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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009 10:31:52 AM »

The latest NEA e-newsletter has a bunch of slideshows of classroom decorations. The first guy they featured uses that plain white bathroom paneling to create huge whiteboards for his classroom. They said it costs about $20 a sheet at the lumberyard. I thought that was pretty brilliant, really.

It drives me crazy when kids steal my stuff, but at some level, it's sort of heartening to think they were interested enough to want it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009 02:34:50 PM »

I believe it was a teacher who stole my board!  It would have been too big for the kids to carry on a city bus! Smiley 
I've used that bathroom paneling before, it's great.  It's not magnetic, but it is an excellent alternative to our pocked chalkboards.  If I really want something magnetic, I could probably get some plywood and paint it with the magnetic paint.  I've never used it, but I've heard that it works. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009 06:20:17 PM »

I'm sending a link of this post to my teacher friends.  I think this is a brilliant game!  One that my 22 year old brother needs to play  LOL (and to think, my dad was a grammar nazi, wonder how that happened...) 
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009 06:36:18 PM »

As a new English teacher I'm totally snagging and stealing this idea and many of the others listed here! Thank you so much!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009 07:32:24 PM »

Those are awesome! My boyfriend was looking over my shoulder and said you should call them "Grammarominoes."
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2009 07:51:41 PM »

Thanks for all the great feedback! I'll try to remember to post an update when I use this in class. I'm really interested in seeing how the paint holds up.

When I get it finished, I'll post the English II Pictureka! game I'm making. I'm also working on a variation on Monopoly that involves stuff from our literature book, but it's going to take longer to finish.
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2009 08:13:18 PM »


It drives me crazy when kids steal my stuff, but at some level, it's sort of heartening to think they were interested enough to want it.

I had to laugh - I work at an urban school too, and once a kid stole books from a colleague's room (on 2 separate occasions - never caught).  My Principal's first reaction was "Yay!"

On topic - I'm so stealing your idea (I'm a learning game fan), but with sharpie's on heavy duty tag board - unless I can find raw wood rectangles....  My kids (I always teach intervention or Special Education positions of some sort) can really benefit from repeated practice and peer dialogue (or arguments) regarding any concept.  Games can sometimes do that - and this one does! Thanks!
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2009 03:05:14 PM »

Hooray for crafty teachers!  I'm an education student and I LOVE turning lessons into games!  I did a geometry bingo with a grade 5/6 split for one of my final projects last year Smiley

My mom is a grade 5 french imersion teacher, and this would be an awesome way to practice verb conjugations! Most kids HATE learning verbs in french, but this looks like it would make it much more palatable. I'm aiming to do my student teaching in a francophone school, so I'll probably adapt this if you don't mind...

Also, pronoun twister is a stroke of genious!
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2009 07:44:32 PM »

La Maestra: If your school has a laminator, you could probably do these faster with inDesign or Publisher or whatever desktop publishing program you have. (Print Shop is great if you have a PC.) Just print them on cardstock, cut them out, and laminate them. Typing the words in about 42-point Helvetica or Arial would probably be helpful for some of your struggling readers. I usually write on my whiteboards in small-cap block letters with flourishes at the ends, which my kids like, but I had to tone it down after one boy with a diagnosed reading problem of some sort told me he had difficulty making out the words. The flourishes, while pretty, were just too distracting for him. Your  principal sounds like a good one. Smiley

dancedupapillon: Grab ideas everywhere you can, and riff on them endlessly. The more fun your kids are having, the better they'll learn. I might swipe your bingo game and use it with literary terms or other vocabulary words. I could give the definition, then let the kids find the correct word on their cards. I might do that with Greek and Latin roots. I wonder if anybody has put a bingo card generator online? There are some great crossword and word search generators out there....
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2009 07:09:48 AM »

http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/bingo/5/   Smiley
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