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5-Minute Fillers: Measurements and More

Volume 30


Pose the following question to students to start a lively discussion, or use is as a prompt for a quick journal-writing activity:

What if you could drive and your friend threw you the keys to her car for a day. Where would you go? Why would you go there



Builds spelling skills

For this lesson you will need a box of macaroni in the shape of alphabet letters. You might simply drop a handful on every student's desk, or you might prepare individual plastic bags of the pasta. On your signal, students will dump out the pasta on their desks and start spelling. Who can come up with the most words? Who can spell the longest word? Give prizes for those words!

Variation: With older students you might not accept any words with fewer than four letters in them.


Article by Gary Hopkins
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