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Combining Read-Alouds With Economics in the Primary Grades

Students learn that what you read in books can really add up when they analyze literary texts for economic concepts.

 

Student Interactives

 

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.

 

 

Descriptive Writing and the 100th Day of School

Students write descriptions of 100th day bottles they create at home, write clues about their bottles for a guessing game, practice descriptive writing, and create a class book.

 

 

Word Wizard

Word Wizard

Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. children's books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

 
 

 

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Children find favorite words, phrases, and sentences from familiar stories. Working together, they combine their words and phrases to create a poem. The poem is then shared as performance poetry.

 

 

Story Map

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 
 

 

Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity

Students use themed graphic organizers to compose cinquain poems on topics common in the early elementary classroom.

 

 

Word Family Sort

Word Family Sort

This online activity helps students recognize word patterns by having them sort a series of words into short-vowel word families.

 
 

 

Professional Development  

Creating Strategic Readers: Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Creating Strategic Readers: Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Organized around the five essential components of reading instruction, this text lays the groundwork for a comprehensive literacy classroom.

 

Get Connected: Technology and Common Core Standards

Get Connected: Technology and Common Core Standards

There are many resources that can support your planning for integration of technology into your classes. This web seminar will focus on some basic and essential tools for instruction that develop literacy skills and meet the expectations articulated in the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

Community Stories  

Debora Wood

Engaging Studentsí Curiosity With New Technologies

Debora Wood | Teacher | Weaverville, NC

While teaching reluctant writers as a Title I reading teacher, I discovered the lesson "Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images." In this lesson, students create a Microsoft Photo Story book using the Curious George character that so many children love