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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids. Welcome To Professor Garfield. Play - The Importance Of Play - Children, Skills, Language, Social, Development, and World. Through play, children learn the skills necessary to effectively participate in their world through play.

Play - The Importance Of Play - Children, Skills, Language, Social, Development, and World

Play provides children with natural opportunities to engage in concrete and meaningful activities that enhance physical, language, social, and cognitive development. During play, children increase their knowledge and understanding of self, others, and the physical world around them. A child's motor development becomes increasingly more refined through the physical activity that play naturally provides. Through the manipulation of toys and materials, children develop small motor skills. Large motor skills are developed as a child runs, climbs, and throws a ball. Play is also important for the development of children's language skills.

During play, children are provided with opportunities for social interaction with peers. Comprehension In Preschool and Early Elementary Children: Skill Development and Strategy Interventions (Panayiota Kendeou) PreKinders: Website for Pre-K & Preschool Teachers. Little Animals Activity Centre.

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PreviousNext Print it out! Watch Videos! Welcome to - Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students. As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students.

Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does. I well aware that I'm on a mission -- but I also know it's a worthy one! Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help. Read. There's so much more we can all do -- from the superintendent to the classroom teacher, the custodian to the parent's association. Second Grade Reading Comprehension Activities. Tabletop Story Boarding. First Grade Factory: Reading Comprehension Strategy Materials. Ebook on Author engine. Beatrix Potter. Rumpelstiltskin. For Kids and Families. Guided Reading: How to Organize the Chaos.

Guided reading has become increasingly popular, and for good reason; it works.

Guided Reading: How to Organize the Chaos

The opportunity to work with children in small groups, instruct in a way that’s laser focused on students’ level of development, and directly address individual challenges allows educators to go beyond one-size-fits-all teaching approaches and set a more solid foundation for overall literacy. While most educators have a grasp on the fundamentals of guided reading, successful implementation presents unique challenges such as group management, differentiating lessons for students, finding on-level books and designing materials for stations to address students needs. Preparation and planning needs to extend beyond curriculum and lesson plans.

True success lies within the execution—finding a way to focus on each individual group while also engaging the entire classroom. Children tend to be more engaged when a routine is established. Reading (General) Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension. 1.

Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

Monitoring comprehension Students who are good at monitoring their comprehension know when they understand what they read and when they do not. They have strategies to "fix" problems in their understanding as the problems arise. Research shows that instruction, even in the early grades, can help students become better at monitoring their comprehension. Popular First-Grade Reading Comprehension Resources for Teachers. Word Family Printables - Free Flip Books and Words with Pictures.

Storytime Standouts features all sorts of free word family printables for kindergarten and grade one Whether supporting my own children as they learned to read, tutoring kindergarten and/or grade one children who are struggling with reading or presenting my Beginning to Read program to five and six year olds, I have always been a great fan of teaching Word Families.

Word Family Printables - Free Flip Books and Words with Pictures

Introducing the concept of Word Families helps kindergarten children to understand that elements of words are the same. Three words may have different parts but they may also be very alike. Once a child learns to decode the word “RING,” he can be encouraged to substitute the beginning sound and read, “SING” or “BRING.” The idea of substituting a beginning sound (or an ending sound) can be introduced long before a child is learning to read. Construct-a-Word. Construct-a-Word provides a simple, engaging way for students to generate dozens of different words by first choosing an ending (for example -an, -ed, -at, -op) and then adding a beginning letter or blend.


When a correct word is created, the word is stored in a Word Bank where students can read and review their words. For each ending, Construct-a-Word prompts students to create between 6 and 14 different possible words, adding an element of fun and discovery. It uses animation and sound to guide students through the steps of creating words, and employs prompts that are clear and easy to master. This interactive tool could be used individually or in small groups, either in one session or across multiple lessons. For ideas of how to use this tool outside the classroom, see Construct-a-Word in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section. Center Ideas. I spent the morning copying, laminating, and packaging my fairy tales and winter math and literacy centers and I thought I'd share how they turned out.

Center Ideas

If you're anything like me, seeing a visual of centers helps me understand how the work. You can find these centers here and here. ABC Order This is my favorite activity. We've just started tally marks, so my kids need lots of practice with this. This activity focuses on dimes and pennies. These compound word activities will be at my word work center next week. Ms. Ross's First Grade Class at Barrett Elementary Center. Centers. It's a challenge to explain how I manage my centers.


