Friday, December 9, 2011

World Records in Speech

Today’s post is all about another activity that you make once – and then use for EVERY (school aged) group you see during the day. These are my favorite types of activities. Mostly because I just don't have any planning time during my day.

You will need a World Records book of some type. I got mine from the Goodwill for a buck. Mine is actually the Scholastic version – which is easier to read than the Guinness Version. But whatever you can find will work.

The first step is to cut out the pages. So that you have easy to use single sheets. See where I’m going here? They are easy for kids to look through and pick out. They’re colorful and packed with  paragraph full of facts.

Drum Roll Please………. 10 ways I used these World Record Sheets.

1.     Fluency. Students read the passage and were required to use their fluency strategies at least 3 times (and verbally identify when they used them.)

2.     Articulation: As student read the passage they identify any words with their target sound. Write those down. Practice the words in isolation. Reread the passage and shoot for 100%.

3.     Comparatives/Superlatives. Identify the comparative or superlative in the title. (ex: largest) and work on identify the others in the sequence (large, larger, largest).

4.     Comparatives/Superlatives: See the graph on the picture? Every page has one. The student reads the graph and then develops appropriate world relations.

5.     Main Idea/Details: Name the main idea and 3 details.

6.     Conjunctions: Identify any conjunctions in the article. Circle any you find. Develop a sentence using each.

7.     Conversation starters. Each child reads their article. Then the students work on conversation while asking about each others reading!

8.     Synonyms. Pick a few words you want your students to find synonyms for. Let them read the article. Let them come up with synonyms in words that would work within the sentences provided.

9.     Vocab. Pick a vocabulary word. Have your student define the word using a dictionary. Use it in a sentences applicable to themselves.

10.  Compare/Contrast. Read 2 similar articles (ie: animals). Have the students compare them using graphic organizers as needed. 

Did this give you some ideas?! I hope so! 

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