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Eco Kids

Friday, 03 July 2015 by

This is a great site for your apsiring scientists and eco-friendly teachers and students. Started in 1994, EcoKids is a free, environmental education program that offers curriculum-linked materials and activities for Canadian elementary schools to engage in environmental action. But also has a gerat deal of relevance for American students as well.

The award-winning EcoKids web site — the centrepiece of the program — is an interactive environmental web site for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world. It offers topical information about the environment through interactive, fun, educational games and activities that utilize participants’ willingness to learn.

Children are encouraged to form their own opinions, make decisions, get involved and understand the impact their own actions have on the environment.

Designed to inspire children to become life-long environmental stewards, EcoKids is an invaluable resource for …

BoomWriter

Sunday, 21 June 2015 by

BoomWriter lets you easily incorporate and experience the benefits of technology as your students are collaboratively engaged in the following (or similar) standards-based learning activities:

Grade 3

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Using BoomWriter’s feature allowing teachers to create their own story start, students collaboratively create imagined multi-paragraph personal narratives using a teacher generated prompt (e.g. “When I woke up on Saturday morning, I had no idea I was in for the craziest day of my entire life…”).

Grade 5

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 – Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Utilizing a well-crafted …

Professional Development

Sunday, 19 April 2015 by

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Training is at the very heart of everything we do. Our training is delivered by experienced staff, every one of them  teachers and practitioners. They aim to get staff proficient in a specific area and really start to ‘Think Different’ in order to make a real, meaningful impact on teaching and learning.

Our training consists of ‘on demand’ customized training according to the school needs – but the biggest impact comes from a sustained program of training. Short bursts of training with real, meaningful take-aways across the academic year. This allows you to plan within the school calendar and build the program into the School Development Plan. Every school starts with our core aims and objectives and we plan training according to the unique needs of each school.

 

 

We have a variety of areas in which we …

SightWords.com

Saturday, 07 February 2015 by

SightWords.com

Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. Sight Words combines the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.

Sight words build speed and fluency when reading. Accuracy, speed, and fluency in reading increase reading comprehension. The sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without sounding out the letters. The sight words are both common, frequently-used words and foundational words that a child can use to build a vocabulary. Combining sight words with phonics instruction increases a child’s speed and fluency in reading.…

I have always enjoyed word games. Free Rice is just that a simple word game that has been around since 2007. Free Rice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program. It is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Free Rice has two goals:
• Provide education to everyone for free.
• Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

If you haven’t visited the Free Rice website lately you will want to check out some new categories that are great for your students when they need a few minutes of filler time. At the top of the vocabulary box look for the words CHANGE SUBJECTS with an arrow pointing right. Click on the arrow to find a broad listing of …

Formative Assessment

Monday, 16 September 2013 by

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:

  • help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work
  • help faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately

Formative assessments are generally low stakes, which means that they have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include asking students to:

  • draw a concept map in class to represent their understanding of a topic
  • submit one or two sentences identifying the main point of a lecture
  • turn in a research proposal for early feedback

If technology is limited at your school Signal Pinch Cards are a great quick response for Formative Assessments. Made quickly on card stock and

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