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Summer Reading Journal - Barnes and Noble

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Barnes and Noble provides a summer reading program for students in grades 1-6. The list starts with titles for reading divided into three grade bands. Students complete the journal...more
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Barnes and Noble provides a summer reading program for students in grades 1-6. The list starts with titles for reading divided into three grade bands. Students complete the journal by listing eight books they read from the list, then sharing their favorite portion of the book and a short explanation of why. Upon completion, students bring their record to Barnes and Noble between July 1 and August 31, to receive a free book.

tag(s): book lists (130), summer (10)

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Although this list is for the current Barnes and Noble reading program, it provides ideas to add to any summer reading book list shared with students and parents. Create a list using Google Docs or Padlet, reviewed here to share a variety of reading materials to engage students in summer learning. Encourage students to share their summer reading by creating a collaborative topic using FlipGrid, reviewed here. Ask students to share what they are reading and a short review with a video response. Encourage students to add comments to book reviews sharing their thoughts about the reading materials.
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Little Free Library - Little Free Library

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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find...more
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Join the world's largest book-sharing movement by sharing or borrowing from hundreds of free library boxes located around the world. Visit the world map and search by location to find free libraries situated near you. Join the movement by building your sharing box using the plans shared by the site's users or start your little free library using the 5-step quick start guide.
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tag(s): character education (5), preK (283)

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Use the map on Little Free Library's website to locate book sharing locations near you and your students. Share this information with parents and encourage them to donate books to the library and/or borrow books. Use this site as an inspiration to create a free borrowing library for your school. Ask parents and community members to donate supplies and books, then build a sharing box using plans found on the site. Have students use time during makerspace activities to build models for inspiration. Extend student learning using podcasts created with Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Ask students to write and produce podcasts featuring books found in the free library and share their reflections on the goodwill created with the free library system.
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Book It! - Pizza Hut

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Book It! is the popular free reading program provided by Pizza Hut since 1984. The program is available October through March each year and encourages students in grades K-6 to ...more
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Book It! is the popular free reading program provided by Pizza Hut since 1984. The program is available October through March each year and encourages students in grades K-6 to set and accomplish monthly reading goals. Educators help students set achievable goals and provide a free pizza certificate upon completion.

tag(s): independent reading (115)

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Encourage student reading by signing up and sharing the Book It! program with your students. Set goals together with your students that match individual reading abilities and interests. Use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to document student progress and accomplishments. Visit ReadWriteThink, reviewed here to find a large variety of activities and templates to extend learning with any book. Be sure to visit the section with printouts that contains many graphic organizers, writing starters, and assessment tools.

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Text Features Questions: Higher Order Thinking - Teaching Made Practical

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This blog post provides ideas for teaching upper elementary students about text features based upon each level within Bloom's Taxonomy. The questions provide a quick overview for educators...more
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This blog post provides ideas for teaching upper elementary students about text features based upon each level within Bloom's Taxonomy. The questions provide a quick overview for educators on how to guide students toward higher thinking skills. Use the provided link at the end of the blog post to access a PDF version of the questions that include links to additional blogs that support teaching of nonfiction texts.
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tag(s): reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Use the suggestions found on this site as a starting point for ideas to use when teaching nonfiction. Engage students by creating choice boards with options to demonstrate learning. Learn more about choice boards by viewing the archive of the October 2018 OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation session, located here. Enhance learning by using FlipGrid, reviewed here to ask students to provide video responses to questions about nonfiction text. Use Flipgrid's Disco Library to find many ideas and prompts to use to encourage students to use higher-level thinking skills when discussing a text. Extend student learning further by asking them to create nonfiction multimedia projects. Provide a variety of options including Book Creator, reviewed here to create digital books, Powtoon, reviewed here to create animated videos, and Buzzsprout, reviewed here as a podcasting option.

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Nonfiction Text Features: Books and Lesson Ideas - Minds in Bloom

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K to 6
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This blog post shares teaching strategies to increase student comprehension with nonfiction text. The author shares images and information with guidelines for using anchor charts, how...more
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This blog post shares teaching strategies to increase student comprehension with nonfiction text. The author shares images and information with guidelines for using anchor charts, how to focus on specific text features, and spiraling learning. Additional suggestions share ideas for differentiating learning to increase student engagement and interest. As a bonus, the author includes a link to the graphic organizers and pacing guide to download for free use.
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tag(s): reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Use this blog post as a starting point for ideas to use when teaching with nonfiction text. Create a book list using Padlet, reviewed here sharing ideas for nonfiction books with your students. Organize them into categories using the "stream" option. Ask students to share their comments and short book reviews as a way to share reading materials with classmates. Enhance learning further using nonfiction materials and lesson ideas found at ReadWriteThink, reviewed here. Type in "nonfiction" using the keyword search at ReadWriteThink to find printable materials such as a nonfiction pyramid, a lesson plan using guided inquiry to learn about nonfiction, and use of the THIEVES strategy as a guide to previewing nonfiction reading materials. Extend learning further by asking students to incorporate nonfiction text features within their writing. Share student work using Edublogs, reviewed here.

