We followed up the ABC book with the iPad app Word Wizard. Word Wizard is an app that has been around for awhile and is perfect for giving students an opportunity to spell words and hear them pronounced. Unfortunately it is not free, but if I were to create a short list of apps that I believe are worth the money, Word Wizard would be on the list!
Each time a student touches a letter they get to hear the individual letter sounds. When students put letters together and touch the new word, they get to hear their newly created word. Even in cases where the word is incorrectly spelled, students can hear it pronounced and try to correct their errors. The app has other spelling games as well. Students can choose from a list of spelling games and practice that support them as they learn to read, write and spell.
I ♥ this video! It is a great example for beginning writers and illustrators of how to get inspiration.
What was that noise? Do you hear a rattling sound? A scratching in the dark? Fourth graders will write spooky haikus this next week in the Hicks Elementary Library! First, the new book by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea, Boo! Haiku as our model. Then we the riddles, as book’s prime audience is the kindergarten set. We read the riddles to see how the authors used imagery and syllables to craft each haiku. Then we touched the bottom of our chins to help us count syllables in each haiku and then I gave them a template sheet with syllable blanks so they could write a rough draft of their haiku. After thinking of a spooky topic, they wrote the haiku so the reader could guess the topic.I’m going to create an interactive bulletin board so passers by can guess the subject of each haiku! We had fun and learned new things along the way! At the computer station, they used Kasey Bell‘s spooky Google Drawings template to make their own spooky magnetic poetry.
Can you guess the topic of each haiku?
I just discoverd the Keith Graves book, The Monsterator! The last time I saw the fifth graders, we played a Kahoot It! review game based on the book and focused on context clues. They had a blast! Just go to Get Kahoot, create an account, search public Kahoots for ‘Monsterator’ and you can use it too! I used the song Monster Mash as the intro.
This week at Hicks Elementary, first graders thought of all the accidents that might happen if animals were to check out library books! This project is based on the book, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi and Ron Barrett.