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The Warnhope Park Press. In pictures: children's book illustrations exhibition. Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals. Guest Post: The Best Animated TV Shows of the 70s. I'm proud to present, for the first time ever, a guest post on The Wonderful Wonderblog.

Guest Post: The Best Animated TV Shows of the 70s

See my comments at the bottom of this post. Often referred to as the decade of disco, the 1970s were a phenomenal and memorable set of years still widely referenced in today's culture. In addition to bell bottoms, platform shoes, Afro puffs, and white disco suits, the 70s are also renowned for their classic entertainment. Animated television was one form of this entertainment. DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! Hold the Presses!: Revising for Connotation. Spice Up Your Poetry with Figurative Language. Show, Don't Tell: A Whiteboard Writing Lesson. In this mini-lesson, whiteboard-ready writing samples help students spot the difference between telling or reporting information that holds the reader back and writing that involves the audience by showing what’s happening in stories.

Show, Don't Tell: A Whiteboard Writing Lesson

Exploring the question, "Does my writing show what's happening? ," students view short paragraphs on the interactive whiteboard and pick out examples of where an author uses sounds, thoughts, and feelings, as well as examples of where the writing is straight reporting. PIZZAZ, Creative Writing & Storytelling, Opp-Beckman. Tips for Teaching Parts of Speech Memorably. By Sarah Major, M.Ed Grammar, phonics, and parts of speech often struggle for first place at the very pinnacle of the student boredom scale.

Tips for Teaching Parts of Speech Memorably

When I was growing up, spelling and arithmetic also jockeyed for room at the top. Because my boredom/failure scale was so top heavy as a young student, these days I spend a lot of “working” time looking for ways to teach these types of mind-numbing concepts, ways that are not only easy to learn but hard to forget.

Personification really helps make abstract concepts memorable and helps to avoid the need for a child to just memorize and remember. We can also use color, story, and visual in this exercise, all of which are right-brain-friendly tools. It makes sense to me to start with nouns when teaching parts of speech because very young children are first occupied in acquiring naming words for all the “things” they see and touch in their environment. Mr. Verbs are great to follow up with after learning some nouns.

Next we meet Ms. Homeschool Articles: Teaching Ideas: The Problem With Creative Writing. Creative writing assignments are often found to be vague, undefined or too open-ended.

Homeschool Articles: Teaching Ideas: The Problem With Creative Writing

When asked about how to tackle a creative writing assignment, one fourth grader who generally enjoys writing responds, “you just keep on writing until you come to a good ending.” Another student, in the sixth grade, who does not get pleasure from writing, answers, “you write until you have enough words to make a paragraph. Outta Ray's Head Writing. Resources For Children's Writers. Activity #4: Invent a World. Like C.S.

Activity #4: Invent a World

Lewis did, make a map. I suggest making an island. Make it an odd shape. Here’s an example: Now add some features. (By the way, islands don't have to be tropical islands. Here’s what I’ve added: Now decide who lives on the island. Finally, start your story by bringing to the island a main character or two. A boy has heard about the famed Well of Wishes, where any wish can come true. Teacher Tips for Using Creative Times. Story Starters. Story Starters During our daily Writer's Workshop, I encourage my kindergarten and first grade students to choose their own topics, so that their writing will be meaningful.

Story Starters

Most of the time, kids do their best writing when they're writing about what interests them, when they're telling a story they want to tell. Emergent writers and readers often draw a picture before they write, and then experiment with print in telling their stories. And they need lots of opportunities to play around with print and words, along with lots of praise and recognition for their efforts. As children learn more about how print works, I begin to see a shift in their writing. Even the best writers get stuck sometimes. As an adult writer, I use Story Starters for what author and teacher Natalie Goldberg calls "Writing Practice. " Other writing teachers call this type of exercise Quick Writes or Free Writes. Some days you'll write on the same topic as your students.

Start each phrase with "What if ... " ! And. Video Writing Prompts. Words and Art. Education Videos. Homepage. Teacher Resources & Books for Teachers, Children's Book Recommendations & Student Activities. Writers Workshop. Teaching writers workshop is a beautiful and amazing thing because it allows our own creativity to flow out on to paper for our student’s to see.

Writers Workshop

Watch me model a lesson. :) I used to be scared to death of teaching writing. So, I didn’t really teach it. I was caught in a world of prompts, forced topics and “journals”. Figurative language websites. Greek Mythology.