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Yesterday I went to a training about working with ELL's. I've been to a lot of them, so I really would have rather been with my kids (especially since there was no school Monday and now today!). But, I did think this video was really interesting. It's one of those videos that you watch the drawings and read as the person writes on the screen. It describes a strategy called SCAMPER...basically it is supposed to give you some ideas as to how to get your kids to think differently about things. (The actually scribing starts about 40 seconds in.)
We've been working on text features this week. I LOVE this nonfiction text features triple match up from Teacher's Clubhouse.
I got them a few years ago along with the posters and use them every year. There are 9 text features. The cards have the text feature, an image, and then a definition.
I tried something new with my kids while we did this review and they loved it. I have five desk groups, so I gave each group a set of cards. They worked together to match them for a couple of minutes and then I had the kids rotate groups. They kept doing this until they got back to their original group. It worked out because they kept doing the same thing over and over, finishing and checking the work of other groups.
I made some football themed nonfiction text features riddles to use as review as well. The boys really enjoyed these.
We started working on letter writing this week too. I don't have any pictures, because I was planning to be in school today, but we made this letter parts foldable, also from Teacher's Clubhouse.
This picture was pinned from Amanda Madden's blog. If you visit this post, she has all kinds of ideas for letter writing, many of which come from her unit below.
The flip book with the body parts goes perfectly with this song I love to use to teach the parts of the letter.
I LOVE this show! I'm finally all caught up. I watched the first few seasons on Amazon Prime and the most recent season is one CBS. But, now I miss it and it isn't coming back until after the Olympics. Anyone else watch?