Literacy and Learning Centers for the Big Kids

Author: Katherine S McKnight Ph D
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780999226001
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Dr. Katherine McKnight has a 100% success rate in achieving academic gains with her unique, centers-based approach. Elementary schools have long used learning centers (also known as "rotations") but middle and high school teachers have unique challenges. So Dr. McKnight worked with teachers all over the country to develop collaborative learning centers designed specifically for grade 4-12 learners. In this book readers can explore the research that prompted the creation of the LLC model for big kids, and learn how to start using it in their own classrooms. Read about the four foundational centers that are integral to the model. Find out how to set up additional centers in order to customize the LLC model for any content-area classroom. Learn to create developmentally appropriate tasks that automatically align instruction to standards/skills based assessment, increase student engagement, and allow you to cover more content and skill-development in less time. Avoid discipline problems with self-directed activities that provide the independence students crave with the guidance they need. Resources, teacher tips, and sample book lists are included.

Literacy Work Stations

Author: Debbie Diller
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103538
Format: PDF, Docs
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Practical suggestions to prepare over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers.

Growing Readers

Author: Kathy Collins
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571103732
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Primary-grade teachers face an important challenge: teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading. Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guides them toward independence, intention, and joy as readers. In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins helps teachers plan for independent reading workshops in their own classrooms. She describes the structure of the independent reading workshop and other components of a balanced literacy program that work together to ensure young students grow into strong, well-rounded readers. Kathy outlines a sequence of possible units of study for a yearlong curriculum. Chapters are devoted to the individual units of study and include a sample curriculum as well as examples of mini-lessons and reading conferences. There are also four “Getting Ready” sections that suggest some behind-the-scenes work teachers can do to prepare for the units. Topics explored in these units include: print and comprehension strategies; reading in genres such as poetry and nonfiction; connecting in-school reading and out-of-school reading; developing the strategies and habits of lifelong readers. A series of planning sheets and management tips are presented throughout to help ensure smooth implementation. We want our students to learn to read, and we want them to love to read. To do this we need to lay a foundation on which children build rich and purposeful reading lives that extend beyond the school day. The ideas found in Growing Readers create the kind of primary classrooms where that happens.

The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom

Author: Katherine S. McKnight
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0787996505
Format: PDF
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Guide to Improv in the Classroom Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more. The scores of ready-to-use exercises offered here can be used to teach a wide variety of subjects--including language arts, math, science, and social studies--as well as to build classroom community and develop cooperative learning skills. All of the lessons are linked to current national standards for the United States and Canada, and have been proven particularly effective with kinesthetic learners and students with attention difficulties. Praise for The Second City Guide toImprov in the Classroom "This lively book reminds us that both real teaching and real learning are essentially exploratory, empowering, and downright fun." --Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, author, Imagining to Learn and You Gotta BE the Book, winner of the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in English Education "The book offers wonderful resources for teachers interested in differentiating instruction and expanding the range of possibilities for students to think by visualizing, creating new possibilities, connecting and deepening meaning, sensing and feeling." --Donna Ogle, Ed.D., professor, National-Louis University and past president, International Reading Association "The methods provided by McKnight and Scruggs are tried-and-true and have proven to be extremely successful with students of all ages." --Jessica Rogers, National Board Certified Teacher, Daniel Boone Elementary School, Chicago

The Big Book of Literacy Tasks Grades K 8

Author: Nancy Akhavan
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1544321929
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Comprehensive Handbook for Scaffolding Students’ Literacy Growth Our readers and writers must “do the doing” if they are to succeed. In The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Nancy Akhavan offers an instructional plan designed to yield independent effort and engagement. 75 tasks in beautiful full-color two-pagers ensure gradual release by moving more swiftly from the “I do” teacher phase to the “you do” student phase. Complete with amazing scaffolding tips for meeting the needs of a range of learners, The Big Book of Literacy Tasks gives you a clear framework for “working the minds” of your students, helping them forge their own path to becoming better readers and writers.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547548109
Format: PDF, Docs
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Renowned storytellers share tales inspired by the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick," including Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Stephen King, and Jon Scieszka.

Time for Literacy Centers

Author: Gretchen Owocki
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Grades PreK-3 In a recent survey, 80% of K-3 teachers considered outstanding in literacy instruction reported using literacy centers in their classrooms. Surprised? Gretchen Owocki isn't. She knows that literacy centers are an ideal tool for teachers who seek out opportunities to differentiate their instruction, and in Time for Literacy Centers, she shows you every aspect of using centers successfully. Owocki has thought of everything you need to know to make learning centers happen, from planning to assessment to ensuring that centers help all students meet content and skills standards. Grounded in solid research, yet lively and practical enough to keep on the corner of your desk, Time for Literacy Centers offers explicit, helpful advice on teaching with literacy centers, including: smart suggestions for on-the-spot and preplanned differentiation through centers-including tips for working with special-needs students and English-language learners specific learning and teaching principles that guide and enhance center-based instruction literacy goals for centers that are developmentally appropriate for your students, yet flexible enough to work in grades K-3 ideas for organizing the physical space in your classroom for one or many centers strategies for managing center-based instruction that help even the busiest classrooms run smoothly plans for more than 50 literacy centers with activities and reproducibles that are ready to roll out right away. If you're trying literacy centers for the first time, Time for Literacy Centers gives you plenty of start-to-finish help in getting your centers up and running-and running well. If you're a center veteran, you'll uncover some nitty-gritty details that will help you provide the best individual support for your students as they develop their literacy capabilities.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547794088
Format: PDF
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Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.