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The Polar Express Take your students on their own adventure Here is the official Polar Express Website The Polar Express- Houghton Mifflin's site. Tons of activities to help you create your own Polar Express Adventure! This is on site YOU DO NOT want to pass up!! Author Study Language Arts/Reading Connections Social Studies Connections Science Connections Math Connections Art Connections Music, Movement and Dramatic Play Just For Fun Technology Connections Jump to~ Art and Music / Language Arts / Literature / Math / Poetry Place / Reading / Sites For Young Children / Science / Social StudiesVirtual Fieldtrips / WebQuests / Special Themes / The Teacher's Lounge / The Computer Lab

Interactive Whiteboard Resources: Science, Key Stage 1 - Topmarks Education Our BodiesFlash An excellent lesson on naming the parts of the human body. Ourselves Science ClipsFlash For 5 - 6 year olds, this site looks at differences between living and non-living things, the names of the main body parts of humans and animals and how animals move in different ways. Healthy EatingFlash A series of superb interactive screens which introduce children to healthy eating. Make a Balanced PlateFlash Sort the foods on the plate to see which food groups they belong to. Unmuddle the MealsFlash A drag and drop activity where meals are divided into their ingredients. A Healthy LunchboxFlash Select items for a healthy lunchbox by dragging and dropping the various foods. Farm to Fork ChallengeFlash A game where children see if they know the stages that food goes through from the farm to their plate. Listen and MatchFlash A matching sounds game. Sound and Hearing Science ClipsFlash The Hand Washing ChallengeFlash

Award-winning Children's Books and the Major Children's Book Awards Awards are important in children's books. They tell publishers, writers, and illustrators what is considered to be "the best," and thus the standards they must strive to attain. Many children's book awards, though not all, are selected by librarians. Award-winners then get orders from libraries around the country. Awards are also important to publishers because books that win these awards will be ordered by bookstores as soon as they are announced, and then prominently displayed with award stickers on their front covers. This section provides information about 10 US awards, most of them awarded by the American Library Association.

Free materials Free Samples: Now is your chance to try TouchMath products at absolutely no charge to you! We are committed to ensuring that you choose the most appropriate TouchMath materials for your students before you invest a single penny in our products. Select from the list below to view and download as many free samples as you'd like for use with your students. Pre-K Samples TouchMath offers a Pre-K Program built on the Common Core State Standards, as well as a supplemental Pre-K Program for remediation. Learn more about our Pre-K CCSS Program. Pre-K RtI Kit covers: Identifying/counting/classifying 0–9Relational conceptsGraphing and PatterningShapesGreater than/less thanAdding with sums 0–9 (objects and TouchPoints) Download Pre-K RtI sample activity sheets. Learn more about the Pre-K RtI Program. Kindergarten Samples First Grade Samples Second Grade Samples Upper Grades Samples Money Samples Below are samples from our Money Kit. Please click the links below to download our samples. Assessments

Have Fun Teaching All Aboard The Virtual Vine Express! Sing the train wheels on the track. We started out our train unit with the Polar Express in December. After the Christmas Holidays, we continued it with Freight Train by Donald Crews. Books: The Polar Express ~ Chris Van Allsburg Freight Train ~ Donald Crews The Little Engine That Could ~ Watty Piper Shortcut ~ Donald Crews The Little Red Caboose Stop, Train, Stop! Tracks ~ David Galef Train Song ~ Diane Siebert Activities: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Counting: I created these matching cards 1-10. Letters/Sounds: I created these matching cards. Name Trains: I used this font (Toy Train) to make a name train for each student. Build A Word: You could also use the Toy Train font to type out vocabulary or sight words and have students recreate them with the train cars. Culminating Activity: Listen to the book on CD-Rom or video, drink hot chocolate and of course, get a silver bell necklace to wear home. :) Resource: Teacher's Helper K Dec/Jan 2006/07 *Seeing the Sights (story recall) Links: Links:

Interactive Whiteboard Activities During Reading | Teaching Literacy in the Early Years Posted by Miss Kelly Jordan on Sunday, June 19th 2011 I first got an interactive whiteboard in my classroom in 2008. I was teaching Prep at the time and it was a steep learning curve to discover how I could best use it to engage my students and improve learning outcomes. Fast forward three years and I am teaching Grade Two in an open classroom with Kathleen Morris. I love the enormous range of interactive websites and tools available for my students, and while I could manage to teach without an IWB, I wouldn’t want to! It is difficult to think of any lessons where Kathleen and I don’t utilise the IWB and our planning documents include many links to websites each week. We use the IWB during our twenty minute blogging session every day, and it is often used for our CAFE reading strategy too. Below are just a few of the games our students have used this year. Wall of Words – This game focuses on sequencing sentences correctly and adding correct punctuation.

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Reading Enriches Learning - REL home The Reading Enriches Learning website aims to stimulate and motivate all students to become confident readers. Each themed collection highlights a topical issue (i.e. Values, History, Sustainability) that is critical to Australian schooling today. What will I find on the site? The collections feature books chosen for younger readers (years 2–4) and older readers (years 5–8). Author and illustrator profiles Focus questions prior to reading, during reading and after reading Relevant websites Student-centred activities Interactive proformas and worksheets Ongoing assessment ideas (for learning, as learning, and of learning). Developed by leading educators including Barbara Braxton, Joy Lawn and Jennie Bales, the resources can be freely downloaded and put into classroom practice. Where do I start? Select an appropriate theme from the list. How can the activities be used? The activities can be used in a multitude of ways, limited only by your imagination. About the authors top

Reading A-Z: The online leveled reading program with downloadable books to print and assemble Polar Express Activities!! | Chasing Supermom When I taught kindergarten, we always ended our time together before Christmas break with a big Polar Express celebration. We all came to school in our pajamas, watched the movie, and enjoyed a day full of surprises. (I would always set up the room to look like a train, and each child received a bell on their way home!) I LOVED it, and just thinking about it makes me genuinely yearn for the classroom. Until the time comes when it is right for me to go back, I decided that I can do many of the same activities with my own children (yay!) In the past, I’ve worked hard to set up a weekly curriculum centered around a theme, but know that for many moms, tackling a week’s worth of structured activities with their little ones is just too much to take on! 1. This sounds obvious ,but with the rise in the number of children’s movies based on literature, so many people are often unaware of the wonderful books these movies are based on! 2. You may be thinking, “yeah right Bekki,” but trust me! 3.

Reader's Theater Editions (Readers Theatre, Free Scripts, Short Children's Plays) Reader’s Theater Editions are free scripts for reader’s theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others—mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8–15. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for any noncommercial purpose, except they may not be posted online without permission. As noted in the listing, some scripts come also in a “Team Version,” scripted for four readers with at least two females. These scripts are offered primarily for smaller groups such as after-school programs and homeschoolers, as well as for college and professional readers. Special features are available for many scripts.

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