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Learning From Experts: Author Studies in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 8
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This article from TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series, reviewed here shares the educational advantages of conducting author studies and provides activities, resources, and learning extensions to incorporate into any classroom. Suggested activities include video interviews of authors recommended for younger and older students, technology incorporation ideas, and suggestions for virtual author visits. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): authors (103), book lists (161)

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Add this article to your list of resources for author studies in your classroom. Use Wakelet, reviewed here to organize and curate your collection of resources. Share author websites, video interviews, and book lists with students using 3X3 Links, reviewed here. 3X3 Links is a bookmarking site that is easy for you and your students to use when sharing websites. After watching author interviews and learning about authors, conduct author interviews with student authors in your classroom. Use Flip, reviewed here for this and allow class peers to ask questions of the author being interviewed.

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Boys Will Be Boys: Keeping Boys Engaged in Reading - TeachersFirst

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K to 8
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This selection from TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series, reviewed here focuses on suggestions and resources that provide engaging materials for boys. Suggestions include teaching strategies such as EduProtocols, choices for reading materials, and authors whose books appeal to boys. Also included are extension activities that encourage readers to explore information through different perspectives. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (161), graphic novels (5), novels (31), podcasts (77), science of reading (33), teaching strategies (41)

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Add this article to other resources when looking for engaging reading materials for students. Consider using Symbaloo, reviewed here to organize and share book lists for students. Create and share Symbaloo web mixes based on different student interests, such as sports, celebrities, science fiction, etc. Extend learning by incorporating Choice Boards into reading instruction to offer opportunities for students to select not only their choice of books but also their choice of learning opportunities. Learn about Choice Board by watching the archive of OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Part 1, reviewed here. Include technology resources in Choice Board activities to demonstrate comprehension and understanding, such as using the Free Comic Strip Maker, reviewed here to make original comics based upon a book's content or create an original video using tools available at Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here.
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The Story of My Life - Using Biographies to Enhance and Extend Instruction - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Biographies are crucial to learning about our past, present, and future. This article is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed...more
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Biographies are crucial to learning about our past, present, and future. This article is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and shares book suggestions and activities for including biographies in any classroom. Browse the activities to find recommendations for specific biographies and resources for additional book lists. Find directions for creating body biographies and other tools to help students identify important biographical information. Extension activities include information on living wax museums and "You Become the Biographer," an activity for students to conduct interviews and create a biographical presentation. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): biographies (94), book lists (161), interviews (14)

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Browse this article to find activities and book lists for use in your classroom when teaching biographies. Take advantage of dozens of downloadable templates available from Free Templates, reviewed here to help students organize their biographical research. When students are ready to share their learning, use Adobe's Animate from Audio, reviewed here to create videos with animated characters that tell a story using the student's recorded voice. Watch this tutorial video to learn how to create engaging animated videos using your voice!
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Who Runs the World? Girls - Women as Changemakers - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This page is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and shares activities and book lists for teaching about women as changemakers. After viewing a short introduction and background information, visit the activities portion of the site to Read and Do activities based on books featuring Malala Yousafzai, Jane Goodall, Greta Thunberg, and other women changemakers. Extension ideas include how to become a changemaker, a biographer, compare women changemakers, and learn about good trouble. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (161), women (137)

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Take advantage of the book suggestions on this page to find additions to your classroom library. Consider adding women as changemakers at one of the stations when doing station rotations. View the archive of OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Station Rotations, reviewed here to learn more about using station rotations in your teaching strategies. Extend learning using the 4-Circle Venn Diagram Creator provided by Canva, reviewed here. Canva shares many templates and ideas for different versions of Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast information. Use these ideas to compare and contrast women changemakers' actions, background, and information.
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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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America's Second Independence Day - Juneteenth is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares book ideas and resources for teaching about Juneteenth. This resource includes background knowledge information, activities, book suggestions, and ideas for extending learning. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): black history (125), book lists (161), civil rights (195), emancipation proclamation (11), Juneteenth (22), slavery (76), texas (7)

