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Project: Literature Circles Students work in small groups reading a novel and assuming various roles in the Literature Circle in order to demonstrate their understanding of the novel and share... Project: Email Exchange Students will engage in an ePals email exchange, practicing the skills of collaboration and communication while building friendships and learning about the daily lives and cultures of others around the world. Collaborative Detective Story Students will compose a collaborative narrative short story while creating international friendships and a great story to share. 21st Century Learning Tools Project When students are a part of an online collaborative learning community, powerful learning takes place. Monster Writing Project Students attempt to recreate the monsters based on the description they received from other ePals. Project: Theme Detectives Is it just a funny talking spider or do his antics serve a deeper cultural purpose? Project: Biographies: Explorer Expedition Related:  SPEAKING

Tasks, Units & Student Work - Common Core Library Keywords (optional) Enter keywords (e.g., K.OA.3, informational text, arguments, quadratic equations, etc.) Grade (select at least one) Subject (select one) NYC educators and national experts are developing Common Core-aligned tasks embedded in a unit of study to support schools in implementing the Citywide Instructional Expectations. Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard. The components of the Common Core-aligned tasks with instructional supports include: Unit overview and task description Teacher-annotated student work representing a range of performance levels Rubrics used to assess student work Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles Other instructional support materials To learn more about the components of these tasks and units and for help navigating the interactive student work, watch our virtual training modules. NEW!

Classroom 2.0 Common Core Support Tools Below you will find unpacking standards documents to support teachers in their understanding of the common core and essential standards. The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Important Note: The current Standard Course of Study will continue to be taught and tested during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. New standards and assessments are to be implemented for the first time beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Please send any thoughts, feedback, questions and ideas about additional resources that would help you start preparing to teach the new standards to feedback@dpi.nc.gov. English Language Arts Unpacking Standards Kindergarten (pdf, 276kb) 1st Grade (pdf, 161kb) 2nd Grade (pdf, 170kb) 3rd Grade (pdf, 165kb) 4th Grade (pdf, 282kb) 5th Grade (pdf, 298kb) 6th Grade (pdf, 315kb) 7th Grade (pdf, 300kb) 8th Grade (pdf, 340kb) English I & II (pdf, 303kb) English III & IV (pdf, 302kb)

xolp - home Project Share Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom. Go to the blog Subscribe to the blog via e-mail or RSS. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal

10 Fun Activities for Business English classes | TEFL in Spain Summer is on its way here in Southern Spain but the 10 teachers on the TEFL in Spain Introduction to Teaching Business English course managed to stay focused and upbeat last Saturday in Malaga. For the final seminar, or workshop as we will call it next time, they had to present a game or activity that they might use with a group of Business English students. For information about the course: They came up with some great ideas: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Buying a lemon 7. 8. 9. Mrs Smith, your husband is the worst boss I’ve ever had! 10. Hope you get the chance to try some of these activities with your General English or Business English students. My ebook A Short Guide to TEFL is available from Amazon for the price of a cup of coffee! Like this: Like Loading...

Common Core State Standards Initiative | PTA (select any of the links below) The Common Core State Standards (CCSSI) is a joint effort led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of K-12 standards in English language arts and Mathematics. Read more about National PTA's position on Education Standards. The goal initiative is to develop internationally-benchmarked standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career. More than 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, U.S. CCSSI Toolkit Articles of Interest National PTA Position on Education Standards National PTA volunteers have adopted several position statements and resolutions, beginning in 1981, in support of voluntary, clearer, higher academic standards for all students. Supports nationally agreed upon voluntary standards if they are derived by consensus at the state and local levels.

Lesson Ideas These lesson plans were perhaps the most popular activity for last year's Digital Learning Day. The links provide a ready-made activity that you can use with your students on Digital Learning Day and beyond. You will see that each lesson includes a full lesson plan and a short video introduction from the Digital Learning Day teacher who submitted the lesson. If you plan to use a lesson on Digital Learning Day in your classroom or school, make sure to add this activity to our map. Visit the toolkits for more lesson plans, tools to use, and tips from teachers in specific areas! I Am Malala In this innovative lesson plan, students explore the power of social media in calling for change, while also improving their understanding of various cultures and social issues that impact other parts of the world. Video Introduction Lesson Plan Activity Rubric Inquiry-Based Research This great lesson has students practice online research skills by playing timed trivia games. Video Lesson Plan

Parents' Guide to the CCSS Currently, each state has a separate set of education standards, lists of skills that students are expected to do by the time they graduate each grade. However, in response to concerns about American student achievement and just how prepared students are for college and careers, education leaders in 48 states, along with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), have written a set of standards for student across the U.S. The common core state standards were released in 2010. Now, 44 states are working to implement them by 2013-2014. Here’s what you should know and how to help your child prepare for the common core: The Common Core Standards are State-Driven The common core state standards are a set of learning skills that all American students should achieve, not a federal curriculum. The Standards are a Progression In general, standards set a progression of skills that students learn as they move through school. Focus on Informational Text

tips for the oral test Use a variety of structures. It might be helpful to write some structures you definitely want to use and practise them a lot before the exam. If you don't practise them , they won't come naturally and you'll probably get stuck Don't enumerate, use modals, use different expressions to use opinion. The examiner really gets tired of listening to students saying I think, I think, ... all the time they want to give their opinion. Remember the examiner is looking for a range of vocabulary and structures. It's your moment to shine. If you can’t remember how to say a word in English, paraphrase it and explain the word: “It’s a kind of …, it is like...”or " I can't remember the word but it is something you use when..."

Standards of Learning Information Center :: Practice Items Your browser does not support JavaScript! This site uses JavaScript but is fully functional without it. Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade level or course. Audio versions of the practice items are available for those students whose Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan or Limited English Proficient Student Assessment Participation Plan includes an audio accommodation on a Standards of Learning test. For technical assistance, see Technical Suggestions for Opening the Practice Items (PDF) Mathematics English Science Top of Page

Create Your Own Interactive Primary Source Document Activities I've written about many resources from the U.S. National Archives in the past. Until today my favorite of their offerings was the National Archives Experience Digital Vaults. This morning I spent some time exploring The National Archives Experience's Docs Teach interactive tools center and it is my new favorite tool from the National Archives. Docs Teach offers seven free tools that teachers can use to create interactive learning activities based on primary source documents and images. I used the Docs Teach activity creator to create a Weighing the Evidence activity this morning. Applications for Education You could create some great primary source evaluation activities on Docs Teach.

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