nancie atwell « The Reading Zone I have had a lot of questions over the last few days asking about how I run my reading workshop. For some reason, there aren’t a lot of resources out there about using reading workshop in grades 6-8. However, I have read a lot of professional resources, observed in various workshop classrooms, and modified a lot of activities originally for the primary grades. Over the next few weeks I will make it a point to post about different aspects of my reading workshop as I get ready for the new year and plan out my units of study. Today, I will take some time to recommend the professional resources that I have found to be the most important for my knowledge and planning. Books: 1. 2.The Reading Zone: HOW TO HELP KIDS BECOME SKILLED, PASSIONATE, HABITUAL, CRITICAL READERS by Nancie Atwell- In her newest book, Atwell focuses on the power of independent reading. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Websites: Beth Newingham’s Teacher Resources: Mrs. ReadWriteThink: Great lessons for literacy!
MedieGlimt Cooperative Learning What is Cooperative Learning? Cooperative learning is an instructional strategy that simultaneously addresses academic and social skill learning by students. It is a well-researched instructional strategy and has been reported to be highly successful in the classroom. What is its purpose? There is an every increasing need for interdependence in all levels of our society. How can I do it? Five Basic Elements of Cooperative Learning 1. The basic elements of cooperative learning can be considered essential to all interactive methods. How can I adapt it? Cooperative learning can take place in a variety of circumstances. Assessment and Evaluation Considerations Observing cooperative learning groups in action allows you to effectively assess students' work and understanding. Teacher Resources
Jim Burke: English Companion MediaWiki Lesson Plans - FITC Lesson Plans Banking/Financial Services Bankruptcy Budgeting Career Charitable Giving Coin Recognition/Values Credit/Buying a Home Decision Making Economic Reasoning Entrepreneurism Financial Behavior Financial Goals General Teacher Info Goods & Services Income Insurance Investments Loans Monetary and Fiscal Policy Money Opportunity Costs & Tradeoffs Other Productivity Retirement Planning Saving/Spending Scarcity & Choices Supply & Demand Taxes Banking/Financial Services The Story of Jack and the Bank Stalk Fairy tales have always been used to give lessons about life. Students will: List the roles and functions of money. Complete Lesson Plan Student Lesson Plan Grades: 2 Money: Kids and Cash(pdf) Length of Lesson: One class period Objectives: Students will understand the following: A bank pays interest to people who put money in it. Grades: 3-5 "At the Bank" Scavenger Hunt(pdf) See if you can find these items while touring a financial institution like a bank, thrift, savings and loan, or credit union. Grade: 3-6 Money
Classroom 2.0 The Story of Jack and the Bank Stalk Fairy tales have always been used to give lessons about life. The story of Jack and the Bean Stalk is a good lesson about the importance of knowing about money and banks. While you might think that you know the story of Jack, go to Jack and the Beanstalk , from Old Fairy Tales. Jack and the Bean Stalk: This site provides the story of "Jack and the Bean Stalk." www.usm.edu/english/fairytales/jack/k.htm The story of Jack asks the question, "What is money?" An old quote in economics is, " Money is what money does." 1. What is meant by these three functions? First, for money to be a medium of exchange everyone has to accept that "it" is money. Next, money must be a unit of account. Finally, money must be a store of value. Activity 1 Answer the following questions after reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk above. 1. 2. 3. [1. 4. Functions of the Bank A bank has a number of functions as well. A second function is to lend money to others and receive interest in return. Activity 2 1. 2. 3. 4.
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THE TEN CHAIRS Musical chairs in High School? Absolutely! This is a terrific lesson plan from Teaching Economics As If People Mattered where the students act out the distribution of wealth in the United States. What is wealth and who owns how much of it? What are assets and debts? The following information will help you, the teacher, prepare to have a lively, engaging, and effective hour of learning with your students. Learning Objectives This lesson, which takes approximately one classroom hour (55 minutes) has the following learning objectives: Define the concepts of wealth and assets Compare wealth and income Apply an understanding of the definition of wealth by providing examples of wealth for different income groups Dramatize the shift in wealth from 1976 to 2004 Links to recent articles below allow you to have more recent information Concepts and Key Terms The following concepts and key terms are covered in this lesson: Download Lesson Plan, Charts, and Student Placard Overview Presentation
Ten Activities for Establishing Classroom Rules | Lesson Plan When it comes to setting rules in the classroom, in some ways the old adage "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" rings true. Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing classroom rules that will last the whole year through. Many teachers involve students in establishing their classroom rules. Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing classroom rules that will last the whole year through. So what will those rules be? If you are really stuck for the kinds of rules that might be appropriate for students at your grade level, see some suggestions on the Classroom Rules -- Elementary Level Web page. The consequences for breaking a classroom rule are at least as important as the rule itself. First time: Name on board. During the first days of school, teacher Mary Gambrel involves her students in creating their classroom rules. How do you want me to treat you? The rule-making activity takes place over parts of several days.