S is for Student-Led Conferences

Posted June 6, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Conferences, Elementary, Middle School, Parent Conferences, Student Led Conferences, Uncategorized

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S is for Student-Led Conferences, for both elementary and middle school. One of my responsibilities while transitioning a junior high school to a middle school was the implementation of student-led conferences. I admit I was worried that teachers, parents, and/or students were not going to be happy with this new concept, but the feedback we received from teachers, parents, and students was overwhelmingly supportive of student-led conferences.

From this we developed student-led conferences in three easy steps followed by guidelines for implementing student-led conferences at the elementary level. We also knew there was a need for some practical guidelines and advice regarding parent conferences at the elementary level. All three guides are complete, practical, and ready to go with everything you need for conferences.

 

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Student Led Conferences for Middle School: A Guide for Planning & Implementing

Student-Led Conferences for Elementary – Guide for Planning & Implementing

Elementary Parent Teacher Conference Packet – Everything You Need

R is for Reading in the Summer

Posted June 4, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Bookmarks, Critical thinking, End of the Year Activities, English Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized, Writing

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Are you looking for ideas for the last days of school, a summer gift for your students, and a way to support students and families in sustaining reading and writing progress over the summer? Our Summer Reading and Writing Journal will help students set goals for summer reading and writing during the last days of school. Summer Reading and Writing Journal works great for a summer reading class, too. This product includes:

  • Teacher Guidelines
  • Parent Letter
  • Teacher and Student Postcards
  • Suggested Reading Lists
  • Student Reproducible Bookmarks

Student Reading and Writing Journal (38 pages) includes:

  • Student goals for reading and writing
  • Reading Log
  • Writing Prompts
  • Pages for writing and for drawing
  • Summer Calendar to record reading and writing activities
  • Suggested Extension Activities
  • End of Summer Reflection Page

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Summer Reading

Q is for Quick Mini-Lesson Plans

Posted June 2, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Character Analysis, Constructivism, Critical thinking, Economic Systems, High School, Learning, Lesson Plans, Middle School, Point of View, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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Q is for Quick Mini-Lesson Plans. Sometimes you need a mini-lesson plan, ready to go, to add to or introduce a larger lesson or unit. These three mini-lessons came out of some of our novel units, but really adapt easily to other topics or novels, so we created mini-lesson plans, ready to go. Whether it’s character analysis, point of view, or a mini-lesson in economic systems—these work!

SALE 20% OFF June 3-4 Character Analysis Activity Packet, Point of View Lesson, & Economic Systems Lesson Plan

P is for Poetry Journal

Posted May 31, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Classroom Community, End of the Year Activities, English Language Arts, First Days of School, Getting to Know You Activities, Poetry, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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P is for Poetry Journal. Six poem formats that include samples, practice pages, and final draft pages. Poems are word play and provide the reader another way of looking at something familiar and perhaps not so familiar. This packet works well as mini-unit for the first or last days of school. During the first days of school, it gives you an opportunity to learn about your students and perhaps some of their strengths. At the end of the school year, it provides an entertaining way to end the year and something wonderful to send home to parents. The six poetic formats are:


• Auto-Bio PoemPoetry Journal
• Five Sense Poem
• Haiku Poem
• Cinquain Poem
• Diamante Poem
• Acrostic Poem

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O is for Open Discussion

Posted May 29, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adjectives, Best Practice, Building Relationships, Classroom Community, First Days of School, Getting to Know You Activities, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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O is for open discussion. How do teachers get students to talk in class, about the class topic? We all know that it just doesn’t happen without planning. Discussion Techniques for the Classroom can facilitate meaningful talk among students and because of the novelty of these techniques, they catch students’ attention. Techniques include:

  • Face-to-Face (F2F) Slide ByDiscussion
  • Triangle Triad
  • Ring of Truth
  • Talking Heads
  • Restate to Create

 

 

 

 

 

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N is for Novel Studies

Posted May 27, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Best Practice, Catching Fire, English Language Arts, High School, Hunger Games, Hunger Games Lesson Plan, Lesson Plans, Literature, Middle School, Read Aloud, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Son Lois Lowry, Teaching Ideas, Teaching The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, Uncategorized

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Teaching a novel effectively is challenging, especially if you want your students to engage deeply with the themes the authors are presenting and discover how novels can connect to their lives and perhaps show them how to cope with life’s challenges. And, above that, we want students to experience the pleasures of reading. The units and discussion and activity guides were intentionally designed to do all of the above while allowing for choice for students and teachers.  Another goal was to design the discussion and activity guides for independent study or for small groups, to help differentiate and to meet the needs of students. Here are the five novels that are popular with students and teachers.

Hunger Games: Unit Plan and PowerPoint Fact Game

Catching Fire: Discussion and Activity Guide

The Giver: Discussion and Activity Guide

Son: Unit Plan and Discussion and Activity Guide

The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion and Activity Guide

SALE 20% off May 28-29: Hunger Games: Unit, PowerPoint Fact Game. Catching Fire: Discussion & Activity Guide. The Giver: Discussion & Activity Guide. Son: Unit & Discussion & Activity Guide. The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion & Activity Guide.

 

 

 

 

m is for mockingbird

Posted May 25, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Best Practice, English Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literature, Mockingbird, Read Aloud, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is one of my favorite novels—you smile, laugh, sniffle, cry. We developed a unit and a discussion and activity guide for mockingbird, which stand on their own or work together. Both products are grounded in best practice and use a wide variety of strategies that include step-by-step guidelines for implementation as well as handouts that facilitate that implementation. Our research and our work with classroom teachers over the years indicated to us that sharing how to implement best practice saved teachers time and increased the use of best practice in the classroom. Our goal with all of our products is to engage students and facilitate implementation for teachers.

mockingbird Discussion and Activity Guide includes:

  • Teacher Activity and Discussion Guide (34 pages)
  • Emotion Face Chart and 16 Emotion Face Cards for Forming Student Groups
  • 8 Summative Assessments
  • Personal Dictionary Project
  • Student Literary Log
  • PowerPoint Slide Presentation (109 slides) and PowerPoint Teacher Guide 25

mockingbird Unit Plan includes:

  • Instructional Plan for the unit
  • Caitlin’s Phrases Lesson Plan
  • Setting Analysis Lesson Plan (Part 1 & 2)
  • Character Analysis Lesson Plan
  • Fabulously Fun Theme Thursday Lesson Plan: Part 1, 2, & 3
  • 10-Second Rule Game for Chapters 1-14 and for Chapters 15-27
  • Mini-Assessment Project
  • Caitlin’s Rituals Lesson Plan
  • Figures of Speech Lesson Plan (Literal vs. Figurative Language)
  • Quotes Activity: Fact Checker Lesson Plan
  • Friendship Lesson Plan
  • Blooming with Knowledge—Mini-Projects for Mockingbird plus Rubric
  • Literary Log for Students

SALE 20% OFF May 26-27 mockingbird Discussion and Activity Guide and Unit Plan


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