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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 8
    Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786.
    After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern
    Using picture books as mentor texts, students learn effective strategies for organizing information that compares and contrasts. Students can then apply appropriate organizational strategies to their own papers.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Confidence in Community Literacies: Bilingual Writers Reading the World
    In this Web seminar, join Steven Alvarez in considering how the strengths of after-school community programs—connecting with language-minoritized communities in ways that build relationships of trust, or confianza, between parents, extended families, and caring adults in neighborhoods—can inform our practices as teachers of English language learners.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creating Character Blogs
    Students view examples of blogs, learn the basic elements of blog creation, and then create a blog from the perspective of a fictional character.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Describe That Face: An Interactive Writing Game
    Students write descriptions of characters, incorporate new vocabulary words, practice using simile and metaphor, engage in peer editing, and post their revised descriptions on the walls for a matching game.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Online Course
    Facilitated Online Course: Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning (Grades 6-12) Summer 2016
    This facilitated online course explores the core principle that improving student learning requires purposeful observation and inquiry, allowing you to make informed decisions about practices and interventions.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Helen Keller was born in 1880.
    In the spirit of Helen Keller, students explore the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University and try using a few signs.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection
    Students use Internet search engines and Web analysis checklists to evaluate online resources then write annotations that explain how and why the resources will be valuable to the class.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.

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