Sharing my LOVE of Literacy!

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March 28, 2010

Writing a Summary

I took a workshop last week and one of the ideas presented was so neat. It can be adapted in many different ways! I had to share. I plan to use it in my book clubs in the upcoming weeks!

The $2.00 Summary:

A way to retell a lesson or write a summary in a quick and short manner using words and a little math. You have to use specific details because each word is worth money. You cannot go over $2.00!

Each word is worth 5 cents!
Free words: the, and, of, is, a, an


Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live in a boxcar, but now they live with their grandfather. He takes them on a cruise in the Caribbean and suddenly a mystery begins. The children work together to solve the mystery.

The total summary is $1.60.

This can be used in a lot of classes! In reading, children could write after reading a short story or various chapters in a book. Have partners write one together the first few times! I would not overuse this activity in order to keep it a freah challenge to students.

Happy Reading and Writing!

March 17, 2010

A Super Educational Website!

I observed a teacher today and she had an awesome website that she intergrated into her lesson on prefixes and suffixes. The kids really loved the video and the fact that there was a quiz at the end! I thought I would share it because the videos are free! Teachers can register for free on the website as well!

I played on the website and watched a few vidoes related to reading, grammar, and the holidays! The lesson ideas are endless!! Enjoy!

Brain Pop

Happy Reading and Web Surfing!

March 8, 2010

Love Those Leprechauns !

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner!

I love my first graders because for two weeks before March 17th those pesky leprechauns would visit our room leaving green dust all over the place and chocolate gold coins. Sometimes those leprechauns would even knock over chairs or make a mess!

Here are two of my favorite read alouds I have shared with several of my classes:

Lucky O' Leprechaun by Jane Dillon
Story: During a visit to their great-aunts' house on St. Patrick's Day weekend, Meg and Sean are determined to catch the leprechaun who lives under a thorn bush in the garden. The children devise a plan with the help of the three elderly ladies. When they finally nab the little fellow, they make him promise to return once a year to answer their questions. The clever little leprechaun is hiding in some of the pictures which the kidos really love.

As a class we write our own version of a leprechaun hiding in different parts of the school. The class story is always very cute!

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting Story: The main character, Jamie, is the youngest in his family, too small to participate in the annual special parade. Disappointed, Jamie awakens early and sets out to prove them wrong. The story follows his march through the village, making music and creating a parade on his own, proving to himself that he is truly big enough to participate.

I love how this story teaches a lesson about believing in yourself! Having a class discussion about this very topic works wonderfully after sharing this book!

Happy Reading!

March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss !!

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

I hope everyone gets a chance to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book today! When I was a kido I loved to read, "One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue Fish."

Every year on the last day of class I read, "Oh, The Places you Will Go!" It is such a sweet way to send my fifth graders on their way to middle school! They usually giggle and groan when I tell them who I am reading to them, but then by the end of the story they are so engrossed in it.

Happy Reading!