A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.
Read more: http://www.starfall.com
Added by Michelle Oswald on June 19, 2013 at 4:15pm —
Added by Betsy Spence on October 19, 2012 at 6:58pm —
I didn’t post anything last week because I was rushing to get my new book, HISTORY QUESTERS Colonies Trek ready to distribute in time to be used for your Colonial Unit. I’m thrilled to announce that the e-version is now available at… Continue
Added by Debra Collett on October 8, 2012 at 11:35pm —
has emerged on the social media scene with a million and one uses, but one of the best ways to take advantage of this tech tool is for differentiation to build students' reading confidence and interest. When we face the challenge of having unskilled or reluctant readers in our classrooms, Pinterest.com
can help us organize reading selections for individual students.…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on August 16, 2012 at 3:28pm —
CReating Indepence through Student Owned Strategies has helped countless numbers of students improve their reading and writing skills. Today, teachers don't have to rely on transparencies, butcher paper and markers to model these strategies for students to begin applying and internalizing them. Using tech tools to teach many of the C.R.I.S.S. strategies make…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on July 2, 2012 at 8:00am —
There's nothing trivial about Twitter! Twitter can literally transform your classroom, and your professional growth. I have created a Sliderocket presentation sharing 24 A through Z Twitter Tasks that support the High School English Language Arts Common Core Standards. In my next series of posts about Twitter, I will share tips for using Twitter in the elementary, and middle school classroom as well as A through Z suggestions for joining Twitter's…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on May 9, 2012 at 6:30am —
Added by Benjamin Darr on April 17, 2012 at 2:52pm —
There are specific differences between traditional language arts and the reading/ writing that is done for the internet. Since the amount and variety of online materials is exploding, it's important to understand some of those differences.… Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on April 3, 2012 at 4:13pm —
Can you imagine every student at your school or in your organization improving raeding reading skills? The Launchpad Company is starting a nationwide campaign to make a difference in how students enjoy reading. The company helps students by providing reading level using Lexile scores. A Lexile score is a measure of a student’s reading ability. The student gets to select two books that get them excited about reading each month. Right know too many students are getting books that are not… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on February 18, 2012 at 5:31pm —
Reading and writing used to be much simpler. We would get some sort of sharp stick (a pen or pencil) and scratch at paper until the marks we made could be interpreted by someone else. Well, our writing has evolved somewhat and along with it, so has our reading. Nowhere is this change more evident than in the home of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic... academia.
Lets start by looking at our writing tools. Lets start off with PDF's. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, PDF's are… Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on February 10, 2012 at 9:58pm —
Soar to new heights with Storyboard.com
, a site that allows students to create, collaborate, read, and share their own stories. Storybird.com
has thousands of art pieces arranged by themes. Students select a theme or piece of art to inspire them to write a story.
Students can invite collaborators to share the writing of a story. …
Added by Ary Aranguiz on October 13, 2011 at 5:24pm —
Teaching author's perspective, author's purpose, tone and mood, characterization and other literary elements are some of the most difficult reading skills for students to untangle. Because of time constraints, teachers often ignore discussing an author's life experiences as part of front-loading a text to be read. I have always been a proponent of less is more, so I make the time to let kids learn aboout a writer's life before we read his/her book, and we… Continue
Added by Ary Aranguiz on October 8, 2011 at 2:26pm —
Building your own "sundae" of information is as delicious as a double scoop of chocolate ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top! Scoop.It
is the banana split of bookmarking when browsing the web because you get to choose and garnish an information "sundae" with content you find deliciously interesting. You can share your scoops of information with a community of readers on various social media, and on… Continue
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 29, 2011 at 3:30pm —
Have you heard of http://photopeach.com/
? It's just a peachy site! Students will be able to upload images, choose music to complement the image, add a brief description and voila, there's an amazing slideshow presentation! Imagine the possibilities in your classroom! Students can use http://photopeach.com/
to summarize a text they have read, using images and sound that capture the main…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 21, 2011 at 2:46pm —
Added by Betsy Spence on September 9, 2011 at 9:07pm —
Whether you want to admit it, or not, there are two societies thriving in your classroom; one is in plain view which you take credit for leading fearlessly, and keeping under control,and then something very human begins to happen right behind your back. Whether we like it or not, an “underground” society emerges which you as the teacher are not privy to, a secret society…
Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
So, today marks the end of the first week of school (3 days, really)! How can I be so exhausted? I actually made the rounds today, visiting as many classrooms as I could. I know I said this in my last post, but I just can't get over how big some of the kids look! It's like I haven't seen them in a year.
Added by Marci Murray on August 5, 2011 at 10:55pm —
April is National Poetry Month and it's been a while since I've taken the time to slow down enough to truly read poetry. Read it slowly, enjoy it, savor it, relish it. Let it "slow cook" in my heart, mind and soul.
I know...poetry is not for everyone. But I do know that I love it.
So I thought...what is the best way that I can get back… Continue
Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on April 13, 2011 at 11:35am —
I’ve wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies. A list just seems too boring. One thing I’ve learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable. So I came up with this… Continue
Added by Diane Dahl on February 11, 2011 at 9:46pm —
I have been doing some reading on the gender gap between boys and girls in literacy and the continuing trend that boys demonstrate a lack of motivation and are less engaged when it comes to reading and writing. In my grade 3 class, 3/4 of the students are boys. I am reflecting on my own teaching practice as I continue researching the topic and the various suggestions. I'd like to hear from anyone who has thoughts on the issue or has come across a good research article.
Added by sonia barski on August 26, 2010 at 2:04am —