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Multi-Sensory Grammar

Jean Saragosa is one our language arts teachers. She sent out an email asking for several different colors of dry erase markers. That got my attention. I emailed her and asked her to tell me what she was doing with all of those markers. Here's her response:

"After attending a wonderful workshop on teaching and implementing the multi-sensory grammar program I decided to design a game to practice the skills I would introduce to my students.  The trainer of the program asked if she could visit our class and see how the program was being implemented.  I invited her to visit on a day when we were ready to review.

My students had been learning about and practicing the multi-sensory grammar model.  With this program each part of speech has a specific color.  We finally finished covering all the parts of speech so I decided to review and play a game.  The review (and game) are attached in a keynote.

The game-- students were paired up (or in threes) and given a small white board, a black dry erase marker, a mini eraser and enough colored foam squares (squares of colored construction paper could also be used) to cover all 8 parts of speech.

Each team was to re-write the pre-determined sentence (in black) and color-code it on their white board as quickly as possible using the foam squares (sentences were displayed on the overhead one at a time).  When the partners were done writing down and color-coding the sentence, one person from their team stood up (I took the first 5 students -- and gave them a index card with 1,2,3,4 or 5 written on it--this helped me determine who was 1st, 2nd, etc.)  My student teacher helped keep score.

For scoring:  If the team (with index card 1) had the sentence properly color-coded they received 3 points, the team (with index card 2) received 2 points if they successfully color-coded the sentence, and the 3rd, 1 point.  We played to 20.  I chose the first 5 in case a team didn’t have the sentence color-coded properly.  This kept all students actively involved and even teams that got behind could easily catch up quickly.

I found that all students actively participated and helped their teammate to properly color-code each sentence.  The students did not want to stop playing!"

 The prizes were:

 1st place = a weekend off from reading plus a piece of candy (my students read 30+ minutes EACH NIGHT including weekends :)

 2nd place = one weekday evening off from reading plus a piece of candy

 3rd place = a piece of candy

Download Multi Sensory Grammar 

This download may be a little faster:

Download Multi Sensory Grammar2 



Discipline Issues

Last week, I had a student who argued with me about his backpack. I followed him to his next class to discuss this with his second period teacher. She discussed with him her policy, which he had misunderstood. That afternoon, when I went to check my mail, there was a written paper by that student on respect. So I emailed her about it and her team does the following:

  • a student has to copy the "respect" paper for rude behavior, disrespect for a teacher or another student, not being prepared for class, not being responsible for having homework completed, yelling out in class, etc.
  • this paper is a consequence for the inappropriate behavior-it reinforces the fact and shows them they are responsible for their behavior 
  • the students that do not have to write the "respect" paper during the nine week grading period, get to attend a reward party
  •  the students that do not get to attend the party, have to copy the longer "unacceptable behavior" paper
The SCC team members feel this has helped improve their students' behaviors. The team members are Michael Donovan, Catherine Boland, Cristal Bradley, Kara Rosales, and Ralph Carnesi.


Presidents' Day

Since we are out of school on Monday for Presidents' Day, I thought after we finish our lesson in class on Friday, I would give them the following word search. I hope your students will enjoy this, as well.

Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love is in the air (like middle school kids needed an excuse for their  racing hormones). Students are more concerned about getting balloons, cards, candy, and stuffed animals than school work.

So why fight it? Since I'm a Read 180 teacher and everyday they are either reading books silently, working on Read 180 on computers, or reading at the table with me, I thought I would surprise them with a change. This is the website that works well with my students: http://www.vocabulary.com/

Once you are on the website, click on Valentine's Day. Your students can either complete the puzzles online or you can make a hard copy for each of them. Here are the different choices:

This will give you several options to choose from and I think your students will enjoy any of these. You could allow them to work with a partner and discuss the answers at the end of each class.  

Another interesting website for Valentine's Day:


 On this site you can choose the following: word searches, crosswords, word ladders, math puzzles, unscramble messages

These range from beginner, easy, medium, to hard. You can make hard copies of all of these, as well.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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