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Recommended Children's Books. Recommended Children's Books In this regular feature in Reading Today, David Richardson recommends the following children’s books: • Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills (Schwartz and Wade, 2012), all ages – Rocket collects lots of words but doesn’t know what to do with them until his teacher (a little yellow bird) helps him get started with a story. • Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons (Wild Iris, 2011), ages 8 and up – This book is packed with information and pictures of all types of animals, and there’s a website with references to state standards. • In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton, 2012), ages 10 and up – This book weaves various fairy tales into a complex, gruesome, and funny story.

Recommended Children's Books

Search. 11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom. More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students.

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations, or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success. Here are some apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out! Base Ten Blocks Number Pieces is a great free app that allows every student with an iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips. Whether they are learning basic place value, modeling how to add decimals, or exploring expanded notation, this app is worth looking into. Protractor Even on an iPad, a protractor can be used as a tool to measure angles. Graph Paper Geometry Pad lets children draw lines and shapes on graph paper. Geoboard. Sheppard Software: Fun free online learning games and activities for kids.

Telling Time Second Grade. We have created these telling time activities to align with the 2nd Grade Common Core Standards.

Telling Time Second Grade

Look at the bottom of this post to find our link to first grade activities CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.C.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m. What’s the minute? Students attach the minutes to the clock. This center requires Velcro to assemble. Matching Game Students match the clock with the time. Beacon Learning Center - Online Resources for Teachers and Students. Lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing for you. Hillsboro R-3 e3: Tasks. Literature Circles Made Easy - New Resources.

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Literature Circles Made Easy - New Resources

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a challenge for you and your students. Everyone is excited about the upcoming winter holidays, and it’s hard to keep kids focused on their work. This is especially true in reading, because when students are reading or working quietly on assignments, their minds can easily wander. Literature Circles to the rescue! This instructional strategy is fun, engaging, and effective, and now is the perfect time to get started!

If you've never tried Literature Circles, you might be wondering what this strategy is all about. Literature Circles Freebies on Teaching Resources About 15 years ago when I first started my Teaching Resources website, I created a page to gather and share free Literature Circle resources. Classroom Book Clubs Teachers used to assign roles in Literature Circles, but that’s no longer the norm. Technology and Education. Cool Tools for Schools. Technology Tidbits: Blog. Bloom's Pyramid Interactive. Teach with Picture Books. Follow the Yellow Brick Road Retelling. I’m back today to report to you that I DID NOT have to suck it up and eat the larva for snack today.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Retelling

And…PTL…I remembered my math & literacy stations AND I got a full 7 hours sleep…minus 30 minutes here and there thanks to a cover hogging husband :) Yes friends, today was MUCH better than yesterday…well, except for having to control the LOUDNESS that is my classroom while our 4th graders took the STARR test today. Bless their hearts. This week we’re working on retelling. I feel like EVERY teacher does a pretty stinkin’ great job at driving home this concept. I’m pretty sure we’re constantly asking questions before/during/after reading and encouraging to summarize stories in their own words. Image via Kelli @ Castles & Crayons GENIUS idea. I saw her precious idea late last night while I was promising myself I’d get to bed early. We read the story, Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson, and I had the kids follow the “yellow brick road” to retell the story in their own words. BigHugeLabs: Do fun stuff with your photos. Google Earth Virtual Voyages, Virtual Field Trips: Resources.

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Google Earth Virtual Voyages, Virtual Field Trips: Resources

Resources: Google Lit Trips: Using Google Earth, students discover where the greatest road trip stories of all time took place. The site features Google Lit Trips to support Grapes of Wrath, The Aeniead, My Brother Sam is Dead, and more! 3D Warehouse: This massive collection of user-created content contains 3D model created in Google SketchUp. Safe and simple blogs for your students. Letter A Video. Letter A Video. Choice Boards. Tic-Tac-Toe Template Choice board template Dinner Menu template Menu planner Think-Tac-Toe powerpoint Extension Menus powerpoint.

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