CogDogRoo - StoryTools 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (return) Note! 50+ Ways is no longer being updated here but over at the new site for 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story-- It has more organizational features and includes ways for you to add content to the site once you join the new wiki. Below you will find 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story. Again, the mission is not to review or try every single one (that would be madness, I know), but pick one that sounds interesting and see if you can produce something. Slideshow Tools Generates content that allows linear playback of a series of images, some with ability to add audio. 2. Upload images from computer or flickr or upload PowerPoint files. 3. "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. 4. "RockYou! 5. 6. 8. 9. pictobrowser 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Timeline Tools 17. 18. xtimeline
Phonics games Phonics games will help your child to practise sounding out words, which will help them to read. Initially, children will learn basic letter sounds, such as "c-a-t" for "cat". Later they will move on to sounds such as "th", "sh" and "ch", then "oo", "oa" and so on. Once they recognise a few basic letter sounds, they will be able to work out what a written word says for themselves, a skill which they will be very proud to show off! Follow the links below to the free phonics games. Click for free printable phonics resources to support the DfES Letters and Sounds scheme. Another skill which phonics games can help with is being able to recognise the sounds that a spoken word is made up of, which will help them when it comes to writing and spelling.
Engaging Students Through Effective Questions Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. - Josef Albers (1888-1976) My youngest son Robbie, aged 12, often asks thought-provoking questions. Every few days he surprises me with a topic that seems to come out of the blue. Responding appropriately and respectfully can be a real challenge for me. Here are some examples of questions he has posed recently: Who invented the alphabet? and many, many more, often beginning with “What would happen if …?” There are no easy answers to any of the above questions, and they are great conversation-starters. One of the reasons I am so intrigued by Robbie’s questions is that, somewhere along the way to adulthood, I began to forget how to ask wide-open questions. In what ways might questioning techniques improve student learning? Student Engagement Like many teachers, I have seen my students begin to doodle or show signs of boredom as I explained a point or waxed eloquent about the subject under discussion. Conclusion
Road to Reading PowerPoint Word Wall Vocabulary Presentations The presentations listed above are zipped files. You must have WinZip installed on your computer in order to open these presentations. To download a free copy of WinZip go to and follow the directions. Words and Technology The goal of working with words is to provide children opportunities spelling and reading words through activities that build phonemic awareness and application of phonetic skills. Since the manipulation of letters is so important in the Words Block, technology can provide the teacher the materials and resources that can be downloaded to their classroom computer. Multimedia vocabulary cards can be created through PowerPoint or Hyperstudio.The teacher could record a sound file by reading the word and a sentence with the word that is then inserted in the appropriate slide. Web Resources for the Word Block: ·PuzzleMaker,
How to Teach Closed and Open Syllables Closed and open syllables are the first two syllable types students should learn. Out of the six syllable types, these two are the easiest for students to master. Hundreds of common words can be spelled using these two syllable types, so our students can get a lot of practice even while their spelling skills are still in the early development stage. To determine whether a syllable is closed or open, look at the vowel. Closed Syllables In a closed syllable, the vowel is followed by a consonant. cap sit men Do you notice that in each of the closed syllables, the vowel is short? Open Syllables In an open syllable, nothing comes after the vowel. For other examples, look at the first syllables in these words: ba by e ven pa per a ble Do you notice that in each of the open syllables, the vowel is long (says its name)? Why Does It Matter? Knowing the syllable types will help the student be a much better speller. When spelling multisyllable words, students should spell the word syllable by syllable.
Read Aloud Tips and Strategies Do you read aloud to your students every day? If not, you may be missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect with your students and sneak in a little instruction at the same time! I always love reading aloud to my students and I know they enjoy that time as well. Reading aloud is not just for little ones. As you can tell from the picture of me reading to my 5th graders, even older kids like to gather around for a good story! I hope you'll find the resources on this page helpful! ~ Laura Candler Why Read Aloud? Reading aloud is more than fun - it's an effective teaching strategy. Tips for Reading Aloud Preview books to decide if they are suitable for the lesson and for your students. Favorite Read Aloud Books What makes a great read aloud for the upper elementary grades? More Great Read Aloud Books Thank You, Mr. Read Aloud Activities and Strategies Create a Character Word Cloud - Have students create a Character Word Cloud based on an important character in the read aloud.
Story Cove - A Safe Place to Read Adjective Song by Have Fun Teaching A Quick Guide to Selecting Great Informational Books for Young Children In recent years, the world of children's literature has exploded, flooding the market with a plethora of choices. Almost a billion U.S. dollars in sales were reported in 2004 (Blough, 2004). With such an abundance of children's books on any topic and in every genre, making good choices can be a dilemma for teachers and students. Realizing young children are naturally curious, primary-level teachers spend much of the school day answering their questions and reading books aloud in daily lessons as they connect to students' background knowledge and enrich their vocabularies. As students have more experience with informational texts, teachers may also need to explain the text structures commonly found in these books. In their discussion of informational (nonfiction) trade books, Palmer and Stewart (2003) found that for students to successfully interact with these texts the classroom teacher must play a critical role. Cover Topic or Content Illustrations Organization Font Size and Type