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Is it possible to address the individual learning needs of thirty active multiage, multiethnic elementary students - all at the sa...me time? Dorothy Peters has been doing this for almost twenty years. In Taking Cues from Kids, she demonstrates how - to twelve student teachers at New York City's Central Park East School, many of whom themselves began as skeptics. A compilation of yearlong journal exchanges between Peters and her student teachers, this unique book immerses readers in the specificities of classroom life on a day-to-day basis - the actual framework in which any teacher must make decisions. Intelligent, perceptive, constructively critical, these student teachers raise questions all educational practitioners face and their discussions cover the spectrum of issues - everything from punishment versus consequence and dealing with "difficult" children to planning and implementing integrated curriculum, fostering inquiry, assessing and tracking students' growth, and managing hands-on experiential learning. The book also provides lots of practical support: sample room layouts, suggestions for classroom provisioning, a sample record-keeping form, a planning web for integrated curriculum, a sample lesson plan, a chapter on getting started, suggested readings, and lots of photographs illustrating how hands-on learning progresses across the grades. There is something in this book for everyone. Experienced teachers will extend and deepen their understanding of child-centered practice, discovering additional techniques to add to their repertoire. New teachers will be encouraged to discover how much they already know and that moments of self-doubt and discouragement at the start of a teaching career are universal. Master teachers, mentors, and staff developers will find an effective model for coaching. read more

Heinemann
$49.38 $34.97

We know that all writing follows some kind of structure. But when there's a Right Answer involved, those structures tighten - espe...cially in testing situations, where someone else constructs the prompts and the answers. This narrows writing and offers students less freedom. Fortunately, Right-Answer Writing provides writers a direct path from the prompt to an accurate, correct response, enabling them to complete each task with success and confidence. Right-Answer Writing includes four exciting resources - three slim, practical handbooks and a CD. Beginning with the first handbook, The Process and the Prompt, Ardith Davis Cole describes Right-Answer Protocol, a simple, powerful, step-by-step procedure for constructing responses to prompts of any sort. Cole thoroughly describes prompts, outlining the three things every student and teacher should know about them, then takes you through the Right-Answer process. From a single, unified paragraph to a multiple-paragraph response, students will have a reliable procedure for writing that delivers high-quality answers to test prompts. Cole expands on the Right-Answer Protocol by applying it to two other kinds of writing tasks found in school and the real world. In The Persuasive Essay she shows how the Right-Answer structure can help students conceptualize this genre in new and powerful ways. Then in the final book, The Research Paper, Cole offers smart advice for using the Right-Answer method within a research protocol to produce better papers and virtually eliminate copying and plagarism. In addition, the Right-Answer Writing CD supports each volume by providing everything you need to teach Cole's response protocol, which makes it a terrific classroom or staff-development tool. Merely insert the CD and print or project sequenced PowerPoint slides, charts, samples of text, student writing, lesson plans, and websites. It's invaluable for both busy teachers and staff developers. What's more, you can weave this package into your existing curriculum. So give your students the ability to respond quickly and accurately to any prompt. Show them important strategies that will support smart thinking and competent writing throughout their academic and real-world lives. Use Right-Answer Writing when the stakes are high - or any time the Right Answer is needed. read more

Heinemann
$35.63 $33.51

The current crisis in geography education has spawned several new books on mapmaking, many of which advocate either recitation and... drill or a conceptual top-down model that ignores children's interests. Mapmaking with Children presents an inspired alternative. Maintaining that there is no substitute for hands-on experience, David Sobel places the initial emphasis on local projects--projects that begin in students' own backyards and communities, projects that provide a sense of place. As Sobel explains, "In the beginning, children's maps represent their experiences of beauty, secrecy, adventure, and comfort. With these affective endeavors as a foundation, I then gradually start to focus on scale, location, direction, and geographic relationships. The development of emotional bonds and cognitive skills needs to go hand in hand in my approach to developmentally appropriate social studies and geography." To that end, his book identifies each stage of development, presenting relevant theoretical issues and several appropriate projects. In the beginning, students stay close to home, mapping their known world. Gradually, they move on to their neighborhood, developing a sense of place, scope, and perspective. Eventually, once students are older, they explore the nation, the world, even the solar system, creating raised relief maps and contour maps to develop visual literacy and spatial reasoning skills. Vivid illustrations of the students' work are provided throughout to let you observe each stage of development. Mapmaking, as Sobel uses it, has relevance across the curriculum. In addition to appealing to social studies teachers, this book will be of interest to science teachers, language arts teachers, and math teachers looking for new ways to invigorate the curriculum. read more