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Use the suggested activities and book lists to find resources for teaching about Juneteenth in your classroom. Include these lessons as part of Black History Month and when teaching about United States history and civil rights. Engage students in learning about Juneteenth by asking them to create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Search for Juneteenth on Genially to find a template to use when presenting Juneteenth to students or for students to use to share their knowledge on this topic. Extend learning using Figjam, reviewed here, an online interactive whiteboard, to share additional resources, add polls, diagrams, sketches, and more using Figjam.
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All the World's a Stage: Incorporating Dramatic Arts and Dance into the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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All the World's a Stage is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here sharing book lists and ideas for incorporating dramatic arts and dance into the classroom. The Background Knowledge section shares information on easing into the dramatic arts beginning with Reader's Theater activities, then extending into additional arts activities such as drama circles and dance. In addition to recommended books about the dramatic arts and artists, numerous classroom activities are available for students. Extension activities are also provided to encourage students to create art that represents various curriculum areas. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): book lists (161), dance (26), readers theater (10)

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Include the books and activities this article suggests to engage students through movement and the arts. Have students create and share Reader's Theater productions to demonstrate learning of any content. Use Storyboard That, reviewed here to create storyboards as they plan their productions. After recording your students' Reader's Theater presentations, use Clipchamp, reviewed here to edit and transform your presentations into professional-looking productions.
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Life is a Blank Canvas: Exploring Painting and Painters - TeachersFirst

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Life is a Blank Canvas is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here that shares information and resources about paintings and painters. Begin with the Background Knowledge section that shares some basic history of art, mediums, and techniques over the previous 45,000 years. The Activities section shares books that provide an overview of art history and artists, along with suggested resources and activities. In the last part of this article, there are some recommendations for extension activities, such as virtual museum tours and prompts for students to compare various artists. Information includes correlation to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (78), book lists (161), museums (44)

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Include this article with your other resources for teaching art to find activities and book lists for your classroom. Integrate art into any area of your curriculum using suggestions found in this article. For example, this article shares tips for books about Jackson Pollock and discusses integrating the study of gravity with art as it relates to paint spatter. Extend lessons on gravity using additional artists such as those found in Google Arts and Culture, reviewed here. Use the search feature using the keyword gravity to discover several online exhibits, such as Bending Gravity at the Guggenheim Museum and Gravity and Grace at the Hayward Gallery.
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Bookopolis Summer Reading Headquarters - Bookopolis

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Get reading this summer by participating in activities shared by Bookopolis, reviewed here. Play Read-O to earn a free book by completing a Bingo...more
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Get reading this summer by participating in activities shared by Bookopolis, reviewed here. Play Read-O to earn a free book by completing a Bingo card and emailing a picture of the five in a row Bingo completion to Bookopolis. Take the summer reading challenge to read ten books or 10,000 pages to earn a badge and a free book. Second through eighth graders can join virtual book clubs that meet by Zoom over the summer. The book clubs are divided into two grade levels: second through fourth grade and fourth through eighth grade. In addition to the summer activities, check out the suggested book lists available for all grade levels.

tag(s): book lists (161), seasonal (18), summer (29)

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Include information and links to Bookopolis Summer Reading Activities in your end-of-year newsletter to parents. Encourage students to participate in the activities by sharing and discussing the information before the school year ends. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here to create a curation of summer reading links and activities for families, then share the link to your Symbaloo collection for families to find all options in one location. Encourage students to read and share their reading over the summer by creating a topic on Flip, reviewed here. Find example topics on Flip's Discovery library, such as the one located here that encourages students to share and discuss their summer reading titles. Sign in to Flip to view the previous link. Share the link to your Flip topic on your class website and newsletter.
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Wottaread - Wottaread

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4 to 12
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Wottaread is the home for lovers of fantasy books, including the latest information on new book series, film adaptations, book lists, and much more. Scroll through the site to find...more
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Wottaread is the home for lovers of fantasy books, including the latest information on new book series, film adaptations, book lists, and much more. Scroll through the site to find the proper reading order of book series, author interviews, and suggestions for books similar to familiar titles. Also, enjoy taking quizzes such as "Which Hogwarts house would you be in?"
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tag(s): book lists (161), harry potter (9), reading lists (80)

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Share this site with students (consider age-appropriateness) as a resource for encouraging reading and finding books that fit their love of fantasy. Use the suggestions on the website to find books to add to school and classroom libraries. Ask students to use tools found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to compare and contrast characters or book series, create a Fakebook page to create a fictional character profile, or use Qwikslides to create a multimedia presentation quickly. Ask students to make book reviews using Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here, then share their thoughts on your class webpage for peers to use when searching for new reading material.

