Confession 5: Sometimes the simplest materials work out the best.
Happy day-after St. Patrick's Day! If you're like me, this time of year truly is "March Madness". I'm not referring to basketball here, but rather the hectic IEP/meetings/testing time that I seem to experience each year! At this time of year, re-inventing the wheel with materials can be difficult, and sometimes the quick, simple materials that take ten minutes to make give me the most mileage. That's what I have to share today...
Many of my middle school students are currently working on paraphrasing, or the ability to restate information in their own words. This task is particularly important to learn for note taking (even homework logs) and writing in school. This weekend, I quickly typed up a paraphrasing activity. The purpose of this activity is for the student to take a message, identify the key details, and re-write the message simply in his own words. I used it today with a few groups, and it targeted paraphrasing beautifully. If you want to give it a try, feel free to download it here , and let me know what you think by leaving FEEDBACK!