Thursday, November 6, 2014

Useful websites

Came across these two websites on FB groups.

The website has lesson plans and units, reading passages, The lesson plans are again subdivided based on skill and comprehension. However the books listed are quite expensive. The lesson plans can be adapted to the books one already  has. The reading passages are free and very good. They can can be clubbed with the books mentioned. There is so much to comprehension from drawing conclusions ,sequencing, character analysis. it gives a structured approach both grade and skill wise. It is a wonderful website. I recently tried it with a book I had with me " The snail and the whale" by Julia Donaldson. Ramam enjoys this book, and I modified the lesson plan to suit this book. Soon , was comparing the physical and character attributes of the whale and the snail , generalized it with Ramam and his sister ,Isha. I would not have thought of doing all of this on my own.

News for your classroom
   It is new for kids,by kids. Hosted by the scholastic group,  , one can find current event articles.Not all of it might make sense,like US elections, but one can pick and choose , but it is a good way to engage our kids  They have classroom magazines too, both print and digital. Watched one of their videos, it has been put together very neatly in simple words.

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