Communication is important in everything we do, have your students try this fun, interactive site to learn about communicating via posters, newspapers, or comics. In the Poster section, they'll watch a movie trailer, learn the about the parts of a poster, and then create their own poster for the movie. In the Newspaper section, they'l watch a news broadcast, learn the parts of a newspaper, and create their own newspaper. In the Comics section, kids view three examples of comic strips, learn about the parts of a comic strip, and create their own comic strip. Projects can be previewed and printed when done.
Planning on having your students work on writing a summer essay? How about one for a summer book report? This site will help them organize their essays with an interactive essay map. It has an interactive graphic organizer to help students outline their ideas into introduction statement, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing the main idea.
These creative writing ideas can be used to help kids keep writing about their summer. Click on any of over thirty printable worksheets with writing prompts, story starters, and pictures. With topics like The Secret Passage, Talking to Animals, Super Power for a Day, How to Care for a Dragon, Voice from a Box, Martian Settlement, The Pet Sitter, and many more, there is always sure to be something to get creativity flowing.
Do your students struggle with gathering their ideas? Are you looking for ways to scaffold your writing instruction? Do your students struggle with organizing content for paragraphs? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, visit
Houghton Mifflin resources site. You and your students can find numerous graphic organizers in one stop. Use this site to help support writing in English Language Arts class or in other core classes
There is nothing more frustrating than hearing, "I need an annotated bibliography for this report". Especially when you have no idea what the teacher is talking about. This site pilots its reader through the process in a breeze. The step-by-step guide explains the purpose of each component for flawless entry and the correct procedure. Each module includes a sample and a sample entry. The modules include “What is an Annotated Bibliography?” “Purposes of Preparing an Annotated Bibliography,” “Choosing Sources for your Bibliography,” “Format of the Bibliographic Entry,” “Writing Critical Commentary,” and “Sample Annotated Bibliography Entries.”
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. -tech and learning
If you need ideas for national poetry month, visit
this site, which houses 30 poetry activities for the month. There you'll find links to freebies, poetry readings, videos, and more. Start now by ordering a free National Poetry Month poster, or sign up for Poem-a-day and read a poem every day. Learn how important poetry is in the U.S. today, or attend a poetry reading at your local library. There's a bit of poem in each of us. You can make poets’ favorite foods and drinks using their hand-written recipes. Turn up the sound and hear poets read their works or watch videos of them speaking. One link takes you to a list of full length films that are about poets’ lives or that feature poetry such as Dead Poet Society and Big Bad Love.
Today's the day for all kinds of tricks and practical jokes. It’s also a great way to encourage students to do some creative writing. Give your students this extensive vocabulary list complete with approximately 150 words associated with April Fools’ Day. Check around the site and find some historical references along with poetry all related to this humorous holiday.
In order to gain fluency writers must utilize transitional words. Transitional words build a bridge from sentence to sentence or paragraph to paragraph.
Read through six different sentences to gain a better understanding of how transitions work. You can choose the best transition that connects the ideas placing it in the correct place in the given sentence. After practicing here, you'll be ready to try them on your own.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.