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment - TeachersFirst

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating research with technology. Information begins with a short introductory paragraph about the 19th Amendment and extensive background information. The Activities section shares suggested book lists, primary sources, and a WebQuest research project. Continue down the site to find Extension activities that incorporate research skills into additional classroom opportunities such as debates and documentary creation. Ideas found on this resource include correlation to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (73), constitution (88), women (137), womens suffrage (44)

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Begin by browsing through the many suggested classroom activities found in this resource. Organize a suggested book list or research resources for students using a curation tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as means for organizing information into one place. Sort items in your Symbaloo by using the color-coding option for the icons. For example, make book suggestions blue, primary source links yellow, etc. As students prepare to share their research and final projects, provide options for sharing information. Suggest students make a presentation with Google Slides, reviewed here, a video using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here.
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Mensa for Kids - Mensa Foundation

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K to 9
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Mensa for Kids provides free, high-quality resources for kids and educators that promote empowering intelligence in children. To promote reading across a variety of genres, take advantage...more
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Mensa for Kids provides free, high-quality resources for kids and educators that promote empowering intelligence in children. To promote reading across a variety of genres, take advantage of the Excellence in Reading Program. This program provides reading lists by grade categories that students print, then rate books on a five-star system. Complete the entire list and return to Mensa for Kids to receive a free t-shirt! Select the "Teach" category to find lesson plans and TED Connection Guides for classroom use. The Games portion of the site shares math and language activities shared in conjunction with Arcademics, reviewed here.

tag(s): africa (138), colors (64), genetics (76), geometric shapes (136), gifted (65), hurricanes (36), literature (217), probability (96), STEM (265), stories and storytelling (41), writing (316)

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Enrollment in Mensa isn't required to take advantage of the many resources found on this site for all students. Use the reading lists as a starting point for stocking your class library or a student reading list for the current school year. Encourage students to complete the reading list and return to Mensa for a free t-shirt. Incorporate the lesson plans into your existing curriculum, then differentiate learning as you adapt to student needs. For example, use the Book Review Writing lesson to help students understand the difference between reviews and reports. This lesson also includes specific information on what to have with book reports. Begin by teaching this lesson in small groups, then use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a frame for each of the main topics. Enhance student learning by asking students to add sticky notes with their observations and thoughts. Have your group work together to share their book review using a simple to use blogging tool such as Telegraph, reviewed here. Extend learning further by creating a class podcast sharing book reviews created through the lesson process found on Mensa for Kids. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a free tool for creating and publishing podcasts that is appropriate for students of all ages. Use Buzzsprout to record and share book reviews throughout the school year.
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Maths Through Stories - University of Reading's Institute of Education (UK)

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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old,...more
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Gather ideas for teaching math through stories and creative writing at this site created for parents and educators. Find book lists, lesson ideas for students up to fourteen years old, and guidelines for writing stories for students of all ages. Another option includes a link to YouTube videos featuring high-quality readings of math stories. Learn about the key elements to include in math stories based on tips for authors and read interviews with mathematical storytellers.

tag(s): book lists (161), stories and storytelling (41)

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Use this resource to find ideas for introducing and teaching the elements of math stories with your students. Bookmark and share interesting math stories with your students using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Take advantage of the many tools found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here, to teach students the features and process for writing math stories. Search for math stories at ReadWriteThink to find lessons. After students create math stories have them create interactive presentations using Genially, reviewed here. Use Genially to create presentations, interactive images, or games and escape rooms.
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K-2 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 2
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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general ...more
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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general tips that help educators maintain a connection with students and provide support for parents. Also, the collection offers many instructional tools along with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): literacy (109), preK (257), professional development (394)

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Use the ideas in this collection to offer remote learning opportunities to students. For example, create your free account at Epic, reviewed here, and share reading lists with your students based on ability and interests. Engage students by having them write book reviews using My Storybook, reviewed here, then share the links with all students to read.

