History: Family Tree (follow-up)

This comes from Aoife, a teacher at GETNS Inclusion: Circle time: Finish the statement “My favourite thing to do with my family is……” Objective: to build inclusion and promote awareness of how other family members feel. This is a follow on activity from compiling and presenting their family trees, a History content objective as per […]

When We Were Young

This comes from Megan, a teacher at Happy Kids School in Budapest, Hungary. Here, I am introducing the topic “When We Were Young”, where we will begin by comparing toys of the past and present. 1. Provide for inclusion: Use energizer “My Favourite People and Things”: In a community circle, I will start out by […]

Learn About Money: Lemonade Stand

Thanks Karen from B.C. Canada for this TLE: CONTENT/THEME: Learn About Money – Earn Money and Help Others (Lemonade Stand) Audience: Grade 1 and 2 Introduce and brainstorm ideas at carpet for a Lemonade Stand   PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: Name Game – Adapted To help students learn names of denominations of money. Each student holds […]

Weekly Tribes 2015-2016: Put Down Pirate

For those of you with younger students… This ingenious idea comes from Sheila in Ontario: Put-Down Pirate This is the same strategy as “Funeral for Put-Downs”, but a few things are added to make it more Primary. (Ideas taken from Page 250) The Objectives are the same: -to promote awareness of put downs and begin […]

Number Sense with Barnyard Babble

This comes from Julia, a student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) 1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy – Barnyard Babble 2. IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective: To compare size of numbers. Collaborative Objective: Making Responsible Decisions, Participating fully, solving problems creatively, celebrating achievement. Social skills: Listening Attentively, No put-downs, […]

Weekly Tribes – Oreos

This is a cool little graphic organizer for I-messages and Appreciations. Make something that looks like an Oreo – two ovals with a rectangle in between.  Each shape should be large enough to write a sentence in.  I had a stack available to students so they could write one whenever they felt the need… First, […]

Make your own “Important Book”

Submitted by Vicki McKenna TITLE:  Make your own Important Book GRADE: K – 5; use peer tutors/buddies;  This can be easily adapted for any subject/topic to review key concepts.  (Math – number properties; Science – parts of…; Social Studies – geographical features) MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard; 50-60 […]


Here is a starter list of creative, and fun ways to appreciate. Please send in your additions! Fantastic: Squirt three times, then wipe and say “Fantastic!” Attitude: One hand on hip, one hand snaps while you say “You go! [girl or boy]” Apple Polisher: Hold apple in hand, then rub on shirt 7-7-3-3: Clap 7x, […]

Sharing the Tribes TLC Process at a Parent Night

Submitted by Marilyn Turner GRADE:  K – 2 MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  soup can, felt or “fun fur” googly eyes, pom-pom, glue; 60 minutes PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy: What is something you appreciate about your child? IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Standard: Parents learn about appreciation and community circle Collaborative: Sharing […]

Vocabulary Development: Chain Reaction

TITLE: Vocabulary development…synonyms, antonyms, pre-writing warm-up GRADE: 2 – 12 MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED: 15 – 20 min. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy: Think-pair-share: Translate this sentence into everyday words – The juvenile was loquacious when it came to rendering paradigms of graphic lexis. [Translation: The young person was talkative when […]