More Making Class Teams

Add this to your list of entertaining ways to make class teams!

1. Tell everyone to find a partner.

2. In each pair, one student stands up and the other student sits down. Let each pair decide.

3. Then you excitedly announce that all the standing students are on one team, and all the seated students are on the other team.

4. If you need three teams, then students make groups of three, you think of a third action (jogging in place? yawning? snapping fingers? winking?), and then students divide into teams the same way.

Ah, I oh so very much like Karl Rohnke‘s ideas.

Plain White T’s Song

I’m still undecided about the original, but oh yes I really like this remake.

It’s Sesame Street.

Smile and sing along!

Water ABCs

TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.

Black Bean Salsa

It’s Friday night, and it should be pizza night.

But there are no kids in the house tonight, and we need to do something with this ripe mango.

I’m going to put the mango in this black bean salsa.

If the kids are gone and if you believe in aphrodisiacs, well…what will you do with the mango? (No, please, don’t tell me….)

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (7 ounce) can whole kernel corn with peppers, drained
  • 1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1. Mix all the ingredients.

2. Serve in a nice bowl with a pile of baked tortilla chips.

Tip: If you can, make this salsa a few hours before you plan to serve it. Chill it, and that will help the flavors become acquainted with each other.

Where are you?

Hide and seek. Hide and seek. Let’s play hide and seek.


Me, looking for a 3-year-old student hiding in a big open classroom: Hmmmm…I wonder where he is……

Student: I’m here.

Me [walking deliberately in the wrong direction]: Are you over here?

Student: No. I’m here!

The student moves to another part of the room. I move to the first location.

Me: Are you here?

Student: No, I moved.


Me to my 3-year-old nephew: Hmmm…where is your big sister? She’s hiding! Let’s go find her!

Nephew [looks under a tiny pillow on the sofa]: She’s not here. Can we read a book now?


How to eat plain chocolate

First, go grab a bag of kid-friendly chocolates.

Then, raise your hand if you *don’t*  like chocolate. Two of you? All right, you may sit quietly and observe.

Now, the rest of you, please listen to the following instructions.

Plain Chocolate

Allow the chocolate to sit in your mouth for a few moments to release its primary flavours and aromas. Then chew it five to ten times to release the secondary aromas. Let it rest lightly against the roof of your mouth so that you experience the full range of flavours. Finally, enjoy the lingering tastes in your mouth.


This is according to my copy of The Chocolate and Coffee Bible.


Do you still have that bag of chocolates in front of you?


Rip it open and dig in.

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