Monthly Archives: February 2016

Leap Day Sale — One day ONLY

ONE DAY ONLY!  Today, February 29th!

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As you know, most years have 365 days but this year we have 366! An extra day—an extra 24 hours—an extra 1440 minutes! And we feel like the extra day should bring some celebration! Therefore, for 24 hours only, you can save 25% off the retail price of your entire order here at DedicatedTeacher.com.

Spend a little, spent alot… and save! All you need to do is place the special discount code in your cart before checking out! What’s the code you might ask? LeapDay16

That’s all you need to do!

*this includes all products, including Weekly Sales

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New Products for February 2016

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Lots of new products for the month of February 2016.  Plus in the mix, two new publishers were added to our publisher family as well as many new titles are series.

Teacher Created Resources – 34 new titles

Teacher Created Resources released three new series in February.  The first being a new novel guide series called, Rigorous Reading, in-depth guides for Great Literature. Launching this new series with 6 titles for award winning titles such as, The Giver, Holes, Charolette’s Web and more.  Next, two more series such as Stepping into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for grades 3-6) and Using Paired Novels to Build Close Reading Skills (for grades 4-8).  See these and more from Teacher Created Resources.

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S&S Learning – 36 new titles

S&S Learning specializes in quality resources for Canadian students and teachers. Students will learn about politics and branches of government, Canadian currency, Language ArtsWeekly Stories and basic skills.  Be sure to check out all their new titles!

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Edcon Publishing Group – 24 new titles

Edson added two new series to their collection of educational resources.  Zim’s World Of Reading series is designed to help students grades PK-5 to prepare for learning or advance their learning with topics such as, reading, critical thinking, creating stories and much more. The Learning with Literature series is designed to build skills in students grades PK-5 by promoting readiness for reading, writing, and math, through classic children’s stories.

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Shell Education – 14 new titles

The long anticipated series, Summer Blast by Shell Education has arrived.  This series is designed to aid students in grades PK-5 to retain what they’ve learned and prepare them for the coming year during summer break.  They’ve also brought the TIME For Kids: Practicing for Today’s Tests Mathematics which helps students grades 2-6 prepare for today’s math tests.  Shell also released several teacher guides in topics of math, writing and social studies.

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Charlesbridge Publishing – 10 new titles

Charlesbridge is well-known for their high quality and engaging story books for students of all ages.  In February they released 8 new titles, from non-fiction for all ages to informative topical studies such as breathing, chickpeas and animals.  Be sure to check out these new titles from one of our top-selling publishers.

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MLG Publishing – 8 new titles

MLG Publishing is one of our new publishers added this past month.  From England, MLG resources are highly visual and tactile, sometimes slightly quirky, and ideally suited to active and lively multi-sensory approaches.

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Teachers Korner – 8 new titles

Teachers Korner is another new publisher to join our family.  They have developed resources to assist teacher working with Common Core Math standards.  With resources developed for special events through the calendar year.  Be sure to check out these new resources from Teachers Korner.

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Gallapade International – 2 new titles

Gallapade released two new titles in February.  Columbia Lastname: First Girl Colonist on Mars & The Missing Mask Mystery.  Both non-fiction titles geared for students grades 3-6.

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Lorenz Publishing – 1 new title

Lorenz Publishing released a great title in February titled Rich Brain, Poor Brain. What does it mean to be a wealthy, or “rich,” school? What makes a school “poor”? Is it only about money? Rich Brain, Poor Brain explores the differences that separate students’ opportunities for success.
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From our Publishers: Fun Facts about Leap Year

by Evan-Moor
Written by Theresa Wooler

Leap-YearIf you have tried explaining leap year to a young child, the answer may get complicated quickly (after the second “but why…?”). Here are a few fun facts about leap year to share with your children or students in celebration of February 29, 2016!

