Oh what a beautiful morning this is! I so love living where I can experience all four seasons. I drove through Natural Bridge in VA over the weekend and it was stunning. Seems like the reds in the forest were the star performers....the beauty made your heart sing.
Unfortunately, none of those comments about the beauty of fall segways into today's featured site :( so forgive me for changing the topic so abruptly. Today we want to feature Read, Write, Think.org site (http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/) This is a huge resource that I hope you'll take time to browse through because there are many, many useful materials on this one site.
The site has 4 main topics across the top of the page: classroom resources; professional development; about us; and parent & afterschool resources. The link I have included in this blog will take you directly to classroom resources. There you will see a blue menu board on the left side of the page. You can search by keyword from the entire site or refine your search by grade level, student interactive type, learning object, or theme. They offer activities for grades K-12.
There are literally hundreds of resources/activities on this site. I found 806 lesson plans. When I refined for Kindergarten I found 140. Say it with me, "Nice!" One of the impressive features of this site is that these lesson plans are also organized by type. You can select from standard, milestones, units, or recurring lessons. It should fit any school systems requirements.
Let me walk you through an example of how you could use this resource. (open the site in another tab/window) Let's click on grade level kindergarten and learning objective phonological awareness. At this point you should see this page (http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?grade=7&type=32&learning_objective=50) if not copy and paste this url to get there. Now you will see 5 activities. Let's do the Word Family Sort, which is #5. Click on it. It will take you to the screen where you can begin the activity. (http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/wordfamily/) After you do the activity you go back to this page and from there you can print the word family chart, choose another vowel, or exit. NOTE: You will probably have to tell the kids that they only need to drag the letter to the column and it will automatically go to the bottom of the list. They won't need to actually place the word on the bottom of the list in each column.
Bookmark this site because you know you'll want to start using it in your therapy! There is too much to write about this site to put it all in a blog so just go check it out for yourself.
Have fun in therapy with your kids this week.
Leah and Dean