Daily Archives: April 19, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS – “Scooping Words With One Open Syllable and With One Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable”

Grade 1-3

by Reading on Strawberry Lane


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Scooping a word is the same as dividing the word into syllables.
Syllables can be divided by saying them orally or by using a pencil and paper. If we orally divide a word into syllables, we usually clap the word out. For example, if we orally divided the syllables of beside, we would clap out ‘be’ and ‘side,’ and that would be two claps. If we divided the syllables on paper, we would place a slash between the ‘e’ and ‘s’ in the word ‘beside.’

So rather that placing a slash, there is another way to show the number of syllables in a word, and that is to scoop the syllables. This is how that would look: b e s i d e. Not dividing the word with a slash avoids the look of an extra letter in the word, and it also avoids the idea of students thinking the word has only one syllable since there is just one slash. With the idea of scooping with the finger or with a pencil, students can feel and see the scoops which in turn matches the number of syllables.

This packet contains 64 task cards that allow students to practice
scooping words with one open syllable and one vowel-consonant-e
syllable. You will notice that quite a few prefixes are open syllables.







FREE MATH LESSON – “How to Use a Protractor Freebie”

by Downeast Teach

4th – 6th Grade


How to Use a Protractor


Now that using a protractor is a Common Core skill for 4th grade, here is a little freebie to help your students, (and maybe you too, if it has been a while since you’ve had to use one!)

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Geometry SMARTBoard File: Lines and Angles

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Geometry Vocabulary Cards for Polygons









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Rhythm in Poetry Lesson



Rhythm in Poetry


This lesson includes Emily Dickenson’s “If I Could Not Stop for Death” as well as Pearl Jam’s “Last Kiss” lyrics to discover (hands on) the importance of rhythm in poetry. Often, Language Arts teachers are weaker in this area because it is a little more technical than merely looking at the language.

The lesson includes:
– a detailed lesson plan for the teacher
– student notes (the poems) and activities
– an annotated copy of the poems as well as a comprehensive answer key

The entire unit contains 6 pages and it will most likely take two periods to complete.

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