Are you looking for new ways to motivate your students to write? Are you tired of publishing student work the same way each unit? Have you heard about Student Treasures? If not, Student Treasures is a company that will send you kits to turn your students into published authors. Best of all, it’s totally free!
There are several options, but we use the school-wide program. Primary teachers create class books with their students. In this project, each student contributes a single page to the class book. One free copy is bound for the class. Intermediate teachers create individual books. In this project, each student writes an entire book. The book is bound for free. Extra copies can be ordered for both types of books for around $20, but teachers can purchase copies for much less. I’ve purchased several over the years to use as examples for future classes. Student Treasures can be used for any grade level, not just elementary.
I’ve found this unit to be an authentic way to teach the writing process. While our class publishes one project each month, the unit that results in a hardback “real” book is always the best. I typically start the unit in early December and wrap it up at the end of January. In the sometimes chaotic Christmas season, Student Treasures keeps students motivated. It’s also proved to be a great way to teach time management because we’re on a deadline to mail the books out for publishing.
The last few years I’ve used alphabet books for this project. I use several mentor texts to show that alphabet books come in many varieties and aren’t just easy books for developing readers. We also create anchor charts and idea lists to generate quality writing. Then the students select their theme and are off and writing. Some of our past topics included movies, sports, holidays, and school. When the bound books return in the spring, we hold an Author Party to celebrate and share. I love it!
If you’re interested in Student Treasures, click on over to their website. If you decide to try it with your class (or school!), I’d love to refer you and earn Scholastic dollars for our school library. Drop me an email and we’ll trade information. Thanks, and happy writing!
I know I just posted about the Valentine’s Blog Hop a few days ago, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to share the Super Bowl Halftime sale too. Many teachers are offering their products half-off during the halftime show. Lots of them are already on sale now and will remain that way through the Super Bowl so you can enjoy the festivities. =)
I’m offering one item from my reading, writing, language and math shops. These are on sale NOW and will stay on sale through halftime. Don’t miss it!
Reading: Chocolate Touch Book Club Packet
Writing: Amazing Animal Research Unit
Language: 10 Parts of Speech Posters
Math: Three Digit Subtraction PowerPoint Game
You can find all of the sales on the Super Bowl Sale Pinterest page.
I heard about Quizlet last summer and was eager to try it with my students this year. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s definitely worth checking out. Basically, it’s an online flashcard program that allows you to create your own flashcards and then use them to play games. There are also assessment options. As a bonus, everything you create is printable too. It’s not just for vocabulary either.
I used Quizlet for the first time in October to help my students study for our social studies unit test. They enjoyed playing the games and were really engaged while we used our classroom projector to study as a class. A few of them logged on from home too. I love it when that happens!
Unfortunately, I sort of forgot about Quizlet and haven’t used it since. Oops. As I was updating our classroom website, I came across our Quizlet links and decided to use it again for our upcoming science unit test. It took me less than five minutes to type in our vocabulary words and definitions. I have games ready to go for tomorrow and an assessment for next week. I’ve already shared the link on our classroom Facebook page for home use as well. It really is that easy.
I’ve made it my goal to upload more flashcard sets ahead of time so they’ll be ready to go for our upcoming units. You can also browse from a ton of premade sets. I plan to use Quizlet more frequently in our room, and I think you’ll find many ways to use it too. Hop on over and check it out!