Tuesday, September 20, 2011

World's Funniest Analogies.

I  laughing hard reading  these. Thanks to Bill Gross for them.

Annual English Teachers' awards for best student metaphors/analogies
found in actual student papers:

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy
who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those
boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at
high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one
of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just
before it throws up.

Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling
ball wouldn't.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,
surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and
Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry
them in hot grease.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the
grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left
Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at
4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had
also never met.

He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East

Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one
that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law George. But unlike George,
this plan just might work.

The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating
for a while.

He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a
real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or

The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg
behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with
power tools.

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if
she were a garbage truck backing up

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Online Crossword Puzzle Generator

The people at VocabularySpellingCity have added a great new game. They now have 25 different activities that you can use with whatever list that you enter. The newest and coolest one yet, if you ask me, is the New Online Crossword Puzzle Generator.

Premium Crossword Instructions: Premium Crossword is an online crossword puzzle game using the words and content from your list*. Make a crossword puzzle that uses content created especially for your students by entering your word list and customizing the sentences!

To begin, read the first clue in the Across box, then click in the first box for that clue and begin typing your answer (make sure that the correct direction - across or down - is highlighted). You can also click in the first box for any clue on the puzzle, and the clue will be highlighted in the Across or Down.

 Click the Hint button to be given one letter of the word. When you finish entering all of the words, click Check Answer to see if you have successfully solved the crossword puzzle! Click the speaker icon for instructions. Click the up and down arrows to scroll through the clues.

Its highly interactive and is fun as a group activity on smart boards and Promothean Boards.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Math Vocabulary Help

Math teachers find that teaching math vocabulary is a wonderful step in teaching math. On one hand, students benefit from learning the vocabulary associated with the concepts and math processes and techniques that they are learning.  Understanding the concepts and vocabulary are really important to cementing the learning of math.  

Some words may have uses in everyday language as well as some uses that are specific to mathematical contexts. An example is the word "right" which when referring to an angle has a very specific math meaning.

Vocabulary SpellingCity has compiled comprehensive math vocabulary lists to make those difficult math words, a snap! Along with high school and elementary vocabulary, we have also included 6th grade math words and 7th grade math vocabulary. Also, algebra vocabulary and statistics definitions are introduced in almost every grade. So whether you are looking to play games, learn spelling or study definitions, you can do it all with Math Vocabulary right here!

Math Vocabulary words help students understand the foundational principles taught in each math concept. Of course, students need to know the meaning of basic math terms before they can learn how to apply them to math principles. From addition words and elementary math to geometry vocabulary and every type of number word in between, students can find the right list right here with all the math definitions they need to be successful in math.

The following math resource lists are really useful since they can be used with all the learning resources available on VocabularySpellingCity.
 Kindergarten Math Vocabulary 5th Grade Math Vocabulary
 1st Grade Math Vocabulary 6th Grade Math Vocabulary
 2nd Grade Math Vocabulary 7th Grade Math Vocabulary
 3rd Grade Math Vocabulary 8th Grade Math Vocabulary
 4th Grade Math Vocabulary High School Math Vocabulary

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs
Homonyms, homophones and homographs can bring confusion to even adults and teachers! For clarity, we've brought them all together on one page.
SpellingCity spelling lists will help you learn your homophones and have fun all at the same time! We have made it easy for you to learn the difference among homographs, homophones, and homonyms using our definitions and examples below. At SpellingCity, we help you master homophones to show off your skills
Compound words are words which are created from two, or sometimes more, words that, when joined together, create a new word. Studying compound words is fun, helps kids understand the language, builds an interest in words and will help prepare students to learn prefixes, suffixes and word roots.
Sound alike words, also known as homophones, cause confusion. Here, at SpellingCity.com, we want you to learn the correct spelling and meaning behind all your sound alike words. To practice, SpellingCity provides you with "confusing words" vocabulary lists.

We all have made those mistakes when, for instance, your friend had a hoarse throat and you sent an email that said, “Tommy has a horse throat.” Did you really mean that your friend has a horse in his throat? No.
SO MANY MANY resources, here's the full list!

  • Compound Words

  • Contractions - New!

  • Custom Sentences - New!

  • Dolch - Sight Words 

  • Geography Lists

  • Handwriting Worksheets

  • Homophones and Homonyms

  • Literature Based Word Lists

  • Monthly Holiday Lists

  • Phonics & Sight Word Curriculum

  • Popular Word Lists

  • Possessive Nouns - New!

  • Printables - New!

  • Sample Lists

  • Sound Alike Words

  • Student Writing Practice - New!

  • Teacher Training Videos

  • UK Spelling

  • Word Abbreviations - New!