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Newsela - An Innovative Way for Students to Build Reading Skills multiple levels of text

Newsela - An Innovative Way for Students to Build Reading Skills  multiple levels of text | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension from fourth grade to college-ready ..with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news: easy and amazing.

 

A revolution in Common Core literacy tools.

Newsela builds close reading and critical thinking skills.

Articles written at multiple levels of text complexity. Newsela automatically gives each student the version of an article that's just right for his or her reading ability...Easier or harder version of each article 740 lexile 800 lexile 1060 lexile1140 lexile

 

Quizzes to test reading comprehension.

Common Core-aligned quizzes to provide quick and powerful feedback. You'll always know whether your students are on track and where they're falling short.

 

Simply powerful teacher tools.

 Newsela makes it easy to assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.


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Robert Sims's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:31 AM

Reading + keeping up to date with world events = improved student engagement in contributing positively to society!

Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:21 AM

How cool! This database of newsworthy articles allows the user to change the reading level quite easily with a mouse click. 

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Living On The Edge / "Ornament of Tribes of the Oma Valley"

Living On The Edge / "Ornament of Tribes of the Oma Valley" | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

from  Ana Cristina Pratas Digital Delights for Learners http://sco.lt/90oAfR

 

 Inspiration Green  http://www.inspirationgreen.com/index offers images, references, issues, http://www.inspirationgreen.com/blog and a range of topics related to the environment. User-friendly to browse,  teachers and students can explore whenever they are discussing environmental issues. Of particular interest (to some), are the images from the Omo Valley in the south of Ethiopia - a world rapidly changing and disappearing owing to motor-ways being developed  and the call to the cities which will soon become easy to reach."

 

"The Ultimate Canvas

Imagine growing up without artwork on the walls, minimal paper and no pens but surrounded by bodies, nature, colored minerals and all sorts of animals with amazing designs.

In the remote Omo valley in Africa, where the earliest known Homo sapiens remains have been found, indigenous tribes have been painting their bodies with pulverized...."

 

http://vimeo.com/54491314#

 

"A short behind the scenes video from our trip to Ethiopia in October 2012. We visited few different tribes in Lower OMO Valley Ethiopia, amazing people. It was fantastic to be able to see how they live their lives. Unfortunately they are being forced to leaving their original living habits and are being pushed of their lands, while the government are raising sugar factories and dams around the area so probably in few years they will be vanished from what we know as unspoiled tribes."

 

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Chagrin Falls - Gavin Has Nothing to Hide From the NSA Fun Boing Boing comics

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Chagrin Falls - Gavin Has Nothing to Hide From the NSA  Fun Boing Boing comics | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Gavin Smythe of Chagrin Falls has nothing to hide from the NSA.

 

Fun Boing Boing comics about the NSA

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Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China

Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Law mandates that children regularly visit their parents and avoid "overlooking or neglecting" elders, although the specific punishment isn't clear.

 

"Imagine a world where it was illegal not to visit your ageing parents. Where your grandpa could take you to court for not paying him enough attention. That world exists, and it's called China. As of this week, the country has a new law that forbids "overlooking or neglecting the elderly."

It's not clear what exactly lies in store for you if you don't, and many Chinese internet users have criticized the legislation as unworkable and overly moralizing. But anyone commenting online, we might fairly assume, probably isn't one of the old people the law is intended to protect.


At least one senior citizen has already used it to her advantage: a 77-year-old woman from Wuxi successfully petitioned a court to order her daughter to spend time with her "at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays." What happy occasions those will be. "

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/grandmother-77-wins-first-china-neglect-case

 

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A WEALTH of illustrated worksheets on Grammar,Vocabulary:Handouts,Tests,Puzzles, Reading,Picture Dictionaries,Pictionaries,Posters

A WEALTH of illustrated worksheets on Grammar,Vocabulary:Handouts,Tests,Puzzles, Reading,Picture Dictionaries,Pictionaries,Posters | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Worksheets,Handouts,Tests,Reading,Picture Dictionaries,Pictionaries,Posters and Puzzles Gramamr, vocabulary

 

Very brainfriendly. dyslexia friendly

 

Other excellent sources of various illustrated resources

 

A well-known  interactive illustrated vocabulary site with audio and games

www.learningchocolate.com

 

One of the best: http://www.mes-english.com/

 

Collations of top sites for worksheets and othe resources
http://www.mes-english.com/topsites/

http://www.sitesforteaching.com/

http://english.gotop100.com 

http://freeforstudents.gotop100.com/index.php
http://saigonesl.gotop100.com/in.php?ref=155

 http://englishwsheets.com/

 

 

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- yapatine -very brainfriendly collected or created mindmaps (excellent for everyone & dyslexia)

Photos by yapatine, Aug 4, 2012

 

j’ai créé ce blog pour publier des cartes mentales glanées sur le web ou élaborées par moi-même au cours de la scolarité de mon fils, dyslexique.

