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Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip

3, 2, 1... Blast off! Students learn new vocabulary by taking a virtual field trip to the moon, read-alouds, creating a picture dictionary, and completing a final writing activity.

 

Student Interactives

 

Word Wizard

Word Wizard

Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. children's books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

 

 

Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo

Using text from Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type as shared readings, first-grade students learn word families and how to decode new words in a word family.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

 

Printing Press

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 
 

 

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

This lesson encourages students to use rhyming words to write rebus poetry modeled on rebus books, which substitute pictures for the words that young students cannot yet identify or decode.

 

 

Stapleless Book

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Implementing the Writing Process

Implementing the Writing Process

This strategy guide explains the writing process and offers practical methods for applying it in your classroom to help students become proficient writers.

 

Collaborative Conversations: Meeting Speaking and Listening Standards

Collaborative Conversations: Meeting Speaking and Listening Standards

This one-hour Web seminar will focus on the instructional routines that ensure that students develop the habits necessary to engage with their peers.

 

 

Community Stories  

Virginia Rojas

Connecting Poetry and Science

Virginia Rojas | Bilingual Teacher | Denton, TX

In my first-grade bilingual class, we studied oceans, and each students chose an animal to research