The reading program is off to an amazing start third term. So far, one third grader, one second grader, and four first graders have FINISHED their required reading this term, and several of them, even though they have finished the required reading, are still going strong. One first grader has already finished TWO level 5 books (our highest level): The Wide Window from A Series of Unfortunate Events and All American Girl by Meg Cabot. It's not even February yet! I'm really proud of my students.
Here are the latest pictures:
投稿者 nelp : 18:53
During winter vacation, I bought a new toy: I bought ... TEETH!
Now why, you might ask, did I buy teeth? Well, the reason is so that I could teach pronunciation. By showing students an accurate dental cast of the mouth, I can talk a little about the parts of the mouth: like, for example, where the alveolar ridge really is! In the past, when trying to show pronunciation to students, I've used my own mouth as an example. For showing TH, that's pretty good, but L and R are a little harder to get across because it's difficult for students to see into my mouth to see what's really going on there, and I'm a little self-conscious about doing it. Like, for example, I often think: did I brush?
The model teeth are perfect because they're always clean and never smell (at least not like anything except plastic), and I can open it wide and take it apart, and better demonstrate where the sounds of English pronunciation come from.
I'm hoping this will be more useful next year.
投稿者 nelp : 14:14
I'm happy to say that reading has gone very well this year.
So far this year, my 12 first grade students have read 92 books, 7 of which were full-length novels, and 6 of which were juvenile novels (often more than a hundred pages).
Here is an image showing the library record for a second grade student.
These are only 2 pages of a four-page record and shows only about 60 percent of the 71 books she has read during the past nearly two years. She began in the NELP program in April 2006, reading Oxford Reading Tree Stage 1, and has since progressed to much longer books, such as Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (80 pages), Monster Eyeballs by Jacqueline Wilson (47 pages), and The Little Witch Goes to school by Deborah Hautzig.
I've been really proud of this student's progress in my class.
投稿者 nelp : 13:54
Last Term, we did a few interesting special projects, and I'd like to update those.
In first grade, we did a Time Capsule.
Students made video messages to themselves and their classmates in the future. In February 2010, when they are in 3rd grade, we'll open the time capsule, watch the video, and try to remember what objects we put in the box. The students will definitely be surprised because I put a few things in there that I'm sure they've probably forgotten about. I can't wait to open this first one, and I can see that the Time Capsule's will become a tradition in the NELP program.
The videos aren't just for entertainment value though: it will give the students a little bit of an idea of how much they've grown, and how much they've improved over the course of two years. I think it will be a good exercise.
I will have to think about whether or NOT to allow NEXT year's NELP students to control the camera as my students seem to enjoy focusing on my balding head:
In other news, unfortunately, my 3rd grade students were not able to finish the Public Service Announcement video that they were working on. However, they DID finish everything but the narration. What we have now is 28 seconds of edited video.
The purpose of the public service announcement project was to help the students to develop skills that involve expressing an idea within a very limited amount of time.
They eventually went with a video of dominoes falling: symbolizing the destructive effect of gossip and bullying. Their ideas were really interesting, as you can see:
Next term I hope I can introduce a few new things in special projects to keep the students interested ... but right now it's a secret. SHHHHH.
投稿者 nelp : 11:27
Happy New Year!
2008 is here and we're about to start the third term here in the NELP program. I found a few old pictures on one of our cameras. I haven't posted any pictures in a while:
This term we're going to focus on a bit more creativity. I hope to get the students doing some creative work. Last term we focused more on newspaper articles for our reading. This term I hope to introduce a few stories or poems. Last term, we wrote essays. This term, I'd like to do more creative writing, such as stories , poems and more creative type essays. Last term we focused more on presentations. This term, I'd like to do more dialogs and skits.
In addition, I might like to introduce letter-writing. We've written letters, but haven't really studied HOW to write an effective letter, and as I think this is a good skill to have, we'll do a bit of that. I'm also very interested in teaching students to take notes. To further our skills in that direction, we can expect more dictation exercises this term.
I'll be updating a few categories today, and hopefully this term I can try to keep a little more up to date on the NELP blog.
投稿者 nelp : 11:18