Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones is for teachers who struggle under top-down mandates or are forced into scripted reading lessons - whose humane, sensitive ways of teaching are threatened by rigid, mechanical programs. Tom Newkirk eloquently defends teaching against the cult of efficiency that turns classrooms into assembly lines of knowledge. He presents six ideas worth fighting for - transformative practices that return instructional decisions to where they belong: with teachers.
This book in the popular Daily Discoveries series makes it possible for every day in the classroom to be a celebration! Celebrations include: Picnic Day, Fun with Puppets Day, Liberty Bell Day, Treasure Island Day, Man on the Moon Day, Pioneer Day, Beat the Heat Day, Beatrix Potter's Birthday and many more. The activity suggestions will add a little spice to your curriculum: language arts, social studies, writing, math, science and health, music and drama, physical fitness, art, etc.
Fifty must-have books with lessons and activities that build skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and more.
Product ID: SCH0439404185
Grades: Grade 1
Level(s): Early Childhood, Primary
File Size: 1.28 MB
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)
ISBN (Digital Book): 9780545185134
ISBN (Physical Book): 9780439404181
Fifteen lessons that use favorite picture books to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
Aliveness. Clarity. Strength. These are characteristics of good writing, characteristics too often lacking in student work. Jane Sullivan and Midge Madden have developed a successful approach that helps students to see and appreciate these qualities in literary models-and then to revise their own writing with the ideas in mind. Includes 15 classroom-tested lessons in a format that lets teachers hear the authors' thinking, describing what they do and discussing why they do it.
Make reading aloud a powerful teaching time with this fantastic resource. Master teacher Susan Lunsford has hand-picked 50 books perfect for second grade, and she shares how to use these read-aloud favorites to build vocabulary, model reading strategies, teach story elements, reinforce math skills, jumpstart writing, and so much more. A must-have for any professional bookshelf!
Motivate kids to learn about the features of fiction and nonfiction with the series they're mad about - the Magic Tree House Books! This idea-packed book includes tips on planning a series study, journal-writing activities that help kids distinguish real from fantasy, lessons that explore character, plot, and setting, and extensions in social studies, science, and art. Plus, vocabulary-builders, literature response reproducibles, book links, and ideas for using the companion nonfiction Research Guides!
Easy Mini-lessons, Strategies, and Creative Formats to Make Research Manageable and FunEverything you need to teach the research process in a way that's fun and engaging. Mini-lessons are designed to take students from selecting manageable, meaningful topics, to navigating references, effective note-taking, learning to paraphrase, organizing materials, and writing research reports that really show what they've learned. Includes a chapter on 10 creative projects.
5 Short Plays for the Classroom with Background Information, Writing Prompts, and Creative ActivitiesThe five original, fully reproducible plays in this one-of-a-kind resource will make the exciting stories of our country's pioneers come alive for your students. They'll learn about the Oregon Trail, Mountain Men, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Native Americans, and the Louisiana Purchase. Includes background information, creative cross-curricular activities, and literature links.
Explore the lives of 10 famous American women-Anne Hutchinson, Elizabeth Backwell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and others-with these original, fact-based plays. Includes background information, cross-curricular activities, and literature links.
15 Month-by-Month Activities That Motivate Kids to Collect, Display, and Use Data and Have Fun Learning Math!Kids will love creating glyphs pictures that convey information about themselves while building important NCTM math skills!
180 Daily Exercises That Help Kids Learn to Follow Written Directions...Independently!Could your students' flare for following directions be improved? You bet! 180 quick, daily directions, written by teachers who know how to build this skill slowly, give children the independent practice they need. Perfect for the start of the day or any time. Just present one new direction regularly, and see improved performance on homework tasks, quizzes, and various in-class learning activities. Best of all, kids really enjoy these classroom-tested directions.
First I let off steam. Then I blow my top! Spewing red hot lava, I just can't by stopped. What am I? (volcano) Your students will love to read and reread these adorable interactive mini-books on key science topics. The rhyming riddles are chock-full of science fact clues; kids solve the riddles and then life the flaps to see if they're right! They'll have fun solving Dinosaur Who's Who, Planet Name Game, Sneaky Animal Shapes, Human Body Trivia, and many more! Fully reproducible and easy to make.
This collection of reproducible plays will give your students the opportunity to make connections between our country's history and their own lives. They'll read about Irish immigrants escaping starvation in the 1850's, Chinese immigrants arriving through Angel Island, Lebanese immigrants in the Midwest in the early 1900s, Russian Jews escaping pogroms, and Cuban immigrants. Includes background information, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
Invite your students to explore ancient Egypt and help this captivating culture come alive with these five humorous, reproducible read-aloud plays based on folk tales, myths, and history. Includes key concepts such as pyramids, pharaohs, gods, the Nile, and more. Plus background information, fun and creative extension activities, and thought-provoking discussion questions and writing prompts. A great way to jump start or wrap up your ancient Egypt unit!
Motivating Prompts and Easy Activities That Develop the Essentials of Strong WritingBoost creative and expository skills with this teacher-written resource! Lessons are designed to make students want to write well: organize their ideas, write focused paragraphs, make transitions, use strong adjectives and verbs, write dialogue, revise, and more! Includes reproducibles.
Help every child score 100% on the next spelling test with this big collection of easy, reproducible games that work with any spelling list: Spelling Bingo, Word Rollercoaster, Letter Tic-Tac-Toe, Spelling Soccer, Go Fish, and so many more. Each game is a snap to learn and super fun to play!
Short classroom plays, background information, and activities about these influential presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton.
Frisky Squirrel, Perky Turkey, Valentine Keeper, Flutter By Butterfly... Kids will adore these easy and irresistible holiday and seasonal art projects. Created and classroom tested by an artist in schools, each project includes templates, complete how-to's and simple techniques for turning paper into beautiful works of art!
