Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tough Week?

These last two weeks before the winter break and during the holiday season can be tough!  The students are over-excited and we are over-tired with lists to check off and gifts to purchase.  Luckily, we have many resources to engage our students through these weeks.

Young children may enjoy this storytelling of The Mitten, by Jan Brett. (includes discussion questions) With the older students, this video about bullying will reinforce choosing kindness.

Practice math facts for a set period of time; promotes fast facts
Type To Learn
Practice keyboarding skills (computers)
Math practice directed to specific standards
Reading fluency and comprehension
K, Identified 1-5 Students
Phonetic awareness, reading comprehension and vocabulary development
Math and computer science skills
Coding (iPad or computer)
Publish writing and sharing ideas
Animated movies and activities, across the content areas
Digital Text Websites
Reading comprehension of various genres, paired text as well as digital check-ins

Many more apps are available on the Grant iPads (K-2) and the Tech Room iPads available for sign out.  Also, check out the free time activities on the Tech Tools Page (accessible from the Elementary Home Page).

Let me know if I can help you or your class with any of these activities!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reading Comprehension

Read Theory provides leveled reading passages and comprehension questions following each passage.  You can set up your class or a small group of students for FREE and try it out.  Upon completion of the pre-assessment, students are provided with a number of passages specific to their reading level.  The site provides built in support features such as highlighting of supporting text.  If an incorrect response is submitted, an explanation emphasizing phrases from the passage is provided.  The Core Standard is also identified including a link with more details and examples.  Progress reports identifying strengths and weaknesses by class or student are easily accessible.

Read Theory can be used in school or at home, whole class or as an intervention activity to develop reading comprehension skills.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you try it out, let me know what you think!

Have an awesome day!