Heinemann
$44.38 $29.99

Children want to make their mark - on paper, on any surface, in life. But the difficulties of transferring words to paper can be d...aunting enough to drown out even the most enthusiastic voice. Enter interactive writing, a new instructional approach in which teachers and children collaborate to produce a written text. Just as Fountas and Pinnell did in their best-selling Guided Reading, the authors offer powerful first teaching designed to accelerate and support children's critical understanding of the writing process. Interactive Writing is specifically focused on the early phases of writing, and has special relevance to prekindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 teachers. In a clear, step-by-step format, the authors show how teachers can use interactive writing to teach a range of foundational literacy skills by sharing the pen with young writers: letter learning phonological and orthographic awareness learning the nature of words building a writing vocabulary learning concepts about print organizing and composing narrative and expository text. Important features include a rich array of examples of children's writing, down-to-earth practical advice, suggestions for using children's literature and art in the writing program, numerous photos of children's work, and suggestions for professional development. Additionally, there are thorough descriptions of how interactive writing can be used as a tool for inquiry across the curriculum - in content areas as well as in literature. With this kind of broad application, children can grow to see writing as a lifelong tool for learning - and see themselves as writers, right from the start. The book is filled with practical information on how to get started with interactive writing, with explicit details from specific materials to fine teaching points. read more

Heinemann
$31.88 $20.85

In our efforts to reform mathematics education, we've learned a tremendous amount about young students' strategies and the ways th...ey construct knowledge, without fully understanding how to support such development over time. The Dutch do. So, funded by the National Science Foundation and ExxonMobil, Mathematics in the City was begun, a collaborative inservice project that pooled the best thinking from both countries. In Young Mathematicians at Work, Catherine Fosnot and Maarten Dolk reveal what they learned after several years of intensive study in numerous urban classrooms. In this third volume in a series of three, Fosnot and Dolk focus on how children in grades 5-8 construct their knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents. Their book: describes and illustrates what it means to do and learn mathematics. contrasts word problems with true problematic situations which support and enhance investigation and inquiry. provides strategies to help teachers turn their classrooms into math workshops. explores the cultural and historical development of fractions, decimals, and their equivalents and the ways in which children develop similar ideas and strategies. defines and gives examples of modeling, noting the importance of context. discusses calculation using number sense and the role of algorithms in computation instruction. describes how to strengthen performance and portfolio assessment. focuses on teachers as learners by encouraging them to see themselves as mathematicians. read more

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$22.50 $20.25

Don and Jenny Killgallon's sentence-composing approach has transformed how writing is taught in thousands of elementary classrooms..., helping students all across America develop into more proficient and sophisticated writers. Now in this unique, powerful student worktext, the Killgallons use their highly effective method to link good writing to that perennially difficult-to-teach subject-grammar. Story Grammar for Elementary School: A Sentence Composing Approach offers varied practice in building better sentences by exploring and imitating the grammatical structures of children's favorite stories, including Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia, How to Eat Fried Worms, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit, A Wrinkle in Time, and hundreds more. A narrative treasury in miniature, Story Grammar teaches the story in the sentence (interesting content) plus the sentence in the story (grammatical structure). It links stories and grammar in ways that are innovative-and fun. Through chunking, combining, unscrambling, imitating, and expanding, students learn and use the same grammar authors use to build sentences. No Dick-and-Jane sentences here. Instead, engaging sentences from stories for students to imitate. An online teacher's guide accompanies Story Grammar for Elementary School: A Sentence-Composing Approach and includes advice, tips, resources, answer keys, and even curricular plans for teachers who are either new to the Killgallon approach or sentence-composing veterans. No one can forge the link between grammar and writing like Don and Jenny Killgallon. Discover or rediscover for yourself how powerful the sentence-composing approach can be, and watch how elementary students can be eased into grammar like never before-and grow as writers too. From writers of yesterday, for writers of tomorrow, something for today: a story grammar book for building better sentences. Teacher's Booklet -- guidance for teaching with this particular student worktext, including pacing suggestions and answer key FREE TEACHER'S BOOKLET (DOWNLOAD) FREE TEACHER'S BOOKLET (MAILED PRINT COPY) read more

