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The traditional book report that asks students to critique the books that they read is a staple of many classrooms. If you would like to add a new element to book reports try having students add visual and audio components to book reports by having students create book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer's interest in a book. A great place to find examples of book trailers is Book Trailers for Readers . If you would like to have your students try to create book trailers, here are five free video tools that are well-suited to that purpose.
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Maps of World has produced a neat interactive map of the world's most important news stories in 2011. The map is titled Remember 2011. Visitors to the map can click on the stories on the map to reveal more detailed information about each event. You can browse the stories on that map by clicking on locations.
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I wanted to try my hand at making Martha's paper bag project from scratch. (Using book pages not paper bags.) And I thought I'd share my little adventure with you! You can make these with any kind of pretty paper that pleases you.
This one’s for the teachers. Within the last few years, we’ve been stretched quite thin when it comes to budgetary matters, and very few sectors of our economy have witnessed as dramatic a cut in services as our schools. With this in mind, I’ve made the decision to put my greediness aside, and offer some help instead. In 2004, I wrote and illustrated WordPlay Café (Williamson Publishing, an Ideals company ). It’s a fun, educational romp through the more common aspects of linguistics for kids, and was driven by my desire to not only present the humor in wordplay, but also explain how it works, so that kids may begin to build their own unique brand of phonetic fun. Here’s the deal.