Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fingerplays and music for every occasion and across the curriculum. Also geared for use on an interactive whiteboard.

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

Literacy Livebinder ..

Sites Worth Sharing This Week
Dinosaur Question Wall
Track my T-shirt
Five Technology Lessons Every Teacher Can Teach
Classroom Management

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This site was gleaned from a discussion at

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,, 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

A book lovers delight! A blog where elementary librarians share books that worked well with classes and/or are must haves!!

Free NFB films which can be used in the classroom.

In an effort to boost literacy rates, schools in Ontario are giving Grade 5 and 6 students a new learning tool to try out

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Education World ® Lesson Planning: Once Upon a Time: Lessons for Teaching About Fables, Fairy Tales, Folktales, Legends, Myths, Tall Tales via kwout

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

Sites I stumbled upon from my PLN
TeacherTuesday recommendations
Teachers that are currently in the trenches who will enhance anyone's PLN.
Math Strategies
This site should engage grade 4 to 6 students
A quick way to get your students writing

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Check out her new story this week "The Cat That Walked By Himself" A true classic. with read along options. 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 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.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

" Give preschoolers the opportunity 2 write and color!"

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I could definitely have used this interactive timer tool in my grade 5 class today with transitions and and movement around the class. Various soundtracks have been added. WOW! what a sensation for smartboard users.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Grade level portal with teacher resources and interactive sites.

Type in a list of words. These words will print out in a large font size. A handy tool for creating word walls or for flash cards.