Heinemann
$436.88

View the essentials of learning about letters, sounds, and words in the context of a high-quality literacy program-components of G...ay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas' first book on phonics and spelling, Word Matters and the basis of the lessons in from Pinnell and Fountas' series, Phonics Lessons: Letters, Words, and How They Work. In part one, Phonics & Spelling Minilessons, watch minilessons as they're presented in a variety of classrooms. See teachers helping children develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, letter-sound relationships, spelling patterns, knowledge of high-frequency words, an understanding of word structure, and a variety of effective word-solving actions. The video shows whole-group teaching, independent work by the children as they apply what they've learned, and regrouping to share, reinforce and extend what they have learned about how letters and words work. You will also see children engaging in learning about letters and words in a word study center. The second part, Buddy Study System, invites you into a classroom for the five-day spelling program where you can learn how to meet the varying spelling needs of children and teach them how to connect their knowledge of spelling to their daily writing. Selecting buddies, building words, making connections, and tools for assessment are all part of what you'll see in a program that emphasizes learning effective strategies, applying principles, and using knowledge of spelling patterns to become independent, competent spellers. These videos describe how children learn word-solving strategies and how teachers teach word-solving effectively and efficiently. The tapes are meant to benefit those who are establishing systematic phonics and spelling programs in their classrooms. The lessons shown provide examples of explicit teaching on principles that children in kindergarten, first and second grade can apply both in reading and writing. Watch these videos and see how you can use an integrated approach to phonics and spelling instruction to teach children how to become competent word solvers. read more

Heinemann
$31.88 $29.98

"Tom Newkirk's call to appreciate the value of slow reading is both timely and important, especially in an era where skimming and ...click-and-go reading have become the norm for our students. Newkirk reminds us that our deepest reading pleasures are often found when we slow down and pay close attention, and this book clearly demonstrates how slow reading deepens the thinking of both teachers and students. A must-read for anyone concerned about the state of reading-you will enjoy reading The Art of Slow Reading slowly." Kelly Gallagher, author of Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It "This beautiful and hugely important book overflows with advice and wisdom about reading-enjoying it, teaching it. Newkirk reminds us why words matter, that words on page or screen are not there just to be 'processed,' but to savor and enjoy, to help us think and see more clearly, to touch our hearts and help us touch the world." Mike Rose, author of Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us (Read Mike Rose's blog) "If someone were to ask me who to read, what to read, and how to read it, I would say, without hesitating, they should read Tom Newkirk, read The Art of Slow Reading, and read it slowly, again and again. He is to reading and teaching, literacy and learning what Michael Pollan is to food and eating. Tom Newkirk gives us permission to take our time when we read, to remember why we read, and to take from that reading not just the nutrients and knowledge but the pleasure we sought to cultivate in our students-and ourselves-in the past." Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher's Companion and What's the Big Idea? "This book challenges popular notions of reading-the idea that quick, extractive reading is the goal for students. I argue that traditional acts of 'slow reading'-memorization, performance, annotation, and elaboration-are essential for deep, pleasurable, thoughtful reading." Thomas Newkirk This important book rests on a simple but powerful belief-that good readers practice the art of paying attention. Building on memoir, research, and many examples of classroom practice, Thomas Newkirk, recuperates six time-honored practices of reading-performance, memorization, centering, problem-finding, reading like a writer, and elaboration-to help readers engage in thoughtful, attentive reading. The Art of Slow Reading provides preservice and inservice teachers with concrete practices that for millennia have promoted real depth in reading. It will show how these practices enhance the reading of a variety of texts, from Fantastic Mr. Fox to The Great Gatsby to letters from the IRS. Just as slow reading is essential for real comprehension, it is also clearly crucial to the deep pleasure we take in reading-for the way we savor texts-and for the power of reading to change us. Tom's Washington Post article: Reading is not a race: The virtues of the 'slow reading' movement read more

Heinemann
$25.00 $23.52

This smart, practical guidebook shows preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers how to refine their literacy evaluation practi...ces through careful kidwatching. By observing and recording children's literacy development, teachers also develop new understandings of the ways children think and learn. Ultimately, through kidwatching, teachers plan curriculum and instruction that are tailored to individual strengths and needs. Gretchen Owocki and Yetta Goodman are the perfect pair to guide teachers through the kidwatching process. Yetta coined the term in her seminal article in 1978 and has spearheaded the use of miscue analysis as a window into the reading process. Gretchen, Yetta's former graduate student, is an outstanding educator and published author on the ways young children develop literacy. Together, they have written a book that will serve as a professional development tool as well as a kidwatching handbook. In each chapter, they provide a clear description of how kidwatching enhances teaching and learning specific guidelines and suggestions for kidwatching practical tools and resources to be used in documentation and analysis empowerment for children-a chance to evaluate and revalue themselves by partnering with teachers to document and reflect on their knowledge. Kidwatching provides a framework for engaging in systematic, yet very personalized, data collection in all areas of literacy. High-quality kidwatching gives teachers the information they need to teach effectively and to share detailed, factual information with families and administrators. Kidwatching can also be used to strengthen school reform, to develop a common set of principles and practices that are in tune with local needs and interests. Learn to watch kids and see how effective you can be on these fronts. read more

Heinemann
$24.38

As reading teachers, how do we deal with the massive shifts that digital literacy is creating? We can't abandon what we know works... to keep up with the latest online-literacy fads. Yet, we need to prepare readers for a world of digital content. Reading Workshop 2.0 gives us teaching that puts reading for meaning first while also balancing the need for kids to become sophisticated users of books as well as online reading resources. "This book," writes Frank Serafini, "is designed to help teachers organize their reading workshops in order to take advantage of the latest technologies." With his guidance, you'll bring more digital reading into your teaching without sacrificing sound instructional principles or practices. Reading print shares four essential processes with digital reading: accessing and navigating; archiving and sharing; commenting and discussing; and interpreting and analyzing. Frank introduces important, well-established digitally based resources that further these processes, while his lesson ideas transfer learning from classroom to real-world digital reading. "If it doesn't help children develop as readers," writes Frank Serafini, "it doesn't matter how shiny the new object is." With Reading Workshop 2.0, you'll help students with print while also helping them use online resources and technologies as they are intended-to make sense of texts more deeply, effectively, and efficiently. read more

Heinemann
$31.25

Fast, effective, research-based interventions for struggling readers Have you ever zoned out during reading-pronounced the words, ...without processing their meaning? This is how "word callers" experience all reading, In fact, strong decoders with limited comprehension account for nearly a third of all struggling readers. Now there's powerful new hope for them in Word Callers. "Word callers are so focused on letters and decoding that their minds don't knit together the meaning of the words they are reading. The diverse interventions in this book all address this inflexibility, helping these children become better able to process meaning alongside letter-sound information." -Kelly Cartwright A centerpiece of Word Callers is an assessment and intervention developed by Kelly Cartwright that uses word and picture cards to measure and support readers' sound-meaning flexibility-an ideal resource for Tier 2 and Tier 3 RTI instruction. Kelly's research shows that your word callers can "unglue" from print and improve their comprehension in as few as 5 lessons. With Word Callers you'll help students in individual or small-group settings begin to make meaning and then build on their newfound skill: Assessments based on included word cards help identify inflexible readers. A straightforward, needs-driven research-tested intervention using the cards turns readers around fast. Engaging lessons with wordplay, word and picture cards, comprehension strategies, and more support the transition from word callers into full-time meaning makers. It's not often we have such a storybook scenario for our at-risk learners, but when you try Kelly Cartwright's suggestions with your students, when you see children transform from "just reading words" to understanding text and enjoying reading, you'll see how much hope there is for your Word Callers. To purchase replacement word & picture cards, click here. Get a special discount on replacement cards when you buy 5 sets at a time! Click here to save. read more

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$31.25

When first published in 1991, Literacy con carino introduced us to a group of bilingual students who, although seemingly doomed to... failure, ultimately succeeded because they were encouraged to believe they could. By putting traditional schooling under a microscope, by shifting away from harmful teaching practices, by setting forth on a journey of culturally and developmentally appropriate pedagogy, the authors dispelled the myth that the learner is to blame whenever learning doesn't take place. While the authors' work continues to be guided by the same theoretical and philosophical motivations, in this new edition they offer new critical insight into the process of second language acquisition. Centering their arguments more closely on the work of Paulo Freire, who coauthored the new foreword, they reemphasize their belief that the path to literacy is through a child's first language. They also reinforce the necessity for teachers to create a learning environment that builds on the knowledge and experiences each child brings to the classroom. read more

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$24.38

In recent years, our understanding of how children learn to read has undergone monumental change. Looking beyond the "visible" (pr...int) system involved in learning to read, researchers have made exciting discoveries about the critical role of "invisible" (linguistic and cognitive) systems. Although the instructional implications of these discoveries are extraordinary, these research findings have not yet become part of our general cultural knowledge. And, as inevitably happens when deeply-rooted, traditional belief systems are challenged, the backlash has begun.In Beyond Traditional Phonics, Margaret Moustafa fills you in on these exciting new research discoveries of how children learn to read and relates them to reading instruction. This book gives a comprehensive yet accessible picture of how children learn to read, describing: the origins of our traditional assumptions about beginning reading and problems research has uncovered about these assumptions discoveries about the linguistic processes children use to figure out unfamiliar print words discoveries about how children learn letter-sound correspondencesdiscoveries about how children begin their journey into literacya new method of teaching phonics based on children's natural learning strategiessuggestions on creating a research-based infrastructure to support reading instruction. Moustafa maintains that learning to read doesn't have to be hard or frustrating. It can and should be a joyous adventure. The key is to make that journey a happy and successful one. read more

