Literacy, Typing

Weekly Round-Up: 4 Fun and Free Typing Resources for Students

Learning to type is a key skill for students. When students are able to type effectively, they are better able to write quickly and to not get caught up in the physical mechanics of typing. There are lots of incredible, free, typing resources on the Internet. I particularly like typing games that provide words instead of just letters. It feels weird just randomly hitting letters on the keyboard when they aren't part of words! Here are 4 typing lessons and games I particularly enjoy!


5 Strategies for Students to Use when Planning their Writing

Pre-writing and planning are the first two steps in the writing process (pre-writing, planning, writing, revising, editing, and publishing) and yet many students struggle with this step. A good plan helps students get their ideas down, helps them break the large writing process into manageable chunks, and keeps them on track. Keep reading for 5 ways to help students plan their writing.

Book Review for Teachers

Book Review for Teachers: Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”

This was an incredible book! The humour that the author uses was engaging and the subject matter was enthralling. This book follows a year in the life of a young teen that leaves his school on the rez and goes to a school in a neighbouring community. It talks about some of what he experiences. This includes making friends in a new school, racism, and the death of multiple loved ones.

Book Review for Teachers

Book Review for Teachers: Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon”

This is such a good book. In a small village, once a year, the youngest infant of the village is left in the woods by the town Elders. The village believes the child is left for a witch and this sacrifice enables their village to survive in the harsh swamp that surrounds them. The Elders don’t believe there is a witch and instead leave the children there knowing they will perish. Little do the Elders know, however, that there is actually a witch who is puzzled that this village leaves this child in the woods. Each year she gathers the child and finds a family for them at a nearby city away from the swamplands.