Cat- C-A-T Dog. D-O-G
Not all words have spellings that are as clear and easy to remember as these two. Watch this TED ED video about why there is a “B” in doubt.
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We don’t have to only celebrate opposite day on January 25th. Check out some of these resources to celebrate!
Watch this video and make a list of 10 things you could do today that are the opposite of what you would normally do. Examples: eat breakfast for dinner, greet your friends with “good-bye” instead of “hello”, write your name backwards all day.
The use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.
Learn about irony @ TED ed. Discover the three types of irony. Watch all three videos and create a chart with definitions and examples.
These are words that have contradictory or opposite meanings.
Add the words from above to a list and try to come up with 3 more! Check out more examples here after you have thought of 3 of your own.
Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, written by Mark Shulman has many examples of word that are written the same forwards and backward. Watch the video, and write down your 5 favorite palindromes from the story.
Lesson ideas are from Big Ideas for little Scholars .
Personification is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
1 – Watch this video clip that illustrates the use of personification.
2 – Draw an illustration to match each example of personification. Click on image to open the document to print.
3 – Write a story about a day in the life of an object, using plenty of personification. Include an illustration. You may use the template linked below (click on image).
4 – Submit completed “Day in the Life” story to your EY Coordinator.
It may seem like the semicolon is struggling with an identity crisis. It looks like a comma combined with a period. Maybe that’s why we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti; we’re confused about how to use them properly. This lesson offers some clarity and best practices for using the semicolon.
Lesson video by Emma Bryce, animation by Karrot Entertainment.
Modifiers are words, phrases, and clauses that add information about other parts of a sentence—which is usually helpful. But when modifiers aren’t linked clearly enough to the words they’re actually referring to, they can create unintentional ambiguity.
#1 Read this teaching page to look over some modifier examples.
#2 Watch this TED Ed video and take detailed notes about modifiers and their placement and navigate the sticky world of misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers.
#3 Make a visual explaining modifiers with examples of how they are used. Also include your own sentence with a misplaced modifier and then correct the sentence so that the reader understands the meaning.
Challenge: Do more research about misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers. Include what you learned in your visual.
Do you love Axolotls? Learn more about the amazing Axolotl with this fun mini spark!
Step One: Read the Species Profile and answer these Reflection Questions. Axolotl Reading (Pages 1-2).
Step Two: Research. Find out even more by doing your own research. Use the sheet below as a guide (Description, Habitat, Diet, Lifespan, Conservation).
Step Three: Create! Show us what you learned about Axolotls in a creative way. Choose from one of the following options.
What is a Simile? The official definition of a simile is a noun that means: “a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.”
and this word girl video
Step Two: Look at the Simile list below. Whisper read a scenario for each one
Example: as sly as a fox
Hillary was ______________________ , as she to gingerly placed the fruit bat into her backpack.
Step Three: Watch and listen to the book, “My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks”. Click book image below.
Step Four: Write a “Simile Me”.
Here is my example:
1 – busy
2 – creative
3 – hardworking
4 – happy
5 – sleepy
I’m as busy as a timer,
As creative as a stained glass window,
As hardworking as an elephant,
As happy as a well-loved dog,
And as sleepy as a pillow.
Step Five: Use an app of your choice to create a fun illustration/visual of your “Simile Me”
Step Six: Send your “Simile Me” and illustration/visual to your EY Coordinator!
Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, it still needs a caption. Captions are easy to write if you begin with the basics. Let’s practice using the photo below.
Caption: A caption is text that gives additional information about a picture or illustration.
Example: Begin by brainstorming Who, What, When, Where, and How. Once you have written down these details from the photo, write a caption that gives these details and some additional information (use the checklist below).
Caption Writing Checklist:
Now, try one a few on your own!
Teachers: Ask your EY Coordinator for this 65 page resource (PDF), would be great for warms ups and exit tickets to help students practice caption writing!