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  1. I'm crossposting this to the Chat Board because I know some of our best and brightest homeschooling momma's don't really frequent the Gen. Ed boards anymore. I am trying to come up with a good sign for my classroom door. It's a 5th grade class. The sign will read something like "STOP. When you enter this room, you must LEARN. But "learn" will stand for Listen Attentively Engage Your Mind or Enunciate Your Words (I have trouble with kids mumbling and muttering and repeating themselves at the same unintelligible volume/pace) Actively Participate
  2. I am trying to come up with a good sign for my classroom door. It's a 5th grade class. The sign will read something like "STOP. When you enter this room, you must LEARN. But "learn" will stand for Listen Attentively Engage Your Mind or Enunciate Your Words (I have trouble with kids mumbling and muttering and repeating themselves at the same unintelligible volume/pace) Actively Participate Read??? or (Respect Mistakes yours and others) Note-down ??? (I can't think of anything for N. Note taking is an important part of the lesson, but is there something better that
  3. Yertle the Turtle and The Sneetches were on my initial list, but I had cut them because the Dr. Suess books take a while to read well and I doubt that we'll have time but I would like to do them at some point any way.
  4. I'd like to compile a list of books that are 1) able to be read well in about 10-15 minutes (or less) 2) very discussable in a group for 9-11 year olds. NO NOVELS! I found and liked Oliver: The Second-Largest Living Thing on Earth. I think it's a great message to share and invite kids to think about for themselves--especially as young-peoples society becomes more and more obsessed with Likes, Shares, Subscribers and Re-tweets, etc... I also like After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up. The message on what to do after "a fall" and how it addresses and models the
  5. Several of the vintage books from the Open Court Basic Readers series are online as PDFS. These are from the 70s They are at the bottom of Paul Wigowskys Open Court Page. 1.2 Reading is Fun 2. 1 A Trip Through Wonderland 2.2 Our Country 3. 1 A Magic World 3.2 A Trip Around the World 4.x What Joy Awaits You are all available online.
  6. I would guess that if you want to cover History sans-violence or the hard-edged stuff, that you should look into public school textbooks. They're typically written to hit the middle so you can always add to them, but they'll provide the basics without any really upsetting stuff. I can't recommend a specific text/series for History, and it's hard to tell whats in them without hunting them down in person and perusing them. But a list of publishers to get you started would be: McGraw Hill, Pearson, Scott Foresman, SRA, Houghton MIfflin and Harcourt. If you are open to doing US History than
  7. I just wanted a snazzy sounding title 🙂 In my experience, I have found that for many students fractions are the make-or-break concept for their mathematical literacy and competency in higher level mathematics and I've been working to build out my delivery and scaffolding of fractions. I have found that many students struggle with fractions because often fractions are the first topic in mathematics where context is as meaningful as the numbers and operations themselves. It can be very difficult to work through fraction problems without understanding what the symbols mean. There ar
  8. Topic Moved to the General Education Board with the other Math Talks. Sorry for the confusion.
  9. What in basic school mathematics do you feel is "Need to Memorize" and why? What content, facts, patterns or relationships has your combined insight, experience and education led you to realize is truly useful for students to know as they continue through the continuum of mathematics. Memorized in this context simply means reliably committed to a memory that is easily and reliably accessed and activated when needed. I don't want to get super technical about what it means for something to be "memorized" in this context. Use your best judgement. It can be anything from the scope/seq
  10. So, the role that language plays in teaching arithmetic, particularly in primary/elementary school level, interests me a lot. It's something that I've been thinking about quite a bit for a while now. If you had to give each of the operations a simple, plain-English definition (or interpretation) to be used in 1st-8th grade arithmetic, what would it be? Please note the range there. If your definition is only good enough for a sub-set of that range, can you think of a way to improve it? (It's okay if the answer is "no") To be clear, the arithmetic operations are: Addition S
  11. Stick with Abeka is my vote. Abeka has a fantastic scope and sequence for beginning reading and their phonics can be beefed up or pared down as needed without straying from that publisher. The Handbook for Reading is very comprehensive. You don't have to have workbooks and writing assignments. You can just do the HfR and use a wide-tip sharpie on construction paper to make cards for her to hop on, slide together/pull apart, etc. Let her write in sand, diluted soap, or whatever. I wouldn't buy anything. I won't even put in a plug for my favorite and go-to beginning reading program.
  12. I have a a few illustrated hard back version of "classic" books that I like A Little Princess and The Secret Garden both illustrated by Graham Hurst has beautiful illustrations. The Arabian Nights illustrated by Sheila Moxley, retold by Neil Philip is really nice also. The Hobbit illustrated by Alan Lee is a pretty nice D'aulaires Book of Norse Myths (I'm on the look out for the other D'aulaires book of Greek Myths in hardback) I still need an amazingly illustrated anthology of fairy tale, poems, etc.
  13. I have a 14yo boy who greatly enjoyed Animal Farm. He enjoyed Old Yeller more than Big Red, but he liked them both. He enjoyed Animal Farm so much that his dad has decided to read the book as well so that they might discuss it. He requested another lit-book instead of nonfiction. I went to purchase Lord of the Flies for him--I only know the premise, I've never read it--but the font is tiny so I'm going to go look at several copies at the library and try to find one that isn't such tiny print. I looked at The Old Man and The Sea, but I am not as familiar with it and I couldn't judge. The
  14. So you do you want something that offers guidance/support to a teacher or something aimed at the student? You seem to be leaning towards older resources. Any reason why you haven't looked at something more modern/readily available? What made you interested in these particular materials? The SRA Reading Power set is probably a good set to have around, but it gets tough quick, It starts at 1st grade level and hits highschool passages by the end and it's only 100 booklets, but it does include little exercises for each one that make it easy to pull a few for 10-20 minutes of reading prac
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