 

https://cartesmentalesdys.wordpress.com/

 

Voici des cartes que j’ai faites au cours de sa scolarité collège, et des liens vous renvoyant à mon site picassa où de nombreuses autres cartes sont répertoriées.

anglais: un lien vers des cartes mentales et un blog

https://picasaweb.google.com/113451824056003435482/CMANGLAIS#

 

http://www.my-teacher.fr/

 

 

 

 


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Fun Action-Verbs Song for Kids: What Can You Do?

Get this song on iTunes: http://goo.gl/ae9tU This is a fun kids song to practice actions, and the phrase I can..... Dream English song by Matt R. New!! Downl...
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Weather Song For Kids: The Sun Comes Up!

Get this song on iTunes: http://bit.ly/yUEnUA Hi! This is Matt. Let's sing the weather song together! This is exactly how I sing this song with my students, ...
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Wake Up! Daily Routines Song for Kids

New Video: What Time Is It? http://youtu.be/0Yq_rztquuU Wake up and get ready with this fun song for children! http://www.dreamenglish.com Original Song by M...

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Researchers solve mystery of how marine mammals hold their breath

Researchers solve mystery of how marine mammals hold their breath | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
How long can you hold your breath?

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Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist

Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

Meditation affects a person’s brain function long after the act of meditation is over, according to new research..........

 

The researchers began the study with the hypothesis that meditation can help control emotional responses...

 

During meditation, a part of the brain called the amygdala (known for the processing of emotional stimuli) showed decreased activity. However, when the participants were shown images of other people that were either good, bad, or neutral for a practice known as “compassion meditation,” the amygdala was exceptionally responsive.

 

The subjects were able to focus their attention and greatly reduce their emotional reactions. And over an eight-week period, the participants retained this ability.

 

Even when they were not engaged in a meditative state, their emotional responses were subdued, and they experienced more compassion for others when faced with disturbing images.

 

Around the same time, another group at Harvard Medical School (HMS) began to study the effect of meditation on retaining information. Their hypothesis was that people who meditate have more control over alpha rhythm — a brain wave thought to screen out everyday distractions, allowing for more important information to be processed.

“Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall,” said Catherine Kerr of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, both at HMS.

“Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.”

Both studies used participants that had no previous experience with meditation.


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:36 PM

Meditation really does change our mood...and it's lasting change.

Damon Baragwanath's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:59 PM

Personally I practice daily meditation and subjectively can vouch for the research results. Even without undergoing elaborate laboratory tests. Because you quite simply, feel the benefits yourself.

 

At a research level it has been well documented that meditation influences the nuerotransmitters in your brain, normalises blood pressure, reduces depression, anxiety and facilitates healing on the Physical, Mental and Emotional planes.

 

To conclude, if you've never experienced meditation then I highly recommend giving it a go. Although please begin slowly, be patient with yourself set small bite-size goals along the way e.g. On your intital meditation practice I'd recommend trying it for 10-15 mins and then over time increase your sessions by perhaps 5 mins each week up to a mximum of 30-60 mins.Ensure that you are warm and comfortable and focus soley on your breath - in and out, deep and slow whilst allowing thoughts to filter in and out of your mind.

 

Thank you

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Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents!

Present Perfect vs Simple Past with some American presidents! | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
First, order the American presidents, then click on "Play this game". American presidents' speeches and bios will help you understand the use of Present Perfect vs Simple Past .

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Before and after photoshop


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:52 AM

I'm not posting this to be salacious, but to highlight popular culture's obsession with a superficial, external beauty that is artificial on many different levels.  Even the stars aren't 'good enough' in their photo shoots.  So I ask, what are the impacts on society if virtually all the 'beautiful people' aren't as beautiful as we think they are?  Are we striving to reach some model of perfection that isn't even attainable for models?  Does it make us feel uglier and damper our collective self-esteems?

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Seriously Amazing - What's Your Question?

Seriously Amazing - What's Your Question? | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian asks and answers questions about science, art, history and culture, exciting the learning in everyone, every day.
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Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:00 PM

Great site link for information.

 

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Stealth Wear - Science & Technology - metalized clothing that block infrared imaging surveillance drones.

