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ENGLiSH

Here are a few fantastic Easter sites.
And since we are talking about chickens, here's a rather interesting article on
"Why did the Chicken cross the road?".
Yes! that old chestnut. It, once again, shows teachers know what they're talking about.

REAL MARTIAN

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Will the Real Martian Please Stand UP? Twilight Zone!
22 minutes of Amazing StoryTelling
A black and white masterpiece ideal for studying narrative storytelling.
Here are some great questions to get you started:
What are the settings?
Name the characters and provide a brief description.
What is the problem?
What things increase the tension?
What is the climax? (stop the tape at 17mins in and ask.....)
Who is the Martian?
What do you predict will happen?
What is the resolution?
What did you think of the story?
CHALLENGE: Write a Twilight Zone story. Use the headings above to make a story map. You might like to start with the opening narration:
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only
of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!

POBBLE

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Pobble 365 – A Photo a Day to Inspire Creativity
Read more writing in your class. High-quality teaching resources to inspire and motivate your young writers. Pobble.com is the new home of Pobble 365.

Still with motivating images like the one above, on a daily basis, but now with a searchabel database by topic and grade.

Pobble now includes, lesson plans, example texts, word banks, success criteria downloadables on a  wide variety of writing.

Pobble also offers an easy interface to create your own lessons and share with the community.

Pobble as always, offers a FREE option but there are also paid options with more features.

For me the FREE version is just fine. With it’s formatting,  Question time, Story Starter, Sentences challenges and Sick sentences options.

PLOT DEVICE

A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.
Great Plot device video - very entertaining and engaging. (Please check content before showing this to younger viewers)
Plot Device explanation Straightforward explanation with lots of examples.

LUMINARIS

Juan Pablo Zaramella - Luminaris animation
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD to the Most Awarded Short, with 324 Awards.
Amazing inspiration for writing and creativity.

FLYING BOOKS

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - view the video.(15mins) William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film.

The short demonstrates the importance of reading, making a beautiful tribute to physical books. Inspired alike by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and the love of books.

"Morris Lessmore" is a humorous story about people who dedicate their lives to the books and books that return this favor.

NARRATIVE VOICE

The Spider Who Couldn't Hide...... Splendid TEDED Lesson I love to sign into these and answer questions and add content as a whole class.
Narrative voice is another name for a person telling a story. The narrative voice adds clarification and can better explain what is going on in a scene -- it's even an insight into a character's thoughts. Take, for example, The Spider Who Couldn't Hide. Fabulous. Use this as inspiration for making a video, use iPads. Write and record POV for the For the Birds, Original Movie from Pixar(3.26m) or for Pigeons (2.5min rest is credits)
Use Padlet for students to ask questions
Suction Cup Ducks - Great to discuss walking in straight lines.
Chad Michael Simon Videos

ALTERNATIVES

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SIX ALTERNATIVES TO BOOK REPORTS
Some visual writing ideas that are alternatives to the standard book report from John Spencer.
Here’s what he says.
"What I did love, though, was geeking out on what I read. I loved arguing about who was better, what they should have done, etc. I loved making mash-ups and fan fiction. So, with that in mind, I have created some visual writing ideas that are alternatives to the standard book report."

SENTENCE SURGEONS

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This innovative activity (The Blue Whales)requires students to correct the flawed spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The online versions show the numbers and types of errors. As students check their answers, they can see how many of each type of error still needs to be corrected.

Extreme Sentence Surgeons: Saving Critically Injured Paragraphs - Online Game

AWESOME

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Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'
Possible MUTE FROM 4.00 - 4.20
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe. Watch the TEDED video
Some ideas, take notes from the Video. Make a list of 5 truly awesome things. Write a sentence about each. Write a list of 5 ways you use the word awesome this week, go on be honest. Replace the word with something more suitable.
More Adventure, use iPad app 'Explain Everything' to docment things that are awesome and things that are not. See if you can go for a comparison by opposites. Show a high level of skill and context in your presentation but add some humour.
Even more adventure - Work in powerpoint and use the exit animations to setup a reveal on click option for things that are truly awesome and things that are just well NOT.
Word Cloud from ABCYA
Word list "Awesome Alternatives” click the AWESOME button below.

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CREATIVE THINKING

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CREATIVE THINKING CHALLENGE
THINK OF ONE WORD that can form a compound word with “sauce,” “pine,” and “crab.”
Take a moment and think. See if you figure it out.

NOW, TRY to form a compound word with “fence,” “card,” and “master.”

NOW FORM
a compound word with “bump,” “step,” and “egg.” ANSWERS:
Think of one word that can form a compound word with “sauce,” “pine,” and “crab.”

HERE'S THE LAST ON
E to take with you.
What is the one word that can form a compound word with: “back” “clip” and “wall?”

NOW SEE if you can find some other compound words like this.

ANSWERS

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