Saturday, January 30, 2010

Family Literacy Day- for the last 30 min of the day all students read in the hallway and some families joined us. I stumbled upon this while checking my twitter network (techang) . What a wonderful idea!!! Thank you!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

This site is so apropo. We are in the middle of a deep freeze here in Ontario and Quebec. So why not celebrate the bitter cold, high winds with your own winter theme, olympics or winter festival. Weave this site around your curriculum needs.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thanks to BjB of tappedinorg on Twitter I was told about Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots

This site has a plethora of K to 3 resources. Thanks again to Twitter and BjB who is in my twitter network. I check her tweets on a daily basis.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Enjoy winter across the curriculum and relieve the winter doldrums. Prepare your students for the upcoming winter olympics in Vancouver. Harness the excitement.

READ WRITE THINK has taken on a new look and approach. As a classroom teacher I find this resource invaluable. A one stop shop for teacher planning!!

The new and revised site has taken a meaner and greener look and feel:
• Easier to use and read
• Content just for your classroom
• New ways to participate and share

ReadWriteThink search of what is most viewed

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Here's how it works… Four classes will be selected to participate in the project, along with the fourth graders from Wheeler Elementary School in Plainville, CT. A schedule will be developed and posted for each participating teacher. The lead fourth grade classes from Plainville will write three paragraphs in the Wiki to begin the story, one paragraph per fourth grade classroom. Students will create a picture (computer generated, or digital image of hand drawn picture) to illustrate their paragraphs. One picture per paragraph will be chosen for inclusion in the Wiki, and uploaded. The next class will have two weeks to post one more paragraph and a picture. This will continue until all classes have added their paragraph and picture.

Teach Preschool is another great website I stumbled upon recently.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I Wonder: Writing Scientific Explanations With Students ...
Grades 1 – 6 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis. Fact Fragment Frenzy. Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for ... if you haven't noticed Read Write Think has a totally new look. It is worth investigating at length.

Have your students use OdoSketch as a free form sketching tool for all occasions

Tammy has so graciously provided us with instructions for creating and saving our masterpieces.Odosketch

"Ignite" your curriculum with resources from this wiki out of Birmngham>

One Cure to Student Boredom

"One of the challenges to teaching young students is keeping the curriculum engaging and interactive. With the increased impact of mass media on young minds, teachers are unfortunately often competing with forces beyond their control. Special effects in movies, the immediacy of the internet and the ways video games bring three dimensional worlds to life all combine to shape what “entertainment” means to kids and teens today. And so, of the many hats that teachers wear, the “entertainer” hat is particularly challenging."


Friday, January 15, 2010

Fun pre-school/home-school blog. Lots of at-home ideas to share with parents

Thursday, January 14, 2010

How often do we say "I dunno"? This is a catchy name for a blog which caught my eye this early morning as I browsed thro' my PLN on twitter. Take a gander. It may provide inspiration for the new year.

News of the Day

"Talking about the news with kids happens in everyday moments. Children ask questions in the car on the way to school, in between pushes on the swings, and just when you're trying to rush out the door. In one breath, they'll ask about a range of topics — from the weather to the president to the latest war. And when difficult questions come up, parents wonder how to respond."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

For lesson planning purposes you may find K-12 Core Lesson Plans useful.

The Utah Education Network provides free web tools and services, such as lesson plans, videos, curriculum resources, student interactives and professional. The Utah State Office of Education/Utah Education Network is a consortium member of the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) project. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Search the GEM database for high quality resources at The Gateway to 21st Century Skills

As a classroom teacher I always loved introducing a new lesson or theme using picture books.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The word of the day is BAFFLE. Use this to stimulate discussion or warm up your LA classes. What baffles you? How to integrate Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos into the classroom: Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos are an excellent way to expand and enrich student vocabulary. Here is how you can keep your own personalized lists in WordAhead.

Use this site to jumpstart your LA classes. Use it as a story starter; as a stepping stone to creative writing.
Other sites to inspire writing:
Fun Ways To Inspire Writing In Students