  • A leap year has an extra day for a total of 366 days. The extra day is added onto the shortest month, February.
  • The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day.
  • The Julian calendar was formed in 45 B.C., named after Julius Caesar. The solar calendar year was determined to be 365 days and 6 hours. At the end of four years, these extra hours add up to 24, or one full day.
  • Leap years are divisible by four.
  • The Julian calendar was used until 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII further refined the system. This Gregorian calendar is the one in most common use today.
  • The odds are that 1 person in 1,461 will be born on February 29, which is less than one-tenth of one percent of the population.
  • If you were born in 1968, you would be 12 in leap years but actually 48 years old; if you were born in 2004, you would be 3 in leap years but actually 12 years old.

Sources: Astronomy Picture of the Day, NASA; Enchanted Learning, and Leap Year Day.

How Do You Really Know If It’s a Leap Year?

These two sites offer everything you need to know to calculate a leap year:

The Math Is Fun site provides this simple overview. Leap years are any year that can be evenly divided by 4 (such as 2012, 2016):

  • except if it can be evenly divided by 100, then it isn’t (such as 2100, 2200)
  • except if it can be evenly divided by 400, then it is (such as 2000, 2400)

This Science World article provides an in-depth explanation of the mathematical equations and astronomy behind the creation of leap year.

Leap Year Activities and Books for Young Children available on DedicatedTeacher.com

hfc9781682381823“The Year of Confusion” article: This Highlights for Children book tells the story of how Julius Caesar tried to reform the Roman calendar and create a calendar that followed the seasons. In the end, 46 B.C. became the longest leap year in history! *BONUS: this ebook includes an audio file. Be sure to check out this book and others by Highlights for Children.

“Living Calendar” Skit about Leap Year: This Evan-Moor activity includes emc0242002a short script, some facts to share, and a position chart to help children understand leap year. (Ideal for grades K–1.) *This skit comes from their ‘Winter Skit series’, you can see more of those titles here.

Other fun resources:  Leap Year Theme Books: This “Leap Year Day Headquarters” site provides leap day facts and a list of books for children that incorporate a leap year theme.


Theresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer and homeschool educator, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

You can view this original post on Evan Moor’s blog here

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We would love to share the stories of Dedicated Teachers and how they are engaging our most valuable resource, the amazing students in every classroom, in wonderful learning opportunities. Do you have a story you would like to share? Have your students done something great that others need to know about? If so, we would like to give you the opportunity to submit these stories to be included here on our blog and be shared with the world. We would like to reward any story or article accepted and posted with a $20 coupon towards any product at DedicatedTeacher.com.

While we would love to hear how you may be using ebooks in your classroom, or technology as a teaching tool, we welcome stories that don’t contain either element. We want to hear about teaching success, student projects, funny stories and classroom strategies that would help other educators impact student learning.

We can’t wait to hear your stories. Please contact us at yourstory@dedicatedteacher.com for more information or to submit your story.

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Long Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…

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maxresdefaultYou would have to live on another planet, in another galaxy to not have noticed all the hype regarding the latest release in the Star Wars franchise, ‘The Force Awakens’. The long awaited continuation of the long beloved series of movies brought to us by Disney.  I, and many of my children are avid fans of the series and were very excited to see the story continued. Now that much of the hype is finally calming down a bit, I thought it would be fun do dig into the vault for an article that was first shared by our founder, Kevin Davies.  This article was first published in November 2012.

In this article, Kevin speaks about the opportunity he had to visit the “Star Wars Identities” exhibit when it came to his local area.

*some information has been updated to fit with current times and numbers.


 

Long Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…

by Kevin Davies | November 2012
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When we think of Star Wars, many things come to mind:

a) a collection of seven films released over a 39 year period; b) a franchise that included much more than movies (books, action figures, games, fan clubs, etc.); or
c) the movie that launched George Lucas and Lucasfilm – purchased by Disney for over $4 billion.

I have never been a huge Star Wars fan but have enjoyed the movies over the years. (And yes – I am old enough to have seen the first movie when it was first released in 1977…) So when it was announced that the “Star Wars Identities” exhibit was coming to our city, I didn’t pay it much attention. But our youngest daughter did…

Kristen has been a HUGE Star Wars fan for many years – literally wearing out our VHS versions of Episodes 4-6 (which were then replaced by DVD versions). Needless to say, Kristen was keen to attend the “Star Wars Identities” and so we blocked out a day when we could go. I thought that I would simply go along, and “endure” the time at the exhibit with the bonus being a day of uninterrupted quality time with Kristen. A treat for me as a dad.

