Chances are you and your students have learned more about hurricanes in the last couple of weeks than anyone planned. It’s hard to miss the information that comes to us through the media and our daily interactions within the community. Thankfully, extreme weather events often bring out the best in people. “Look for the helpers,”
When students have adequate think time, the quality of their responses improves. The Placemat strategy is designed to allow each student time to think. It also provides a venue for them to share their perspectives while encouraging them to listen to and appreciate the thoughts and ideas of other team members. The outcome of student participation in this strategy is a summary response that is better than what an individual student could produce alone.
On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Defining the structure of the country’s government and carefully laying out a balance of power, the Constitution is a living document that relies on an informed and engaged citizenry to maintain its influences on our society.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, a date that marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence in September. Explore these Discovery Education resources and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino
The Inquiry Chart (I-Chart), developed by James Hoffman in 1992, provides students with a scaffold that guides them in using multiple sources to research a topic. As students collect information about a topic, they use the I-Chart to record what they find. The chart helps them think critically about the results of their research, especially when they find discrepancies between two different sources of information. It also supports students in their efforts to synthesize multiple sources of information into a cohesive and meaningful product. Teachers have found that I-Charts are suitable for whole class, small group, or individual inquiry, making them a versatile tool in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.
Join Fablevision Author Peter Reynolds, Dot Day Creator Terry Shay, and Discovery Education to #CelebrateWithDE for International Dot Day. Taking place in Traer, Iowa, where Dot Day began, this event will discuss the origin of Dot Day, showcase how students are celebrating, and hear from author Peter Reynolds about his book, The Dot. International Dot
International Literacy Day is coming on September 8. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has highlighted the theme for 2017 as Literacy in a Digital World! The organization’s framing of the issue will certainly ring true for educators: At record speed, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn
Celebrate the achievements of workers throughout history with resources and ideas for exploring Labor Day. Established as a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes workers and the labor movement. Today, the holiday is marked with parades, news stories, and personal celebrations on the first Monday in September. Featured Resource Content Collection: Labor Day Grades
It’s Back to School time!
Have you picked up a class set of the latest and greatest flamingo pink highlighters? A stapler/USB drive combo tool? What about an extra 10 reams of filler paper, just in case? Stores all around have filled their bins with the newest types of mechanical pencils, sets of markers at bargain prices, and stacks and stacks of spiral notebooks in any color you’d hope for. And, the zippers on backpacks are still stiff enough to make that deeply satisfying zzzzzzzzzipping sound! As you make sure you’re ready for students to put pencil to paper, make sure your teacher supply box gets filled up, too. Here are some ideas for what you might put on your school supply wish list.
Did you know that women were allowed to vote in Sweden in 1718? (though it was rescinded shortly thereafter in 1772). During the short lived “Age of Liberty” in Sweden, landholding-women were provided limited opportunities to vote! Officially, however, the first “self-governing” country to open voting to all women without any conditions was New Zealand