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Text Feature Surgery for Elementary Students - Travelicious Teacher

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K to 5
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In this blog post, you'll learn how to use the metaphor of surgery to teach your students nonfiction or informational reading strategies. Find everything you will need in a step-by-step...more
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In this blog post, you'll learn how to use the metaphor of surgery to teach your students nonfiction or informational reading strategies. Find everything you will need in a step-by-step format, starting with a list titled "Text Feature Surgery Supplies" with lots of photos for picturing what the lessons will look like in your classroom. There is a "printable" suggested in this blog post that is not free; however, there is a generous amount of free ideas. Be sure to explore the Travelicious Teacher blog for many other ideas and teaching lessons for your classroom.
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tag(s): literacy (109), reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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Your students won't even realize how much they are learning about reading while participating in this fun, hands-on nonfiction reading unit. Look through the steps and quickly adapt the lessons to your own classroom. At the end of the unit ask individuals or small groups of students to enhance their learning by photographing their bulletin boards and creations and uploading them to a tool like Screenshot, reviewed here, or Tolks, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned about nonfiction reading comprehension.

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OK2Ask: The Fantastic Four: An Intro to the Free Office Online - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Microsoft's Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Designed to facilitate workplace readiness skills including communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, Office online can be used with students of all ages. We will share promising practices as well as strategies for staying organized, easily sharing files, and using these tools with your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the features of Office Online that support the 4Cs; 2. Explore classroom applications for Microsoft Forms and Sway; and 3. Plan for the use of Office Online in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): collaboration (67), communication (24), creativity (116), critical thinking (124), Microsoft (70), professional development (228)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog - TeachersFirst

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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms...more
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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms based on the latest frameworks for effectively using technology to enhance learning. Not only do the blogs have technology-infused ideas, but the topics are always spot on for your classroom, using monthly celebrations such as Women's History, Black History, holidays, Get Caught Reading, and other appropriate topics like Using Cartoons to Empower Student Voice, Using Rubrics When teaching Remotely, and many more. Use the search feature to find and read blog posts for any topic. Don't forget to subscribe using your RSS feed and receive alerts with the latest posts.

tag(s): blogs (79), preK (283), teaching strategies (36)

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Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource to keep you up to date with the latest technology and ideas on incorporating tech into any classroom. Share ideas with your peers during professional development sessions as you discuss your curriculum and ways to enhance learning. Take advantage of the information linked in the blog posts to expand your knowledge of the latest online resources and teaching frameworks.

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Twitter Chat: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tools and Resources to be VOCAL online. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the VOCAL approach to instruction, 2. Explore methods to incorporate a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment, and 3. Share tools that enhance the teachers' ability to be VOCAL.

tag(s): communication (24), Online Learning (14), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to be VOCAL online. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to a VOCAL approach in the instructional environment.

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OK2Ask: Build Comprehension with Tech Tools for Reading Fluency - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to increase student comprehension? We can show you one way to...Research tells us that reading slowly can negatively effect student comprehension, so increasing reading fluency is a quick way to effect student comprehension. In this session, we will investigate ways to use technology to increase reading fluency. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how reading fluency effects comprehension; 2. Explore 3 edtech strategies that can be used to enhance reading fluency; and 3. Plan for the use of technology integrated reading fluency strategies. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (228), reading comprehension (135), reading strategies (65)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Koji - Koji

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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available ...more
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Koji is an interactive content creator for use with all types of social media. Create games and quizzes by creating a template or remixing one of the thousands of available models found on the website. Choose an existing game and click the remix button to begin. Customize the options, including text, sound, images, and game features. Publish and share using the game link or directly into social media using the provided links.

tag(s): coding (80), game based learning (157), gamification (80)

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Find templates by browsing the templates found on the home page, or choose the option to see what others are remixing to find examples to use in the classroom. Modify quizzes to include on your class website for quick review and practice on any device. Choose a "tap to reveal" feature to share before introducing a new unit. For example, before starting a unit on national landmarks, quickly create several "tap to reveal" games with United States landmarks and publish one a day on the week before the start of your unit. Have students create quizzes and games to review classroom material, then share the games with all students on your class websites. Share with students interested in software and coding applications, encourage them to create games that interact with current classroom materials. Koji includes options for viewing the source code for advanced coders to use in creating and modifying their interactives.

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Snapstouch - SnapsTouch

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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each ...more
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Snapstouch converts your photos into images that appear to be paintings. Choose and upload your image to begin. Select from the two options of painting 1 and painting 2, each option provides a different look to the "painting." This site also provides a couple of options to add outlines, change the brush size, and adjust the level of painting. Click "paint" to convert your image, when finished, choose to download to save on your device as a JPG image.
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tag(s): images (276)

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Before sharing with students, you may want to share this tool on an interactive whiteboard or projector and show students how to save images correctly. Use this tool anytime to add interest to photos for use on class blogs, wikis, or in presentation tools. Share with older students to use for converting images for projects or presentations. Have students create a painted image to use instead of a photograph to use as their image within Google Classroom or other learning tools.
 

