Is Blogging in Your Technology Toolkit?

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Sep 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Helping students find and use information is vital for their future success in the workplace. By providing various learning opportunities that use technology, you will see an increase in their reading, writing, and problem solving skills. This post will focus on how blogging can benefit you as well as your students.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Writing, Technology, Literacy

DRA Basics: Benchmarking and Diagnostic (now what?)

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Aug 20, 2016 9:37:32 AM

Do your plans for the first few weeks of school include formative assessments? If so, you are not alone. The first assessment of the school year (for most districts) is your baseline. Using programs such as DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment), allows you to get a snapshot of your students’ independent and instructional reading levels. Finding their level, early in the school year, allows you to monitor their growth throughout the year. This post will provide information on how to use their test results to increase student achievement as well as helpful tips to get started if you have never used this assessment before.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Special Education, Publisher Preview, Reading Lists

Books that Take You Places

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jul 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What are your travel plans this summer? Are you trying to fit one last trip before back to school? Here's an idea: learn about your mode of transportation before you go. This is just one way to get engage readers during the summer. Topics that students can relate to or that they find interesting are a great "starters" for independent research.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists

Making the most of your Reading Groups

Posted by Teresa M. on Dec 9, 2015 11:23:33 AM
Reading groups are vital to the success of struggling readers. However, it is beneficial to all readers. So, how can you make the most of your reading group time?
 
1. Flexible Grouping-Too often there is a stigma associated with grouping students. However, making your groups flexible allows students to move up and down groups.
 
2. Skill Groups vs. Reading Levels-Focus on a skill during a lesson will allow you to group your students. IF your students have already reached mastery on the skill, you can do a more advanced activity.
 
3. Interest Grouping-This is a great way to involve students regardless of reading level. Use Big Universe and find resources on a variety of levels and topics. Example: Animals
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Common Core, Differentiation, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Literacy

National Punctuation Day (September 24th) Grammar lessons that your students will love.

Posted by Teresa M. on Sep 15, 2015 2:50:20 AM

National Punctuation Day is a great way to get your students excited about writing. The best way for your students to become better writers is for them to write! These are proven resources and ideas that can be used in any classroom. Each is broken down into the various grade levels to encourage writing.

Resources

Extension Activity: Start your own newspaper or classroom newsletter. Assign jobs to all your students. Sample jobs: writers, editors, photographers, and interviewers.
Middle School
The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! 100 Reproducible Activities It's no secret: practice builds skill, and skill builds confidence. By focusing on essential elements of grammar, these reproducible exercises are the ideal supplement to your language arts program. Good Grammar! covers all the bases in a variety of skill-specific lesson formats. The annotated table of contents makes it easy to locate and prescribe instant remediation. Topics Include: Anatomy of a Sentence, Sentence Structure and Syntax, Subjects and Predicates, Compounds: subjects; Predicates and Sentences, Eight parts of speech, Nouns: Singular and Plural; Proper and Common, Self-assessment and Proofreading, Subject-verb agreement, Personal Pronouns and Antecedents, Adjectives and Adverbs: Comparative and Superlative, and more...
The reproducible lessons in this series were designed for students who still have trouble understanding what they read, writing a simple report, or finding the appropriate words to express themselves. A systematic, incremental teaching method promotes progress by steadily building confidence in six core topics. These reproducible books include teacher notes and tips, answer keys, reference guides, lessons, unit reviews, and more.
Real Life Experiences
Start a blog or use the Big Universe writing tool. This way your students have an world wide audience.
We would love to hear from you. How will you celebrate National Punctuation Day?
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Publisher Preview, Reading Lists, Writing, Technology, Literacy

Using History to Hook Readers

Posted by Teresa M. on Sep 11, 2015 7:32:00 PM

Learning about historical events can be a fun way to introduce and review higher level reading skills. Finding relevant and engaging resources can help you hook your students on history. Here are some examples of skills that could be taught while using history books.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Reading Lists, Literacy

Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by Teresa M. on Aug 24, 2015 11:00:16 AM

Is your kindergartener feeling tired, scared, happy, sad, or possibly overwhelmed about starting school this fall? Reading can be a great way to connect with your child and reassure them as they experience school for the first time. You can also help build their confidence while building fundamental reading skills. These titles are sure to please your kindergarten!

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Literacy

Roadtrips: Hands on Learning

Posted by Teresa M. on Aug 11, 2015 10:03:16 AM

Are you hitting the road this summer? You can turn this trip into a life long lesson in map reading skills. Many cars are manufactured with gps or a navigation system. This can be turned off and your child can be the navigator.

First, purchase an map at local gas stations. Next, as a family, plan your trip. Discuss how far you plan to travel in a day. Make sure to incorporate skills such as distance and landmarks.

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Technology, Literacy

Campfire Stories and Engaging Activities

Posted by Teresa M. on Jul 15, 2015 11:07:07 AM

Growing up, I camped a lot! Campfire time was always the highlight of the day. Nothing beats sitting under the stars and feeling the glow of the fire! We toasted marshmallows or made s'mores and enjoyed telling stories, singing and playing games. These engaging activities are suitable for kids of all ages.

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Literacy

Value of Tall Tales

Posted by Teresa M. on Jul 1, 2015 5:13:51 AM

Tall tales are stories that are loosely based on real people that did larger than life deeds. These stories can be humorous when the main character solves a problem by impossible means. You can have your children create their own versions of these classic tall tales. Tall tales encourage creativity and planning. These can be either written down or told as fun classroom or family activity.

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Common Core, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Writing, Literacy

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