First Class Ice Breaker

I hate 2 truths and a lie. More often than not, it’s done with a group of people who know each other fairly well, so it’s not that exciting. During the first week of school the schedules are wonky, some things take forever, others only 5 minutes. For the days when I only have 5 min of stuff in a 15 min chunk, I came up with some fun questions. Some are more personal, some are serious, some are silly, some are would you rather. Along with questions for the students, I threw in “Ask the teacher a question” cards to give them the chance to ask ME some good ones.

  1. What animal are you most afraid of? Why?
  2. What is your favorite color. Be specific.
  3. Stripes or Polka dots?
  4. What is your favorite donut flavor?
  5. What motivates you?
  6. The best superpower to have would be…? Why?
  7. Summer or winter?
  8. Have you ever traveled out of the US? If yes, where did you go?
  9. If you could be a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
  10. What is your favorite TV show?
  11. What is your favorite movie series?
  12. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
  13. What is your favorite book series?
  14. Do you have any idea where you want to go to college?
  15. If you had to be a teacher, what would you teach? Why?
  16. What was your favorite book as a child?
  17. Dogs or cats?
  18. If you had $5,000 how would you spend it?
  19. Coffee or tea?
  20. What is your favorite book? Why?
  21. What is your favorite time period? Why?
  22. What is your number 1 goal in the next 6 months?
  23. If you could be any animal for a week what would you be? Why?
  24. Do you have a fear of public speaking?
  25. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie about your life? Why?
  26. Chocolate or strawberry milk?
  27. If you were on a TV game show, what show would it be?
  28. If you could eat dinner with a dead person, who would it be and why?
  29. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  30. What is your favorite cartoon?
  31. If ability, time, and money weren’t an issue, what would be your dream job?
  32. Who is your favorite Disney character
  33. Who has been your favorite teacher EVER? Why?
  34. What are you most worried about this school year? Why?
  35. What hobby would you like to start/learn? Why?
  36. Who is your favorite author? What genre do they write?
  37. Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, verse, or motto?
  38. If you could be a Disney princess, who would you be? Why?
  39. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  40. What is your favorite book series? Why?
  41. Do you have any siblings? Who’s your favorite?
  42. The best song to dance too is…?
  43. M&Ms or Skittles?
  44. What is your absolute least favorite food? Why?
  45. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Why?
  46. What kind of wake up alarm do you have? Song/music or buzzer/ring?
  47. Do you have any hidden talents?
  48. What is your favorite sport? Why?
  49. Beach or mountains?
  50. Where is your family from?
  51. Where were you born?
  52. When you think of comfort food, what do you think of?
  53. What has been your favorite Shakespeare play? Why?
  54. What is something you really struggle with that you’d like to improve/get better at?
  55. What is your favorite kind of soup?
  56. Would you rather: 30 screaming babies in a room or one very hungry alligator?
  57. Take a bath in ice cubes or tomato soup?
  58. Do you collect anything? What is it?
  59. What do you never leave the house without?
  60. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  61. If you could be a Disney villain, who would you be? Why?
  62. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Why?

Have any other questions you think would be fun!? Let me know in the comments! ūüôā

 

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Germ-Be-Gone Drink

I am a teacher. I live with a teacher (my mom). My fiance is in ministry- aka, more public germs. We are surrounded every day by germs. But when back to school season is upon us, the¬†germ exposure goes up dramatically in our house. My mom is in one school, and¬†I sub so I’m in multiple schools a week, sometimes 2 in one day. My germ exposure is THROUGH THE ROOF! I also still have my tonsils (yuck). I also HATE getting sick. Most people hate getting sick, but I super hate it. So, I came up with this awesome germ-be-gone stuff and it’s 4 ingredients.

Why honey, lemon and ginger? Here are some fun health facts!

Ginger: Ginger has been used for thousands of years in homeopathic natural medicine. It is known as an immunity booster, to fight cancer, to reduce inflammation and pain, heart health, anti-biotic, and general gut health!

Lemon: Lemon is another great (delicious) natural immunity booster, antibacterial, antiviral, improves digestion, energy booster, reduces inflammation, is great for your skin, aids in alkalizing and cleansing your body, and bumps up your vitamin C!

