Friday, February 3, 2012

Episode 43: The Spelling Bee

Click here to listen to: The Spelling Bee

Hi All,

We'd like to send out a special thanks to Genevieve of Choo Choo Soul for recording a bumper for us. You can learn more about this hip hop, educational duo over at their Facebook Page. Their songs about numbers, knowing your ABC's, being polite, and believing in yourself will be sure to get you out of your seat. It's important to believe in yourself in order to make things happen. It is easy give up when things get too hard. With a little determination and a lot of practice, you stand the best chance for reaching your goal just like the character in our new story, "The Spelling Bee." 


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VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
What did you say? A word of the day! In our story
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.

determination:the decision or settlement arrived at.
mnemonic:something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
obscure: not clear or plain.
regiment:to manage or treat in a rigid, uniform manner; subject to strict discipline.

JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Test your own spelling knowledge with an interactive spelling bee. Click here to choose your grade level and begin. 


2. Re-listen to the story and pause it whenever a word from the spelling bee is mentioned. See if you can spell it accurately. Double check your answers by going to http://www.dictionary.com.


3. Try this way of practicing your spelling words. Go to http://www.metaatem.net/words and enter in a spelling word. Will seeing your word displayed this way help you to remember how to spell it?


4. Go to http://www.wordle.net, a word cloud generator, and enter in all of your spelling words. See what different types of patterns you can make. 


5. Listen to Mr. Chris' A.T.TIPSCAST episode about spelling resources

COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Where did Eric practice his spelling words after he left his house and before he got to school?
2. Who was the best speller in the entire forth grade?
3. How did the P.E teacher help the kids practice for the spelling bee?
4. When would a student be disqualified from the spelling bee?
5. What word tripped up eight students in a row? 
6. Why did Mrs. Mills tell Eric that he spelled Saint Patrick's Day incorrectly? 


We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:


Blake of New Hampshire
Uncle Mike of New York
Mike M. of New York
Julie of New York
Christie of New York 
Karl of New York
Parker of Maryland
Will of Texas
Reagan G of Kentucky

We hope your days SPARKLED!

As always we look forward to watching the glow grow 
brighter with the many stories we can share together!

*Birtday image credit to: http://flamingtext.com

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