Using Poetry to Teach Reading
Start with humorous poems that rhyme. That's the first piece of advice in this easy to read guide to using more poetry in your classroom. Other advice includes tips for choosing poems, how to manage poetry readings, and how to avoid breaking copyright laws when you copy poems for kids to read.
Much of poetry's beauty comes from careful word choice. Adding new words to one's vocabulary is a great way to expand the possibilities within a poem. In this article, learn several elaboration techniques that help students learn new words. You'll learn more about guidelines for selecting words, guidance for developing examples and non-examples, and much more.
As teachers, we recognize that to help struggling students succeed in school we must do more than address their academic needs. We must recognize students' emotional needs and feelings. In this important article, Dr. Bob Brooks reminds readers of the value of providing support and encouragement, and of lessening the negative beliefs students may hold about themselves that serve as obstacles to their learning.
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. If you're looking for lots of resources for using poetry with kids, start at poets.org where you'll find interviews, video archives and much, much more.
May 7-13, 2012
Children's Book Week is the national celebration of books and reading for youth. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!
Voting for @CBCBook's 5th Annual Children's Choice Book Awards is now open!
Plain Talk About Reading Institute
April 30-May 2, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Learn the most current findings on reading instruction, reading difficulties, and reading intervention from the nation's leading researchers. Plain Talk About Reading is heralded as the nation's premier reading institute. The institute offers a clear focus on providing the latest scientifically based reading research (SBRR) and strategies for those who teach reading at all ages and grade levels.
LD OnLine is a proud partner with Youth Service America (YSA). YSA improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. On Global Youth Service Day — April 20-22, 2012 — millions of children, teens, and young adults in over 100 countries on 6 continents will change the world through service. They will educate, volunteer, advocate, and give, addressing critical issues including health, education, the environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness, and human rights. Need project ideas for Global Youth Service Day? From major park clean-ups to quick and easy crafts, you'll find loads of fun, easy projects at The Global Youth Service Day website.
DVD from Reading Rainbow
My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
Colorful animation and fun music entertain and reinforce students' learning of new people, places, and activities. Popular personalities narrate the feature books in each episode while captivating illustrations appear on-screen. Capsule book reviews presented by students expand on the themes in the feature book, while "kid-on-the-street" interviews allow real kids to sound off about issues.
How can I help my son's teachers to find the best ways to help him learn?
Matt Cohen, Esq. answers: Schools are required to use peer-reviewed, scientifically-based educational programs to the extent possible. If the math and science programs your son is being provided do not seem to be working, the first thing to ask the school is whether the program is a research-based, systematic instructional program designed to address his specific disability. Read the rest of his answer….
Vocabulary refers to the words a reader knows. Listening vocabulary refers to the words a person knows when hearing them in oral speech. Speaking vocabulary refers to the words we use when we speak. Reading vocabulary refers to the words a person knows when seeing them in print. Writing vocabulary refers to the words we use in writing.
To learn more about teaching vocabulary, see this article.
A handful of exciting new words may be what your students need to finish off their poems. Try Graph Words, a simple interactive dictionary that helps us find the meanings of words and show connections among associated words. Color coding is used for nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. Word maps can be used to generate words needed for writing. Finished maps can also be saved as a PNG file.