• The Power of Puzzles

    What is the educational value for completing word puzzles? This is a great question, that has been debated by many educators. Working with spelling words and new vocabulary, seems like a justifiable use for using word puzzles.  However; when created by the teacher, the students require no creative thinking and often lack the comprehension and connection […]

  • Using “Book Creator” or “Explain Everything” to create a How To Book

    “How to Videos” are a craze on YouTube.  To bump up the “How to”  use Book Creator or Explain Everything.  Both of these apps give a variety of extra tools to create a better procedural writing. Bring in artifacts, such as skipping rope, card game, etc Criteria: at least one video a picture a soundbite […]

  • Using iMovie to “Produce” a Poem

    Use this poem to create an iMovie. The Bluebird Poem 1 or on Canada and government I am Canadian Poem imovieipad2 for iPads imovie8greenscreen for Macbooks  Read the poem Chunk the poem into parts (stanzas, couplets, etc) Find images for each of the parts (google image search, search tools, usage rights) and save to device Create a […]

  • Engaging Activities for Reading Poetry

    Much to the surprise of my colleagues, I find it so easy to get kids to enjoy, explore and critique poetry.  Giving students opportunities to explore a variety of poems, with very little guidance, and a whole lot of sharing, opens up discussions about poetic devices, themes, and messages in poetry.   As students are […]

  • Writing Poetry WWP Session 4

    In today’s session you may need the following documents: PoetryJanuary List of Onomatopoeia PoeticDevicesScavengerHunt Poetry unit poetrydevicesdefinition Powerpointmedia1 Types of Poems

  • WWP Session 2 October 1, 2013

    Here are some of the documents we will be using today. Powerpoint Inspiration-powerpoint Powerpoint ResearchSkillsTeacher ResearchingSkills

  • Welcome New WWP Teachers

    Jarrod and I would like to welcome you to teaching grade 6 or 7 in our district.  We are looking forward to another exciting and inspirational year. In today’s session we will be reviewing the expectations of the WWP and exploring using the Macbooks for the writing process. There are several ways for you to […]

  • Revising and Editing

    As teachers we sometimes forget that students often do not understand what we mean when we ask them to edit.  It is interesting when you ask them, their responses are often all related to fixing spelling and punctuation. They seem focused on editing for Conventions.   Students have to be shown how to edit for […]

  • Using Word Clouds

    Word Clouds have been out there for several years. Students input text into generator and then create a visual cloud of their words. The larger the text, the more it is used in the document.  Get your students to use them creatively in the classroom! Here are several ways: Create a Concrete Poem Narrow ideas […]