Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Teaching Kids News

Teaching Kids News is an awesome website!! The articles on this website are current news in kid language.

How can you use this in your classroom? For Social Studies teachers this would be a terrific website to send students to gather current events.

For Reading teachers this fits perfect with the Common Core. Below are the Common Core Standards for 6th Grade. 

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Confusing Words?????

Do you have students who get confused on which word to use? Should they use it's or its??/ Or their, there, or they're.
Here is a super website for them to get the answers to all of those confusing words.

Vocabahead Challenge

What is a Vocabahead Challenge?

Vocabahead Challenges are short videos that students can watch to learn a new word. The definition of the word is given along with the word used in a sentence and a super cute video to boot. 

How I use this in my classroom?? Every Monday I post a video on my classroom blog and EDMODO. The students have until Friday to watch the video, write a new sentence with the word in the video and list synonyms and antonyms for the word. 

The sentences must written in a way that a younger student would be able to figure out what the word means from the context clues in the sentence.

Below is an example video. You can go to to watch more videos. They are also available on Youtube.

6th Grade Book Reveal Podcast!

This podcast was created using the Audioboo software. The free version of the app allows you to record up to a 3 minute podcast. Super simply to use.