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Words, Sounds, and Thoughts: More Activities to Enrich Children's Communication Skills
Words Sounds and Thoughts More Activities to Enrich Children's Communication Skills Author:Dorothy Grant Hennings Speaking, listening, writing, and reading are all basic ingredients of language. Words, Sounds, and Thoughts offers elementary school teachers a wealth of imaginative ideas for building each of these skills and for enriching all areas of their language arts programs, with special emphasis on developing verbal communication skills. — Words, Sound... more »s, and Thoughts is chock full of activities for learning vocabulary, figures of speech, sentence structure, story development, poetry - and even the techniques of persuasion and the basics of comparative linguidstics. But technical educational terms are deliberately avoided; instead teachers are urged to introduce the concepts and skills involved through brainstorming sessions, cooperative word-building activities, or multimedia presentations. There are also suggestions for small-group card and board games, dramatizations, research projects, and learning stations.
Teachers who have introduced their students to such challenging and engrossing activities as building word ladders, mapping stories, creating patchwork poems, matching antonyms or synonyms, or spotting word traps report that youngsters have been astonished to find out that they were really "doing English lessons."
Teachers and students who are bored with workbooks and basal readers will welcome Ms. Hennings' lively approaches. And teachers will find that students learn and retain skills and concepts better and longer!« less