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April 23, 2020

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April 23, 2020: More On Settings, FB Live

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Lesson Outcome: After completing this sequence, you will have expanded the initial lesson “At the Farm” provided for the student. Furthermore, you will have learned how to differentiate a lesson for children of different abilities. Also, you will have noticed that there are many levels within the activity: there will be some students who are able to tell a personal narrative readily. At the same time, there will be students who are at the stage of assembling the animals in order and putting them into the “barn.” Both children are learning the “personal narrative sequence” and will progress at their own pace...

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April 22, 2020

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April 22, 2020: More About Settings, FB Live

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To broaden this lesson about settings and our conversation about a farm, we are providing other setting references: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is the selection for today’s mini-lesson reading. Other suggestions are provided in the handout...

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April 20, 2020

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Tech Tuesday: Basics of Using MindWing’s Digital Icons

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MindWing has made its digital icons available at low cost to assist us as we are providing distance learning and teletherapy during this COVID-19 crisis (surely one of the biggest common kick-offs we have experienced). In this post, I’ll be outlining some what-tos and how-tos with the icons; if you’d like a longer visual overview, I recorded a webinar (Intersecting Story Grammar Marker® with Technology and Telepractice: Distance Learning During this COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond) with Maryellen on April 1, 2020 and the recording is available for free on the site. The Digital Icons downloadable is a PowerPoint (PPT) file that can also be opened in Apple (Mac)’s free Keynote application or uploaded to Google Drive and opened with Google Slides. PPT files open automatically in Keynote, but let’s tackle that Google part first...

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April 20, 2020

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April 20, 2020: COVID19 Uncertain Times, FB Live

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The “Who Would Win…” books are interesting in themselves since they present lots of information on the two animals presented when competing with each other. The outcome is an evaluation of evidence—some descriptive, some cause/effect, some problem/solution—that helps the reader to form an opinion as to: Who would win, it the two were opposing each other in the wild. Even though the information could be presented in a science text book, the presentation of facts is consolidated by pictures, embedded boxes such as Fun Facts and Did You Know? Structurally, the pages referring to contrasts between the animals are opposite each other, allowing the reader, or listener, to view both animals as descriptive...

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April 17, 2020

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April 17, 2020: Casey’s Personal Narrative, FB Live

Today’s mini-lesson contains TWO FREE LESSONS. It contains a personal narrative interaction between Maryellen and Casey using the SGM® manipulative and mini-magnets (one lesson). Since it is Patriot’s Day, celebrated as a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine on Monday, we have provided a handout regarding the content of “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (a second lesson). Patriot’s Day is usually the run of the Boston Marathon. The Marathon will be held this year in September, 2020 due to the effects of the COVID10 pandemic on gatherings and functions. Also the Boston Red Sox usually have a home game on that day as well at Fenway Park. It will not be played...

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April 16, 2020

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April 16, 2020: Introduction to Expository (Information) Text, FB Live

Continuing our lessons on information text, I would like to feature Dr. Seuss’ book about the Spring Season, “Spring Seasons.” In it is a listing of many things that are spring! Seuss’ characters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, are present on each page as they show elements of the Spring Season. The final page is an illustration of all things spring. We also discuss “Wonderful Worms, ”Glaser/Krupinski...

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April 14, 2020

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April 14, 2020: The Weather, Causes and Effects, FB Live

Today, I will use the icons to talk about the following paragraph and illustrate the text structures which organize the information. Such a paragraph may appear in a science textbook:

The effects of wind and heavy rain storms create many problems

Wind and heavy rain cause many problems in our neighborhoods. Heavy rain may cause flooding of rivers and streams which may damage homes. Electrical outages are another effect of heavy rain and wind. When we lose power, many homes and business are in trouble since power is so important to all our devices. Also, wind may rip trees apart or uproot them. As the branches fall they may damage powerlines, houses and transportation such as cars, trains and even planes.

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