Great ideas to differentiate and integrate the real world into your curriculum and create a rigorous learning environment!
1. I found these amazing photos yesterday of these beautiful fashionable mature women at this LINK!
I decided to have my students write pretend biographies of these lovely ladies utilizing their creative writing skills, pretending that they know the women; but following the guidelines of a biography as well!
2. Bingo cards are amazing "math tools". I make copies of bingo cards or create my own all the time and have found a multitude of ways they can become teaching tools:
A. Write a "P" over the Prime Numbers and a "C" over the Composite Numbers
B. Cross out all the numbers that are a multiple of 3.
C. VERY CHALLENGING: Play "Add It Up" Bingo, Call out a number between 6 and 207, the students have to find any three numbers on their card that add up to the called out number. The first to find a match, WINS!
D. For primary students you could cross out the odds or evens, find the counting by 2's, 5's and so on counting numbers.
E. Play bingo the regular way; but call out "factor of 2, multiple of 7, double digit number and so on."
3. I love this approach to daily journals, I would have the students think of a "theme" word to describe something happening in their life and then use every starting letter to write ideas that elaborate on the theme.
4. GREAT SOCIAL STUDIES- WRITING INTEGRATION: "History Caption Writing": Provide a different photo from a variety of decades in United States history to each student. I have found several online from historical sites. Have the students pretend the photo belongs to them and they must write a pretend one-two paragraph caption about each photo. This is a photo I used with one of my 5th students and the caption he created: