"We’ve been working on figurative language the past few weeks, and I have to say that tying technology into figurative language has been a lot of fun! With my love of creation based apps, these activities have been a perfect match. I hope to post several small iLesson plans in the near future showcasing some of our great projects."
"360 Cities is a site that provides extremely clear panoramic imagery of places around the world. The service has been available online and as a Google Earth layer for years. Now the service is available as an iPad and iPhone app too."
"If we narrow the Common Core down to a handful of changes, one of the largest is that students will need to read texts much more attentively than ever.
According to the standards, students will begin analyzing figurative language in fifth grade; they'll tackle allusions in eighth. And these skills can't be taught in isolation, either -- the Common Core asks us to create authentic experiences with text. Essentially, if you see a literature discussion in which kids aren't flipping through pages feverishly, the class likely isn't standards-aligned."
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