Fun with Reading

We love to read. So, of course, we are excited about March is Reading Month!

Our schools have many fun activities planned this month like read a cereal box day, read- a shirt day, flashlight reading, and special guest mystery readers. We explore the different reading genres in our classrooms. Our students know that we all enjoy different books. Knowing the genres helps us decide which kind of story we’d like to read next.

Here is a video last year’s Techie Kids created to help others learn about genres.

THE GENRE SONG

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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In our technology lab, we also explore many websites that share stories with some combination of text, audio, or video.

Here are some of our favorite reading sites.

ONLINE STORIES SQWORL

(Currently 50 links)

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This is a Reading Sqworl made just for my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

MIDDLE SCHOOL READING

 

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Happy Reading!
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Tell us about your favorite book and why you like it.


What is your favorite genre?

 

Can you tell us how your school celebrates reading?

 

Do you know of any other great reading websites to share?

 

 

The Genre Song

Don’t you know that it’s all about the genres? The Techie Kids do. Here’s a project that we started back during “March Is Reading Month.” After seeing what Amy Burvall creates for her high school History students, Mrs. Moore was inspired to try a small scale version with our elementary classes. We hope you are inspired to try something new too!

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

…Now let’s go and get a good book, baby!

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Tell us about your favorite genre and a few books to go along with it.

Can you share an elementary topic that we could make another music video for?

Tongue Twisters

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Fox in Socks. I just love the silly tongue twister tales. Let’s have some fun in the style of this awesome author by writing and reading some of our own. Many tongue twisters use alliteration. Alliteration is repeating a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. Try this strategy. Choose a letter to focus on for your alliteration. Brainstorm a list of 10-12 adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech that begin with this letter. Try to create a short story using these words in a combination of simple and complex sentences. Share your tongue twister in a comment so we can try out your tricky tale.

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Here are 2 that Mrs. Moore tried.

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The bright, blue balloon broke loose from boy’s box.
Boy used broom to bring bright, blue balloon back to box.
Silly boy. Bright, blue balloons don’t go back in box.

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Skunk skipped to the Slippers and Shiny Shoes Store.
Skunk shouted when she spotted six, slick, slimy shoes.
Should she show the shoes to the shoppers or
Should she stop and sling the shoes into the sink?
She should stop.
Some shoes slipping. Some shoes sliding.
Skunk shook the slimy shoes ’til the strings swung into the sink
Slowly she stood on a stool, scooped up the shoes, and shoved them onto the shelf.
She began to shout and spout , “Now she can show me the shiny shoes!”

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Share one of your own tongue twister tales.
What’s a strategy we should use when writing with alliteration?

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

The Techie Kids love celebrating March is Reading Month. We always begin by wishing Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday! Our students (and teachers) enjoy dressing up in our beloved character gear and reading our favorite rhyming texts.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! on PhotoPeach

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Visit Seussville to find out more about Theodor Seuss Geisel and find some fun games to play.

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Here’s a recipe you can try at home with your family.

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Click below to listen to our fantastic 1st graders sing a song about Dr. Seuss. Enjoy!

We Love To Read! from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.


March is Reading Month 2011

The Techie Kids have begun talking about Book Recommendations.

 

Each year, we look for quality texts at home, at school, and online. When we find something fabulous, we want to tell others about it! We found some wonderful resources a few years ago from Mrs. Newingham  We use her Genre Study Posters and Peer Book Recommendation Forms.

  

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Book_Recommendation_Form_Beth_Newingham

   

Please leave a comment to share your book recommendations with us.

  

If you are looking for a book to review, here are some websites to visit that have online stories to read or listen to:

 

CBeebies   

CBeebies

You might be interested in reading some of the fairytales.

 

Learn English Kids- Short Stories

Learn_English_Kids

  

Mighty Book- Story Books   

Mighty_Book

 

Also found on Mighty Book…

Beatrix Potter Stories

 

Fables and Nursery Rhymes

 

Thanks to Mrs. Morris & Miss Jordan for posting the links to these websites!

 

Smories

Smories

Thank you to Ms. Vivian for sharing this link!

 

 

Children’s Library

Children's_Library

 

 

And now for a few Techie Kids Favorites!

Storyline Online

Storyline_Online

(This is always a top click.)

 

Signed Stories

Signed_Stories

 

 

Magic Keys  

Magic_Keys

 

 

Robert Munsch  

Robert_Munsch

(I think this wonderful author website was shared with us last year by Mrs. Watson, thanks!)

 

 

Story Cove

Story_cove

 

 

MeeGenius!

Mee_Genius

 

 

Speakaboos

SpeakaBoos_2

 

 

One More Story- Pete’s a Pizza

Pete's_a_pizza

 

 

 Silly Books

Silly_Books

 

 

Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids

 

 

Reading Is Fundamental

RIF

 

 

What book are you reading right now and how do you feel about it?

 

Can you share with us a fabulous book that you’ve read recently and just what makes it so great?

 

If you had to pick your favorite genre, please tell us which you would choose and share an example.

 

Try out this Scholastic widget to find books, authors, and genres.

 

Happy Birthday!

Sure it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, (and you will find some fun links below) but did you know that we have another birthday to celebrate today?

The Techie Kids are 1 year old!

  

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I just realized that our blog has been up and running for the past 12 months. I can’t believe how much we’ve learned! We have met some amazing students and some fantabulous educators!

Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey.

 

For a bit of fun, here are some of the past year’s highlights…

 

During this time, we have had

1,158 comments

and

19,ooo hits

on our site!

 

We’ve had visits from

all 50 states in the U.S.

and

72 countries

from around the world!

I remember noticing how other blogs had such spotty ClustrMaps. I didn’t know if anyone outside of our school would ever visit!

 

Click on the highlighted links below to view a few of our past posts…

 

Our first post ever- Welcome!

 

Book Recommendations

 

Fabulous Author Websites

 

Making Connections with Skype!

 

Paperless Book

 

Kindergarten First Weather Forecast

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 

Skyping with 2KJ

 

Sunshine Makes the Seasons

 

Mammals and Echolocation

 

 

Since it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday too, we can have some Cat in the Hat fun by revisiting these links.

 

Seussville 

Suessville

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 

Cat_in_the_Hat_knows_a_lot_about_that! 

 

Green Eggs and Ham Retellings Photo Story 

 

Green Eggs and Ham Retellings Slideshow

 

 

Thank you for helping the Techie Kids grow into global learners!

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What are some of your favorite posts from this past year?

 

Do you have any favorite memories to share?

 

What advice could you share with the Techie Kids to strengthen them as global learners?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Green Eggs and Ham Retellings

We love Green Eggs and Ham! Our Kindergarten classes listened to the story and practiced their retelling skills. We talked about beginning, middle, and end. The children used Kid Pix 4 to illustrate their retelling with drawing tools or stamps. Then they showed us their Kindergarten writing by making text to go along with their pictures. We hope you enjoy our projects!

 

View more presentations from Mrs. Moore.