Archives for February 14th, 2011

Talking on Topic

Grade 1 'Friendship Day' planning rotations are interfering a little with our social thinking group.  We hope to be able to meet on Wednesday again and we will be learning about 'Talking on Topic'. Listening to what other people are saying, thinking of a relevant and related response and then waiting for a space to add your response can be quite Read full article »

Starting back up!

Our G3 social thinking group has been on hold for a couple of weeks due to the exciting rotations happening for the Grade 3 unit of enquiry.  We are hoping to get started back up this week and we will be focusing on 'Thinking with our eyes'. Thinking with our eyes is when we take in visual clues from our surroundings Read full article »

What’s ‘Normal,’ What’s Not: Acquiring English as a Second Language

http://www.ldonline.org/article/What%27s_%27Normal%2C%27_What%27s_Not%3A_Acquiring_English_as_a_Second_Language/5126 By: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and Alejandro Brice (2005) By the 2030s, say demographers, English language learners (ELLs) will account for approximately 40 percent of the entire school-aged population in the United States. In some areas, that projection is already exceeded – in California, for instance, 60-70 percent of schoolchildren speak a language other than English as their primary language. For the period 1995-2005, Read full article »

Communication Strategies for All Classrooms: Focusing on English Language Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities

http://www.ldonline.org/article/Communication_Strategies_for_All_Classrooms%3A_Focusing_on_English_Language_Learners_and_Students_with_Learning_Disabilities By: Dale S. Brown and Karen Ford (2007) Students with learning disabilities (LD) often have difficulty with language. This difficulty takes many forms. They might have trouble understanding what you say. This could be the result of auditory problems (difficulty processing sounds) or receptive language difficulties (trouble understanding the words and turning them into action or pictures). Students with LD may Read full article »

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Learning Disabilities and Foreign Language Learning

http://www.ldonline.org/article/Learning_Disabilities_and_Foreign_Language_Learning By: Robin L. Schwarz (1997) Foreign language study is an increasingly prominent part of education everywhere. Not only are high school students nearly always required to study a foreign language, but many lower and middle schools have added foreign languages to their curricula, whether as an enrichment or a requirement. Foreign language "magnet" schools have been created in some school districts Read full article »

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Tumble Books

Tumble Books is a huge online resource of books which can be read or listened to online. Many of the books have quizzes and questions afterword to help explore children's comprehension of the book. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Brain Pop

Brain POP is the home of fun learning! This site offers student the chance to explore many aspects of the world around us in a lively and exciting way. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Dance Mat Typing

BBC School's Dance Mat Typing is THE place to go for the least boring way to learn to touch type! This site takes student's through basic typing skills via a host of fun songs and crazy characters. No passwork required!