Monthly Archives: November 2011

Foreign language.


Reading is thinking (hopefully)

6th Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street Resources

I believe we should teach this from day 1. READING IS THINKING. Reading comprehension at the 6th grade level is supposed to be so much higher level than the previous years. It’s not just about retelling the story or remembering what  the story was about. It’s thinking while you read. It’s predicting before you read and while you read. It’s making connections between what you are reading and yourself, or the world, or another text. It’s being able to visualize what’s going on in the text so that you feel like you are a part of it! It’s wondering about things as you read, asking questions of your character’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. It’s inferring what the author meant even though the author didn’t SAY it. It’s using your schema before you read and while you read to understand the literal meanings of the text as well as the underlying…

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Critical Thinking, Common Core Standards, and Questioning

Reading Material for GRE

New Test ARMT +

6th Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street Resources

I’m thinking we might just need a new way of teaching and thinking about our teaching. Here is a link to a powerpoint created by the Alabama State Department of Education for the new ARMT + state test that will be given in the spring in place of the old ARMT test.

One of our teachers was sent to a training on this new ARMT + test this past week and will be giving us an overview of it in the near future. These are the key things that I just notice after looking at this powerpoint:

1. Critical thinking skills

2. Write, write, write, write, write

3. Vocabulary

4. Students setting goals for themselves

5. Individualized plans/guides for each child

There are other things I noticed, but these 5 just sort of jumped out at me while I was going through the powerpoint. So, here is where I…

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Comprehension Thinking Sheet

6th Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street Resources

I have updated my comprehension thinking sheet so that it will have the comprehension strategies that the kids are to be using while reading AND the literary elements/devices that we are studying and writing about this year. All of this information is now at the bottom of the comprehension thinking sheet. For a better explanation of how we use these in our classroom read this post:

To print the comprehension thinking sheet click here:

Comprehension Thinking Sheet

Hopefully, this will be a friendly reminder to them when they are completing the sheet as they read AND embed these strategies/elements into their little brains. 🙂


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Interactive Games…Oh Yeah!



Everyone knows it…kids want to be in front of a glowing screen, whether it is the television or the computer.  If that’s what they want, let’s give it to them!  In small doses of course, and maybe we can even ‘trick’ them into learning something along the way.

Here are a few links to free sites that have educational, interactive games for your young learners.  I’ll post more as I find interesting sites.  Feel free to respond with links to sites you’ve found as well!

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Text-to-Speech Software


The eBenefit is: Reading comprehension, listening to text in an audio format, and shortening the time it takes to read.

Did you know that there is software available that can help you read faster and comprehend better. I have a problem with reading large volumes of information, and then deciphering what I just read. Furthermore, it is even more difficult to write an essay about what I just read. What do I use to help me with reading comprehension?

I use a text-to-speech software to help me get through the reading material in a matter of minutes. For instance, I can listen to a 10 page chapter in 8 minutes. How does it work? I convert the text-to-speech using my special software, and then follow along as the voice reads the material. It is really useful for other things too, like new Facebook & Twitter posts, emails, news alerts, etc.

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Coming up at A+

A+ Homeschool

On tap for next week:

A field trip.  Most likely to Charles Towne Landing, Mr. Brilliant keeps saying he just doesn’t care and I’m not inclined to take him on a field trip if he doesn’t care.

Objectives on this field trip are to learn about the flora and fauna of the Charleston area, also, to learn about the Native Americans of our area.



Verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs

Verb tense, past, present, future

Using ‘ing’ verbs

Review present tense verbs


Numeration through 1,000,000

Carrying and Borrowing with long division

1 digit numbers x 2 digit numbers

2 digit numbers x 3 digit numbers

Inverse of multiplication is division


hostile, petrify, quiver, scamper, shriek, wrath


more prefixes & suffixes

Copywork: Taken from ‘Socks’ by Beverly Cleary, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, works of Robert Louis Steveson, & works of Aesop

Geography: Create…

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English 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1: Chinese foot binding and “used to”

EFL in Erdenet

We split this lesson in two: The first 40 minutes have a reading objective, and the second 40 minutes have a speaking objective, comparing “used to” with the simple past tense.

English 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1a plan

English 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1a materials

English 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1b plan

English 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1b materials

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