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Categories : English, First Class, Games, Interactive Whiteboard, Junior Infants, Literacy, Reading, Second Class, Senior Infants, Spelling, Writing
Storybook is a great website with games, word banks and videos about a collection of stories written by authors Scoular Anderson, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Frank Rodgers. It would be a prerequisite to have the books of course and the books in question are Never Keep a Python as a Pet, Katie Morag and the New Pier, My Little Brother, I Can’t go to Sleep, The Bunk-Bed Bus, Backseat’s Special Day, Oh No Peedie Peebles and The Snow Lambs. Teachers of the younger classes my well be familiar with some of these and hopefully have them in their libarary. If so the website is for you.
The sie has interactive activities for each of the stories including bright, fun games and choosing the correct letter to complete words from the story. There are also videos of the authors talking about their story and reading excerpts. If you have these stories I highly reccomend using this website. It is suitable for children from Junior Infants to possibly 2nd class at a push.
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Categories : English, Fifth Class, First Class, Fourth Class, Games, Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Second Class, Sixth Class, Software, Third Class, Uncategorized, Writing
Recently I have been using the computer game Myst III: Exile as part of my writing lessons. Myst is an interactive computer game where you explore virtual worlds and try to solve puzzles in the process. The idea for using Myst in school comes from the award winning Tim Rylands and I can certainly attest to the success of his idea. The scenery, or graphics, in the game are amazing and it is a fantastic visual experience for children. As you explore the virtual world children are encouraged to speak about the world they see, the sounds they hear and the feelings that are evoked. Children then use their experience to write on the events they encountered in the game. I have found the results amazing and cannot believe the quality of some of the writing that the children come out with. I am asked daily in the classroom “Are we doing Myst today teacher?” Even the so-called weaker children love Myst and actually enjoy the writing process that comes with it.
I purchased the 4 disc game from Ebay for a small price and it can be found on-line or in shops for between €10 – €20.
For those who are not computer game experts walk-throughs of the game are available on-line so that you can’t be caught out by the children.
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Categories : English, Fifth Class, First Class, Fourth Class, Literacy, Poetry, Reading, Second Class, Senior Infants, Sixth Class, Third Class, Writing
Writing Fun is a website set up by Jenny Eather which helps students with writing composition. The website provides instructions, tips, organisers and examples of a variety of writing composition such as narrative, discussion, explanation, persuasion, information, and others. Also included in the site are the skills necessary to compose everyday text forms such as letters, invitations, and email. Each type has at least 6 examples, for different age groups, with an interactive organiser which can be switched on or off. All of the organizers are available in Microsoft Word format for download to use for word processing or as a printable. This is a great site for students to use as homework help for those writing assignments and could also be used by parents who home school their children.