Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cause/Effect with Curious George

Test-Taking Practice and Tips

Thanks, Kim Brubaker, for sharing this site! With testing just around the corner, this is one site you'll want to check out!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

High Pointe's Visual Trail

Thank you, Ms. Haygood, Ms. Brubaker, Ms. Pearce and Ms. Sallee for allowing me to take photographs of the Visual Trail of Learning in your classrooms. Using wall space appropriately is powerful and brain friendly.

Visual Trail and PowerPoint

Simile Lesson

Writing Lesson:

(10 minutes) Review similes with PowerPoint. Collect similes from the text and add them to the chart. Model adding a simile to the text. (Mrs. Youman's 4th grade class compared the earth's crust to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.)

(20 minutes) Instruct students to look through their writers' notebooks to see where they can add similes. When they finish, they should free write. Confer with four or five students on their writing.

(10 minutes) Gather students on the carpet and collect similes. Check out the ones written by Mrs. Youman's 4th graders on the chart above. Her class is as smart as a room full of writing teachers! :-)

By collecting the similes on chart paper, you are leaving a visual trail of learning for your students. I'm a huge proponent for technology use in the classroom, but charting the learning on paper (notice the printed slides taped on chart paper) leaves a trail behind for students to peruse when their minds begin to wander or they have a minute or two of free time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eric Jensen's Blog

Eric Jensen began blogging last month. If you haven't bookmarked this site yet, you'll want to.

February TOSA Newsletter

February 10 TOSA Newsletter

Math Investigations Lesson - 3rd Grade 7.2.1

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