Stealth Wear - Science & Technology -  metalized clothing that  block infrared imaging surveillance drones. | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
To combat government spying, artist Adam Harvey has developed Stealth Wear, a line of metalized clothing that can block infrared imaging used by surveillance drones.
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My next brainfriendly reading resources & stuff will now be posted THERE, classified by categories and levels + the best sites for EFL learners

My next brainfriendly reading resources & stuff  will now be posted THERE, classified by categories and levels + the best sites for EFL learners | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

To make the reading  resources  contained in this scoopit easier to consult,  I have ventilated all of them  by levels and categories on the two new scoop.it below. My interesting reading resources for EFL learners  and stuff  will now be posted THERE:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/interesting-reading-to-learn-english-intermediate-advanced-b1-b2-c1

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/interesting-reading-for-elementary-and-preintermediate-learners-of-english

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Learning Chocolate - Vocabulary Learning Platform

Learning Chocolate - Vocabulary Learning Platform | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Aims to help students and children to memorize English vocabulary in an easy and efficient way, by using image, pronunciation and game. Free and Fun!
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 Drama in the ESL Classroom

 Drama in the ESL Classroom | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Resource for ESL/EFL teachers who want to learn how to incorporate drama into their classroom
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Agnès Pihuit-Imbert's site : One of the best, most brainfriendly EFl site on the web Great for dyslexia

Agnès Pihuit-Imbert's site : One of the best, most brainfriendly EFl site on the web Great for dyslexia | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
www.my-teacher.fr

Learning and teaching English with words associated to IMAGES AND GAMES

 

Ce site est destiné aux jeunes et aux adultes qui apprennent l'anglais, et aiment apprendre les mots associés à des images et à des jeux...

 

Vous allez trouver votre bonheur sur my-teacher.fr, le site d'Agnès Pihuit-Imbert. Laissez-vous ensorceler par la beauté de la langue anglaise !Great, fun French EFl site


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Action Songs-Get Moving!

Action Songs-Get Moving! | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Songs to get kids up and moving around!

 

Great brainfriendly youtube channel for young  kids. Thanks to the very rythmic, attractive tunes, some videos can easily be used for older learners ready to become children again ( and forget the way Matt voice's is adapted to  to very young kids.

 

  Matt is a cheerful, excellent "comedian" singing teacher. Great youtube channel

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/DreamEnglishKids/videos?tag_id=&sort=dd&view=1&shelf_index=9

 

Great site with many resources (free entertaining flashcards)

Very rythmic, attractive tunes.

 

http://www.dreamenglish.com/

 

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The Song: A Learn to Read Sight Word Song for Children

A song to teach the word the. A sight word is any word that is known by a reader automatically. Learning key sight words greatly aids reading ability in children.

Song and video by Matt. http://www.dreamenglish.com

Learn to read songs for children

 

Will use it with students

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25 Extraordinary Photos That Create A "Window To The Past"

25 Extraordinary Photos That Create A "Window To The Past" | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Hungarian photographer/artist, Kerényi Zoltán, merges modern day photos with the vintage ones in his series titled, Ablak a Múltra/Window to the Past , and the results are amaz...

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JM - Axioma WebLab's comment, July 8, 2013 2:27 PM
I liked very much !
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Eggheads, couch potatoes and tough cookies - 8 English food idioms

Eggheads, couch potatoes and tough cookies - 8 English food idioms | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Are you a couch potato or an egg head? Stuart takes a look at some popular English food idioms.

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Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, June 29, 2013 10:07 AM

Cute graphics illustrate food idioms

 

Caroline Leahy's comment, August 1, 2013 1:49 PM
love them
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An art Lesson and a song.Lovely, fun brainfriendly song and gap comprehension worksheet from French teacher, Renée Maufroid.

An art Lesson and a song.Lovely, fun brainfriendly song and gap comprehension worksheet from French teacher, Renée Maufroid. | Brainfriendly, motivating stuff for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
Play the vocabulary game below, then click on "Play this game" and listen to the song: "Flowers are red" by Harry Chapin.

 

Lovely, fun brainfriendly song and gap comprehension worksheet from a very creative and arty French teacher, Renée Maufroid.

 

http://www.scoop.it/u/rmaufroid

 

She has created a lot of excellent quia interactive woksheets and games


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Idioms

A collection of short, sharp Idioms that will keep you guessing until the end.

 

Seth Dixon's insight:

To become truly fluent in a language, mastering idioms is often the last and greatest hurdle.  In this video is show way understanding idioms are so difficult because they are often stripped of their cultural context. 

 

For example, people smuggling contraband that knew their shipments were going to be searched would hide objects in large barrels of beans.  So, to reveal a secret is to 'spill the beans.'  Today, that cultural context is lost, but idioms can endure far beyond their cultural context. 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 13, 2013 9:35 AM

To become truly fluent in a language, mastering idioms is often the last and greatest hurdle.  In this video is show way understanding idioms are so difficult because they are often stripped of their cultural context. 


For example, people smuggling contraband that knew their shipments were going to be searched would hide objects in large barrels of beans.  So, to reveal a secret is to 'spill the beans.'  Today, that cultural context is lost, but idioms can endure far beyond their cultural context. 

Dean Haakenson's curator insight, May 13, 2013 11:46 AM

Really fun!