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NEW PUBLICATION AVAILABLE - From Caravels to the Constitution by Marjorie Duby
at Creative Teaching Press.

Content: Blackline masters - Using word searches, hidden messages, analogies, anagrams, and creative puzzles, students will learn about history while they apply critical-thinking skills. This resource provides students with opportunities to organize and analyze information and to draw conclusions. Extension activities promote practical, informative, narrative, and expository writing skills to help meet the standards. 112 pages [LW405 - From Caravels to the Constitution - $13.99]



Menu of offerings for the intermediate grades

    Social Sciences connections:
    1. How do trade books, primary source documents, and knowledge poems supplement the social studies textbook content?
    2. How might we use picture books to make personal connections to the themes of geography?
    3. How might we apply map-reading skills, travel experiences, and timeline-creation from reading Children's Literature which features maps, character travels, and temporal sequence?
    4. How might we learn about civics and the law from Children's Literature sources?
    5. How might the proficient reader use fiction to learn history?
    6. How do your favorite classroom library books connect to the ten themes of the social studies?
    7. Through what strategies does an educational practitioner effectively integrate literacy activities and social studies in the intermediate grades?
    8. How are educational practitioners using artifacts as a springboard to literacy?
    9. What is the purpose of restoring, visiting, and studying events associated with historic buildings?
    10. How does a building's use change over time?
    11. How might cemeteries become sources of data in your classroom?
    12. What is revealed through archaeology about a culture?
    13. How does mortuary art reveal daily life?
    14. How does creation of an artifact box deepen classroom study?
    Text connections in the literacy-based classroom
    1. What is the value of gender-based curriculum in your literacy-based classroom?
    2. What is the value of using picture books to complement your classroom genre studies?
    3. How might we develop questioning skills through nursery rhymes and picture books?
    4. What is the value of alphabet books in the content areas?
    5. What is your hook for engaging each student in the research of his biography product and enlivening the biography presentation?
    6. What about that 348+ Cinderella? How involved do your students become while comparing folktale variants through multicultural literature?
    7. Is there a role for cartoons in your literacy-based classroom?
    8. How does knowledge poetry broaden your content areas?
    9. What predictable patterns of text structure might the proficient reader expect in informational texts?
    10. How might we compare family histories through multicultural picture books?
    11. How will recognizing those first person narratives in picture books transfer to bringing voice to your personal writing?
    12. How will reading the shared memoirs of others in picture books broaden your personal memoir writing?
    Applying strategies in the literacy-based classroom:
    1. Through what strategies does an educational practitioner effectively integrate literacy activities and social studies in the intermediate grades?
    2. How does developing an original colonial persona engage students in interpretive study of colonial history?
    3. How are educational practitioners using artifacts as a springboard to literacy?
    4. How does a student demonstrate knowledge of the content by participating in simulations and role-playing?
    5. How does that student-created original game focused on curriculum content highlight Bloom's taxonomy?
    6. How might we broaden our analytical skills by using twin texts to complete our product?
    7. Are you overlooking field trips whose content is aligned with the intermediate curriculm? What interactive and interpretive museum programs are available locally?
    8. How does first-person writing bring voice to student writing?
    9. Are guided literature circle sessions beneficial to your students?
    Technology as a tool:
    1. How might you use technology as a tool to broaden your curriculum content?
    2. Novice, intermediate, and advanced teacher training related to using a computer and the application of technology as a tool to broaden curriculum content.
    3. How will activities in your travel buddy project align with the standards?
    4. How might an educator make effective use of presentation software (PowerPoint, HyperStudio, KidPix), organizing software (Inspiration), a word processing program, and electronic mail messages to broaden classroom content while improving teacher and student computer literacy skills?
    5. How might Internet resources be used to broaden the curriculum content?
    6. What basic skills must you have to effectively manage your school's website?
    Mathematics:
    1. How might we apply problem solving skills and logic skills in the mathematics classroom?
    2. How does playing strategy games connect to mathematics?
    Science:
    1. Be Glad Your Nose Is On Your Face (All About You)
    2. How might we employ picture books in the classroom to broaden science content?

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