Making Inferences & Problem of the Day FREEBIE Okay, I'll admit it, I'm a total blog stalker! There are just so many awesome ideas out there, and sometimes, I find myself at the computer for hours looking for new and fun ways to teach the same ole', same ole' standards. I truly believe my teaching has gotten better because of teacher blogs. If teachers are good at anything, it's "borrowing". That being said, we have been working hard at making inferences and drawing conclusions from text we have read or heard. First, we started with The Inspired Apple's What's In My Teacher's Bag Activity? The kids got to take turns digging through my purse & pulling out one item to infer about. Yeah, I'm not awesome at drawing straight lines & my handwriting looks like my first graders, but you get the point. Then, each child chose two objects to make an inference about... You can grab this recording sheet at the link above. Next, we talked about how making inferences is like Reading Between the Lines... Didn't they turn out great??
How Accessible is Your Website? 8 Tools to Analyze Your Website’s Level of Accessibility Designing a website that’s as much successful as it is effective takes time, skills, and a lot of testing. Normally, when we’re talking about web design and we hear the word testing, the first thing that comes to mind is usability, and that’s fine, but when was the last time you sat down to analyze the level of accessibility of your website? Testing on other aspects of your website are important, however, a lot of us seem to neglect our websites accessibility. This can ultimately lead to the loss of a wide range of users and poor elements of design. But not to fear, below we’ve compiled a set of tools that will help you combat poor accessibility. Every tool is free to use and has been chosen because it’s easy to use and offers quality testing. Color Blindness Simulator The Colour Blindness Simulator will help you assess how accessible images and colors are seen through the eyes of an individual who is color blind. Juicy Studios Image Analyzer Firefox Accessibility Extension LinkPatch Dr.
8 - The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf/Lawson As a person who is against physical and verbal violence in solving disputes, these ASL clips are posted here to thank to all "bulls" - soldiers all over the world who died fighting for peace. This story has powerful pacifist messages. Submit and live. Stop and smell the flowers. Make love, not war. Let me paste the current Wiki entry on this book. . . . Ever since I first read it, I attack adversities in my life in the way Ferdinand behaved. Enjoy this story of Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight. Word for word translation Free Translation B Literal translation A Literal Translation B I could go on and on, elaborating on this book. Pause and smell the flowers. Make love, not war. Submit and yield, there lies your treasure. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life. Go in love and peace. Let it go.
Ten free usability testing tools There are plenty of tools around which allow website owners to conduct tests and attempt to identify problem areas on their websites. I've listed ten of the best free usability testing tools, which are either completely free of charge, or allow users to try before they buy. If I'm missed any good ones, let me know... Fivesecondtest This app, reviewed for this blog by Paul Rouke, allows you to upload an image from your webpage and to find out which elements of the page stand out for users. Useful for testing the clarity of calls to action. UserPlus This free tool, currently in alpha, allows users to upload a screenshot, tag elements on the page you are looking for advice on, and find the usability score. Usabilla You can create a test via Usabilla’s website in a guided process that begins with you entering basic test information and creating pages and tasks for testers to complete, and enables you to invite participants to the test. Concept Feedback Chalkmark Feng-GUI Silverback Userfly ClickHeat
to-Grade Correspondence | The Lexile® Framework for Reading There is no direct correspondence between a specific Lexile measure and a specific grade level. Within any classroom or grade, there will be a range of readers and a range of reading materials. For example, in a fifth-grade classroom there will be some readers who are ahead of the typical reader (about 250L above) and some readers who are behind the typical reader (about 250L below). To say that some books are "just right" for fifth graders assumes that all fifth graders are reading at the same level. The Lexile® Framework for Reading is intended to match readers with texts at whatever level the reader is reading. MetaMetrics® has studied the ranges of Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures at specific grades in an effort to describe the typical Lexile measures of texts and the typical Lexile measures of students of a given grade level. The tables below show the middle 50% of reader measures and text measures for each grade. Typical Reader Measures, by Grade
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