Linguistadores | Learn English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish Free Kelly Gallagher – Resources Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year I want them to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize theme in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text. Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year (2013-2014) to my students. "How Earth Got Its Tectonic Plates/On Saturn's Moon Titan, Scientists Catch Waves in Methane Lakes" by Monte Morin for the Los Angeles Times and by Amina Kahn for the Los Angeles Times, respectively "Hard Evidence: Are We Beating Cancer?"
Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts) Today’s standards in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects require that students comprehend and analyze complex texts and write arguments or informational papers focused on discipline-specific texts. This one-hour on demand web seminar describes strategies piloted among teams of interdisciplinary teachers, grades 6-12, who implemented reading strategies for complex texts, including primary sources, and facilitated students in conducting research to answer a question, citing evidence to make their claims. Glimpse a few activities that motivated teachers to use geoscience texts that moved from simple graphics (such as a representation of fracking fluids) to a highly scientific article on methane contamination. Discuss the role of a content specialist (geoscientist) in providing context for the readings, understanding the organizational patterns of writing for science, and approaching writing inductively. Expected Outcomes:
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America in Class | primary sources for history & literature teachers ESL News New ZealandGrammy Awards » ESL News New Zealand You probably already know that Lorde won two Grammy awards yesterday. She had been nominated for four awards and won two. She won the Best Pop Solo Performance. She and her co-song-writer Joel Little, won the Song of the Year for the song Royals. She performed this song earlier in the ceremony, dressed in a white shirt with black trousers. The Prime Minister and Governor-General sent their congratulations. Her success really shows that in a global world, people from a small country like New Zealander, can achieve international fame. Listen to November 13th 2013 to hear more about international fame for young New Zealanders. Vocabulary nominated (v) – her name was on a list along with a few other namesco-song-writer – Joel and Ella wrote the song togethervenue (n) – place where the ceremony was heldfame (n), famous (adj) – many people know her name Leave a Reply
DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! Teaching World War II in a Split Classroom Many teachers divide their time between multiple classrooms, but how do they manage the challenge of teaching two grades or two subjects simultaneously? The web is loaded with content and activity resources that can be adapted to students of varying ages and learning needs. It's just a matter of finding the right ones. When dividing time between two grade levels, effective classroom management is essential. Begin by having students who will be working on the independent project read textbook content and reputable online resources, such as PBS' The Perilous Fight and History.com's Inside WWII sites, for background on the conflict's chief causes, key players and significant battles. Following a class discussion about what students learned from their reading, pair off students and assign each pair a major figure in the war. This lesson was created for sixth-grade world history, but it can be adapted to other disciplines and grades.
EnglishNewsLessons First Fleet: 04/02/2014, Behind the News Recently we celebrated Australia day on the 26th of January. But why do we mark it on that day in particular? To answer that question, Sarah will take you back in time to 1788, to meet some kids who came to Australia on the First Fleet. Kid 1: “My name is John Hudson and I'm nine years old. Kid 2: “For the theft of one linen shirt, value 10 shillings, five silk stockings, value 5 shillings, one pistol, value 5 shillings, and two aprons, value 2 shillings. Kid 3: “My name is Elizabeth Haywood and I'm 13 years old. Kid 2: “For the theft of one linen gown, value 4 shillings, a silk bonnet value 2 shillings, and a bath cloth cloak, value 1 shilling. In London in the 1700s, gaols were full of people like Elizabeth and John; poor, hungry, unwanted. Reporter: England's laws were really, really harsh. One solution was transportation. KID 2: “John Hudson, you are sentenced to transportation across the seas for a period of seven years.” Captain Arthur Phillip was chosen to lead that colony.
YouTube Social Studies Channels and Resources I did a bit of research to develop a concise list of You Tube channels and playlists for our Social Studies department. The feedback I got was these were very useful, so I thought I'd pass them on. Here's what I pulled together, with some brief notes... Crash Course World History & US HistoryFast paced Great opener or refresherHip Hughes HistoryGeared to HS AP studentsUpbeat & engaging fashion - great for new unitYale Courses YouTube playlistsMANY playlists on wide variety of topicsSmithsonian Natural History YouTube playlistsHistory Teachers YouTube videosHistory set to modern music!
Yes, you can learn English. - Simple English News Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events Looking for ways to work news into your classroom curriculum? Check out these great ideas for connecting current events to all subjects. Education World is pleased to offer 25 activities -- activities intended to help teachers make use of newspapers and to help students make sense of the news. Also included, at the end of the activity list, is a list of additional activities and Internet resources. This first activity won't make better or more interested news readers of your students -- but it was too interesting not to include in our list! Preserving the news! Listening for details. News-mapping. More news-mapping. News scavenger hunts. A to Z adjectives. Graphing the news. Scanning the page. Abbreviation/acronym search. Local, national, or international? Headline match. The five Ws. A five W variation. Sequencing the facts. Why is it news? Timeliness -- News that is happening right now, news of interest to readers right now. Voice your opinion. Charting the weather. You be the editor.