17. “Aspire to inspire before you expire!”
25. Ready for Writing Rap (Traci Wade, Monroe, LA)
1, 2…sit up, please do.
3, 4…feet flat on the floor.
5, 6…push your chair in quick.
7, 8…lay your paper straight.
9,10…write neatly then.
26. Quiet Cue (Jodi Pipes, Monroe, LA)
“Bingo” is the teacher’s magic word. When the teacher says, “Bingo,” the children put a finger on their lips.
27. Peace and Quiet (Jodi Pipes, Monroe, LA)
The teacher says, “Peace” and makes the peace sign. The children respond with, “And Quiet!” and put their finger on their lips while the other hand makes the peace sign.
28. Flash Dance Cheer (Jodi Pipes, Monroe, LA)
The children stomp their feet and move in a circle as they say, “What a feeling!” like in the movie.
29. Football Math (Jodi Pipes, Geaux Tigers!)
This is a clever idea for integrating math by following your football team. Jodi is a huge LSU fan, but you could adapt this for your favorite high school, college, or NFL team.
Every Friday they discuss:
WHO LSU is playing?
WHEN is game time?
WHERE will the game be played? (Locate it on a map.)
WHY is LSU (or the other team) ranked to win?
Each child has a paper football with their name. They put their football on a graph with W (win) or L (lose) on the bottom. On Monday, they talk about who won, how many points did they win by, etc. They record who got it right on a tally record on the board. At the end of the season they see who had the best record.
*Jodi said that the parents love this because many attended opposing universities. It also encourages the kids to think and talk about where they want to go to college.
30. Looty La (Jeanette Baines, Houston, TX)
To enhance the “Tooty Ta,” let students suggest different letters to substitute for the “T.” For example, “Looty La,” “Jooty Ja,” or “Sooty Sa.”
31. Catch a Bubble (Lauren McCord, Oakcliff, TX)
The teacher says, “Kindergarten, catch a bubble on the double.”
The children say, “1-2,” and put bubbles in their mouth.
32. Trucker Buddies (Lauren McCord, Oakcliff, TX)
If you google “trucker buddies” the children can become pen pals with a truck driver. They can follow them around the country on the map, see their trucks, and so much more!