Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Inference with Pictures...

Looking for a unique way to help teach Inference? Here is a great Pinterest board...Inference with Pictures!

Rachel Lynette created this board. The board contains pictures of people, places, and things exhibiting various emotions, facial expressions, events, and poses. Such as...

As you can see the pictures ask what you think may have happened and then ask that you defend your answer by acquiring evidence from the photo. These photos can be used as daily starters, reteaching resources, or even reinforcement. Inference with Pictures also offers Tips for Teaching Inference from Minds In Bloom. It is worth checking out.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Slime Your Way to a Good Book...

Slime Kids is a unique way to encourage kids to read. Slime Kids is a site created by Andy Fine, a parent and teacher, offering an extensive collection of book trailers. The site is well organized and easy to navigate through. Along with the book trailers, Slime Kids also offers literacy based sites such as author webpages and book review websites. Slime Kids not only offers literacy resources but also games focusing on typing skills, spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

Mr. Fine’s intent with Slime Kids is to help younger students find and access websites designed for kids. Slime Kids encourages students to judge website content and determine what is most useful to them and their resource needs.

Slime Kids is a pretty cool site. I would recommend giving it a try.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Primary Games

Primary Games is a great little site full of learning games for kids. Primary Games offers games for kids in the subject areas of math and reading, as well as puzzles, sports games, and games for girls. Primary Games also offers a wide variety of holiday activites including games, crafts, and coloring pages.

Primary Games has a Curriculum Guide to help teachers find the right activity to match the needs of their classroom. The Curriculum Guide is divided into Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Primary Games is definitely worth checking out. I will warn you that the site is very, very busy which could cause your students to get lost on the page. You might want to take some time familiarizing yourself with the site.

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary is a fabulous site. This site offers science vocabulary, including definitions and a visual representation of the word. For example: the word volcano...

As you can see the definition is provided as well as a picture of Augustine volcano in Alaska. Students are able to enhance learning by not only learning the definition of a word but by gaining a visual representation of the word.

Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary is a creation of the Hawaii Department of Education so obviously the focus of the site is on the standards for the State of Hawaii. However, Wili The Word Wizard's Science Dictionary could be an additional resource to enhance and reinforce the learning in any elementary science classroom. It is worth checking out.