Interactive Whiteboard Tips
Scholastic News Edition 2: May/June 2010
"EXTREME SPORTS SAFETY"
- Use the voice recorder on your whiteboard to practice fluency. First pair up students to practice reading pages 2 and 3 in the issue. Assign one student to ask the questions and another to read the answers.
- Allow students time to practice reading their parts. Then ask for volunteers to record their reading. After recording, play it back for students. It is often a powerful experience for students to hear what their reading sounds like. You can provide specific feedback for students about fluency and phrasing at a later time.
- Do the page 4 activity as a class. Call on students to use the pen on the whiteboard to record responses on the lines.
"NATIONAL PARKS U.S.A."
- Use the maps in this issue to teach U.S. geography. For each national park, there is an inset map of its location. Use the zoom tool to focus in on the map. Identify the states in which the parks are found.
- Do the page 4 activity as a class. Ask a volunteer to fill in the bubbles on the whiteboard while students answer the questions.
- Extend the activity by challenging students to identify various states. Ask them to use the shape tool to draw a star on your home state and a triangle on a neighboring state.
"CREATURES OF THE DEEP SEA"
- Use this issue to practice comprehension skills. Read about the deep-sea creatures on pages 2 and 3. After each box, open up a note and have students summarize how each creature makes its own light.
- You can also use this issue to practice identifying parts of speech. Challenge students to find the nouns in the orange box on page 2 and highlight them using the highlighter tool. Ask students to highlight the adjectives in Tim’s Magic School Bus report on page 3.
"COUPONS FOR CAREGIVERS"
- Use your interactive whiteboard to model written responses for each page in this mini-book.
- After reading page 2, pause to discuss possible responses. Next have a student volunteer come to the whiteboard to write the response on the lines. Change the written response into type for better readability.
- Allow students time to think of their own responses. Then have students write their responses independently in their mini-books.
- Repeat this process for each page in the issue.