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POV For Educators - American Documentary, Inc. PBS (KQED)

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POV documentaries, presented by PBS, offers these standards-aligned free lesson plans, discussion guides, and reading lists for over 200 online film clips from the documentaries. Deepen...more
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POV documentaries, presented by PBS, offers these standards-aligned free lesson plans, discussion guides, and reading lists for over 200 online film clips from the documentaries. Deepen student's media analysis skills by using the first themed lesson plan for Media Literacy. Find other Lesson Plan Themes categorized by subjects, The lesson plans can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file. This link is for the POV archived documentaries. There is a link at the top of the page for their new POV site.

tag(s): black history (125), cultures (132), disabilities (29), elections (80), politics (113), veterans (20), video (259), women (137)

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Bookmark and look at POV first for any of the listed themes that come up throughout the school year. The lesson plans also have extension activities, many for inquiry or research. Show these to students and have them choose one to extend their learning. If your students need an introduction or review of research skills you may want to parallel the POV lesson with R4S: Research for Success, reviewed here. As you work through the lesson, ask students to keep a journal about what they are learning and questions they still have. Subtitute paper and pen journals for a digital journal using a tool like Penzu, reviewed here; with Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. As a culmination activity enhance student's understanding by having them put together an interactive infographic about their learning for you and their peers using Infogram, reviewed here.
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The Classroom Bookshelf - Mary Ann Cappiello, Erika Dawes, Grace Enriquez & K Cunningham

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K to 12
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Discover ideas for new, captivating literature to include in your classroom! Each blog entry focuses on a recently published book. In addition to a summary of the book, entries discuss...more
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Discover ideas for new, captivating literature to include in your classroom! Each blog entry focuses on a recently published book. In addition to a summary of the book, entries discuss several different teaching methods incorporating the book along with extensive lists of links to additional information and similar books. In addition to the blog entries, use links to find book lists by topic as well as classroom and curricular ideas. This blog is a must-read for teachers of all subject areas and is free! This blog is a sister to The School Library Journal which costs for a subscription.
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tag(s): blogs (66), book lists (161), literacy (109), literature (217), preK (257), reading lists (80)

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Every teacher will want to bookmark this site as a resource for book ideas throughout the school year. Be sure to share this site with your school's media teacher for finding new materials to add to your school library. Search to find books on any topic or subject to use in your classroom library. Create a classroom center with books found through this blog. Don't forget to look through the many excellent classroom teaching ideas. Create a link to The Classroom Bookshelf on your class website for parents; they will appreciate the many book ideas to read at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create video book reviews using a tool like Moovly, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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SparkFun Tutorials - SparkFun Electronics

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8 to 12
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SparkFun tutorials teach the basics (and beyond) of electronics. Over 400 tutorials include topics such as computers, circuits, and wearable technology. Browse through the list of tutorials,...more
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SparkFun tutorials teach the basics (and beyond) of electronics. Over 400 tutorials include topics such as computers, circuits, and wearable technology. Browse through the list of tutorials, or choose topics by tags to find specific content. Each tutorial includes complete instructions as well as suggested reading lists to help fully develop the understanding of concepts used. Most projects require several different materials, be sure to check each tutorial's supply list before starting any project. Many projects have an intro video that resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): circuits (20), computers (106), electricity (60), engineering (120), weather (165)

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Share SparkFun Tutorials with students competing in electronics or computer competition. Use tutorials as guides for projects in Makerspace classrooms or with after-school clubs. SparkFun Tutorials are the perfect challenge for gifted students. Encourage them to choose projects of interest either individually or as a group to complete as a "self-directed" lesson. Share the Wearables or Pokemon Go projects with students to show them this can also be for creating a fashion statement or patches for caps, backpacks, tee shirts and more. Be sure to photograph finished products for next year's students to view. Challenge students to create an "explainer" video tutorial for their project using ScreenPal, reviewed here, and then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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Airtable - Emmett Nicholas, Howie Liu, Andrew Ofstad

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K to 12
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Airtable is an online database for collaboration incorporating many different online platforms. Attach files from services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote to share. Collaborators...more
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Airtable is an online database for collaboration incorporating many different online platforms. Attach files from services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote to share. Collaborators can view the change history, link data, and engage in chat. Free templates offer options for creating study guides, book lists, and more. Free accounts offer unlimited databases with storage of up to 1200 records each and a 2GB attachment limit.

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Use Airtable to collaborate on lessons with other teachers, both local and across the world. Share with students to use when collaborating on projects or to create study guides. Use the provided templates to catalog your books or share study guides with students.

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What Do We Do All Day? - Erica (MomandKiddo)

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K to 8
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What Do We Do All Day? is a blog created by a stay-at-home mom and is packed full of learning activities and resources for children. Choose the Kids Activities link ...more
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What Do We Do All Day? is a blog created by a stay-at-home mom and is packed full of learning activities and resources for children. Choose the Kids Activities link to find ideas sorted by kitchen learning, outdoors, math, science, and more. There is also an extensive book list sorted into categories with a short synopsis of each book. A few of the videos are hosted on YouTube, but most are not. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): blogs (66), cooking (30), printables (37), puzzles (143), STEM (265)

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Bookmark and save this blog to find many ideas for classroom use. Take advantage of the free ideas and printables offered for projects across the curriculum. Browse through the many book lists for additions to your class library. Take pictures of classroom finished projects, then use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Reading and Writing Project Resources - Teachers College Columbia University

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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing...more
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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing resources developed by a Teachers College, Columbia University and Lucy Caulkins. Assessment information includes running records, the concept of print, letter/sound information, high-frequency words, and independent reading benchmarks. Additional Assessments include Independent Reading Books, Comprehension Proficiency, and Monitor Reading Volume and Stamina with book logs and daily reading examples. Under Book Lists find units of study for teen readers with titles and authors categorized by genre with quality literature suggestions. Many videos depict classes in action discovering Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion/Argument writing. One video series shows Danielson's Framework for Teaching evaluations, with classroom teachers being observed using reading/writing workshop. This includes PDF's with the notes and scoring. Find a baseline of excellent student writing sorted by grade level using Readers' Notebook and student writing samples. Nonfiction text sets give examples or resources for you to use in the classroom. Find text examples to use with your students featuring health and consumer science topics.
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tag(s): assessment (146), book lists (161), reading comprehension (143), reading lists (80), science of reading (33), writers workshop (31), writing (316)

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Use the free resources recommended by Teachers College, Columbia University to fine tune your reading and writing assessments. Assessments are ready to go and use, and videos help demonstrate quality teaching and learning. Use examples of student work on your interactive whiteboard for your class. Sharpening your literacy classroom increases your effectiveness. Share the professional development videos or resources with your colleagues. Use materials from this tool in your next presentation. Use at Open Houses or with curriculum chats with parents so they have a better understanding of grade level expectations. Be sure to document your professional growth for your teacher evaluations.
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CurriConnects Booklist: Adventures in Summer - TeachersFirst

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This collection of books is all about summer! Summertime brings many adventures: vacations, camp, wild weather, fireworks, and more! Travel aboard a cruise ship, explore a mysterious...more
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This collection of books is all about summer! Summertime brings many adventures: vacations, camp, wild weather, fireworks, and more! Travel aboard a cruise ship, explore a mysterious island, learn about summer weather, meet some tiny creatures living in hotels, and make this a summer reading adventure to remember. This collection of books offers both fiction and information texts. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (161), independent reading (86), summer (29)

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This collection is perfect to share with students (and families) prior to the summer break. Keep minds fresh during the summer. Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. If you want to "spice" up your final month of school, allow students to start summer (in their minds). These books provide experience with both fiction and nonfiction informational texts. They often require students to draw inferences about the "facts." Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. Share this list with your school library/media specialist or public library, as well, for them to "pull" books in support of your end of school-year reading. Extend the experience by having students create visual presentations of the concepts they learn. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, or Slides, reviewed here.

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