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The Poem Farm

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FUN Critical Thinking Activities For Students in Any Subject The experts on STAAR, such as the Texas Education Agency, the Lead4Ward team and Regional Service Centers tell us that there are some very specific things that we need to do, and other things we should let go of in order to prepare our students for the state assessment. In addition, these strategies can also deepen and broaden their knowledge. Allow for more collaboration on rich content between students (student-centered)Provide higher level thinking questionsGive ample wait timeIncrease critical thinking through authentic instructionFollow the DETAILS of your TEKSKnow the vertical alignment of your TEKS and collaborate with other grade levels The following are ideas for activities that you can use in conjunction with our curriculum in order to help meet some of these criteria, as it is necessary to adjust our mindset from TAKS driven packets to STAAR rich conversations and activities. Talking Chips 1. Pair - Square - Share 3 Facts and a Fib 1. 1. Pass and Play

All About Balanced Literacy Shared Reading is a link in helping students become independent readers. It allows the teacher to model and support students using prediction and confirming skills. It allows less confident students the chance to share stories/articles/poetry in a non­threatening situation. It focuses on the meaning, fun, enjoyment, characters and sequence of a story and allows them to relate it back to their own experiences. It promotes discussion, problem­ solving and critical thinking by students. Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience. In the shared reading model there are multiple readings of the books over several days. During the initial reading, the teacher: · Introduces the book (shares theme, examines title, cover, illustrations, and makes predictions) · Relates prior experience to text · Concentrates on enjoying the text as a whole · Encourages students to use background knowledge to make predictions · Encourages spontaneous participation in the reading of the story

Independent Reading: 101 What is Independent Reading, Really? Independent reading is any time carved out of your day in which your students are reading self-selected books that are a "good fit" for them. There are different kinds of reading that may be going on in your room during this time and it will look different from classroom to classroom.The focus of this time is to support, encourage and validate your students as they grow as readers, through all of their ages and stages. The main components of independent reading are outlined below. When do I find the Time? Independent Reading is an indispensable part of the day in a literacy rich classroom. More Formal/ Larger Chunks of Independent Reading Time Informal (yet super powerful) Reading Times Getting Started: The Nuts & Bolts On Keeping Reading Logs For what purpose? On Use of Reading Levels Watch Donalyn Miller's Keynote via The Educator Collaborative, LLC Sharing my thoughts...

Virtually Anywhere Episode 1 | Learning English PAUL: Hi Geeta. GEETA: Hello Paul. PAUL: Look, I know we haven't always agreed on things in the past ... GEETA: Well, I can't really remember us agreeing about anything. PAUL: OK, OK, and you think I'm a bit of an ... GEETA: Idiot? PAUL: Hey, that's not fair! GEETA: I'll tell you what's not fair Paul, Doctor Davis pairing me with you - that's not fair! PAUL: Listen Geeta ... GEETA: No, no, you listen. PAUL: Well it's the same for me! GEETA: Well, it looks like we're in this together then, aren't we? PAUL: Hey, of course we can get along! GEETA: You promise? PAUL: Yes, I promise. GEETA: Thank you. PAUL: No way - we should definitely do the Terracotta Army - it's amazing! GEETA: You can't be serious? PAUL: But it's a bit boring, isn't it? GEETA: No! PAUL: Yeah, me too. GEETA: Hmm, how strange. PAUL: ... in the Darwin Building at 3 p.m. on Thursday. GEETA: No idea. PAUL: It's a quarter to three - the meeting's in 15 minutes! GEETA: It depends - will you agree to study Teotihuacan? PAUL: Er, no.

TCRWP - Teachers College Reading & Writing Project Teaching With a Mountain View: Anchor Chart Tips & Tricks It's no secret that I have a "thing" for anchor charts. My readers know it, my students know it, my colleagues know it, my husband knows it... I can't help it--they have changed my classroom! They have made my walls interactive instead of stagnant. I remember seeing anchor charts begin to pop up on Pinterest and looking at mine in shame. 1) Scour Pinterest for Ideas: Nobody says that all of your anchor charts have to be your 100% original creation, and there are a TON of anchor charts out there already, and more are added every day as teachers create them for their classrooms. 2) Create them WITH your class: Remember in tip number one how I said I don't usually find one that's perfect for my class? *REMEMBER: The purpose of anchor charts is to anchor the learning happening in YOUR classroom. 3) Plan Ahead: Just because I make the charts with my class certainly doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action before I start. 5) Invest in some Mr.

25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write. Make this chart applicable to older students by expanding on each aspect with a specific audience or goal. Source: Juice Boxes and CrayolasIt's the icing on the cake! Looking for more?

Science Games for 1st Grade & 2nd Grade . Science . Education Try some of these free science games for grades 1 and 2 featuring PBS KIDS characters to boost your child’s early development of science skills and interest in science. Sid the Science Kid: Super Fab Lab Help Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald play a series of games all about weather, temperature and more!Muscle Memory Learn how to follow directions by clicking on the body part that Sid’s dad tells you to move.Vegetable Patterns Use the vegetables in the baskets to complete the pattern of vegetables on the counter.Super Duper Antibodies! Curious George: Feed Gnocchi Help the chef feed his cat by adjusting ramps in order to get his meatball on a plate of spaghetti.Pogo-A-Gogo Stack boxes in different ways to help George reach the bags that he wants.Zoomazing Use a map to help lead animals at the zoo back to their homes.Super Bouncy Blastoff Guess how many balls there are in George’s rocket, and then check your guess by counting them. The Cat in the Hat: Dinosaur Train: Sesame Street: Arthur: FETCH!