Read for the Record

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Integrating Technology

IT Marzano

This is an incredible website with lesson ideas that will enhance your student’s academic performance!

http://www.tltguide.ccsd.k12.co.us/instructional_tools/Strategies/Strategies.html

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We Pray for Our Children

We Pray for our Children
Adapted from Ina J. Hughs

We pray for our children,
Who sneak popsicles before supper,
Who erase holes in math workbooks,
Who can never find their shoes.
And we pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
Who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
Who were born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,
Who never go to the circus,
Who live in an x-rated world.
We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of Dandelions,
Who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
We pray for those who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who watch their parents watch them die,
Who can’t find any bread to steal,
Who don’t have any rooms to mess up or to clean up,
Whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
Whose monsters are real.
We pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
Who squirm in church and scream in the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.
And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything,
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.
We pray for children who want to be carried,
And for those who will never walk, or see, or hear, or learn,
And for those we will never give up on
And for those who don’t get a second chance.
For these are our children.
We pray for them. We pledge our commitment to care for them.
We gladly accept responsibility for them.
We will make our world a safe home for them.
We will love them.
Amen.

Thanks to my media specialist for sharing this with me.

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Novel Units

Here is a great resource for book units.  He provides vocabulary words, printable resources, and links to other resources.  The list of books available is impressive.

http://www.mce.k12tn.net/units/units_with_books.htm

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Jog The Web

Jog the Web is a great site to guide your children in the websites you want them to access for a specific topic.  You can annotate and specify what you want them to look for on each site.  I have created one for math fact practice sites as well as one for reading practice and internet safety.

JogtheWeb

http://www.jogtheweb.com/run/1NJhMR6H1CSD/Math-Games

Image Source:  http://www.jogtheweb.com/run/1NJhMR6H1CSD/Math-Games

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Wallwisher

Wallwisher is a website where you can post sticky notes about a topic.  One of my fourth grade teachers did this wallwisher project with her student.  She invited parents to post as well.  The directions were to post about your favorite book of all time.

Wallwisher

http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/FavoriteBookEver

Image Source:  http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/FavoriteBookEver

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Real World Math Problems

Real World Problems are always a struggle for children to answer in mathematics.

Amby’s Education Site has some great practices and tutorials for this area and others.

http://amby.com/educate/math.html#problems

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Hooda Math

Here are some great math games, tutorials, worksheets, and videos.

Hooda Math

Image Source:   http://hoodamath.com/

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Love Em and Let Them Go

Here we are at the end of the year.  I just saw a ustream that sums up a year as a teacher.  It is very touching so I thought I’d share.  The singer is Kevin Honeycutt with Essdack.

Image Source http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/341792

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BrainPop Games

Did you know that the games available through BrainPop are free?  You have to have a paid subscription for most of their educational videos, but the educational games are all free.  They are listed in order of content.  It is a great resource!

Image Source: http://www.brainpopjr.com/games/

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