21 Ways to Use MakeBeliefsComix.com in the Classroom How to Play with MakeBeliefsComix.com How to Play: For Educators Click here to watch a video of students at City College, New York, talking about how MakeBeliefsComix.com helps them learn English. Their instructor, Tamara Kirson, was named The New York Times 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. To see her lesson plan click here. By Bill Zimmerman, Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com Games Cyber Nations , "a free persistent browser-based nation simulation game. Create a nation and decide how you will rule your people by choosing a government type, a national religion, tax rate, currency type, and more. Build your nation by purchasing infrastructure to support your citizens, land to expand your borders, technology to increase your nation's effectiveness, military to defend your interests, and develop national improvements and wonders to build your nation according to your choosing." (cybernations.net)
Six Writing and Grammar Lessons and Activities WeAreTeachers is pleased to welcome guest teacher-blogger Tiffany Rehbein. Tiffany is a high school English teacher and writes the Core Grammar blog at Sadlier School. Find Tiffany’s blog as well as free grammar and writing lessons, activities and games over at Sadlier’s PubHub. The best way to improve students’ writing is to have them, well, write.
49 Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids Story Starters & Writing Ideas for Elementary Kids – Oh the many joys of journaling! I love to write about journaling tips, creative journaling and journal writing techniques. But I am most often asked for a listing of journaling topics and prompts. Writing in a journal is one of my very favorite activities, and I hope it is one of your student’s favorite activities, too.
Story Map The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts.
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Make a Kids Book Treasure Map Builder Arrrr! Make your very own treasure map with gold, pirates, sharks, secret hiding places, and other perilous predicaments! Food Fun There once was a eggplant named Oscar. 50 Creative Writing Topics for kids Updated 9/15 Materials: Paper, pens/pencils, markers/crayons Creative writing is a great way for children to express themselves. How do you get kids to want to write without complaining?
Literary Elements Map An updated version of the Story Map, this interactive best suits secondary students in literary study. The tool includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities, focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development (shown at left). As with the Story Map, this interactive can be used in multiple contexts, whether they be author studies, genre studies, or thematic units, among others.