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Daily 5s with Technology - Kelsey Hoffman

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K to 3
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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to ...more
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This Prezi is a K-3 lesson plan for the Daily 5 using several different apps for the iPad. The majority of the apps are free. Find apps for Read to Self, Partner Read, and Listen to Reading. There are Word Work apps, and Work on Writing apps, as well as a slide on possible challenges and solutions for using these tools in the classroom.

tag(s): listening (83), literacy (106), reading comprehension (132), reading strategies (56), sight words (35), vocabulary development (116), word study (73), writing (361)

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Bookmark this Prezi lesson plan for reference when implementing technology for students into the Daily 5 routines. Download the apps to student iPads in your classroom. Post a list, with the links to download, on your web page or blog for parents to download to their student's iPads at home. If you are interested in using Prezi in your classroom you will find a review of it here.

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Daily 5 Technology - Jennifer Lambrecht

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K to 5
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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the ...more
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If you are a primary or elementary teacher looking to include technology into your Daily 5 routine, look no further. At this primary teacher's blog investigate the tabs across the top for Videos, Word Work, iPad Creating, SMART Notebook, QR Codes, Listening to Reading, Skype/FaceTime, and Web. Under Videos find a link to a Play List of YouTube videos for literacy, and a video showing how to set up iPods for the Listen to Reading component. Under each of the other tabs find sources and "how to's" for all sorts of technology to incorporate into your literacy lessons. This blog also has a section about incorporating Chrome Books (under the New tab) and iPads into the primary curriculum. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): independent reading (120), listening (83), literacy (106), reading comprehension (132), reading strategies (56), video (263), vocabulary development (116), word study (73), writing (361)

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Incorporating technology for students into the classroom is necessary to meet state standards. Let this blog guide you and make it easier. Although the creator of this site is a 1st grade teacher, many of the technology ideas and tools she mentions are appropriate for older students and other grades as well. This especially pertains to the QR Code and iPad Creating, and Skype/FaceTime sections of this blog. Mentioned are several iPad apps this blogger is currently using with her students. One ingenious idea is to use Skype or FaceTime for your Read to Someone component. Primary teachers may be interested in Literactive, reviewed here, and Teach Your Monster to Read, reviewed here, that she has students use on her Chrome Books. So if you are thinking of, or just beginning to use technology in your class, take a look at this blog for an easy start or as a guide for new ideas to add.

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Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits - Reagan Tunstall

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K to 3
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This blog offers practical teaching tips and suggestions for early elementary classrooms. Although the author teaches first grade, most ideas are practical for use in other grade levels....more
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This blog offers practical teaching tips and suggestions for early elementary classrooms. Although the author teaches first grade, most ideas are practical for use in other grade levels. Browse through ideas for setting up Guided Math groups, using iPads in the elementary classroom, and other specific suggestions and images. To find earlier posts scroll down the page and look on the right-hand side. View trending past posts or labels. Choose a label to see posts with topics such as math tubs, journals, or word work.
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tag(s): classroom management (146), posters (41), professional development (184)

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Sign up and receive email updates for new posts on the blog or join using Google Friend Connect. Share ideas from the blog with other teachers and use images for inspiration in your classroom. Print and use free resources from the site such as posters, and labels for journals and notebooks.

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Spelling Connections - Zaner-Bloser

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1 to 8
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Practice spelling and reading skills for grades K-8 with Spelling Connections. Designed to accompany Zaner-Bloser's Spelling Connections program, the activities are useful for any program....more
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Practice spelling and reading skills for grades K-8 with Spelling Connections. Designed to accompany Zaner-Bloser's Spelling Connections program, the activities are useful for any program. There are links for kids, parents, and teachers. Choose from several different activities: match words to spelling patterns, word work, drag and drop words to complete sentences, use proofreading symbols to correct reading passages, or play an online spelling bee versus the computer. Pick the type of activity to play, then choose a grade level and unit. When complete, view scores. For some activities you do have to click Score/i>. Options within some games include reset or speed score to attempt to finish within the given time frame.

tag(s): matching (23), phonics (68), proofreading (24), rhymes (29), sorting (12), spelling (165), vocabulary (307), vowels (12)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Divide your class into groups, and have a class challenge. This is an excellent site to add to student computers for word practice while differentiating for student abilities. Challenge students to increase speeds in the games as well as move up through different units. Share a link through your class website or newsletter for practice at home.
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Learning Edge - Wellington County Learning Center

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3 to 12
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This online newspaper, designed for ELL/ESL students and adult learners, offers stories on a variety of topics. Topics in the issues include sports, heroes, current events, health,...more
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This online newspaper, designed for ELL/ESL students and adult learners, offers stories on a variety of topics. Topics in the issues include sports, heroes, current events, health, computer usage, and writing. The twelve available issues let you to hear the chosen story read aloud as it highlights words. There are also word work exercises and interactives related to each story. Listen again to any portion of the story as many times as you wish. Difficult words are highlighted and underlined. A click leads to a pronouncing dictionary so you can see the definition and hear the word pronounced. Some of the issues are appropriate for those pursuing vocational careers. Find them under Workplace. This site also offers you practice in writing and the option to submit your own writing for future issues.

tag(s): careers (148), descriptive writing (41), newspapers (99)

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If you work with ESL/ELL students, this is definitely a site to bookmark or save in your favorites! It would also work well with learning support students who need support reading informational texts. Share various segments of this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to peruse on their own (using earbuds). This is a great tool to use to differentiate for your ESL/ELL students' various levels. Spend some time exploring this site to find articles/activities applicable to your students. Be sure to check school policies to see if students can submit their own articles. Use this newspaper as a model for ESL/ELL students to create their own class newspaper. Have students collaborate on an online newspaper following the model of the site. Use a tool such as Crocodoc reviewed here.
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The Times Spelling Bee - Times Newspapers Ltd.

