Friday, February 27, 2009
A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. BE A CARRIER. ~Tom Stoppard,British Playwright
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Read an elaborate piece of text to your students to see if they can form vivid pictures in their minds. Then, have students simplify the text. What is the author trying to say?
- In the deepest, darkest part of night, when the crickets and tree frogs are almost silent, shadowy shapes emerge from the ponderosa pine ridge and tiptoe down to the glassy Cheyenne River below. Their long tangled manes and tails ruffle in the night breeze. Ever alert and watchful for predators, they swiftly drink their fill. Then they turn on their heels and lunge up the rocky hills to safety.
- Horses walk to the river for a drink at night and try to avoid predators.
If the author had simply written the simple sentence, would it have sold books?
Text: Peterson, C. (2003) Wild Horses: Black Hills Sanctuary
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
*I have a copy of this book if you'd like to borrow it. :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I have this wordless picture book if you'd like to borrow it. :) You can find detailed lesson plans at this site: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=370
*Hall, L., Yongmei, L., Applying Question-Answer Relationship to Pictures. Retrieved from http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=370 on February 17, 2009.
QAR Zoom from www.readwritethink.org
QAR Zoom Guide from www.readwritethink.org
Causes/Effects from readwritethink.org
- The Day Jimmy's Boa Taught Cause/Effect Lesson: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1029
- I have two copies of this book if you'd like to borrow it.
*Udry, V., The Day Jimmy's Boa Taught Cause and Effect. Retrieved from http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1029 on February 17, 2009.
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When teaching cause and effect, it's very effective to teach students to say, "BECAUSE _____________ happened, ___________________ was the effect."
Many teachers tell primary students not to begin a sentence with because. As they get older, you can model how to invert sentences so they will be grammatically correct.
Looking for Review Ideas in Math? Check out these I Have ... Who Has? Math Games.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
- With end-of-the-year state testing quickly approaching, many upper grade teachers are using picture books to review Communication Arts skills, and they have requested names of books to use.
- We'd love to hear from you! You do not need a blogger account to post to this blog; you can post anonymously and simply sign your name and location within your post (if you choose).
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
- Beginning, middle, end
- Alliteration (in newspaper pictures)
- Foreshadowing (notice signs of burglars throughout)
If You Hopped Like a Frog by David Schwartz
Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance by Robert Munsch
Infer/Draw conclusions (What happened to Grandpa?)
Questioning: I wonder ... (I wonder why she put a flower in her hair.)
Warning: The Lighthouse book is sad and may make you cry.
Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider
Powerpoint lesson posted @: http://cherylsclassroomtipsdi.blogspot.com/search?q=summarizing
Duke Ellington by Andrea David Pinkney
- A plethora of figurative language included
- Beginning, middle, end
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino
- Beginning, middle, end (plot)
- Strong verbs (author mainly put said to bed)
Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada
- Friendly letter format
- Excellent word choice
The Weighty Word Book by Paul M. Levitt, Douglas A. Burger and Elissa S. Guralnick
- Vocabulary in story format
I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
Please consider posting your favorite picture books for other teachers to use or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll post them for you. Most of the above mentioned books are recommendations given to me by other teachers.