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Posts Made By: vocabfreak
Board: BusyBoard 11-05-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By vocabfreak
Lead21 Reading Series

I have just started using this series with my fifth grade class. I absolutely love it for many reasons. It incorporates a ton of content in the areas of science, social studies, and civics. This...
Board: Bluebonnet Room 01-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By vocabfreak
I agree with relaxing

I recommend you read The Book Whisperer and Nancie Atwell's book The Reading Zone. They both use a reader's workshop approach. I teach fifth and it really works for me. There is less to manage,...
Board: Math & Science 12-05-2010, 09:00 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By vocabfreak

I just signed up. Wow this site is really great. It took me only an hour to understand everything on the site. It's so easy to use. I'm starting this with my students this week. Thank you for...
Board: Math & Science 11-30-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By vocabfreak
Long Division

I have played the long divison song I found on youtube.

The refrain is basically, divide, multiply, subtract, bring down. I played this song...
Board: Math & Science 11-13-2010, 08:30 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By vocabfreak
Is Everyday Math finished?

I pose this question to the PT community. I don't ask this question to debate the merits of Everyday Math. There is already enough information out there discussing pros and cons of Everyday Math. ...
Board: Fifth Grade 08-11-2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By vocabfreak
American History Books

Here is a nice booklist I just found
Board: Daily 5 06-06-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By vocabfreak

I initially teach vocabulary through read alouds. As part of my read aloud I teach my students three vocabulary words. This model is based on Isabel Beck's book: Robust Vocabulary Instruction:...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 05-08-2010, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By vocabfreak
To cvolcteacher

I would purchase Robust Vocabulary Instruction: Bringing Words To Life. I have read her recent book, Creating Robust Vocabulary but I didn't want to go out and purchase it.
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 05-06-2010, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By vocabfreak
This is my...

favorite work yet!
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 05-06-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By vocabfreak
science book

Try Branklyn Branley's book - Air is all around us. It actually does the experiment in the book. I read the book until the experiment part and then conducted the experiment. I then finish the book...
Board: First Grade 05-04-2010, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By vocabfreak

Go to promethean planet. Sorry, for some reason the link I tried to put in doesn't work.

You have to create an account. Its free. You may have to download a free viewer to read certain lessons,...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 05-02-2010, 04:39 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By vocabfreak
I agree

Unseen is amazing. One of my favorite quotes is, "none of us is smarter than all of us"

Thanks so much unseen!
Board: Daily 5 05-01-2010, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By vocabfreak
Best Nonfiction Authors

I teach first grade and absolutely love Gail Gibbons. She is my favorite author. I also like books written by Franklyn Branley and Seymour Simon. Please help and give me some other authors to look...
Board: Daily 5 05-01-2010, 05:48 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By vocabfreak
Book Bins

I have students read from their book bins at other times like when finished with a math test and others are still working. My kids browse for books on Monday for the week. Every night each student...
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 05-01-2010, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By vocabfreak

Here is a website with over 3,000 idioms.

Here is another helpful site.
Board: First Grade 04-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By vocabfreak
Professional Book Recommendations

Here are my favorites.

General Research
- What Really Matters For Struggling Readers (Allington)
- Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching (Pressley)
- The Knowledge...
Board: First Grade 04-28-2010, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By vocabfreak

Our school either uses F&P Levels by Letter or by colored dots. No matter what you use kids pick up on the concept of leveled books. I discuss this at the start of the year that we all read...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 04-28-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By vocabfreak
Words Their Way

I use the program in first. Our whole school uses the program. I really like it as you can differentiate within your classroom. In first I start out using the level B workbooks. The level A...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 04-22-2010, 05:00 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By vocabfreak
Earth Day Read Aloud

Nature's Green Umbrella by Gail Gibbons. Our Rainforests are slowly fading away :(

My other favorites are the Lorax and The Great Kapok Tree.
Board: First Grade 04-21-2010, 05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By vocabfreak
I emphasize the word "stupid"

when reading Junie B. It's a great teachable moment. Writer's choose the words they write. Sometimes authors use words like "stupid" to get a reaction out of the reader!
Board: First Grade 04-19-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By vocabfreak
Science help!

It appears that science and social studies are slowly being pushed out of the curruiculum. Most state standards for science in the early grades are terrible (Virginia excluded). I follow Daniel...
Board: First Grade 04-19-2010, 07:17 PM
Replies: 29
Posted By vocabfreak
Reading Rate Norms

Here are reading rate norms. Based on Hasbouck and Tindal a student is reading 53wpm at the end of first grade they fall at approximately the 50th percentile. Students reading approximately 100 wpm...
Board: First Grade 04-11-2010, 04:20 PM
Replies: 35
Posted By vocabfreak
Junie B. Jones

First grade teachers love Junie B. Jones because 98% of first grade teachers are women. Sorry, I'm on a little bit of a rampage being one of the few male teachers. At least in the Magic Tree House...
Board: ARCHIVE 04-11-2010, 04:13 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By vocabfreak
I'm old school

My kids usually don't wash their hands before lunch. There is hand sanitizer in the lunch room. My job is to teach as best that I can. I HATE to waste time for anything. I ADMIRE you as a...
Board: The VENT 04-10-2010, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By vocabfreak
Don't be depressed

Anyone who understands assessment realizes that the whole school environment is responsible for test scores. I'm not sure what grade you teach, but you shouldn't be bummed. I teach first grade. ...

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