when 2nd graders end their year we try doing something special. Last year we spend a night sleeping with sharks.
We have an Ocean Zoo next to our town and we had this opportunity to spend a night 'under the see'.
We had the most amazing tour through the zoo visiting the animals at night when it was closed. And then we went to sleep under the sea.
I know that those students will never forget that experience, and I won't either.
Taking into account that our school year is coming to and end, are you planning something special?

Lita from Learning in Spain
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