Great Expectations N Texas

April 2015 Newsletter

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‘Great Expectations’ Model School Recognized as Texas School of Character

GE Summer Institutes Coming to N Texas

Coppell (Coppell High School)--June 23-26

Keller (Timber Creek High School)--July 7-10

Region 8 ESC--Dates TBD

Region 10 ESC--Dates TBD

Teaching Vocabulary in Any Content

Vocab Rehab: How do I teach Vocabulary Effectively with Limited Time?

By Marilee Sprenger

This 39 page booklet is one of a kind for incorporating quick and easy to use vocabulary building strategies. Numerous fun and challenging activities for word wall review and interaction are clearly stated in this easy to read booklet. One suggestion for teaching vocabulary effectively in a limited time is to set aside ten minutes a day for engaging students in mini-lessons that impact and elevate communication skills. Definitely, a brain friendly resource for building enriched vocabulary!

Review by Betty Flurry, GE Coach

Buy it on Amazon - Vocab Rehab: How do I teach vocabulary effectively with limited time? (ASCD Arias)

GE Life Principle for April

Life Principle: Temperance
Definition: Moderation in action, thought, or feeling
Related Quote: "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." -Arnold H. Glasow
Related Fable: The Goose and the Golden Eggs (P:50)*
Literature Connection: Duncan and Delores by Barbara Samuels
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle

Model Schools in Texas Have Great Expectations

10 Riddles Using the English Language

English can be a tricky language to learn. Once kids can read confidently, show them these fun riddles and jokes.

Q. Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
A. The letter C.

Q. What starts with the letter P, ends with the letter E and has thousands of letters?
A. The Post Office!

Q. What begins with T, finishes with T and has T in it?
A. A teapot

Q. What word begins and ends with an ‘e’ but only has one letter?
A. Envelope

Q. How many letters are there in the English alphabet?
A. There are 18. Three in ‘the’, seven in ‘English’ and eight in ‘alphabet’.

Q. What is the longest word in the English language?
A. Smiles - Because there is a 'mile' between the two S's.

Q. Which word is the odd one out - Stun, Ton, Evil, Letter, Mood, Bad, Snap, Straw?
A. Letter. If you read them all backwards, letter is the only one that does not make another word.

Q. What four days of the week start with the letter T?
A. Tuesday, Thursday, today and tomorrow.

Q. What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment and never in a thousand years?
A. The letter M.

Q. What occurs twice in a week, once in a year but never in a day?
A. The letter E.

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Earth Day Activities for Students

Celebrate Earth Day and help your students learn about a variety of environmental issues. Some topics may include:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Deforestation
  • Transportation
  • Global warming and climate change

Reading books, watching documentaries, and having discussions are a few ways you can cover these issues. Click on the link below to discover more ways to teach about environmental issues.

Dates to Remember in April

National Autism Awareness Month

4/1--April Fools Day

4/3--Good Friday

4/ 5--Easter

4/22--Earth Day

Debbie Kerrigan--GE Representative and Instructional Coach

Contact me to learn about GE and how to attend one of our dynamic summer institutes.