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elink - Bit Tech Labs, Inc

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K to 12
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Curate and bundle online content into engaging websites or newsletters using elink's easy to use templates and tools. Begin by selecting a template or start from scratch. Add website...more
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Curate and bundle online content into engaging websites or newsletters using elink's easy to use templates and tools. Begin by selecting a template or start from scratch. Add website links, customize the header text and image, select a layout, and adjust theme colors as desired. When finished, publish to access links to share as a website, use the embed code to embed into popular website platforms, or share via social media. Another option allows you to share as a newsletter using most email providers; however, not all of the templates work as a newsletter, so look for that option if that is how you plan to use this tool. The free plan offers one published post per day that includes up to 5 links.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), digital storytelling (146), social networking (93)

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Use elink to curate and share information in a variety of ways with students, parents, and peers. For example, use elink to create a grouping of links to videos for student use then embed your newsletter on your class website for use at home and school. Create a monthly newsletter to share with parents that include links to websites for use at home to support your current class lessons. Ask older students to use elink to curate resources used when submitting research and multimedia projects. Have students include their elink as part of a project created with Sway, reviewed here. As an example, if students research the causes of the Revolutionary War, ask them to include a link to their elink creation to share their online project resources. Be sure to check out the Education Curation Tools templates found on elink's website for additional ideas.

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GorillaPDF - Softpile

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GorillaPDF shares tools for converting images, text, Word documents, and more to PDF without the need to create an account. Download for use with files up to 50MB. Select the ...more
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GorillaPDF shares tools for converting images, text, Word documents, and more to PDF without the need to create an account. Download for use with files up to 50MB. Select the link to the type of file you are converting to PDF, then follow the prompts to upload and convert your file. When finished, download and save to your computer.

tag(s): conversions (32), digital storytelling (146), ebooks (36)

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GorillaPDF makes it easy to convert a variety of different file formats into PDF for easy use in a variety of ways. Use this tool to combine a variety of documents and images into one cohesive packet that is easy to share and view on any device. Ask students to use this site as a tool for combining research information into one easy to manage document. Extend learning by asking students to incorporate PDF files into ActiveTextbook, reviewed here, to create interactive learning experiences. Add images, videos, audio, and more to the documents to create a customized learning experience for other students to learn from their research.

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Twitter Chat: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Virtual Field Trips: Take Your Students on an Adventure. During this chat, participants will: 1. Explore ways to use virtual field trips in various educational settings, 2. Discuss the benefits of different types of virtual field trips, and 3. Share virtual field trips that can support instructional goals.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (87), virtual field trips (77)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to use virtual field trips to take your students on an adventure. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to virtual field trips.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Timelines - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Creating and using timelines is a great instructional strategy that can scaffold...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Creating and using timelines is a great instructional strategy that can scaffold student comprehension in all subjects. From the introduction of a concept to assessment, timelines can help empower learners and inform your instruction. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online timeline creators. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand various ways that timelines can be used in the classroom; 2. Explore 3 timeline tools to use in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of one of the three tools in your educational setting This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (228), timelines (60)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Reading Treks: My Brother's Flying Machine, Wilbur, Orville, and Me - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book My Brother's Flying Machine, Wilbur, Orville, and Me. This picture book written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Jim Burke highlights through the story and images the contributions of Katherine Wright to the work and inventions of her brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-4. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1900s (48), aircraft (24), inventors and inventions (85), virtual field trips (77), wright brothers (20)

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You and your students will benefit from the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during the early 1900s. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Make learning interactive by creating digital lessons that incorporate information about the book, the 1900s, and Dayton using a learning management system such as TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here.
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Reading Treks: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Follow Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jaimie when they decide to run away from home and end up hiding out in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 4-8. Content correlates to Common Core Standards. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1960s (31), new york (29), virtual field trips (77)

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Discover the many excellent and free suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the information from the book to learn about life in New York during the 1960s. Take advantage of the many resources found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to create Venn Diagram comparisons of modern life versus New York in the 1960s. Other resources found at Class Tools offer the opportunity to make timelines, create games from a timeline, and create your own newspaper headlines to share concepts learned from the book.
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Reading Treks: Blue Sky White Stars - TeachersFirst

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K to 3
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Blue Sky White Stars. Though the grade level for this almost wordless picture book is PreK-3rd, this tribute to the American flag with its themes of freedom, unity, and strength will appeal to older students and adults, too. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades PreK-3. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): preK (283), virtual field trips (77)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create digital books sharing their knowledge of American symbols using Book Creator, reviewed here. Using a map and locales, trace and then calculate distances between American symbols. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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OK2Ask: Keep On, Keepin' On - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Keep in your classroom for student productivity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (15), Google (50), organizational skills (109), professional development (228)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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