Category Archives: Curricululum

Clip it! Genres in Reading

Print-and-Use Reading Tool CLIP IT! To help students recognize the distinguishing features of genres, give each child a colorful copy of the provided page. Have him cut out the genre features and glue each one next to the correct genre. … Continue reading

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Problem Solving

HANDY SOLUTIONS Skills: problem and solution   Label each of a few hand cutouts with a different everyday problem such as “I forgot my lunch,” “I can’t find my eraser,” and “My desk wobbles.” Then, for each hand cutout, cut … Continue reading

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A Poetic Reaction

A POETIC REACTION Skills: literary response Looking for a unique yet simple book report idea? Try these acrostic reports! Have each student list the title of her book vertically and then write a sentence about the book that begins with … Continue reading

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Math: Ordering Numbers

Have each student label an index card with a whole number, mixed decimal, or fraction. Choose six students to stand in line with their cards so the numbers are ordered from least to greatest. Next, ask one student at a … Continue reading

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A Fun Way to Review Vocabulary

For this interactive review, post a list of ten or more vocabulary terms from a current unit of study. On separate sheets of paper, write each term’s definition in the form of a Jeopardy! game show clue. Then post the … Continue reading

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Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests

Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests. The Connecticut chapter of the National Education Association is proposing legislation that would do away with assessments administered by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and replace them with “progress tests,” the union announced March … Continue reading

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Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’

Math Consultant: Smarter Balanced Math Tests Have ‘Egregious Flaws’. In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced’s online practice tests for mathematics,educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are “a quagmire of poor technological design, poor interaction design, and poor mathematical design” that … Continue reading

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