Friday, October 17, 2014


What books would you like to see in the Literacy Room? 

Explore the Scholastic Reading Club website for suggestions!

Leave your suggestions in the comment box below. 

Thank You!

GEJ Digital Word Wall

Add words to our new word wall!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fluency Fun Using the iPad

GEJ students are improving their reading fluency using the AutoRap app on the iPad. Using AutoRap, the students record themselves reading aloud short pieces of text. After recording their reading, AutoRap magically morphs their speech into a real rap! Some students have even written and then recorded their own original raps, inspired by what they are learning in the classroom. For instance, Mr. Smith's students recorded short poems they wrote after studying sea creatures. Clink on the link below to hear their original rap titled Octopus!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Improving Fluency with Joke Telling and the iPad App "Sock Puppets"

The students at George E. Jack are using joke telling as a way to practice their oral fluency. Jokes are meant to be read and told aloud. Joke telling is the perfect way for students to focus on pacing, stressing the right words, and reading in a smooth and fluid manner. Pair the fun of joke telling with the iPad app “Sock Puppets” and the students are sure to make their peers laugh! Enjoy watching George E. Jack’s very own comedy show (click on the following link GEJ Comedy Show).

Friday, April 5, 2013


The 4th grade students in Mrs. Olesen's class are Word Collectors! The students recently read the children's book The Boy Who Loved Words written by Ronni Schotter and illustrated by Giselle Potter. 

"Words. Selig loves everything about them—the way they taste on his tongue (tantalizing), the sound they whisper in his ears (tintinnabulating!), and—most of all— the way they stir his heart. And he collects them voraciously, the way others collect stamps or seashells. But, what to do with so many luscious words? Surrounded by doubters, Selig journeys forth and discovers that there is always some- one searching for the perfect word . . . a word that he can provide. This enchanting tale celebrates language, the gift and gusto of words, and one boy’s larger-than-life passion."
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After reading this wonderful picture book, the students were inspired to collect their own words and sort them into "word jars" 

(Words, Words, Words by Janet Allen)

Finally, the students selected their favorite words and added them to their very own Wordsmith Tree!

“Students should be active in developing their understanding of words and ways to learn them, students should personalize word learning, students should be immersed in words, students should build on multiple sources of information to learn words through repeated exposure” (Blachowicz, p. 504). 

Enjoy some pictures from Mrs. Olesen's Word Celebration!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

“Developing vocabulary depth and breadth through live action Video” -Bridget Dalton

"VocabVid Stories are short (about 30-45 seconds) videos that illustrate the meaning of a word through a short skit.  The goal is for students to situate the word within a meaningful context to help learn and remember the word. Finally, students will learn about designing short videos along the way (Dalton, 2011)."

 Why VocabVid Stories?

“Language learning is social- we learn with and about vocabulary as we experience it in specific contexts (Gee 2004). 

“Many students benefit from from multimedia learning, especially in relation to vocabulary (Mayer, 2005; Dalton, Proctor, Uccelli, Mo & Snow, 2011). 

To create your own VocabVid Stories ask your child the following questions:

Where might you hear this word?
Who might be saying it?
What is happening?
When is the word being used?
Why are they saying it?
What kinds of feelings might be associated with this word?