Saturday, November 1, 2008
This slideshow will load on my computer at home but not at school. It just spins for me. If it won't open for you, click the presentation link underneath the slideshow. You should be able to view it on SlideShare.
Guess the Covered Word is a fabulous way to teach decoding, words in context and synonyms. Plus, kids enjoy it, and it only takes a few minutes to 'play.'
Anticipation Guides prime students and help them predict what will happen in the text. If you create one with all true items, you could have students predict the sequence of events before reading and then read to determine the sequence of events.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The numbers on the posters represent individual student numbers. If you don’t assign numbers to your students, you could write initials there; it helps with accountability. I usually have five or six questions posted in the room and students answer as many questions as they can in the allotted time – knowing that all students won’t have time to answer all questions. As long as they’re diligently working, the lesson differentiates itself. The advanced readiness students will answer more and the early readiness students will answer less. The numbers are to help me track the ‘lazy students’ and return post-its with incorrect responses.
Check out http://www.teachertube.com/
There are a lot of free videos at your fingertips; this one is less than three minutes.
If you download RealPlayer for FREE, you can store clips on your computer which eliminates the need Internet when showing your clips from http://www.youtube.com/ or http://www.teachertube.com/.
If you would like to embed downloaded videos into your PowerPoint, you may need to download a FREE converter.
For directions on HOW to do this, check out Lori's Technology Blog. Once again, thank you, LORI, for helping me become tech savvy!!! What did we ever do without you?
Avoid 'death by PowerPoint' by utilizing PowerPoint to visually enhance lessons.
Instead of spending HOURS scanning images, try http://www.google.com/. Once you type what you're looking for, click search IMAGES in the top left corner. You'll have TONS of images at your fingertips. Thanks, Lori, for this tip!
CAUTION: Google finds EVERYTHING related to that word that's posted on-line. You NEVER want to google images with students in the room.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
- To infer means to draw meaning from a combination of clues in the text without EXPLICIT reference to the text. It's basically 'reading in-between the lines.'
- To predict means to use context and content clues to ANTICIPATE what might happen next. Predictions can be validated or invalidated through reading.
Now, try this: