July 30, 2014

Let's SCOOT into Throwback Thursday

Are you ready? Let's SCOOT on into...

What is Throwback Thursday? How does it work, you might ask? Simply look through your PURR-fect Previous Posts, perhaps a particular favorite of yours, and re-post it! Then add the TBT badge to your post and include your link below! Purr-fectly easy and simple! Your post doesn't have to be from LOOOONNNGGG ago; it can be from last month. And if you don't have a post to share, perhaps an old photo or two from WAY BACK will do! Even a favorite pin is PURR-fect! Just join in the Throwback fun!

Scoot is one of my students' all-time favorite classroom activities. One year ago I had NEVER heard of this "game" which is technically not a game but rather a method of practicing academic skills. Scoot is SO much fun, students think of it as a game. If you are not familiar with Scoot, HERE is a great explanation from Task Card Corner.

Here is my TBT offering for this week, originally appearing on The Teacher's Desk 6 on October 29, 2013...

The teacher who teaches fourth grade Language Arts also happens to teach fifth grade Science. She needed the fifth graders for an extended time today so they could do some hands-on science stations about animal adaptations. The only time in the schedule that we could conjure up was when I normally had the fifth graders for Language Arts. However, my sixth graders were with another teacher who was administering a social studies test to them soooooo...... I took the fourth graders for Language Arts.

What to do at the last minute? SCOOT, of course! The fourth graders had been studying nouns and verbs, particularly as subjects and predicates. I decided to ramp it up a bit for them and add adjectives into the mix.

I started by sharing one of my new favorite books: Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

With the predictable rhyming text, the fourth graders were quickly chiming in and helping me to read. After the first reading, we went back, extracting nouns and matching words that described them... ADJECTIVES. Next we brainstormed all the adjectives that we could think of to describe HALLOWEEN NIGHT, and what a list it was! We then used the words in sentences, noting nouns and verbs as well as adjectives. Then finally we played SCOOT wherein they practiced identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives in sentences.

They caught on quickly and really enjoyed the activity! So much so that they asked to come back again SOON! I think it might have had something to do with the cool orange paper that I gave them to write on... LOL!

If you haven't tried Scoot yet with your students, this school year is a time to give it a whirl. Grab some flashcards, a set of task cards, or stop by my TpT Store for a pre-made set and get your kiddos SCOOT-ing into some fun skills practice!

Now it's your turn to throwback!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE that book!! The third-fifth grade students I worked with loved to play Scoot, too! How neat that you got to work with this group once this previous school year! I bet they are excited to have you for a L.A. teacher this upcoming year!! (I think that's how I understand your schedule to work, right?)


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