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Lexile Levels

 Posted by on February 26, 2013  Classroom Management Upgrades  Comments Off on Lexile Levels
Feb 262013

This month, we added Lexile levels to all of our reading stories.  This addition will help you to better plan your instruction and to identify stories appropriate for specific students.  This addition will also help as you integrate stories into your instruction according to the Common Core Text Measures which use Lexile levels as one of the measures of text complexity.

A story’s Lexile level is displayed in search results next to a book icon.  If an activity or assessment contains several stories, the Lexile levels for each story are listed in the order the stories appear.  A list of StarrMatica’s stories and their corresponding Lexile levels can be viewed by clicking here.



New K-2 Lesson: Cause and Effect

 Posted by on February 22, 2013  Content Additions  Comments Off on New K-2 Lesson: Cause and Effect
Feb 222013

StarrMatica’s K-2 Lesson on Cause and Effect launched this month!  This lesson helps students to identify causes and effects at the racetrack with Seth.  Some activities are picture-based while others are sentence-based, so you can vary the difficulty of the lesson depending on the needs of your students.

Cause and Effect Pit Crew asks students to identify the most likely cause or effect after reading a statement.

Clue Words Flagger asks students to identify the clue word that lets them know a sentence has a cause and effect structure.

StarrMatica Speedway asks students to identify a picture that shows the most likely cause or effect of a picture they are shown.

Fix the Track asks students to put causes and effects in the correct order in a chain of events.

Cause and Effect Toolbox provides images, sentences, and graphic organizers so you can create your own cause and effect activities.

To access these resources, login and choose K-2 Lessons.  Then choose Cause and Effect from the Reading Menu.

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Analyzing

 Posted by on February 4, 2013  Content Integration Ideas  Comments Off on Bloom’s Taxonomy: Analyzing
Feb 042013

This is the fourth in a series of six posts dedicated to Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills with Interactive Online Content. Three previous posts on remembering, understanding and applying can be viewed here, here and here.

Level Four: Analyze

This level includes the skills of examining, investigating, and comparing. Students are asked to explain patterns and meaning and to examine information for details and main ideas.

Here are four examples of digital content for analyzing:





K-2 — Shifting 2-D Shapes

Students analyze a portion of a shape and consider its characteristics to determine its name.




K-2 — Venn Diagram Shapes Sorting  (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students determine which circle each object in a set will stick in.  Then they analyze each group for common characteristics to determine how each set is being classified.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)





3-6 — Haunted Library  (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students analyze texts to determine if they are informative, persuasive, or entertaining to help Miss Morris find her way out of the Haunted Library by midnight.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)





3-6 — Experimental Results  (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students conduct probability experiments and analyze their results to draw a conclusion about the relationship between theoretical probability and experimental probability.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)

To learn about more activities for remembering and to discover resources for understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating, sign up for StarrMatica’s free Webinars: Bloom’s Taxonomy for K-2 and Bloom’s Taxonomy for 3-6: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER