Walking quietly in the hallways can sometimes be a challenge. However, it is important to teach children how to do this so that they do not disturb others. Reminding them about being respectful and considerate of others will work with some children, but others sometimes need more specific details of the expectations.
Years ago, a principal of mine introduced us to T-charts for talking about expectations. On the left side of the chart was a heading Looks Like and on the right side of the chart was a heading Sounds Like.
Students were given an opportunity to develop the t-chart together and then it was posted as a reminder throughout the year of the expectations they had agreed upon.
Here is a sample of a chart my class created. You can get a copy by clicking the Lining Up Tips image below.
Lining up can also be a challenge. I remember when it was crazy as kids tried to get in line before we came up with some guidelines. Here are some examples of ways to line up. I have found them to be very helpful. My favorite way is boy/girl as it separates some of the buddies and this helps with quiet walking.
I hope these ideas help with making movement from place to place smoother.
I am joining other teachers in sharing Canadian books/resources this week. I chose to focus on Phoebe Gilman and her books.
Phoebe Gilman was born in the USA, but she moved to Canada as an adult and she taught art at the Ontario College of Art. She created her stories based on events in her life. She continued writing and illustrating children's books until she died in 2002.
The picture above shows some of the books that she wrote and illustrated. These are my personal copies.
My students loved the stories about Jillian Jiggs and her imaginative actions and adventures. They also enjoyed the story Something From Nothing and how Gilman added the story of the mice to the main story through her illustrations. Another thing that she did was add illustrations from her previous books into each new book she wrote.
A few years ago, Scholastic put out a VHS called Meet Phoebe Gilman. I still have a copy of the tape. On the tape she reads the two books above and then she talks about how she came up with the ideas for her books. She also shows how she created her books. I wish it was still available for you to see.
I have chosen the book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs to focus on. It is a delightful story about a little girl who has a big imagination. She often gets so caught up in creating stories and adventures that she gets messy. Her mother says her room looks like it has been lived in by pigs.
In this story, Jillian finds a jar of buttons while cleaning up her room and the buttons remind her of pig noses. This gets her imagination going and she decides to make pigs. Check out the book to see some of the delightful pigs she makes and what happens when she decides to sell them.
I created this product to accompany the book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs. Click on the image to get a copy.
I hope you get a chance to check out some of her books. I think you will enjoy them.
When we write stories, we use descriptive language to capture our reader’s attention. Using our 5 senses helps others to visualize our story. Using photographs helps in developing rich language to describe situations or things.
I have created a sampler that has 2 photographs and titles. This is part of a larger package of 11 photographs. For the sampler, I have included a black and white version as well. Here is one of the images. Below the image I have given a explanation of what to do with it. To get your free sampler, click here or on the sampler image below.
Look at the picture at the top of the page and the title for the story. Using your
5 senses, write a description of the picture.
Imagine that your reader cannot see the picture and you must paint a picture
in his mind with your words.
The pictures at the bottom of the page are there to remind you to think of
all the senses when choosing your describing words. Some senses
might not work with some pictures.
If you are interested in seeing to full product, click on the image below. I also have one that uses clipart images instead of photographs. It includes colored and black and white versions.
Hopefully your students will begin to create more descriptive stories as they use the 5 senses. I know it helped mine to do so.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.