It's one of those things where you really have to be there to completely understand how it works. However, I'm not going to let that hold me back from sharing what I can with all of you! Here it goes..... This is my center board. Students go to the board to see what they need to work on each day. As you can see, I have four center group posters above the centers (on the fish). Here is a list of all of the centers in my classroom: Homepage - ReadWriteThink. The Reading Lady. Reading Rockets: Reading Comprehension & Language Arts Teaching Strategies for Kids. CommonLit. Winter-Themed Passages & Lessons. English Activities help kids learning English free. The Solution to Reading Comprehension.

Kids Share Book Recommendations. Use Online Reading Logs, Find Books At Their Reading Level. Plot Generator. Children's short stories. Reading Comprehension - True or False Activity. Walt Disney has brought joy to many of us as both children and adults.

Reading Comprehension - True or False Activity

But how much do you know about the parks that exist all over the world? Read through the article below and see if you can answer the true or false questions afterwards. Lesson by Craoline Devane It's Not a Small World, after all...covering 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands. Of the more than 25,000 acres, less than 35 percent has been developed with a quarter designated as a wilderness preserve. A Cast of Thousands...around 62,000 to be more precise. What the Well-Dressed Mouse Will Be Wearing...depends entirely on the occasion. I'm Dreaming of a "Green" Christmas...The 1,500 Christmas trees at Walt Disney World Resort won't be the only "green" holiday delights this season as each Walt Disney World resort hotel will glow with new "conservation" lighting - more than 700,000 LED lights in all.

Who's Still Thirsty?... 1. Children's Book Week Activities. In Celebration of Book Week and School Library Media Month, Education World presents dozens of book-themed activities, lessons, and projects, from our archive! Included: How to write better book reports, stage a "Literature Day," compose Harry Potter haiku, plus additional classroom activities for teaching about fairy tales, folk tales, biographies, and more! Important DatesNational Library Week, April 10-16, 2011School Library Media Month, April 2011Children's Book Week 2011, May 2-8, 2011National Library Week 2011, April 10-16, 2011 Lesson Plans for Book WeekGreat Book Week ProjectsAdditional Book Week Resources Book Buffet Patti Stephenson, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence Missouri, submitted this idea that she uses to peak student interest in reading books from a variety of genres.

Adventures in Literacy Land: Tackling Text Complexity. I recently attended a literacy workshop where we discussed text complexity. I had a few "ah-ha" moments during the session that I'd like to share with you today. Text complexity is something many teachers struggle with when selecting reading material for their students. We want a "just right" fit, a book that will engage students and provide the appropriate amount of challenge. There are three aspects of text complexity we should consider: Quantitative Measures Quantitative measures look at the readability of the text based on syllables per word, words per sentence, and so forth. When determining how difficult a text is, most teachers use a book leveling system of one sort or another. Historical Fiction. K-1 Comprehension Monitoring Guide 2013.doc. Reading-comprehension-worksheet-grade-1-sun. Comprehension mini lesson ideas. Comprehension Strategies - Making connections, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and more.

Classic Children's Stories. ESL Fairy Tale Reading Comprehension - Old Sultan - Fairy Tale by Brothers Grimm. Free English Reading comprehension tests and exercises online. Reading comprehension is also an important part when you take an English test. Reading comprehension test can help you to improve vocabulary, grammar, and logical thought ability. There are some tips for you to improve reading skills: - Practice reading every day. You should read different fields to improve your vocabulary. - Take note all new words and learn them. - Try to answer all the questions. The Circus: Superlatives and Comparatives.

Read through the text about a circus, then answer the questions below. The Rodriguez Brothers Circus is in town! Every year, the circus arrives and stays for a week. Then they go to the next town. There are not many animals in the circus. People told the circus that they didn't like seeing animals performing. Reading Passages and Exercises - p.1.

Online Reading Activities. English Reading Practice - Educational Stories, Articles and Exercises. English reading practice is very important if you want to improve your English reading skills. This section contains articles on different subjects for you to read. Each article has contains an exercise too. English Beginning Level Reading Comprehension Skills - Reading for Lower Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Teaching Ideas and Resources: Read the first paragraph where Christopher discovers the dead dog. Can you complete the story from that point? The book is a murder mystery novel. The Story Museum - 1001 stories from around the world. Free Reading Lessons.