Picture Book Activities | Relief Teaching Ideas What a delightful, whimsical book! The Leaf Man uses the shapes and colours of different leaves as inspiration for its illustrations. The story explores where the mythical ‘Leaf Man’ goes, whenever the wind blows. This gorgeous book was brought to my attention when I posted these photos of leaf creatures on my Facebook page. Pictures & craft ideas found here: One of our members mentioned that they had read The Leaf Man to their class and then used it as inspiration to create similar pictures. I think it would make a lovely afternoon of reading, collecting leaves and then creating leaf creatures of their own. I will post photos of some leaf creatures that I have made soon! The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin is the most unique picture book I’ve come across. Kathy, one of the members of our Facebook community, recently posted some 5 senses poetry that her students wrote after reading the book.
CALLIHOO Writing Helps--Feelings Table Character Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings English Worksheets Specialised help for children with dyslexia pays dividends Published: 6:07AM Saturday August 16, 2014 Source: ONE News Compelling research shows learning outcomes for children with dyslexia can be vastly improved. Specialised, early intervention can significantly boost success at school for a child with dyslexia, a pilot study shows. One-on-one, personalised tuition resulted in vast and surprising improvements in achievement skills, Karen Waldie, Associate Professor of the School of Psychology at Auckland University, says. SPELD NZ, in collaboration with school RTLBs (Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour), carried out the study involving 42 seven-year-old students struggling in the classroom as a result of dyslexia. Ms Waldie says she was taken by surprise and "truly impressed" by the resulting data. "The children increased their predicted reading success by 20-44 percent in areas of sound blending, phonemic awareness, verbal comprehension and reading fluency. Copyright © 2014, Television New Zealand Limited.
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This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes Technology• Christian La Du • The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in “stealth mode” for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms. Now, Spritz is about to go public with Samsung’s new line of wearable technology. Other apps have offered up similar types of rapid serial visual presentation to enhance reading speed and convenience on mobile devices in the past. However, what Spritz does differently (and brilliantly) is manipulate the format of the words to more appropriately line them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading. The “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) is slightly left of the center of each word, and is the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters. The unique aspect of Spritz is that it identifies the ORP of each word, makes that letter red and presents all of the ORPs at the same space on the screen. The game done changed.
18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing | MindShift | KQED News Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google Docs have made it easy for students to work on the same piece of writing at home and at school, and have allowed teachers to explore collaborative writing assignments and synchronous editing with students. There are also many digital tools that can support students as they learn how to read deeply, take well-cited notes, and navigate the writing process. While many teachers are finding efficiency in allowing students to write and submit assignments online, not all students or teachers want to use the exact same set of tools. In a presentation at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference on an array of digital reading and writing tools teachers and students in her district find most helpful, Levesque said she tries to follow the advice of educator and author John Holt: Voice typing could be one such strategy.