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3 to 8
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Practice spelling and recognizing word definitions with engaging interactives provided by the Times Spelling Bee. Choose the Play and Train option for several different spelling...more
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Practice spelling and recognizing word definitions with engaging interactives provided by the Times Spelling Bee. Choose the Play and Train option for several different spelling and word games. Titles include Spelling Bee, Word Workout, Mini Bees, and others. Spelling Bee offers an oral pronunciation of the word. You type the correct spelling in the box. Replay the word to hear again, or choose from word help to find the part of speech and definitions. Choose from different grade levels in Mini Bees to hear words. Play Missing Letters to spell words with missing letters in sentences. Registration is optional and allows for play of additional games and to track scores. Note - this is a British site so words are given with a British accent so some definitions, pronunciations, and spellings may differ from American English!
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tag(s): spelling (165), vocabulary (307), vocabulary development (116)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Allow students to play on their own at classroom computers. Challenge students to increase scores in games by recording scores in individual folders after each session. Have students write down words or definitions missed and use as spelling words when giving individualized spelling lists. Share the link to this site on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Be sure to talk about the differences in spelling between British and American English!
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Wordslide

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2 to 7
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How many words can you make from a given set of letters? Wordslide lets your find out. This easy to use interactive provides you with a list of letters and ...more
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How many words can you make from a given set of letters? Wordslide lets your find out. This easy to use interactive provides you with a list of letters and a tower of blank squares for each of the word combinations. As you find a word it is added to the tower until finding all combinations. You can play alone as a visitor or there is an option to register to play against other users. Registration allows you to also keep your own scores and possibly be listed in the hall of fame. Registration only requires a username and password. No email address is necessary. Warning - registration also allows access to a chat forum about the game that isn't always monitored.

tag(s): phonics (68), spelling (165)

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This is a great 5-minute activity when you don't have time to start a new lesson. Have a student "emcee" use it on your interactive whiteboard or projector to challenge the class to find all of the word combinations. Discuss the words created to demonstrate spelling and phonics patterns found.
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Primary Resources: English - RM

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K to 6
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Primary Resource's English page has useful materials for teaching: phonics, spelling, parts of speech, punctuation, literary terms, handwriting, and writing fiction and non-fiction...more
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Primary Resource's English page has useful materials for teaching: phonics, spelling, parts of speech, punctuation, literary terms, handwriting, and writing fiction and non-fiction and much more. There are handouts, presentations, graphic organizers, e-books, and even rubrics for student assessment. These valuable resources come from teachers across the world. Contributions range from catchy mnemonics to help students remember tricky spelling words, SMART board lessons about adjectives, how to use reference materials, and PowerPoint presentations on writing plays from stories. Most activities include a key that indicates the appropriate age group, grade level, or required skill level needed as well as its file format. The key indicates the equivalent United States grade level. The British Key Stages are equivalent to the following age groups; KS 1 = 5to 6 year old, KS 2 = 7 to 11 year old, KS 3 = 12 to 14 year old, and KS 4 = 15 to 16 year old. This site is from the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. If you have some of your own literacy resources you treasure, feel free to contribute them to this site. This site does include some unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): handwriting (19), idioms (40)

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Take advantage of the free lesson materials and presentations. A few activities include tasks for an interactive whiteboard or projector and others provide handouts or reproducible activity pages. Be sure to save this site in your favorites, there is lots here to explore.
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Make A Word! - Inkless Tales

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1 to 4
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Spice up your Make A Word activities with this easy to use website. Each word has draggable letters that can be used to form as many new words as you ...more
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Spice up your Make A Word activities with this easy to use website. Each word has draggable letters that can be used to form as many new words as you can think of. This site is a great timesaver as there is no need to cut letters or find paper and pencil. This may be a little difficult for younger users to organize words as there aren't lines or a spell check to ensure that correct combinations are being formed.

tag(s): phonics (68), spelling (165)

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This site would be a great incentive to use with students who are becoming a little bored with paper and pencil forms of this activity. The larger words would be a great way to challenge younger readers or as an intervention with struggling, older readers. Use the words on the interactive whiteboard or projector to model how to look for words within other words and discuss spelling patterns.

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ReadWriteThink - NCTE

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1 to 12
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This site is not just for reading and English teachers! If you want to improve your students' reading and writing skills, browse through the extensive materials in this exceptional...more
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This site is not just for reading and English teachers! If you want to improve your students' reading and writing skills, browse through the extensive materials in this exceptional Web site. Literacy learning across the K-12 curriculum is supported through an impressive collection of interactive, technology-based student activities. Descriptions of how to use the activities in the classroom are provided along with lesson plans, Web resources, and related materials. Direct links to NCTE/IRA Standards are included. Created by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

tag(s): literacy (106), resources (106)

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Within the classroom resources are plenty of lesson plans that are aligned to National standards. Save this site as a favorite to allow for easy reference whenever you're in need of fresh ideas and lesson plans. There are many resources available on ReadWriteThink for teaching literacy. Choose from lesson plans and units sorted by grade level, or narrow down your search to specific objectives including fluency, text structure, and more. In addition, ReadWriteThink offers almost 60 interactives including graphic organizers and tools for word work. Be sure to browse through the Printouts portion of the site; these aren't boring fill in the blank activities. Printouts include charts for reading records, writing tips, and card games.

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