We ended up spending three hours in the exhibit and likely could have spent longer – it was that good; equal parts educational and entertaining.

The marketing lines for the exhibit are “What forces shape you? Get to know the characters of Star Wars on a whole new level.” As you enter the exhibit, you are given an interactive armband. As you move through the exhibit, the armband tracks your choices/answers to ten questions. From these answers your “character” is determined – as it relates to the Star Wars characters, of course.

While the character building activity was rather unique and fun, what really interested me were the various insights into George Lucas and his development of the movies and the main characters. Who would have known that Luke was originally to be female; as plans evolved for the first movie this changed into twins.

The exhibit provided us with amazing detail from Lucas in regards to character development. One example that was very telling was the character of Yoda. While the concept of the “wise master” didn’t waver, the sketches from Lucas of the form of the character evolved magnificently. The end result – the wizened little green creature with big ears – was nothing like the first “version” which had a striking resemblance to Santa Claus or one of the seven dwarfs from Snow White!

The artifacts in the exhibit themselves were also amazing. Three that really stood out: a “life size” pod racer; costumes worn by various actors in the moves; and a huge collection of the “models” for various spacecraft that were used in the first three movies. Again, we were very impressed by the attention to detail that went into all of these items – but especially the spacecraft. The intricate nature of their construction made it obvious as to why they looked so lifelike onscreen.

There was also much shared (both in written and audio tracks throughout the exhibit) into the similarities between various characters and life altering events that shaped their character development. Two examples were intriguing:

1. The different reactions – and life altering decisions – that were faced by: a) Anakin (a.k.a. Darth Vader) after the death of his mother; and b) Luke after the death of his aunt and uncle – his adopted parents. While Anakin developed an inherent fear of losing someone close to him (which eventually led to his move to “the dark side”), Luke chose instead to channel his grief into the pursuit of justice and “good”.

2. Parenting styles between Anakin’s mother and Luke’s adoptive parents were also explored. Luke’s parents were very strict and regimented; the exhibit maintained that this led to Luke following orders and instructions carefully in his later life. Conversely, Anakin’s mother left many large decisions to him – of note when he is asked (at a very young age) if he wants to leave her to become a Jedi. It was suggested that making his own decisions from a young age contributed to Anakin’s rebellious nature to authority figures later in life.

I came away from the exhibit with a heightened respect for George Lucas and his creative genius. His attention to detail, character growth, and plot development is truly remarkable. And admittedly, most of this had escaped me when I first enjoyed the films; I was too mesmerized by the special effects and the gratuitous violence!

My only complaint was the fact that according to my answers to the 10 character questions, I was closest to Chewbacca; I always fancied myself as more the Han Solo type.

I will now spend the weekend re-watching all of the Star Wars movies – this time through a “different lens.” May the force be with you…


 

kevin_blogKevin, the founder of DedicatedTeacher.com.  Kevin was a teacher for 12 years and an administrator for 11 of those 12 years. He then spent 11 years working for Apple in staff development, before delving into the world of eBooks. One of the first to grapple with the idea and possibilities of eBooks (and their educational value), he was the main man behind  Dedicated Teacher from 2000-2013.  –Kevin cooks a mean pork chop and has a particular affinity for the Criminal Minds television series.

Top Selling Products for January 2016

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These are the top-selling titles for January 2016

1. Mathematics: Drill and Practice, (Grades 1-6)
hspa284rby Hayes School Publishing

Skill and problem solving activities with equal emphasis on skill and concept development. Ideal supplement for any current text. Rounding numbers, solving equations, least common multipliers, multiplying, dividing, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, problem solving, percents, geometry, and more.

