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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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April 13, 2020

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April 13, 2020: Introduction to Expository (Information) Text, FB Live

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The mini-lesson ties together the above references. The Important Book is a listing of important facts about an object or natural happening. The author chooses one to be the “important thing.” This is an opinion. What is important to Margaret Wise Brown—concerning these objects/happenings—is not necessarily what is important to you! An opinion is up to you!

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April 09, 2020

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April 9, 2020, Amid the COVID19 Pandemic, FB Live

Are You Ready to Play Outside book coverToday I want to show how authors always include information in their stories. We should look for it as we read. For instance, the information for the setting is a time and a place…BUT…what is happening at that time in that place is the important part for a story! The timing of a kick-off and how characters in the setting respond to the kick-off through feelings, thoughts, words and actions is finalized when the character makes a plan. How things turn out as a consequence depends on the actions (attempts) to carry out the plan and whether the plan is realized. I used the book, Are You Ready To Play Outside? by Mo Willems. This book is part of a series starring Gerald the Elephant and Piggy, the pig! I noted in my mini-lesson that you might want to look at this book for the concept that kick-offs (the rain) often occur gradually in many situations...

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April 08, 2020

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FB Live with Maryellen, “What If Everybody Did That?”

What If Everybody Did That book coverFor the past three weeks especially, our lives have been changed because of the Covid19 virus. Since school is closed and children are “schooling at home”, there is an increasing need to be able to talk to and listen to each other with compassion and also to be able to tell each other what is happening within our own lives. These mini-lessons are designed as a support for you as parents, grandparents, teachers, therapists, speech/language pathologists and of course the CHILDREN in your care. All lessons presented over the past three weeks are related to each other and were designed to build upon the concept of “telling and understanding” stories for academics and very importantly, for life during these uncertain times!...

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April 07, 2020

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FB Live with Maryellen, “My Day Is Ruined” Kick-Offs, Feelings, Thoughts & Plans

My Day is Ruined book coverFacebook Live with Maryellen

In our daily mini-lessons during these uncertain times, we, at MindWing Concepts, Inc., are providing book titles, many available online, to read to children about the not-so-huge situations that make us feel “not so great,” as well as those that contribute to feelings of well-being. We have provided “feeling bookmarks” for talking about the names of feelings to help us talk about some of these big and smaller situations that we call “kick-offs.” There are many ideas in the handouts provided during these mini-lessons that will help to show relationships of characters’ feelings to kick-offs and the thinking and planning necessary to deal with them. Using the icons to bolster listening comprehension will spur and organize our discussions. Everyone needs to talk! We just have to think about how to do it during these times!...

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