Fantastic, Easy-to-Make Projects that Help Kids Learn and Love History!Students actively follow the history of exploration as they create their own notebooks filled with accordion timelines, mini-books, step books, and fold down pages that make learning about American History fun. This must have resource includes reproducibles templates, step-by-step directions, samples, rubrics, and more!
Math is mega-fun with these hilarious math story problems - one for each day of the school year! Students will jump at the chance to solve these math problems that give practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimation, time, money, geometry, and so much more! A witty way to meet the NCTM standards!
Discover fresh ways to assess students' problem-solving skills with these classroom-tested strategies. Tips include creating a comfortable assessment environment, developing interesting problems that will capture students' attention, and scoring students' work. Includes original math problems designed for grades K-2. Filled with creative ideas for scoring and reporting.
This selection of 20 free verse poems - written by 3rd and 4th graders - will inspire your 3rd and 4th graders to write their own poems! Provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write about things they know and care about: eating french fries, secret places, and family trips. The author describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writing process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then inviting children to write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by 3rd and 4th graders!
This selection of 20 free verse poems - written by 2nd graders - will inspire your 2nd graders to write their own poems! Provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write about things they know and care about: the trauma of eating peas, the pleasure of reading, the thrill of playing hockey. The author describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writing process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then inviting children to write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by 2nd graders!
Slam-Dunk Learning With Super-Fun Reproducible Activities That Build Essential Math SkillsLooking for ways to help your students make math connections? This jam-packed resource includes 30 reproducible activities involving sports that teach essential math skills. Includes gymnastics, baseball, basketball, and figure skating. Fractions, percents, decimals, problem solving, multiplication, and division are just some of the math skills covered. Even your most reluctant math learners will love these activities!
Here they are! Dozens of fresh, practical, and appealing bulletin board ideas with a purpose - to teach language arts! What's inside? Publishing centers, seasonal story walls, sequencing stations, story stacks, and more - all student-made and designed to grow and change over time. Includes detailed photos of each bulletin board, step-by-step how-to's, teaching ideas, and management tips!
Mini-Lessons, Strategies, ActivitiesEverything you need to teach your students how to tell a story-whether it's fiction or nonfiction-is here: literary models, pre-writing activities, mini-lessons on plot development and story resolution, editing and revising tips, plus rubrics, reproducibles and evaluation ideas.
Everything you need to know to teach first grade but had no one to ask! A mentor teacher opens the door of her inspiring classroom and offers winning strategies, activities, lesson plans, and management tips to help you make this essential year a joyful success. Packed with practical ideas for teaching reading, writing, math, social studies, and science PLUS photos, student samples, reproducible forms, and so much more. A must-have for every first grade teacher!
Mini-Lessons-Strategies-ActivitiesEngaging reproducible mini-lessons, strategies, and activities for teaching how to identify persuasive words, analyze ads and commercials, direct writing to a specific audience, and write persuasive editorials, letters, and job applications. Plus great ideas for writing and giving speeches!
Mini-Lessons, Strategies, ActivitiesDevelop descriptive writing skills using great activities, models, and reproducibles. Students will learn the steps to presenting their ideas in an orderly way, supporting their ideas with essential facts, and directing their writing to a specific audience.
5 SHORT PLAYS FOR THE CLASSROOM WITH BACKGROUND INFORMATION, WRITING PROMPTS, AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIESThe five exciting, fact-based plays in this great classroom resource will cause a revolution in the way your students learn American History! They'll gain new insights into the people and events in our history as they read plays about the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Tories and Loyalists, the Battle of Yorktown, and Crossing the Delaware. Also includes great writing prompts, discussion questions, and creative activity ideas.
Ring in fall with this delicious exploration of apples, pumpkins, and harvest! Inside you'll find the freshest bulletin board ideas, learning centers, poetry, easy science projects, no-cook recipes, hands-on math activities, reproducibles, and so much more. Also includes a bright, interactive mini-poster. Learning has never been so much fun!
A Childhood Expert and Teachers Share Their Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children Who Disrupt, Withdraw, and Otherwise Struggle to be a Harmonious Part of the ClassroomFind the strategies that work with students whose behavior prevents them from being successful learners and positive members of the classroom community.
Strategies for Arrival Time, Class Meetings, Work Centers, Small Groups, Outside Play and Includes Dozens of Other Routines That Set the Stage for Children's Literacy & Help Them Feel At Home in the ClassroomHelp children learn classroom routines! Filled with ideas for introducing and managing essential early childhood routines and activities that foster independence and build community.
Time-Saving Reproducible Forms and Great Strategies for Meaningful AssessmentMeaningful, classroom tested-rubrics and self-assessment checklists are now at teachers' fingertips! Reproducible forms for reading and listening comprehension, story character analysis, content-area research reports, personal experience essays, letters, and more. Easy directions, scoring tips, planning forms, and follow-up strategies will help your students achieve their best, and meet the current state and school standards in reading and writing.This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, extract or rotate pages, and edit the contents of the file.
Time-Saving Reproducible Forms and Great Strategies for Meaningful AssessmentMeaningful, classroom tested-rubrics and self-assessment checklists are now at teachers' fingertips! Reproducible forms for reading and listening comprehension, story character analysis, content-area research reports, personal experience essays, letters, and more. Easy directions, scoring tips, planning forms, and follow-up strategies will help your students achieve their best, and meet the current state and school standards in reading and writing.
Fraction fireworks... decimal flowers... division twirling tops... Kids will dive into math problems to create dazzling and colorful line designs and 3-D constructions. Fun-filled reproducible worksheets let kids add, subtract, multiply, and divide 1-. 2-. and 3-digit numbers, fractions, and decimals. Leveled for different abilities.