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Volume 4 Number 1

Corks are popping! January is awards month in the world of children's literature. Esme Codell writes about contenders for the Caldecott award for best illustration in American children's literature, the Newbery for best writing, the Coretta Scott King award, and others...
Teachers.Net Again Joins NEA in a Seussian Reading Celebration! by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
New Tax Law Provides $250 Deduction for Educators by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
Maslow's Theory of Hierarchical Needs -- Alive and Well in the Classroom by Chuck Brickman
December 14th update from Operation Deep Freeze by LT. Marshall Branch
Editor's e-Picks - January Resources by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
A Time for Change by Bill Page
If We Want… by Bill Page
H.O.T.S. Activities for Use With the Classroom Word Wall by Michelle Stankevicius
Mid-Year Mark: Closing the Curriculum Gap for ESL Teachers by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Writing Tips for Teachers by Joy Jones
Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect - Even For "High Stakes" Testing by Dr. Dorothy Rich
Attention Teachers! Homogeneous is [not always] a bad word! by Janet Chapman
Dividing With a Difference by P R Guruprasad
A Primer for Teaching in the University by Bikika T. Laloo
Bits and Pieces - Various Small Articles by The Teachers.Net Community
  • Chatboard Wisdom
  • Dictionary Skills Activity
  • Understanding Voice Control
  • Person of the Year
  • Snowperson Glyph
  • 100th Day Activities
  • January Columns
    January Regular Features
    January Informational Items
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    Chatboard Wisdom

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    Understanding Voice Control

    Person of the Year

    Snowperson Glyph

    100th Day Activities

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    Chatboard Wisdom -
    Taken from recent posts on the general chatboard

    Special needs students are special needs all day, not just for 90 minutes per day.
    ~ Bill T.

    When I decided at age 5, in kindergarten, that I wanted to teach so I could be in charge of the glitter, I had no idea what an adventure I was embarking on.
    ~ Cloe

    Keep in mind that punishment is not your most effective behavior management tool.
    ~ Mary/PA

    Rejoice and be glad that you are in school where the teachers pay attention to their work rather than to one another.
    ~ L. Swilley

    Ability is that which we have in us. Achievement is that which we show.
    ~ Sharyl

    If the schools stand back and essentially say that since they didn't create the problem it's not their responsibility to find the solutions, then school violence and the fear it creates (which interferes with the academic program) will only increase.
    ~ Nelda

    States have huge deficits because they operate on short term solutions.
    ~ Ann HS/WA

    We do things differently, and I like it like that.
    ~ Alison/Aus

    I don't have any illusions that I'm convincing anyone, but ideas grow from seeds.
    ~ Lev

    Snickerdoodles are marvelous for dunking in hot chocolate!
    ~ Magoo

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    Dictionary Skills Activity

    Posted by Jan on the Second Grade Mailring

    Last year someone posted an activity that has helped my students understand which words are guide words.

    The students write a dictionary entry using their first name: John (noun) 1. Brown hair 2. blue eyes 3. boy etc. Then I put the entries on a poster in the hall to look like a dictionary page. The children are real interested to see who gets to be the guide words. (First and last child on each page when listed in abc order.)

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    Understanding Voice Control

    by Kim in Southern California

    My class has a real problem with LOUD voices. I thought I'd go nuts for a while. One thing I have tried that is working for most of them is our "Favorite Voices."

    I put up a chart with a list of "voices"--inside voice, shouting voice, whining voice, Mom voice, cowboy voice, etc. When we are reading short poems, I ask the helper to choose one voice, and then we read the poem again in that voice. If they do a good job, they get to choose another mathematical sentences (like 4 + 1 = 5). It is a really fun way for them to actually HEAR the difference between the voices. MY favorite voice is "No voice" which means they have to mouth the words without ANY sound.

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    Person of the Year

    by Alisha/2

    A fun activity I did last year came from the Bag Ladies. You show the class Time Magazine's Person of the Year issue and read snippets about why they were so important.

    Their writing assignment is to write an article for Time pretending they are the Person of the Year, either for last year or for in the future.

    My class wrote about what they were doing in their future professions- teachers, vets, policemen, pilots, inventors. After they wrote the article, they had to draw a picture of themselves with TIME (like the magazine cover) at the top. They turned out so cute! I posted them on red paper-portrait on one side, article on the other.

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    Snowperson Glyph

    Posted by Lisa/PA on the First Grade Mailring

    1. Hat (image of a top hat)
      GREEN - I am a girl.
      RED - I am a boy.
    2. Mouth: On a cold day, I like to...
      (image of pieces of coal in shape of smile) drink hot chocolate
      (solid smile line) eat soup
      (squiggle line) have something else
    3. Gloves or Mittens: In the winter, I like to...
      (image of mitten) wear mittens to keep my hands warm
      (image of gloves) wear gloves to keep my hands warm
    4. Boots: In winter, I like to...
      (image of boots)
      PURPLE - go sledding
      RED - build snowmen
      BLUE - throw snowballs
    5. Buttons: When it snows, it's best when school ...
      (triangle shape) - is closed
      (square shape) - has delayed openings
      (circle shape) - closes early
    6. Scarf: Winter is...
      SOLID COLOR (image of solid colored scarf) - my favorite season
      STRIPED (image of striped scarf) - not my favorite season
    7. Broom or shovel:
      (image of broom) I like snow.
      (image of shovel) I don't like snow.

    Another version:
    short nose/long nose- boy/girl
    buttons= number of siblings
    eyes- same color as yours
    scarf- favorite winter activity r-snow ball fight, y- snow men, g- snow angels
    smile/no smile- did you like the activity hat/no hat- enjoy school

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    100th Day Activities

    Posted by Various members of the Teachers.Net Community

    We will be at day 84 when we return which will put our 100th day on the 29th of January. Have a few things planned - 100 object collections, collecting 100 buttons for me to wear on a vest, copies of $100 dollar bills to use in math, but nothing beyond that yet. I know there are all sorts of activities floating around - anyone have an absolute must do favorite?
    ~ Susan

    I did sew 100 buttons on to an old white t-shirt that belonged to my husband. It is a once a year wear and the kids love it. It took me about an hour to do it and is very interesting to wear.
    ~ Celia

    Here's a terrific resource. 300 Ideas To Celebrate the 100th Day of School This is on Joan Holub's site (author of the book) - will take lots of time to read through but worth it!

    I painted 10 sets of 10 different things on a sweatshirt with fabric paint. 10 fish, 10 happy faces and so on. It turned out really cute. One year our principal pinned 100 one dollar bills all over her outfit.

    It would be cute to make 100 Hungry Ants (from the book of the same name) on a sweatshirt -- using an ant stamp or thumbprints.

    I am starting to think of 100th day - I found this cute project
    . The grid should actually be turned clock-wise one quarter of a turn to read correctly.

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