Tip Sheet #7 - October 25, 2022

So MANY Activities for You This Week...

But First... Let's Visit With

 Madame Lopez, Weslaco ISD

Editor's Note: This is a shout-out to all of the Teachers of World Languages who never get enough love in the K12 world anymore. I have had such warm welcomes in the eight Spanish-speaking countries I've visited because I'm able to converse in their language. They always ask where I learned Spanish, and I always credit las maestras maravillosas en mi escuelas. Muchas gracias, senoras.

Bonjour! I'm Madame Lopez, an educator with 22 + years of experience in language acquisition. I'm a South Texas native and a proud graduate of UTPA. I started taking French in high school because my father found an old book in the trash and brought it home to me. It had a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover. I was confused but started leafing through the book. My excitement grew because I understood some of the words and exclaimed, “Papi, se parece al espanol!” My father's simple act of kindness opened up a whole new world for me.

One of my goals, as a teacher, is to transmit the intense love I have for the study of French to my students. On the first day, I invite them to be active participants and not be afraid to make mistakes. I  had a student tell me some time ago that my class is different and called my teaching style CASUAL LEARNING. I had never heard that term before and took it as a compliment. For me, the best learning happens when kids don’t realize they are working.

I am a firm believer that students need to feel comfortable and at ease in order to learn and venture into the "it's okay to make mistakes" zone. This is especially true in a world language classroom because students have to perform in front of their peers, which can be very scary. Yet it is through mistakes and struggles that students achieve great things when acquiring a new language. 

As regards to technology, I am fairly new to the techy side of teaching. In fact, moving to a new school 5 years ago opened my eyes to a brand new way of doing things. It was the pandemic that really got me going and out of my comfort zone, though. I spent a lot of time digitalizing activities, creating Google Slides, and recording myself speaking to simulate a language classroom experience.  It seemed that all I did for days on end was take pictures of my worksheets, embed them as background images, and add textbox after textbox for students to type in. After all that work, I still had to manually grade each text box!! Luckily a  coworker told me about TeacherMade and I’ve been using it ever since. The auto-grading makes my job so much easier.

I also discovered something powerful: When you remove the potential for embarrassment, you unleash the student's true potential. The audio features in TeacherMade are excellent and one of the reasons it is my go-to tool. I can record and insert onto any activity. I record my own voice for listening comprehension and assess the pronunciation and fluency of my students via their recordings. They can place their clips right onto the activity with no more stress over public performances. Now I get to hear more of them speak more often than I ever did before I went digital! Even my reluctant students love to use TeacherMade. I think it would positively transform any world language classroom as it has mine. https://sites.google.com/view/french-with-mme-lopez/online-tools?authuser=0

For Last Week's Halloween Activities, Click Here

Shared Elementary TeacherMades:

SEL: How Are You Feeling?

  • Description: Students will be given a list of emotions and choose five to reflect on. They will use the Dray & Drop feature to drag the emotion into the column and they will write a time in which they felt that emotion. Their last emotion will create their mood for the day that they can reflect on throughout the day. 

  • Recommended Grade Range: Grades 3-6

  • Question Types: Drag and Drop 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/rFyHqprmT5K4zhUP3MvGwA/

PrevSocial Studies: Colonies Article

  • Description: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Students will write an article on one of the 13 original colonies. They will choose one colony and choose two topics to concentrate on for the colony. They can really get creative with this one! 

  • Recommended Grade Range: Grades 3 - 5

  • Question Types: Open Ended, Short Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/oQl67JmGSgKJeho-Qy1U4A/

Shared Middle School TeacherMades:

Science: Lab Equipment

ELAR/SS - Informational Paired Passages: George Washington's Portrait/ The Story Behind the Silmarillion




Shared High School TeacherMades:

HS French - Oral Proficiency with Numbers, Days, Conversational Phrases

HS French - Venir - Irregular Verb Worksheet

Howling Halloween Activities

FUN: Halloween Word Search

  • Description:  Great for students of all ages! Students will search for Halloween vocabulary in a word search. Great for students to do independently or with their peers! 
  • Recommended Grade Range: All ages 

  • Item Types: Students will use their highlighter tool

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/mBa5jl-NTBeY7Gw4ku1R9g/

ELA: Spooky Synonyms

Mathematics: Counting Ghosts and Ghouls -- Pumpkins Too! 

  • Description: In this activity, students practice counting how many ghosts, ghouls, or pumpkins there are for each question. At the end, they will add them together to find the complete sum. Students will really love the Halloween graphics on this one! 

  • Grade: Lower Elementary Level

  • Item Types: Short Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/vfXeIVM_Tv2gEbRUzBIYpQ/

Mathematics: Halloween Word Problems -- Addition & Subtraction

  • Description:  Students will solve six addition and subtraction word problems. After they will be asked to create a word problem of their own to share with their classmates! Make this activity your own by reading the questions allowed and recording yourself with the audio tool! 

  • Grade: Elementary 

  • Item Types: Multiple Choice, Drop Down, Short Answer  

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/Br3rnkKbRTq0cmmXQ9JRdA/

Mathematics: Halloween Fraction Word Problems

  • Description: This interactivity is all about fractions! Students will solve Halloween themed word problems and show their answers in a variety of ways. They will be able to choose equivalent fractions, choose the correct answer, and even write their equation!

  • Grade: Upper Elementary & Middle School Level

  • Item Types: Multiple Choice, Multi Select, Fraction, Mixed Number, Algebraic Expression 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/hjN8faQsRPmTxNRDEgNiJA/

ELA: Halloween-Themed Figurative Language 

  • Description: In this interactivity, students will look up the piece of figurative language online, state the type of figurative language, and the meaning of the text. After they will write a sentence using it! At the end they will then find their own spooky figurative language to share with the class! 

  • Grade: Middle & High School Level

  • Item Types: Short Answer, Open Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/5gsJ7H-6TWS4aKyDZvifxg/

NEW!! ELAR/SS: Watch, Listen and Learn: Dia de Los Muertos 

ELAR/SS: Pan de Muertos Recipe 

  • Description: This short reading passage and question set includes an easy recipe for Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Beware!! It will make your students very hungry for the bread of the dead.

  • Grade: Sixth to Seventh Grade (but discretion is advised due to the topic)

  • Item Types: Short Answer, Multi-Select, True/False, Open Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/1VGdjW73Th6qcAlc32Yjxg/

ELAR/SS/Science: Dia de Los Muertos y Mariposas Monarca 

  • Description: This fascinating informational reading passage and question set introduces students to the unique Mexican day of remembrance and how monarch butterflies factor into its origins. It includes a step-by-step set of instructions for planting milkweed right now! 

  • Grade: High School Level

  • Item Types: Short Answer, Drop Down, Multi-Select, Hot Spot, True/False, Open Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/FLelU9bPS-25CU-m0L2OkA/

 This Week's Tuesday 

ELAR/SS: Diwali: The Festival of Light

Kate shows us how to load worksheets that are 11 x 8.5, aka "landscape orientation." Though she makes everything look easy, this one really is!! ;)

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