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Beth Panitz

9/11 Timeline - History.com Video - 26 views

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    5 minute video summarizing the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City.
Christine Schlitt

Lesson Plans: Name & Word Wall Activities, Building Blocks (Kindergarten, Building Blocks) - 32 views

  • Word Walls and The Name Game
    Each day we have one person who is our helper and we focus on
    her name. When everyone has had a turn, we start another round.
    I find it easiest to go in alphabetical order by first names.
    I write the students names on sentence strips, using one color
    for boys, and another for girls.
    First round: We reveal one name each day, beginning with a cheer:
    ?Gimme a B (B), Gimme an i (i), Gimme an l (l), Gimme another l
    (l), Gimme a y (y). What?s that spell? (Billy). One more time!
    (Billy).
    Then I ask if anyone ?notices? anything about Billy?s name and
    we look for letters in common with other names, or count letters
    and look for other names with the same number of letters. Then
    we take a good look at the student, discussing colors of
    clothing, so each child can draw a picture of the helper. I
    write the helper?s name on the board and encourage everyone to
    try to write that person?s name and then draw a picture of the
    helper. The helper gets to take home the pictures drawn by
    others, his is put up on the bulletin board with the name card
    I?ve made.

    2nd Round: The self-portraits are put into a class book and the
    name cards are transferred to an alphabet word wall. Each day we
    read the alphabet and names, then take the helper?s name off to
    cheer and ?notice? letters about this name and others. We form
    the helper?s name in magnetic letters, scramble them up and take
    turns putting them in the right order.

    3rd Round: When we read the alphabet, we say the sounds in
    addition to the letters and names. This time we cheer, write
    the letters in the helper?s name on the board and then count how
    many of those letters are in the names on the word wall. Then
    we talk about which letter has the most, least, etc. We have
    also added another name cheer: ?Bryan, Bryan, that?s his name.
    It starts with B, it ends with n, hooray, Bryan! We still
    scramble the name with magnetic letters.

    At some point we begin to add sight words to the names on the
    wall, usually starting with go and we. In December, or after we
    come back from Christmas, we take the names off the word wall
    and put them in a pocket chart for the kids to use during
    centers. We continue to add sight words the rest of the year,
    reading the alphabet, and saying the sounds and words each day.

    Here are additional name ideas; some I?ve tried, some I haven?t.
    *Count the syllables.
    *Write the names like a rainbow.
    *Name poems from the website Korky?s Kool rhyme machine
    (http://www.literacyhour.co.uk/learning_activities/rhyme/rhyme.html)
    *Think of words that begin the same as the name.
    *Make up tongue twisters.
    *Fill out an interview sheet.
    *Mystery person (hangman type game where you draw blanks for the
    letters and the kids guess letters until they know the name.
    * Use the letters in the name and look for smaller words.
    *Cut up name puzzles to keep in a literacy center.
    *Change the initial consonant and play with the word (Sue, Bue,
    Lue, etc.).
    *Another name cheer:
    No matter what I do or say,
    My name will always be the same,
    It starts with_____
    It ends with ____
    Now count to 3 and say my name,
    1,2,3,_______.

    • Christine Schlitt
       
      Name Game Ideas for Kindergarten
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    "Word Walls and The Name Game
    Each day we have one person who is our
    helper and we focus on
    her name. When everyone has had a turn, we start
    another round.
    I find it easiest to go in alphabetical order by first names.
    I write the students names on sentence strips, using one color
    for boys,
    and another for girls.
    First round: We reveal one name each day, beginning
    with a cheer:
    ?Gimme a B (B), Gimme an i (i), Gimme an l (l), Gimme another
    l
    (l), Gimme a y (y). What?s that spell? (Billy). One more time!
    (Billy).
    Then I ask if anyone ?notices? anything about Billy?s name and
    we look
    for letters in common with other names, or count letters
    and look for other
    names with the same number of letters. Then
    we take a good look at the
    student, discussing colors of
    clothing, so each child can draw a picture of
    the helper. I
    write the helper?s name on the board and encourage everyone
    to
    try to write that person?s name and then draw a picture of the
    helper.
    The helper gets to take home the pictures drawn by
    others, his is put up on
    the bulletin board with the name card
    I?ve made.
    2nd Round: The self-portraits are put into a class book and the
    name cards
    are transferred to an alphabet word wall. Each day we
    read the alphabet and
    names, then take the helper?s name off to
    cheer and ?notice? letters about
    this name and others. We form
    the helper?s name in magnetic letters, scramble
    them up and take
    turns putting them in the right order.
    3rd Round: When we read the alphabet, we say the sounds in
    addition to the
    letters and names. This time we cheer, write
    the letters in the helper?s name
    on the board and then count how
    many of those letters are in the names on the
    word wall. Then
    we talk about which letter has the most, least, etc. We"
Beth Panitz

Harcourt Newsbreaks - 36 views

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    Short news articles related to grade level curriculum. Free.
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    The complete archive of Popular Science magazine.
Donna Canuel

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education - Forbes - 112 views

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    Interesting theory on ed reform
Danuta Woloszynowicz

iPad Creative - iPad Creative Blog - A superb 40 minute GarageBand tutorial v... - 125 views

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    GB for ipad 40 minute tutorial, broken into sections
tab_ras

NCLRC - The Essentials of Language Teaching - 37 views

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    This site gives college and university instructors and teaching assistants an introduction to the language teaching methods that are currently used in U.S. universities. The content is based on the material in Modules for the Professional Preparation of Teaching Assistants in Foreign Languages (Grace Stovall Burkart, ed.; Center for Applied Linguistics, 1998). The site was developed for the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) by Catharine Keatley and Deborah Kennedy under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, CFDA #84.015A.
Martin Burrett

Litfy - E-books - 126 views

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    This is a great looking e-book site. View thousands of titles and read them online and on your portable device. You can also make notes on the pages.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/english
Martin Burrett

The Water Cycle - 125 views

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    A useful interactive science presentation about the water cycle.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/science
tab_ras

Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value - NYTimes.com - 54 views

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    Critique of the role of technology in the classroom and its impact on literacy and numeracy development.
Kyle Kauffman

Current Bills in Congress | Votetocracy - 64 views

  • Votetocracy was created by regular citizens who decided it was time for Americans to have a better, actionable and measurable way to interact with Congress. This is not just a blog with commenting forums. We are about action. By providing Americans the ability to vote on bills in Congress we create a measurable repository of citizens sentiment towards each bill. That's good for all Americans and good for Congress. Truth is - Congress wants to hear from you.
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    Votetocracy was created by regular citizens who decided it was time for Americans to have a better, actionable and measurable way to interact with Congress. This is not just a blog with commenting forums. We are about action. By providing Americans the ability to vote on bills in Congress we create a measurable repository of citizens sentiment towards each bill. That's good for all Americans and good for Congress. Truth is - Congress wants to hear from you.
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