Our price: $5.65

2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, series (Great Works Series) Gr. 4-8

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by  Teacher Created Materials Today

These vocabulary activities for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry incorporate key skills from the Common Core. The activities integrate vocabulary with a study of the text. Includes text-dependent questions, definitions, and text-based sentences. Rigorously study the vocabulary from this great work of children’s literature in an interesting, engaging, and relevant way.

Our Price: $1.41 – $4.46

3. Dr. Birdley Teaches Science, series (Grades 5-12)

ipe1701by Incentive Publications

The Dr. Birdley series developed by Nevin Katz, a talented middle and high school science teacher and cartoonist, makes science content accessible and interesting to a wide range of students. Mr. Katz has created a cartoon personality Dr. Birdley who introduces key science concepts and vocabulary. In addition to the cartoons, the book includes reproducible student activity pages, background information, study questions, graphic organizers, and quizzes.

Our price: $12.34

 4. Read and Understand, series (Grades 1-6)

emc0639iby Evan-Moor Educational Publishers

Read and Understand, Stories and Activities provides teachers with a comprehensive resource of stories and skills pages to supplement any core reading program. Books contain over 19 stories, each followed by activities for practicing reading skills.

Our Price: $16.14 – $18.04

5. Common Core Connections: Math
csd104601ebby Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Common Core Connections: Math is the perfect tool for helping kindergarten students master Common Core math skills. The Common Core Standards for Math in kindergarten focus on two main areas: representing and relating numbers, and describing shapes and space. This resource provides focused practice pages for targeting and reinforcing these and other Kindergarten math skills while helping students connect comprehension with knowledge and application. Connecting the standards to content has never been easier with the Common Core Connections series for Math.  for more info

Our price: $9.49

6. Daily Science (Canadian Edition), series (Grades 1-6)

chk13000by Chalkboard Publishing

This must have resource provides students with meaningful activities to reinforce their understanding of important science concepts including life systems, structures and mechanisms, earth and spaceas well as matter and energy.Pages are ready-to-go and reproducible and include reading projects, hands on learning, teacher tips and rubric.

Standard Edition: $15.19
Enhanced Edition: $19.94

7. Milliken Math, series (Grades 6 – 12)

emp344401by Milliken Publishing

This easy-to-use packet is chock full of stimulating activities that will jumpstart your students’ interest in algebra while reinforcing major concepts. A variety of puzzles, games, and worksheets will challenge students as they practice the distributive property, work with polynomials, and solve and graph linear equations. A special assessment page to help prepare students for standardized tests and an answer key are also included.

Our price: $3.75

8. Discover! Light & Sound (Grades 4 – 6)

emp3426by Milliken Publishing

Have fun exploring science with your students! Each eBook in Milliken Publishing’s Discover series contains a wide assortment of experiments, open-ended activities, and puzzles – all of which are reproducible worksheets developed for classroom use. Your students will build and improve their problem solving skills, learning how to hypothesize, predict, experiment, test and analyze their results. See all the wonderful titles in this series

Standard Edition: $5.65
Enhanced Edition: $8.50

9. Taking Time for Teamwork, series (Grades 4-12)

ele90107001by Lorenz Educational Press

These hands-on activities will get students to think critically, work together, and solve problems. Students will complete the challenges to create contraptions that hang items above the ground. Each activity includes a list of supplies, requirements, testing and scoring goals, and teacher notes. The challenges promote team building, communication and higher-level thinking skills and can be enjoyed by students of various ages and in many different curricular areas.

Our Price: $2.80

10. Practice Makes Perfect, series (Grades 2-6)

tcr3906by Teacher Created Resources

Students’ mathematics skills will be sharpened with the use of the Math-themed Practice Makes Perfect series from Teacher Created Resources. Every eBook contains exercises that are optimal for enhancing abilities, and can be employed as independent classwork, homework, or even as additional practice. Moreover, each eBook will indicate on the cover and in the table of contents if supplementary test practice pages are included. Key topics in this series cover pre-algebra, fractions, geometry, word problems, and time.

Standard Edition: $5.69
Enhanced Edition: $10.44

Honorable Mentions:

Building Spelling Skills, series
by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
Our Price: $20.89

Common Core Connections Language Arts
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Our Price: $9.49