Monday, November 12, 2018

November Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's November Teacher Talk Time.....Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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Politics, Elections & Voting, Oh My!
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
We educators, need to have faith that students care enough about our democracy to become voices of change.
Holiday Self Care
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning
My message today is about some ways that you might consider in taking care of yourself during these always fast paced couple of months ahead.
*********************************************************** It Depends on the Angle - Complimentary and Supplementary Angles
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi
Since most students are visual learners, I try to visually help them remember definitions. This is how I visually taught them the difference between complementary and 
supplementary angles.

Why Does U Always Follow Q in English Spelling?
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight
Have you ever wondered why the letter U always follows Q in English spelling? Here's the answer.

  Do You Know These Top 5 Core 2-Word Phrases?
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

Far too many students never make it to the symbol sequencing stage of AAC use. Whether because of presumed lack of potential or lack of knowledge about how to move students along beyond single words, we end up with many AAC users who are not communicating as competently as they could - and need.

Avoid Comparing Adjectives That Are Absolute
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess
Something can be unique, but not more unique.
Free Art DecoChristmas Tree Coloring Pages to Support St Jude's Childrens Hospital
By Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile
Get some free "Art Deco" Christmas coloring pages with links to powerpoint tutorials showing how to make Christmas graphics using basic shapes. 

Five Tips for Teaching Literary Analysis Writing in Grades 5-8
By Marcy Howe of It's a Teacher Thing
Learn five practical tips for teaching one of the most challenging genres in writing.

Preserving History
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
History books (& Hollywood) have often depicted Native Americans in very stereotypical and often degrading roles. Researching and creating scrapbooks of California tribes highlights the important relationship between the regions and natural resources, dependence on the land, as well as their beliefs.

Reasoning with Evidence & Persuasive Thinking
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs
Raise your hand if you wish your students would support their thinking with evidence! Visible thinking's Claim-Support-Question is a great way to build your students' capacity. This post explores how reasoning with evidence can flow across your curriculum with one BIG thinking routine!

Play with Your Food Figurative Language

by Kathy Babineau
Grades 3-6

Tis the season for eating! This fun figurative language activity contains 60 cards, including 48 colorful food-themed idioms/expressions and 12 food-themed kid friendly jokes! Answer key is included.

Use these cards alone, with your own game board, or have the kids discuss and draw the literal and figurative meanings of the expressions. Jokes are a fun way to address language goals too!

And, understanding of figurative language is aligned with the common core (2.L.5., 3.L.5., 4.L.5., 5.L.5)

My students had a lot of fun with these. I hope your students do too!

Kathy Babineau MS, CCC-SLP

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FREE MATH LESSON - “Free Christmas Mystery Pictures”

by Mrs Thompson's Treasures
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Your kids will love discovering the holiday mystery pictures as they practice letters, numbers and sight words! These pages are designed to work with dot markers (bingo daubers) but you can also just use regular markers or crayons to color in the circles.
**4 activities are included
-2 Christmas tree pictures (alphabet or sight words)
-2 Rudolph pictures (numbers or sight word)
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

FREE MATH LESSON - “Grade Grade 3 EnVisions Math Lesson 6-1 Common Core Version Inspired Power Point”

by Kristin Jason
3rd Grade

Free! If you teach EnVisions math, you will love using these Power Point lessons to guide each day. Here is a power point lesson for Topic 6, lesson 6-1 covering the Distributive Property of Multiplication. It explains the property using prior knowledge of arrays and breaking apart arrays to solve problems. These power point lessons allow you to integrate technology, incorporate important test prep skills, and have your instruction all ready to go every day! It makes life (and math class) much easier! 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

💥Teaching Dolch Words💥

🌻Hello everyone,
Here is some information on teaching Dolch Words.  I think they are so important to teach all students, but especially struggling readers and  English Language Learners.  Dolch Words can give all students the boost they need to succeed.  Grab our freebie for First Grade Dolch Sight Words here!

What are Dolch Sight Words?
According to Wikipedia, The Dolch word list is a list of frequently used English words compiled by Edward William Dolch, a major proponent of the "whole-word" method of beginning reading instruction. The list was first published in a journal article in 1936 and then published in his book Problems in Reading in 1948. Dolch compiled the list based on children's books of his era, which is why nouns such as "kitty" and "Santa Claus" appear on the list instead of more high-frequency words. The list contains 220 "service words" that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in the English language. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list. Between 50% and 75% of all words used in schoolbooks, library books, newspapers, and magazines are a part of the Dolch basic sight word vocabulary.
These lists of words are still assigned for memorization in American elementary schools. Although most of the 220 Dolch words are phonetic, children are sometimes told that they can't be "sounded out" using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, "sight word". The list is divided according to the grades in which it was intended that children would memorize these words.   Wikipedia

Why do they call them Sight Words?
Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

Why are Dolch Sight Words important to teach?
Sight words are very important for your child to master because, believe it or not, “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s printed material”, according to Study to Identify High-Frequency Words in Printed Materials, by D.J. Kear & M.A. Gladhart. There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the sight words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.

Practicing Dolch Sight Words
💥Introduce Dolch new sight words in isolation,
💥Use familiar books and identify new and old Dolch sight words in text
💥Schedule daily Dolch sight word instruction, but keep it short under 10 minutes

Here are some resources for Dolch Sight Words:

Happy Teaching!🌻