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Get the Most Out of Your Class’s Literature Studies: Movie Preview Projects-It’s All in the Storyboards

By |2021-04-29T10:30:55-05:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom, Writing Instruction|Tags: , |

Lights! Camera! Dying to inject tech into literature while getting the comprehension Action! you crave for your students? Just as in any film making process, when using movie preview projects to engage your class of readers, you have to keep your own audience in mind. In this article, we’ll review a must for ensuring you get the product quality you demand, and your (student) film crew gets the experience and understanding that makes any literature study project worthwhile.

4 Engaging Strategies to Teach the Alphabet

By |2021-04-30T10:15:18-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Reading/ELA Instruction, Special Education, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: |

Identifying and writing the letters of the alphabet is a foundational step in every learner’s literacy knowledge. There are countless ways to practice these skills and it can be challenging to know which ones are most effective and engaging. We’ve explored hundreds of strategies and decided on our top 4 favorite ones. These engaging activities will give your young learners plenty of opportunities to grow their alphabet knowledge and practice identifying, writing, and using letters in a variety of ways.

Keep in mind as you read, we have also provided a number of great free resources below to help you teach your students the alphabet.  We will discuss each resource in this article, so please take a look at these tools as you read!  So, here we go!

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER)

By |2021-04-30T11:41:18-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever had students respond, “I don’t know. It just did,” when asked to analyze and interpret their classroom lab results? We all want our students to “think like a scientist,” but often they fall short in connecting the dots between the lab results and the science concepts. Claim-Evidence-Reasoning or CER is a writing strategy that can develop a student’s analytical thinking and argumentative writing skills to turn that “I don’t know” into “aha, so that’s why we got those results in the lab.”

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