Sixth Grade students play a game at their first English lesson of the year at the Queeba Girls School in Ras Al Khaimah. Razan Alzayani / The National

Sixth Grade students play a game at their first English lesson of the year at the Queeba Girls School in Ras Al Khaimah. Razan Alzayani / The National

Old shop front locations for @antonie_r  upcoming picture story on The National View photographers blog. Coming soon.

Old shop front locations for @antonie_r upcoming picture story on The National View photographers blog. Coming soon.

Idiom Educational Animation (13 second clip) by Donnie Wrights. "Idioms: Letting the Cat out of the Bag" is a 4 minute animated lesson that focuses on exposing students to idioms. Idioms are a very expressive form of figurative language. We hear them all the time and don't realize it. The goal of this piece was to define and expose sixth grade English students to idioms. All ages can learn from this piece but the focus was on this age group. (13 second clip)

Idiom Educational Animation (13 second clip) by Donnie Wrights. "Idioms: Letting the Cat out of the Bag" is a 4 minute animated lesson that focuses on exposing students to idioms. Idioms are a very expressive form of figurative language. We hear them all the time and don't realize it. The goal of this piece was to define and expose sixth grade English students to idioms. All ages can learn from this piece but the focus was on this age group. (13 second clip)

Teach the S-A-W Strategy to help students seamlessly connect dependent clauses to independent clauses. By using just three subordinate conjunctions (S-A-W = Since-Although-When), young writers learn how to construct and punctuate complex sentences. Click on this pin to get a two-week, classroom-ready unit. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ or have lessons delivered to your inbox by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

Teach the S-A-W Strategy to help students seamlessly connect dependent clauses to independent clauses. By using just three subordinate conjunctions (S-A-W = Since-Although-When), young writers learn how to construct and punctuate complex sentences. Click on this pin to get a two-week, classroom-ready unit. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ or have lessons delivered to your inbox by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

Critical Thinking Language Frames hang in every classroom at Lake Myra ES. Free at the link in the blog post.

Critical Thinking Language Frames hang in every classroom at Lake Myra ES. Free at the link in the blog post.

A member of the Libyan pro-government forces feeds cats, in #Benghazi, #Libya.  Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

A member of the Libyan pro-government forces feeds cats, in #Benghazi, #Libya. Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Do you have students that wildly guess at answers?  This is a strategy that I use with my students to get them to defend their answers and well as teach them deductive reasoning skills.  Click the image to access this free critical thinking strategy resource.

Do you have students that wildly guess at answers? This is a strategy that I use with my students to get them to defend their answers and well as teach them deductive reasoning skills. Click the image to access this free critical thinking strategy resource.

These five transitions will work hard for you if you want to play with your readers’ emotions: (1) regrettably (2) fortunately (3) for instance (4) perhaps (5) ultimately. To find out more about the power of the fabulous-five transitions, follow this pin back to my blog. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/  or click  the following link to have lessons delivered to your inbox: http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

These five transitions will work hard for you if you want to play with your readers’ emotions: (1) regrettably (2) fortunately (3) for instance (4) perhaps (5) ultimately. To find out more about the power of the fabulous-five transitions, follow this pin back to my blog. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ or click the following link to have lessons delivered to your inbox: http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

Photo essay: In Tijuana on the Mexican-US border, Islam is beginning to establish a presence – not just imported by Muslim immigrants but also chosen by native Mexicans.

Photo essay: In Tijuana on the Mexican-US border, Islam is beginning to establish a presence – not just imported by Muslim immigrants but also chosen by native Mexicans.

Learn the tricks that authors like J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins use (e.g. designing emotion-evoking names and settings) to create characters that jump of the page and settings that captivate readers. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ or have lessons delivered to your inbox by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

Learn the tricks that authors like J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins use (e.g. designing emotion-evoking names and settings) to create characters that jump of the page and settings that captivate readers. Find more tips at http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ or have lessons delivered to your inbox by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm

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