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.
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. Before 3D, high def, and blue ray, there was pure, old-fashioned animated TV that brought the quality entertainment its viewers so desired. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 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.
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. Download These Files. 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.
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.
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. Then, you can stop for the day.” Writing assignments may possibly elicit feelings of dread, fear and confusion or, as another student states, a sudden wish, “to do my chores.” When a learner is coupled with a teacher who struggles with similar feelings, the results can be frustrating at best. The importance of learning to write cannot be understated.
Outta Ray's Head Writing. If you're wondering about what to do during the first or second week with a new class, this assignment is perfect (well almost) The whole class will start off in groups, then form pairs, and finally each student will produce a project which involves listening, writing and creative skills.
I suggest that you create the groups to stop friends from interviewing each other (which is almost impossible in a small school). This is a writing program that is perfect for producing large amounts of graded work without a lot of heavy marking. Resources For Children's Writers. Activity #4: Invent a World. Like C.S.
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.
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. 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.
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”. At the time I didn’t realize that this wasn’t building authors, I just knew that there was pencil put to paper, so I thought I was fine. In the past year I was introduced to “crafts”. I was in love with writing. Writer’s Workshop now is a joyous and electrifying time in my teaching day. So, where do you begin? Well, you need to learn the basic outline for Writer’s Workshop. Let’s go through step by step with one of my favorite books The Very Lazy Ladybug. With The Very Lazy Ladybug , a great first lesson is on “word wrapping”. As you can see from the title of the book, the words “wrap” around the pictures. PART 1 - Mini-Lesson: 10 – 15 minutes “Hi boys and girls!