Tips for Tuning-Up Your Grammar Skills


Annual Grammar Day is March 4th


 

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1.  Try Out a New Tool

Grammarly:  This online proofreading tool checks your text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector.  It is available as an add-on for Office, for Windows, and as a Chrome Extension.

2.  Follow a Facebook Page With a Little Humour

  • Grammar Girl:  This page is a good mix of light-hearted fun, and short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Grammar Girl makes complex grammar concepts simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.
  • The Grammar Police:  Because sometimes we need a bit of humour to engage our minds with grammar.  And yes, I just began and sentence with “because”.  Oh, and there again with “and”…
theofficialgrammarpolice-croppedhttp://www.facebook.com/theofficialgrammarpolice

 

3.  Check Out Some Books in Overdrive

 

overdrive-bookSkin Like Milk, Hair of Silk:  What Are Similes and Metaphors? by Brian P. Cleary.    

Overdrive description:  Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you’re as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake! Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and humorous illustrations from Brian Gable present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they’re as bright as polished pennies! Each simile and metaphor is printed in colour for easy identification in this gem of a book. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense – and nonsense – of words. 

 

the-grammar-teachers-activity-a-dayThe Grammar Teacher’s Activity-a-Day180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Teach Grammar and Usage by Jack Umstatter

Overdrive description:  This must-have resource features 180 practical, ready-to-use grammar and usage lessons and activities–one for each day of the school year. The activities included help students in grades 5-12 to acquire, improve, and expand their grammar skills, and become more adept and confident writers.

 

4.  Have Some Fun with Apps, Videos, and BrainPop

  • Grammar Wonderland Apps available on iTunes and Google Play

100 Best Video Sites For Educators – Edudemic


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100 Best Video Sites For Educators – Showcasing the top 100 video sites for educators to use in their classrooms. Appropriate for a variety of subjects and age levels.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Library of video content from Edudemic.

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New On Overdrive this Week!


Forget Pay Per View… Overdrive Library has some awesome video content!  To keep your little and bigger ones entertained we have ordered video, and lots of new e books, specifically on Canada for your enjoyment!  Here is the list of our latest videos and some of our books.  To see a complete list of what is new check here on our Overdrive library.  If you do not have an e library account please check on Encom,  under your user profile for your passwords or contact Shandra Wiebe, swiebe@onlineschool.ca or myself pdavies@onlineschool.ca.

Blessings to you for a happy and spirit blessed Easter from the learning commons team:)

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Animal Kingdom  

Moody Institute of Science

 

Questar Inc  TV Series  Video 
The Apostles Bill Kowalchuk Gaiam, Inc.  

Children’s Video

 

Video 
The Bad Dream Nelvana  

Visual Education Centre Limited

 

 

Children’s Video, Juvenile Literature

 

Video
The Boy in the Drawer Cookie Jar Visual Education Centre Limited  

Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature

 

Video
Communities World Vision Canada Visual Education Centre Limited  

Multi-Cultural, Nonfiction

 

Video
Dive Into Diversity Annie Crawley  

Dive Into Your Imagination, LLC

 

 

Education, Juvenile Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
The Earth Sunburst Visual Media Sunburst Visual Media  

Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
Earth’s Heart of Fire  

Reader’s Digest

 

Questar Inc  

TV Series

 

Video
Easy Sign Language Selectmedia Entertainment Selectmedia Entertainment  

 

Foreign Language Study, Instructional

 

Video
Electricity Sunburst Visual Media Sunburst Visual Media  

Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
The Garden Of Eden Bill Kowalchuk Gaiam, Inc.  

Children’s Video

 

Video
 

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld Chronicle Books  

Juvenile Literature, Picture Book Fiction

 

eBook
Kid Science: Amazing Human Body Selectmedia Entertainment MPS Multimedia,  

Children’s Video, Crafts, Science

 

Video
Kid Science: Chemistry Experiments Selectmedia Entertainment  

MPS Multimedia, Inc. dda Selectmedia Entertainment

 

 

Chemistry, Juvenile Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
Kid Science: Gross Science Selectmedia Entertainment MPS Multimedia,  

Children’s Video, Juvenile Nonfiction Science

Video
Kid Science: Physics Experiments Selectmedia Entertainment MPS Multimedia,  

 

Juvenile Nonfiction, Physics, Science

 

Video
Life With Jesus Eyecircus Studio Pvt Ltd Gaiam, Inc.  

Children’s Video

 

Video
The Moon Sunburst Visual Media Sunburst Visual Media  

Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
Our Solar System Sunburst Visual Media Sunburst Visual Media Nonfiction, Science  Video
Samson And Delilah Jean Rogers Gaiam, Inc.  

Children’s Video

 

Video
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz Walker Books Ltd  

Thriller, Young Adult Fiction

 

eBook
What Makes a Fish, a Fish? Annie Crawley Dive Into Your Imagination, LLC  

Education, Juvenile Nonfiction, Science

 

Video
Yoga for Families Gerardo Diego Diva Video Access AG  

Fiction, Health & Fitness, Instructional

 

Video
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