FREE Morning Message - Telling Time

Hi! It's Michelle from Teach123.  This month I thought I would share a morning work idea. You can also set this up as a center.  Best of all, there is a FREE sample for you!

Have you ever noticed that when you are shopping online, you will get a popup that says something to the effect "if you like this, you might also like this".  Sometimes you can tell how they are related but other times, you wonder how the computer linked these two items together.  Companies would not do this, if it weren't successful.  So, obviously related topics  affect our spending habits.  So why not do it with your instruction? Take a lesson about telling time for example.
  • If you like to learn about tell time, you might like to learn about time zones.
  • If you like to learn about time zones, you might like to know how the rotation of the sun caused people to develop the time zones.
  • If you like studying time zones, you might like studying maps.
  • If you like studying the rotation of our planet and its effect, you might like to study cause and effect.
Does this sound like the book, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie?   One easy way to combine topics is through morning messages.  You can review language arts skills and learn about science, social studies, or math topics at the same time.  It is also a great way to start your day. I wrote about how I differentiated my morning messages.  Click HERE if you'd like to read about it. Would you like to try a morning message?  I made a free sample about time zones for you.
Click HERE to download this freebie.

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Did you ever watch the Mary Tyler Moore show?  I remember watching the show and being fascinated by all of the clocks in the newsroom.  

So, I made my own "newsroom" with clocks. This is something you can easily do in the classroom.  I found these clocks at Target.  You could also ask parents for donations.  I think seeing clocks set at different times in the classroom makes it more real for your students when you are teaching time.

One of my favorite things about becoming a blogger is the friends I have made.  Many of these friends live in different time zones so having these different clocks is very helpful when we collaborate.  You may have read some of the posts of the Bright Ideas linky that I write each month. Teachers from all over the world participate in this monthly linky. 

My friend, Fern - who lives in Florida- and I write a weekly post called Tuesday Teacher Tips. Since I live in California, this bicoastal collaboration takes some effort. We live in a global world! We enjoy writing these posts because we share tips plus a FREEBIE  Fern has a time themed freebie for you.

Have you ever had a pen pal?  It is a great way to learn about life in a different part of the country or world.  You can easily integrate time zones, map skills, and letter writing skills with pen pals for your students.  Click HERE to check out a site for teachers that will match you with another class.

Do you have a tip to share?

You are invited to pop over to my blog.  I love to share tips and free stuff.

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