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September 21, 2009

Reading in the Content Areas

Reading in the Content Areas can difficult for all readers.

The best way I help my students with science and social studies reading is to use a pre-reading strategy I have used in my own classroom!

I use this first in science. With all the content vocabulary and information in one science reading even the best readers become overwhelmed!

Pre-reading Strategy Lesson:

1. Introduce the mnemonic below. Each Letter gives tips to increase comprehension of the text.

I need HELP in science! ( or social studies )

How does the page look?

Examine Titles

Learn New Words

Picture Clues

2. How does the page look? Discuss with the students if there are highlighted words on the page. Are there diagrams? Is there a lot of text or is it broken up in sections with subtitles?

3. Examine Titles: This is where you begin to activate prior knowledge. Read the titles aloud together and discuss with students if they already know of any information about the topic.

4. Learn New Words: Some books have a space for the new glossary words. Other highligh or boldface the words. Talk about the new words. Read the definition from the glossary. Have students partner read definitions.

5. Picture Clues: Complete a picture walk through the section you are to read. (Teachers do this all the time when reading storybooks, so why not try it in science and social studies?) Discuss the pictures to activate prior knowledge.

6. Now you are ready to read!

*** FYI: This pre-reading lesson may take you the whole class period depending on the age level you teach. I have done this as my first science lesson of the year! Then, the next day we read the first section!

September 14, 2009

Acrostic Poems

There are so many different types of poems to write in the classroom. One of my favorites is an "Acrostic Poem."

The best thing about this poem is a teacher can use it in ANY subject, with ANY book, or for ANY holiday!

Now, to top it all off, I found this awesome website that helps any writer become an acrostic poet! The website helps the writer brainstorm, gives hints when you move your mouse on the letter, and after your creative, poetic mind is finished. You can print up and publish your poem!

**** Just make sure you check your the spelling before you print!

Give this website a try!

Happy poetry writing everyone!

September 10, 2009

Writing About Color

Another writing activity. There are two ways to approach this lesson.

1. Writing a poem about color

2. Teaching & writing about mood or metaphor*

Think About This: If you are planning on teaching about a literary device, you can decide if you want to teach the definitions before or after you watch the video!

Watch the video "Yesterday, I had the Blues" a few times!

Think about how the color describes the mood of each character.

Discuss one example from the video. List the words used to describe that color and mood.

Next, use the same color you discussed with the class and write a new paragraph or poem.

For example:

I got the silly, bright buzzing bumblebee yellows,
The sweet, make my cheeks pucker, lemonade yellows,
The warm sunshine on my face yellows.

Now have each student make a list of words that remind them of a color. Then have them write it in a paragraph or poem! If you want to students to understand mood, make sure it is expressed in their poem!

Be Creative and Have fun!

* Literary Devices:

mood: emotional condition created by the text. It refers to the general sense or feeling which the reader is supposed to get from the text.

metaphor: a comparison of two things

September 3, 2009

First Day !

In my state, some teachers returned to work yesterday, some returned today! There are few lucky schools that start next week!

I hope everyone has a wonderful first day back to school!

The first five things I always did with my students were:

1. Assigned seats with a name tag!

2. Have a simple and fun activity on their desk!

3. Morning Procedures were explained or with my older grades written on a poster on the front board.

4. Begin my welcome with a read aloud.

5. After the read aloud, have a quick stretch break (Sometimes this means going on a school tour).

Good luck teachers!