Contact The Starfall Website is a program service of Starfall Education Foundation, a publicly supported nonprofit organization, c 3. The website opened in September of as a free public service and social enterprise supported by the Polis-Schutz family. Starfall has been teaching children to read with phonics for well over a decade. Our systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development ELD, ELL, ESL.
No matter which ones I choose, I do love to inspire creativity in my students from the first day. It's important for them to see that I value and encourage creative thought.
So here's a list of some great back-to-school activities you can share with your students. I just uploaded a new freebie today, which is based on an old favorite: In the past I've reading writing activities middle school students create caricatures from the novel we were currently reading.
But why not have them create little miniatures of themselves? Last year when we started our class blog, my students created their caricatures but most were unable to upload their pictures on Blogger because of some filters on our school servers. I created a work-around in a Google Doc that should allow my students to not only share their caricatures, but collaborate on some additional activities.
This is also included in this back-to-school free download. The download has a student information planning guide so they can write information about themselves before creating their image.
I always learn a lot about my students when I see their "mimi-me" creations. You can share them with parents on Open House night, as well. You can also have students create the caricatures for the yearbook or school newspaper.
Have all the seniors create their own caricatures and use them for quotes or shout-outs throughout the book.
And students aren't the only ones who should have fun creating caricatures: Have fun with it! Another free activity is my Back-to-School Top 10 Lists. Have your students come up with positive reasons to be back in school. The lists my students have come up with over the years are hilarious.
I included some samples in the download, along with additional ways you can incorporate the activity into your curriculum.
This is a variation from the traditional, and I certainly did not come up with the idea. I am sure I picked it up early in my teaching career somewhere, but I've included a couple of templates that I did create.
And because each of us differ, I also included a blank template. Last year I blogged about my collage mobile activitywhich actually takes longer than a traditional icebreaker and it is a priced item. But it is another great activity my students have enjoyed.
This is a new activity I uploaded this week to guide students to create their own meme. The lesson goes over what a meme is, characteristics of memes, and loads of examples--most that are hilarious!
It includes a slide presentation and several student templates. I want teachers to be able to use my activities more than just once a year, so this has additional ways to incorporate the meme into your curriculum: Welcome to Class Word Cloud: In the spring I blogged about using your class list to make a nice end-of-the-year word cloud On Wordle.
Though it was an idea for graduates, why not make a word cloud of your new group of students' names to welcome them to your room? In April I showed you how to make a character word cloud on my other blog, Hunger Games Lessons.
In my poetry unit I have my students create "me" poems or "I am", "bio" poemsthen have them paste their poems into Wordle or Tagxedo. Instead of doing this during the poetry unit or for a character, you could have your students do this activity as a way to get to know one another. Have them print and hang in the room for their classmates to see.IMPROVING LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS A Guide for Principals.
Joseph Torgesen, Debra Houston, Lila Rissman Students who enter middle school reading at grade level need to learn many new skills and acquire Reading-writing connection.
Intensive Instruction for Middle School/High School Coaches’ Academy - August , Lila Rissman, M.S., Curriculum Specialist Who Needs Intensive Reading Instruction? • Any middle or high school student at Level 1 or Level 2 on the FCAT •G roup activities • Personal learning goals • Immediate feedback on reading.
Typical middle school ELA classrooms are jam packed with worksheets that ask students to fill in the blanks, write sentences, perform reading comprehension, answer questions based on a paragraph, match and define terms, answer true/false, and in.
February 14th is Valentine's Day, a day to show family and friends how much you love and appreciate them. Here at Reading Rockets, we also see Valentine's Day as a perfect opportunity to practice creative writing skills — and take a fresh look at poetry, figurative language, and word play.
Middle School Language Arts.
The middle school language arts program teaches advanced reading comprehension, literary analysis, critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, and writing skills.. In the middle school literary analysis strand, students perform a variety of activities before, during and after reading, and learn to identify genre, voice, point of view, mood and use of.
Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans. Reading comprehension is simply defined as the level at which a person understands writing. This is largely dependent on the level of word recognition the person has.