Honey: The important thing about honey is trying to get it as raw and unprocessed as possible. Even better, is finding honey sourced in your area. This means that the pollens that the honey is made of is the same kind of stuff you breathe in everyday, which in turn helps will allergies! Honey also helps digestion, boost immunity, has antiviral properties, full of antioxidants, stabilizes blood pressure and blood sugars, antiseptic, and coats/sooth sore throats.

By mixing these 3 powerhouse ingredients, you make one yummy drink AND make your body very happy, all while killing germs and preventing sickness!

What you’ll need:

2-3 lemons

Small knob of ginger (dried stuff works too)

2-4 tablespoons of honey (depending on how sweet you like it)

Water

Large container that can handle hot water to put it all in.

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  1. Get water boiling on the stove.
  2. Rinse and slice your lemons. Pick out the seeds!
  3. Peel and chop your ginger. You can grate it, or leave it chopped.
  4. In your container, place your lemon slices and chopped ginger. Add in your honey. I think 3 tablespoons is usually pretty good.
  5. Let your mixture “steep” and cool. I usually let mine sit for at least 3 hours. You can leave all the stuff in, or you can strain it out. Totally your choice.

Drink at least a cup a day to help keep the icky germs away! You can make small batches in a mug, but I find making it in larger quantities is easier since I drink so much of it. I also enjoy drinking it warm verses drinking it cold. I feel like it is much more soothing and affective that way. Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 10.47.27 AM.png

 

Teaching Portfolio (And Back-To-School-FREEBIES!)

With the school year quickly approaching, I’ve spent the last 24 hours refreshing my teaching portfolio, reviewing standards, and making some new materials. I’m not in my own classroom |yet| BUT it’s never too early to work on stuff anyway!

I took a trip to Staples last night and bought a new binder, dividers, and page reinforcers. I have a blue and white obsession. Just a standard 1 inch.¬†13936820_10209894090494020_2047740475_n.jpgI then created a cover page. Being that I LOVE old literature, authors, and books, I decided to stick with that theme for my cover. My name, certification, and “teaching slogan” grace the front with a collection of beautiful, old, blue bound books.13884380_10209894089053984_1950627798_n.jpg

Here are some samples of what I have hiding INSIDE my portfolio. Obviously, not every page is shown, but you can see what was included in the table of contents.

Don’t forget the pretty dividers!13933534_10209894088933981_622815812_n.jpg

Now, I did promise some back-to-school-freebies. Sadly, I do not have free STUFF but I do have some free resources! Woo hoo! Feel free to download and use away!

1 The first freebie is a quick, easy way to assess students either during class or at the end as an exit slip. The front (first page) gives students the ability to self assess if they understand, sort of understand, or really don’t get it. The back (second page) gives them the chance to write down a specific question and their name. Simply print, copy 1 sided->2 sided, and cut between the boxes!¬†How-are-you-doing

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2 This second one is very similar to the first. Instead of self-assessing understanding, this slip holds students accountable. If a student does not finish an in-class assignment, they will need to turn in this slip. If they turn it in filled out (honestly)¬†partial credit or the opportunity to get extra time to finish. If it’s turned in without this sheet or not at all they get a 0. Harsh, but again, accountability.¬†i-didnt-finish-because…

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I’m sure you noticed that the unit in my portfolio is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is absolutely one of my FAVORITE pieces to teach, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to teach it 3 times between my pre-service and student teaching. All components have been tested, used, and enjoyed by many students! Again, feel free to use or adjust any pages as you see fit!

1 One of my intro activities to the unit is a scavenger hunt around the room to answer these questions- Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt Qs

2 Gives students the space to identify which side characters are on and their personality traits- RJ Character List

3 This is one of my favorite assignments. The first year, I had the students focus on characterization by creating “Fakebook” pages. My freshmen informed me no one uses that so I created the same assignment for Twitter.

4 To help them brainstorm for their Twitter assignments, each student was given a character cloud sheet to collect their thoughts. Character Cloud WKST

5 The following are the assignment hand out and rubric for the Twitter project. I copied them so they were on one page front/back. Romeo and Juliet Twitter handout  / rj twitter rubric

6 Twitter page sample done for Queen Elizabeth I –RJ Twitter GQB¬†This second page is an extention of the first-¬†Twitter pics page GQB

7 Blank Twitter can be used for any book-RJ Twitter Second part of the assignment page- Twitter pics page

What do you have in your portfolio? Any suggestions as far as what to add?

What resources would you like to have added? If you would like any more from my Romeo and Juliet, JUST ASK!

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