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Thursday, October 6, 2011

What a nice surprise!

Thanks to “Finding Joy in 6th Grade” for extending this award to me.  I especially enjoy this award because of the meaning of the word- versatile. I was also touched by her comment, “I am re-thinking teaching decimals thanks to this great site! Great math ideas abound!” 

Speaking of word meanings…Have you ever needed a kid friendly definition of a word, and struggled to create that definition? I was part of a team writing lessons to accompany Making Meaning lessons using alternative texts for our Multi-grade classrooms in our district, and I needed to create kid friendly definitions to define text vocabulary. A great online dictionary that helped me and   can help you too is called the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online. 

It is so easy to use

STEP 1 - Just type your word into the search box and click OK.

 For example: versatile

STEP 2 - That's it! The definition will appear in the window.


1someone who is versatile has many different skills:

a very versatile performer

a more versatile workforce

2having many different uses:

The potato is an extremely versatile vegetable.

—versatility noun [uncountable]

*     Hegley's outstanding versatility as an all-round entertainer.
 Deborah, alias the "Versatile Math Gal"

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the tip about the online dictionary! I've been using U-46's academic vocabulary list for the 1/2 split class and it's been working out wonderfully; I really appreciate that you shared that resource!

    Also, I'm on the committee to choose a new reading curriculum for 3rd/4th grade next year. I'm so glad you mentioned Making Meaning because it reminded me of how much I liked that program when I did my college clinical in U-46!

    Marvelous Multiagers!


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