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Frayer Model

The Frayer Model is a vocabulary development tool. In contrast with a straight definition, the model helps to develop a better understanding of complex concepts by having students identify not just what something is, but what something is not. The center of the diagram shows the concept being defined, while the quadrants around the concept are used for providing the details. Words that work well with the Frayer Model include quadrilaterals, insects and democracies. Related:  MUS 226

APS Assessment | PARCC Evidence Tables “Evidence statement tables and evidence statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students. These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards, and highlight their advances especially around the coherent nature of the standards.” – PARCC More information about the Blueprints and Evidence Tables can be found at, including FAQ’s and Powerpoint presentations. Mathematics PARCC Grades 3-5 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 12/2014) PARCC Grades 6-8 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014) PARCC Grades 9-11 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 3-5 (Updated) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 6-8 PDF (Updated) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 9-11 (Updated) PARCC ELA Item Guidelines (Updated)

Interactive Graphic Organizer Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers "Graphic organizers are tools that help your brain think." - Kylene Beers Graphic organizers are an illustration of your thoughts on paper. Click on a graphic organizer to download a PDF of it. Each graphic organizer below includes Teaching Notes with lessons and tips on how to use graphic organizers in the classroom. Help with PDF Files Generating, Identifying, and Organizing Details Determining Main Idea and Drawing Conclusions Order and Sequence Comparison-Contrast and Cause and Effect Process and Cycle Diagrams Evaluating and Making Decisions Persuasive and Supporting a Position Vocabulary Miscellaneous Organizers Graphic Organizer Teaching Notes

Fun with Blooms Taxonomy and Blended Learning By Sarah Layton Image source : It’s summer. It’s Friday. You might actually have a few minutes to enjoy this… Let’s have some fun with Blooms Taxonomy and blended learning. First, click here for a quick review of Blooms Taxonomy. Blooms Taxonomy according to Seinfeld: Blooms Taxonomy according to Pirates of the Caribbean: Blooms Taxonomy according to Nemo: And for our aged-to-perfection audience, Blooms Taxonomy according to Andy Griffith: I didn’t know that Blooms Taxonomy and blended learning could be so enjoyable.

Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction One of our roles as ESL and bilingual specialists is to encourage mainstream teachers to employ teaching techniques which make content area information more accessible to second language learners. Content materials present text which is too dense for ELLs. Teach your students to use graphic organizers such as webs, Venn diagrams, and charts to help them better comprehend these texts. These are visual tools that help ELLs understand and organize information. They are like mind maps which promote active learning. Graphic Organizers can also help students develop higher level thinking skills and promote creativity. One of our goals in teaching our English language learners is to help them summarize and interpret text. Download the PDF files listed below or try a customized graphic organizer at

Ohio English Language Arts The State Board of Education adopted Ohio's New Learning Standards in English Language Arts as a guide to teaching and learning in the classroom. The Kindergarten – Grade 12 standards will be fully in use in Ohio classrooms in the 2014-2015 school year. Introduction to Ohio's New Learning Standards for ELA, Model Curriculum, and Assessment Ohio's New Learning Standards Addtional Resources for Diverse Learners Model Curricula Ohio teachers worked in teams in 2010 to suggest instructional strategies and resources that align with the Ohio's New Learning Standards in English Language Arts. In October 2013, Career Connections strategies were added to the Instructional Strategies in the model curricula. Problems, Ideas and Evaluation

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Thanks for visiting! Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. 1 ) Get to know your class Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. 2 ) Emotion graph An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. 3 ) Spelling test Steve Kirkpatrick had this brainwave a while back so check out his excellent post for more information about setting up the spreadsheet. 4 ) Comprehension questions

Tools for the Common Core Standards | News about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards Adapt ELL Lessons in 3 Simple Steps With the increasing numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in regular education classrooms, it is important to balance practicing a new skill or new knowledge with differentiated assignments to fit ELL students’ readiness. When students range in their stages of second language acquisition, their practice and classroom assignments can and should look different. Differentiating lessons doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are 3 simple steps to adapt lessons for your ELL students! Use these vocabulary activities to get your students to love learning new words. TeachHUB Magazine’s review of the Evernote & HabitsPro apps. Here are a few strategies for equalizing participation among cooperative... Teachers can take advantage of these beneficial seasonal changes and spend more... Use these teaching strategies to grade cooperative learning lessons. Step 1: Know the Stages of Second-Language Acquisition It is essential that we have a common understanding of the stages of language learning. by L.W.

Professional Development: Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas Grades K–High School Overview: The Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas Module is a 1-4 hour module that provides you with an introduction to the key shifts required by the CCSS for Literacy in the content areas: history / social studies, science, and technical subjects. How to Get Started: You are encouraged to complete any or all portions of this module to meet your needs, or the needs of your audience if you are facilitating this module for professional development. Be sure to read the User's Guide first! The User's Guide is a detailed guide for you, the self learner and/or facilitator. What’s In This Module? You can download all components of this module by clicking "Download All" on the left. After completing this module, you are encouraged to engage with the key shifts required by the CCSSM through the iTunes U Courses, created by teachers for teachers.

SIOP - Resources Resources Browse our collection of resources on relevant topics for educators, policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about the research-based SIOP Model and sheltered instruction. These resources include lesson plans, instructional activities, case studies of professional development, research briefs, digests, publications, products, frequently asked questions, and an electronic newsletter. Online Resources Lesson Plans and ActivitiesView our collection of free lesson plans and activities that can be downloaded for use in implementing the SIOP Model in your classroom. Download these free digests of interest: CREATE Briefs CAL was a partner in the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE). ProductsView our collection of products available for purchase to support learning about or using the SIOP Model.Learn more. Spotlight Click on the links below to read and download the free briefs.

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Download the National Visual Arts Standards Brochure - MOVING FORWARD: Answers to your questions and opportunities to learn more! Final Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards in the Arts Posted from February 14-28 The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The downloadable Excel spreadsheets include eleven overarching anchor standards that align with all disciplines’ (dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts ) performance standards. The review will also feature instructional support materials, such as sample Model Cornerstone Assessments, incorporating Process Components and Understanding by Design elements. Draft Copies of the revised voluntary National Core Arts Standards are now online The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. Virginia M.