April 20, 2013

Back to It

     It has been a long time since I posted here. After many months of dealing with my health issues- mostly from the Lyme Disease- I am back at posting on this blog. I have missed it, but I just couldn't keep up with this and my class.
     Anyway, here I am.
     I wanted to start with some info on the Text Talks I have been doing in my class.
     Since I teach in an area where most of the children struggle with Language skills and vocabulary in school, I have been on a quest to find Text Talk lessons that are easy to use (because I don’t have a lot of extra time to create my own Text Talk lessons) and grade appropriate.       
     A teacher at my school showed me a wonderful resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. This resource was made to go with the online resource of Text Talks from Utah. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Posters-Word-Cards-Student-Sheets-Aligned-toText-Talk-Lessons

     Apparently, teachers from Utah created Text Talks for 101 books and posted them all online FOR FREE. Utah Text Talk Lessons
      The resource on Teachers Pay Teachers has all the same books listed, but she created posters to print with the book cover and Vocabulary words for each book. There are also word cards and 2 reproducible pages for each book.
     I already had many of the books in the Utah Text Talk set, so I started with those in my classroom. I have been doing the Text Talks for 10 weeks now and have really noticed a difference in my students’ spoken language skills. I do have to remind them of the words weekly and sometimes encourage them to let me catch them using a word from our Vocabulary Wall. It hasn’t really transferred to their writing unless I specifically tell them to use words from the wall, but maybe it will before the school year is over.
        Over the Summer, I hope to find, or create, Text talks to go with books that have some of the specific vocabulary words my students need to know throughout the year. Of course, the vocabulary in the Text Talks I have been using really help expand the children’s vocabulary. But, I also want to find books with specific words that help to cover subject-specific vocabulary they need to know.

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