March 31, 2013

Really Good Stuff Blog Article

Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about semantic gradients, click on over to Really Good Stuff.  I am a monthly columnist for them and December's post was all about gradients!

Semantic Gradients and the Common Core Standards

Photo by Lori Wolfe
by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
As elementary teachers we are always looking for and finding strategies to use with our students that broaden and deepen their understanding when reading. We know that when students, especially second language learners, can distinguish between the shades of meanings of related words, then they can be more precise and imaginative in their writing. Shades of meaning are the small differences among words that are related to a specific topic or idea. 

Click here to read!

Happy Teaching!

March 23, 2013

Color Poetry by my Niece Alex

 Hello everyone,
My darling niece Alex wrote some amazing poetry all around color.

Super cool...


Pink is the princess in every girl
Pink is the shine of a beautiful pearl
Pink is a lollipop, nice and sweet
Pink tastes like cotton candy , a special treat
Pink smells like lovely, light perfume
Pink sounds like music that fills all the room
Pink feels like a friend when you are love sick
Pink looks like a pot of cute lipstick
Pink makes me happy and light on my feet
Pink is what makes the color wheel complete


                                    Blue is sadness, depression, despair
                                            Blue is crying everywhere
                                            Blue is never having hope
                    Blue tastes like ice cream when you're trying to cope
       Blue smells like your friends' clothes when you're sobbing on their shoulder
                     Blue sounds like sobbing louder when it gets colder
                        Blue feels like the tears streaming down your face
                    Blue looks like a frown hidden behind a smiling case
                 Blue makes me watch movies that are depressing and sappy
                                   Blue is a color that is never happy


                                  Green is life sprouting out of moist soil
                        Green is a magnificent garden belonging to the royal
                        Green is a tree swaying gracefully in the soft breeze
                             Green tastes like a fresh salad eaten with ease
                      Green smells like a handful of mint, picked fresh and new
                 Green sounds like rustling bushes with critters passing through
                   Green feels  like sharp branches poking through your clothes
                     Green looks like a long, thick stem of a deep, red rose
                             Green makes the world full of life and joy
                        Green is the leaves of flowers given to a girl by a boy


I hope you all liked them! Thanks for reading! XOXO, Alex

Happy Teaching!


March 2, 2013

GLAD resources!

Hi everyone!
A colleague from Hillsboro sent in this great glad resource.  It is a link to Everett School District in Washington state.  If you are interested in GLAD strategies and resources, grab a cup of tea, sit back and click on!

Thanks to Laurie Howard for this gem!
Happy Teaching!


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