Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Do definitely include in your creative writing center. If you have classroom computers, set up a writing/publishing center where students have all the resources they need to write. Use it on you smartboart to introduce new vocabulary. Engage your students to stimmulate poetry writing, creative expression and reflective writing.
Use it along side Instant Poetry Writer Just choose your poetry form from the list of links on the left. Then just add words to make the poem your own.
Monday, November 23, 2009
A creative poetry writing idea. Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. Or add inspirational or humorous captions to pictures. After selecting a picture (or using the one they provide) and dragging a word onto the screen, choose different forms of the word by using the drop-down menu next to the word. Move your words anywhere on the screen for creative writing. You can also click “freestyle” instead to type in your own words instead of choosing from their list. Word lists change, depending on the image selected. Piclits can be saved.
My first attempt with Tagul which is a wordle type app with many more features. Here is an example: A Tagul with words featured prominently on my blog:You have 8 free taguls to work with and the code can be copied and embedded and resized for your blog.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Check out Good Reads for an outstanding review!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, has launched a new web site designed to gather and organize educational videos for students ages 3 to 18. The site, WatchKnow.org, currently features more than 11,000 videos across 2,000 categories on subjects such as math, science, and history. Kids discover that short videos can make learning school topics like math, science, geography, and history fun. Kids 13 and older can enjoy a sense of contribution by uploading their own educational videos that they find on YouTube and other partner sites.
A great way to introduce or consolidate a topic.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.
If you liked the classroom strategies and resources at Reading Rockets you may also want to bookmark Into the Book Just one of the suggestions for a number of children's books to help you teach the visualizing strategy.
Also The Power to Visualize
Monday, November 16, 2009
BioEd Online K8Science features lessons on the water cycle and global warming, the X chromosome, sleep and daily rhythms, muscles and bones, and food and fitness. I have highlighted the K to 8 lesson plans.
BioEd Online Classroom Lessons are inquiry-based, field-tested, standards-aligned activities and supplemental materials that can be downloaded as PDF documents for use in your classroom. Materials are sorted by topic and grade level, making it easy locate lessons that are appropriate for your students.
To access the resources, click on a title or choose a title from the "Classroom Lessons" menu on the MAIN page of BioEd Online
"We invite you and your students to participate in real-time, real-life space research, beginning with the lift-off of Space Shuttle Atlantis on November 16, 2009. Painted Lady "butterflynauts" (Vanessa cardui) will be transported on the Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS), where they will live for several weeks."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Teacher Web 2.0 Tools
Teachers are using Web 2.0 to broaden their lessons and find new ways to teach. These are tools teachers need to have in their Web 2.0 Teaching Toolkit. This list is a great place to start, as a student teacher or seasoned educator starting out in the wide world of web 2.0 in the classroom. I believe your contributions are welcome to this wallwisher.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Education World offers five lessons to introduce students to the literary genres -- and to their own imagination! Included: Graphic organizers, student work sheets, more!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Is there really alternatives to the old fashioned book reports? There sure is. This alternative to book reports is particularly appealing to boys. For example allow students to create a cartoon version of the book they have just finished. And do read on! These ideas can get students collaborating, and perhaps may increase engagement in their learning! assignments.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Check out her new story this week "The Cat That Walked By Himself" A true classic. with read along options. MrsP.com is a free children's entertainment website. It stars actress, Mrs. P, a redheaded Irishwoman who reads classic children's stories from her "Magic Library." The target audience for the website is kids between the ages of 3-12, and its goal is to "encourage a lifetime love of reading." The target audience for the website is kids between the ages of 3-12, and its goal is to "encourage a lifetime love of reading." The primary content offered on MrsP.com is a library of streaming video episodes. The episodes range in length from 5–30 minutes and feature the Mrs. P character seated near a fire in her "Magic Library." She offers a short, often humorous introduction, usually based on one of her youthful adventures and related in some way to the story she is about to read. She then reads the story directly to the camera. The videos include illustrations or photographs, but focus primarily on the emotive performances of the storyteller "in the hope that viewers will use their imaginations." Stories read by Mrs. P on the website include Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Sleeping Beauty.