Monday, July 28, 2014

What is a Flipped Classroom?

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Do you flip your classroom?  Do you want to?  Let us know about your classroom in the comments below.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

T-Shirts for Teachers

Here's a selection of T-shirts made specifically for teachers:

*Headless torso, after headless torso looks a little goofy...

There are a couple in here that I definitely need to make for the beginning of the school year!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Blurred Lines Parody

Weird Al fan or not, if your a grammer you're a grammar and language fan, you will probably enjoy his new parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.

The video actually has great advice like this:

Here it is Weird Al's Word Crimes:

Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

You Oughta Know About... These Awesome Books!

Welcome to "You Oughta Know" - a blog hop devoted to great ideas and resources teachers should know about started by the one and only Mrs. McClain.

What do I think you oughta know?  I think you should know about these awesome books!

The Day the Crayons Quit
By Drew Daywalt
Grades K-2

Duncan wants to color, but every color in his box of crayons has walked out!  Each crayon has written Duncan a letter to explain why it was necessary to strike.  These letters will make your students giggle as they reflect on the life of a crayon.

I'm a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
By Mo Willems
Grades K-2

From the Elephant and Piggie series, Mo Willems will make you and your students laugh with I'm a Frog! Piggie baffles Gerald the Elephant when he ribbits and hops around.  Can Gerald understand the concept of pretending?

That is Not a Good Idea
By Mo Willems
Grades 1-3

Like always, Mo Willems delivers in this hilarious picture book.  A hungry fox invites a mother hen to dinner. That is NOT a good idea!

By Gordon Korman
Lexile: 730, Grades 3-7

The only thing Donovan Curtis easily gets A's in is troublemaking.  And when he pulls his most massive prank yet, he knows he's gone too far.  Only a miracle can save him.  And a miracle, in the form of a mix-up, is what he gets.  The punishment Donovan expects is accidentally replaced by an invitation to the prestigious school for gifted and talented students, the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD).  Although Donovan knows he is in over his head, ASD is his only chance to escape the consequences awaiting him.  At ASD he needs to navigate his more than difficult classes, his new teachers' suspicions, and a variety of genius-level students all while trying to make friends, fit in, and hide out.

By R.J. Palacio
Lexile: 790L, Grades 4-7

August (Auggie) Pullman is your typical 10 year-old-boy in a lot of ways, with one main exception.  Auggie was born with a craniofacial abnormality which causes his facial features to be severally malformed.  This abnormality has kept him home for homeschooling--until now.  Auggie decides that he will start his fifth grade year, the beginning of middle school, in a private school.  Auggie is a mixture of nerves and excitement as he braves middle school if all the fears of a new student, plus a few extra.

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
By Steve Sheinkin
*Newbery Honor Book
Lexile: 920L, Grades 5+

Bomb is the fascinating, true tale of America's race to build the atomic bomb, about the Allies endeavors to thwart the Nazi's atomic bomb plans, and about the Soviet Union's efforts to steal information from American scientists.  The story centers on three main people: J. Robert Oppenheimer (leader of the Manhattan Project), Harry Hold (Soviet Spy), and Knut Haukelid (member of the Norwegian Resistance). A great read that intertwines quality story-telling, history, danger, deceit, and scientific genius!

These books are all great for independent reading, as class novels, or as read-alouds.  Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and some will make you think, but they all will leave an impression on you and your students.

If you're looking for an easy and effective way to help students with reading comprehension, you can try my Reading Comprehension Sentence Starter Cards.  They are only $1.00 and they help students practice:

  • Predicting
  • Connecting
  • Clarifying
  • Questioning
  • Commenting
  • Synthesizing 

I recommend the Comprehension Cards for 3rd grade and up, but they can also be used as a teacher-led model with younger students.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

iHeartLiteracy Facebook Page!

It's here!  The iHeartLiteracy Facebook page is up and running!  

Be one of the first to like it: iHeartLiteracy Facebook

Follow my Facebook page for updates on reading research, great resources, interesting books for students and teachers, freebies, giveaways, and more!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Resource Round-Up: Group Work

Who hasn't experienced this before?

Depending on who you are in the group, most group work is either a piece of cake because you didn't do anything or frustrating because you either did everything (even if others wanted to help) or tried to help but one person hijacked the whole project.  

This Resource Round-Up is devoted to ideas that will help students actually work as a group during collaborative work:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Have a great day and a nice long weekend with friends and family!

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