Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report. Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more. Popplet is a terrific app for iOS devices that is also available on web browsers. Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text and multimedia. They even have the option to customize colors and layout.
Try out Popplet Lite for free on iPads or visit their website to learn more about what you and your students can do using Popplet in the classroom!
If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP. It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading. There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of words and sentences and how ideas are developed over a text. Students will focus on sequence and arrangement of sentences as they dive into grade level passages.
SNAP Learning also offers a Guided Reading program that includes books and lesson plans to help teachers who are providing instruction on comprehension and oral fluency skills. This program includes over 130 books for students in kindergarten through first grade which can be accessed on tablets. Giving students access to digital text is an important as they’ll be expected to read from this medium more and more in the future. I like how SNAP Learning offers tools that promotes 21st century skills and makes it easy for teachers to distribute to students.
Visit their site to request a demo of SNAP’s Close Reading Portfolio or get a quote for your school!
Read alouds are such an important part of an elementary classroom’s literacy block. If you’re looking for a new way to share stories with your students, or simply want a resource to share with parents, you have to check out Storyline Online. Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos of well-known actors reading your favorite picture books aloud.
Visit their site to watch Jane Kaczmarek read Patricia Polacco’s Thank you, Mr. Falker or to listen to Sean Astin’s reading of David Shannon’s A Bad Case of the Stripes.
Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!
When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories — stories to share with their friends as they unpack or move through the hallways, stories to share with the class during morning meetings, or stories to share with a teacher about something that made them happy or sad. In the classroom, writing can happen in many different ways, whether it’s free writing in a notebook to gather ideas or publishing stories to share with the whole school.
The Common Core State Standards expect that children across the grades can write for three specific purposes:
- Opinion pieces that persuade a reader and make an argument
- Informative writing that explains an idea and relays information
- Narrative stories of real or imagined events.
As students move from one grade level to another, the complexity of these tasks will change greatly. The persuasive writing that takes place in a second grade classroom will look very different than the work that a seventh grader produces. From kindergarten through 12th grade, students are expected to share their writing through technology.
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