Tuesday, 30 August 2016

It's Teacher-Author Giveaway Day on August 31st


August 31, 2016
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.


I've joined some wonderful teacher authors to participate in a giveaway from 12:00 a.m. August 31st to 11:59 p.m. on August 31st.  I'm giving away the following resource to one winner.  All you have to do is fill in the giveaway:


WIN THIS

August 31st 12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

 WINNER ANNOUNCED ON THIS BLOG SEPTEMBER 1st





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As well, if you type in #TAGDAY ON AUGUST 31st, you'll find some fabulously reduced resources on the TpT website. Here are two of mine listed at 20% off:



Saturday, 27 August 2016

Incorporating Media Literacy Into the Curriculum

In my jurisdiction, Media Literacy is one of the strands reported on in Language Arts.   Instead of teaching Media Literacy in isolation, I have used some ways to access, analyze, evaluate & create Media Literacy in different areas of the curriculum:  

Language Arts:  Have students document and store memories using pictures, photos, letters, journals or videos. 

Visual Arts:  Create a logo for a school department, a t-shirt or even a school fundraising project.

Social Studies:  Focus on one current event.  Look at how the issue is broadcast in various ways.  This is a great way to introduce comparing and contrasting as well. 

Math: Explore ratio, fractions, decimals and percentages of commercials to television shows; look at ratio of ads to newspapers or magazines. 

Science & Technology:  Show how media assists in scientific discoveries or inventions.  Explore news broadcasts, magazines or websites associated with science.

Healthy Living & Social Responsibility:  Is there gender bias in toys?  Look at how advertisements (both commercial and non-commercial portray toys).

For more indepth media literacy exploration, the following resource has been developed to provide practical ideas:



     


  




Saturday, 20 August 2016

TpT Gift Card Giveaway & Blog Hop


Several sellers and I am part of a TpT blog hop to give away a $10.00 TpT gift certificate. You can enter the raffle below and hop to the next blog for another chance to win $10.00 from that seller.  





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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Promoting an Interest in Reading

I have yet to see a classroom where I have never found a reluctant reader.  To gain better insight into reading behaviours, I have developed this reading interest inventory to be used during the first few days of school.  I often meet four or five students a day during independent reading.  Students gather one at a time at the guided reading table.  During this time, I use my inventory to gain better insight into students' reading preferences and attitudes towards reading in general.


This interest inventory is then placed in a binder.  The binder is sectioned off alphabetically by students' first names. The inventory stays in the binder for the year.  As I perform running records, guided reading sessions and additional check-ins, I place all this information in each child's section.

The reading conference binder was created to gather students’ reading strengths and areas of concern. The key to each conference is to focus on one strategy. The binder includes selected sheets for each conference. Conference sheets include: Retelling, Relating & Reflecting for Fiction and Non Fiction texts, Activating Prior Knowledge Prompts, Monitoring Comprehension Prompts, Sensory Images Prompts, Questioning Prompts, Determining Importance Prompts, Inferring Prompts and Synthesizing Prompts. A binder cover sheet, an Independent Reading Observation as well as a Summary of Reading Observations Form is included. 


The binder and reference forms are a great way to see progress of students individually.  During this time, I do keep my classroom library stocked with various genres.  They are stored in bins and clearly labelled for student use.  


Each book has a small sticker labelled in the corner with the genre.  That way when books are returned, they go back to the appropriate bin.  Coloured stickers are attached to the books. I organize those according to levels.  Levels are used according to PM Benchmarks.  The small circle stickers start at red, yellow, blue, orange, green and then purple.  Red sticker books are easy read alouds and are often picture books with large print.  The purple sticker books are often lengthy novels.  Students know which colour dots to look for. Each bin contains a range of colour dot books.  That way no child is left out.  


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Math Workshop Tips & Freebies

Here's a link to a math workshop tips and freebies ebook compiled by Literacy Loves Company.  I'm pleased to be part of this collaboration.  There are wonderful for new math workshop facilitators or seasoned ones:


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Building a Positive Classroom Community

Two years ago, I decided to implement something in my classroom that changed the classroom community.  We had kindness week and things just didn't resonate with the students like I thought they would.  So, I brought in my Blessings Jar:

It was a simple empty jar decorated with a label and glued on buttons.  It was what was inside that became the thing that my classroom needed:  validation of students from one another and to each other.    


Students were asked to notice things during the day that made them feel blessed.  They would then write them down and place them in the jar.  At the end of the week during our class meetings, we would open the jar and read the blessings.   

We then gathered the blessings and placed them into categories.  This was a great way to incorporate math into our lesson as well.  Just click on the image above and download your own copy of the blessings jar templates.  All you need is a jar!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Retelling

I often introduce retelling the first week of school. Using some tried and true favourite read alouds, retelling the text gives insight me into a child’s comprehension process of a text.  Retelling can help you determine:

- How much or what a student remembers
- What a student considers to be important details
- How a student sequences information
- How a student organizes information


 
The purpose of the Train Graphic Organizer is to assist students with the retelling process.  Students should be able to retell who the characters are, the setting, what the problem is, the order of events of the story and the solution.  The train organizer is used for whole group read alouds:

As well, I give students their own bookmarks to help with the retelling process during guided reading: