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What the Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read - Education Week

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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is...more
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Education Week reporter Sara Schwartz provides an overview of significant research findings on teaching systemic phonics for early reading success in this YouTube video. The video is just under four minutes long, making it an excellent choice for use to begin discussions on teaching phonics and literacy.

tag(s): phonics (50), preK (259), reading strategies (99), Research (83), science of reading (33)

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Share this video with your peers during professional development activities to encourage conversation about literacy instruction in your setting. Include this video with additional resources on literacy research. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, to curate and share resources with peers. Include videos, articles, and other relevant information in your Wakelet collection.

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What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading - Education Week

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This recording of a Facebook Live conversation provides viewers with a discussion on what the reading research says, why there is an ongoing debate on teaching reading, and what teachers...more
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This recording of a Facebook Live conversation provides viewers with a discussion on what the reading research says, why there is an ongoing debate on teaching reading, and what teachers learn as part of their training in reading instruction. In addition to the informative 30-minute video, links in the comments guide viewers to more resources for learning about reading instruction.

tag(s): literacy (110), preK (259), professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), Research (83), science of reading (33)

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Include this video with your other professional development resources as you learn about best practices for literacy instruction. Use a video commenting tool such as playposit, reviewed here, as part of your ongoing discussions to highlight important information and share individual thoughts about the content.

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Unpacking the Science of Reading: A Conversation With the Editors of Reading Research Quarterly - International Literacy Association

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K to 6
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This special digital issue of Reading Research Quarterly takes an in-depth look at the topic of the Science of Reading. Over an hour and a half, two editors of the ...more
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This special digital issue of Reading Research Quarterly takes an in-depth look at the topic of the Science of Reading. Over an hour and a half, two editors of the quarterly participate in a conversation that includes discussions of questions submitted by viewers and reviews of critical findings and editors' discoveries found in their research of the Science of Reading. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): professional development (394), reading comprehension (143), reading strategies (99), Research (83), science of reading (33)

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Include this conversation as part of your professional development activities in understanding how to teach literacy skills. Use the clip tool found on YouTube to clip short 5 to 60-second highlights from this video to share with peers as part of your discussions about literacy. Use a clip to begin a discussion using PodcastGenerator, reviewed here. PodcastGenerator is a super simple podcast creator. Use PodcastGenerator to begin professional conversations that offer opportunities for all participants to share ideas, questions, and follow-up opportunities with your chosen group.

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FCRR Student Center Activities - Florida Center for Reading Research

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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful...more
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Find many ideas for student literacy center activities for grades pre-k through fifth-grade curated by a team of researchers and teachers from 2004 through 2010. In addition, the helpful Teacher Resource Guide provides explicit guidance to understanding the center activities and the terms used in each resource. View this information to learn how to implement and differentiate instruction through student centers. Use the provided grade level classifications to find and select activities by topics such as phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Each activity is described fully in a PDF document that includes teaching objectives, complete instructions, and student handouts when necessary.

tag(s): fluency (24), phonics (50), preK (259), reading comprehension (143), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236), vocabulary development (89)

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Bookmark this site as a helpful resource for finding research-based and teacher-tested activities to develop literacy skills for students. Be sure to visit the Teacher Resource Guide to understand all of the information included with each activity and understand the specific skills targeted.
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The Collection - Virginia State Literacy Association (VSLA)

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This Collection, currently growing, includes a few volumes of curated articles from the Virginia State Literacy Association. The articles are devoted to reading and offer some articles...more
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This Collection, currently growing, includes a few volumes of curated articles from the Virginia State Literacy Association. The articles are devoted to reading and offer some articles related to the Science of Reading approach to literary instruction. Topics include early literacy screening and answers to common questions about the Science of Reading. View and print the volume or articles of your choice, using the icons found on the preview screen.

tag(s): literacy (110), professional development (394), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), writing (317)

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Include information from this collection of articles as part of your ongoing professional development activities. Include this collection along with your other resources using Wakelet, reviewed here. Create a shared Wakelet to collaborate and share information about the Science of Reading with your peers.
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The Educator's Science of Reading Glossary - Virginia State Literacy Association

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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that...more
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Learn about and understand the fundamentals of the Science of Reading with this printable glossary. Follow the link found in the short article to access the ten-page PDF document that shares definitions of basic terms referenced in the Science of Reading approach to teaching reading and writing. Additional resources in this document include links to other references and research.

tag(s): fluency (24), phonics (50), preK (259), reading strategies (99), science of reading (33), vocabulary (236)

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Bookmark and save this document as a resource for understanding the Science of Reading approach in your classroom. As you learn about the Science of Reading through professional development opportunities, consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to collaborate and share ideas with peers. Create a column for each term and add resources such as articles, videos, and teaching resources within your Padlet.
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Social and Emotional Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better...more
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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better understand emotion, manage their own, and show empathy towards others. SEL skills also help students set and achieve positive goals. Although this is an ongoing process through all grade levels, you can begin to instill these skills and understandings in even your youngest students. We encourage you to find appropriate tools and resources in this collection to use with your students and in your lessons.

tag(s): emotions (47), empathy (26), social and emotional learning (83)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to social-emotional learning. This collection includes lesson plans, digital check-ins, toolkits, professional resources, and more. Share this curated list with your colleagues and families.

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Distance Learning Toolkit - National Center for Learning Disabilities

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The Distance Learning Toolkit is a 44 page PDF document that provides strategies for meeting the instructional needs of all students in distance learning situations. The methods are...more
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The Distance Learning Toolkit is a 44 page PDF document that provides strategies for meeting the instructional needs of all students in distance learning situations. The methods are inclusive for all students; however, they focus on key mindsets and teaching practices for students who learn differently and pose unique instructional challenges. Each section provides information on different teaching strategies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), flexible grouping, and positive behavior strategies. View this document online or print individual copies.

tag(s): professional development (394), remote learning (59), teaching strategies (41)

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Save this toolkit to use as an excellent resource for both distant learning and in-person teaching situations. Share with your peers to include with staff meetings and professional development sessions. Consider separating each key teacher mindset and the key teaching practices into individual professional development discussions. Create a collaborative Google Jamboard, reviewed here, for all participants to add ideas, questions, and experiences throughout your learning sessions.
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Discussing Tragic Events in the News - Morningside Center

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Although tragic and difficult world events are challenging to discuss, it is important to understand that they are on students' minds as they come into the classroom. This article provides...more
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Although tragic and difficult world events are challenging to discuss, it is important to understand that they are on students' minds as they come into the classroom. This article provides specific questions and discussion formats that help support students during difficult times and fosters a sense of community. The five basic questions offer students opportunities to share their feelings and reflect upon ways to address similar problems in the world and their community.

tag(s): differentiation (83), disasters (36), social and emotional learning (83)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for fostering productive class conversations as needed when discussing difficult events. Be sure to share this site with parents who are also dealing with students that are dealing with tragic events at home. After allowing time to reflect upon the events and your classroom discussions, some students may need additional time to process the information. Provide an additional outlet using Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard that allows students to add sticky notes anonymously that share their feelings or solutions to difficult problems. Curate resources for students (and parents) that include age-specific information such as news articles, videos, and background information using a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here. Consider creating a Wakelet for parents and guardians with information to use at home to support students in meaningful ways. Provide students a creative outlet to share their emotions by suggesting they create short videos, flyers, or websites using the free tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Find more resources to help facilitate difficult conversations on this Special Topics Page.

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Joystock - Joystock Royalty Free Music

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K to 12
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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options...more
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Do you need background music for a multimedia project? This site is for you! Joystock provides royalty-free music downloads in a variety of different genres. Browse through the options ranging from corporate to hip hop to preview and select from the choices offered. Select download to add to your device. Although Joystick is royalty-free, they do require attribution to use it for free legally. Find all attribution information and faqs at the link describing how to use royalty-free music found at the top of every page.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (90), multimedia (43)

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Joystock is an excellent resource to bookmark for use in a variety of classroom projects. Share with students to use when creating podcasts, videos, or any multimedia project. Choose a calming tune to play as students enter your classroom or a more lively selection to get students inspired to begin their day. Use music from Joystock when creating videos with online tools such as moovly, reviewed here. For example, use the Travel Promo template found in moovly to create a short video tour of a location studied during geography class. Add music from Joystock to set the appropriate mood and create a professional-looking and sounding video. Don't forget to include Joystock when teaching proper attribution and digital citizenship throughout the year!

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Family Engagement Resources - Learning Heroes

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Learning Heroes shares resources that help schools form strong partnerships with families that advance social, emotional, and academic development. Resources begin with building a plan...more
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Learning Heroes shares resources that help schools form strong partnerships with families that advance social, emotional, and academic development. Resources begin with building a plan to start the school year on a positive footing, evaluate and take steps to promote student progress, and provide tips and tools to support continued learning over the summer in the Summer Remix section (scroll down the main page and its on the right). Other tools include discussing racism, planning tools for teacher/parent communication, and interactive guides to grade-level expectations.

tag(s): back to school (63), parents (60), professional development (394)

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Discover and use the many researched-based ideas found on this site to enhance and build community and parent partnerships in your school. This site includes tips on using the resources to strengthen family outreach. Start with these tips and expand your outreach by including teacher and student interactions to demonstrate ideas. For example, schedule virtual monthly meetings and workshops using Zoom, reviewed here, that includes information on current assessments, tips for improving study skills, or discussing your current curriculum. For parents unable to participate, create a screen recording using Screencast-O-Matic, reviewed here, and post the video on your class website. Be sure to feature student work within your activities. Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, is an excellent resource for curating and sharing ideas by creating websites, or flyers and more.
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Enhancing Home Learning - OnlineSchoolsReport

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Remote learning, home learning, distance learning - whatever you call it, it is a massive change in content delivery for many families. This infographic provides tips for parents to...more
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Remote learning, home learning, distance learning - whatever you call it, it is a massive change in content delivery for many families. This infographic provides tips for parents to help students stay on track and engaged with learning. Tips include how to live with a new normal, how to limit distractions, and suggestions on how to collaborate remotely with peers. Also, this infographic suggests a few tips for learning based on math, reading, and science content.

tag(s): infographics (57), parents (60), remote learning (59)

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Share this infographic with parents to provide suggestions for creating learning spaces at home, and to let them know that they are not alone with their concerns and struggles related to at-home learning. Encourage parents and caregivers to participate in an online community using Lino, reviewed here. Think of Lino as a digital bulletin board, ask parents to share tips on what works when learning at home, pictures of their students' work, and post questions for other families to discuss. If you want to share more personalized ideas, use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create and share tips and suggestions for at-home learning.

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Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism - Safe Space Radio

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This hour-long radio program explores how to discuss race and racism with kids of any age through the lens of white parents and students. The radio program provides specific examples...more
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This hour-long radio program explores how to discuss race and racism with kids of any age through the lens of white parents and students. The radio program provides specific examples of how to expose children to people of all races, address children's' questions about race, and tips on how to be aware of situations that provide opportunities to discuss race and racism. In addition to the radio program, the site also includes two PDF documents. The first contains strategies for talking to white kids about racism; the other is a discussion guide with general questions and questions to use with each session segment.

tag(s): character education (75), racism (76)

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Use this radio broadcast as a resource for addressing racism both in the classroom and at home. The program includes short segments with different guests, use the segments to divide information into smaller topics and big ideas. Share a segment with parents along with guiding questions found in the discussion guide and encourage them to use this information to address race in their home as you also address these ideas at school. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and share additional resources for families. As students reflect upon the questions and discussions, have them use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics with their ideas for addressing issues of race and racism. Use Google Drawings, reviewed here, as an alternative for younger students to create and share their thoughts through original drawings.
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Camp BOOK IT! - Pizza Hut

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Camp BOOK IT! is a summer home reading program where students in grades K-6 earn monthly rewards for achieving reading goals. After enrolling in the program, parents use the digital...more
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Camp BOOK IT! is a summer home reading program where students in grades K-6 earn monthly rewards for achieving reading goals. After enrolling in the program, parents use the digital dashboard to track their student's reading progress during June, July, and August. Move the slider to certify completion of the preset goal to receive a certificate to redeem at Pizza Hut for a personal pan pizza. Other features found on this site include a series of ongoing articles with activities and book recommendations; under Resources at the top, slide to Teacher Toolbox to find activities and calendars to track reading.

tag(s): independent reading (86), seasonal (18), summer (29)

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Share Camp BOOK IT! with parents to encourage reading over the summer months. Use this program as an opportunity to collaborate with parents to engage students in reading by providing a reading list for students that includes books that appeal to your students. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to share suggested titles of books for students, and use the stream feature to organize the titles into different categories. Encourage students to add comments to your Padlet, sharing their book reviews. Enhance your students' summer reading experience by creating a topic using Flip, reviewed here, and ask students to contribute video book talks discussing their reading. Another idea is to create a Summer Bingo topic. Attach a Bingo form to your Flip topic with different squares to complete. Ideas might be reading a biography, starting a new book series, or sharing a book with a friend.
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Kid's Healthy Eating Plate - Harvard - T.H. Chan, School of Public Health

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Find a colorful page and PDF with guidelines for students to learn about the food groups, proper nutrition, and physical activity for staying healthy. The printable PDF comes with all...more
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Find a colorful page and PDF with guidelines for students to learn about the food groups, proper nutrition, and physical activity for staying healthy. The printable PDF comes with all the colors, but can also be downloaded as a coloring activity.

tag(s): fitness (38), nutrition (135), preK (259), printables (37)

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Share this colorful page with students using your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing any health, nutrition, or Family and Consumer Science lessons or unit. For younger students, and over several class periods, have them color in their blank PDF, as you (or other students) read the text for what that food or that particular picture is about. With younger students, as each individual picture is complete use Flip, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share what they learned about that food group. With older students consider setting up a Padlet, reviewed here, for students to brainstorm recipes where the main ingredient comes from a particular food group. Use the Padlet columns feature for organizing the food groups.
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Teddy Bear Toast - Homeschool Preschool -

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Teddy Bear Toast is just one of the many entertaining ideas you'll find on this site. The pickiest eaters will gobble up this healthy breakfast or snack! Explore this site ...more
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Teddy Bear Toast is just one of the many entertaining ideas you'll find on this site. The pickiest eaters will gobble up this healthy breakfast or snack! Explore this site for free printables and activities and enjoy the many colorful images that represent the activities.

tag(s): crafts (54), nutrition (135), parents (60), preK (259)

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Are you reading a book with bear characters? Are you teaching an animal unit? When you get to the bears, don't forget about Teddy Bear Toast! This snack would be perfect for a simple introduction or culminating activity.

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks - Happy Hooligans - Jackie Currie

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This delightful idea for a healthy snack resides on Happy Hooligans. In addition to this idea, Happy Hooligans has many engaging recipes and ideas for activities. Find crafts and activities...more
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This delightful idea for a healthy snack resides on Happy Hooligans. In addition to this idea, Happy Hooligans has many engaging recipes and ideas for activities. Find crafts and activities for both home and in the classroom. When you need some good ideas for your PreK and primary classrooms, be sure to search through this site!

tag(s): crafts (54), nutrition (135), parents (60), preK (259)

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If you're teaching a butterfly unit or studying insects, this snack is a perfect addition to start identifying the body parts of a butterfly! Since students will be excited to help make their own "butterfly" snack, this snack idea easily converts to an activity; it will take some prep for items that need to be cut. (You might consider asking a parent to help prepare the items ahead of time). Be sure to explore this source for lots of new ideas!

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18 Book Inspired Snacks for Kids - Christie Burnett - Childhood 101

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Introduce favorite children's literary characters and stories with these clever snacks inspired by titles like Charlotte's Web, Ordinary Mary's Favorite Deed, If You Give a Moose a...more
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Introduce favorite children's literary characters and stories with these clever snacks inspired by titles like Charlotte's Web, Ordinary Mary's Favorite Deed, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? and many others, including Dr. Suess' Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and his ABC book. With each book title, find detailed directions for making the snacks, and many have game and activity ideas. Some titles take you to other kid-friendly sites for the directions and activities. Be sure to browse the rest of this site to find many free printables and activity ideas.

tag(s): book lists (162), crafts (54), literacy (110), nutrition (135), parents (60), preK (259)

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Discover many tasty and interesting snack ideas to use with your students. After reading one of the books with your students, introduce the snack idea. With older students demonstrate how to put the snack together while they follow along. Some snacks will take some prepping for items that need to be cut. (You might consider asking a parent to help prepare the items ahead of time.) Some of the snack ideas come from other quality sources. Be sure to explore those sources for new ideas!

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Communications Resources for Coronavirus - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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K to 12
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and...more
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and infectious disease guides. Choose the video portion of the website to view videos of the latest updates and guidelines from the CDC, including American Sign Language YouTube videos. Other resources available include a coronavirus widget to embed into a website along with additional guidance for travelers and Public Health Communicators.

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Take advantage of the many free, and updated, resources to share factual information about the coronavirus with families on your website. Use the posters and infographics as models, then have students create fact-based communications and information sheets using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, or templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here. Enhance learning and have students share information with others by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here, and update it daily with the latest information. Consider extending learning by starting a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to deliver news regularly. Ask students to write scripts then take on the role of a journalist as they keep your community informed.
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Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools - Colorin Colorado

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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets,...more
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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets, posters, and more for students and families of English Language Learners. Virtually all of the materials shared on the site include English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese versions.
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Take advantage of the materials available in Spanish or Chinese to share information about the coronavirus with foreign language speaking families in your community. Help families stay up to date with the latest information by creating and sharing a Padlet, reviewed here, with the latest news from all of your resources. Create columns in your Padlet to sort information by the language used or by resources available for students and adult information. Engage all members of the community by using a translator app such as the Microsoft Translator, reviewed here, to converse with parents and share information without language barriers.
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