Heinemann
$36.88

Stories are natural invitations for learners to explore the mathematics of their own lives and the lives of others. With all their... rich, supportive details, they present powerful opportunities for students to think mathematically. In this follow-up to their enormously popular Read Any Good Math Lately? David Whitin and Sandra Wilde continue to explore the importance of children's literature in the teaching and learning of mathematics. They show how books help portray mathematics as it really is: a tool for making sense of our world. Using a wealth of books and frequent samples of children's work, Whitin and Wilde highlight the voices of children and teachers who use mathematically oriented children's books. They explain ways books have been used to explore mathematical concepts, the importance of children's spontaneous reactions, and the role of mathematical conversation. You also hear from two authors who create these books, how their ideas originated and what they were trying to accomplish. The second part of It's the Story That Counts focuses on the books themselves, exploring multicultural themes and images in books, books on the number system, statistics, and probability, and books for adults. The final chapter presents a series of mini-essays on the best of new books for young readers, culminating in a list of over three hundred new books arranged by category. Throughout It's the Story That Counts, you gain a greater understanding of the rich potential children's literature offers for mathematical investigations. Anyone interested in restoring the story to the world of mathematics will value what Whitin and Wilde have to say. read more

Heinemann
$40.58 $26.34

Teach reading and writing to second graders thoroughly, efficiently, and effectively with this detailed, practical handbook. Karen... Ruzzo and Mary Anne Sacco of the Manhattan New School provide a full-year curriculum with units centered around "significant studies." These five-to-seven week courses of study or investigations, with many samples of student work, focus on four specific topics: dialogue writing about setting nonfiction content-area research and writing. The authors fill their book with goals, minilessons, literature needed, and student work plans for each week of each investigation. All of the investigations follow a workshop format consisting of 10-20 minute minilessons, student work time of 30-45 minutes, and a 5-10 minute share time. As an additional feature, the end of each investigation includes commentary from a first-year teacher about how she adapts the investigations to fit the needs of her classroom. Significant Studies invites you to enter a second grade classroom at the Manhattan New School and journey as learners alongside the students. This book will support teachers as they reflect on their practice and plan for thoughtful and explicit instruction. read more

Heinemann
$33.13

One September, Ralph Fletcher entered the world of the New York City public school as a staff developer for the Teachers College W...riting Project. Walking Trees is the dramatic story of how he survived the wrenching highs and lows of that school year. Beautifully written, alternately funny and poignant, sad and angry, the book offers an authentic portrait of life in the city's schools. The stories and unforgettable characters in this book - the principals, teachers, and children Fletcher worked with - give Walking Trees a novelistic quality in which the enormous difficulties of staff development in an urban setting are woven together with events in the greater world. Walking Trees re-creates a world in which all of us who have ever spent time in a school will instantly be able to recognize. read more

Heinemann
$42.65

Readers of all ages seek out favorite authors. They do so because they are uplifted by an author's words, images, sounds, and stor...ies. They do so because they are emotionally and intellectually nourished by these authors. They do so because they are intrigued by the life-literature connections that mark the works. According to Carol Jenkins, when we bring author studies into the classroom, we not only honor all of these fascinations, but also extend children's literary and literacy understandings. In many classrooms, teachers approach author studies from one of three perspectives. Some teachers ask children to examine an author's work through the lens of his or her life. Others ask readers to explore the themes, the characters, the symbolism of an author's work. Still others invite children to respond in personal ways. In The Allure of Authors, Jenkins offers a model based on the best theoretical thinking that merges these three perspectives and encourages readers to respond aesthetically, biographically, and critically to an author's literature. At the heart of this book are four author studies that Jenkins implemented with children at various grade levels, which span the genres of picture storybooks, chapter books, and nonfiction. Featured authors include Avi, Joanna Cole, Carolyn Coman, and Mem Fox. Suggested author studies are also included for Kathryn Lasky, Patricia Polacco, and Mildred Taylor. Each study illustrates the interconnect-edness of aesthetic, critical, and biographical response on the part of young readers and writers, and showcases the breadth and depth of their response. Based on the belief that the best author studies are those that unfold as children and teachers collaborate, each study finds its compass in constructive powers of the young mind rather than in preplanned units. Illuminating the book are also the voices of the authors themselves. Avi, Joanna Cole, Carolyn Coman, and Kathryn Lasky share their probing insight about author studies. read more

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$24.38 $16.29

What readers will love about this book is that it offers big-picture understandings of teaching, then it zooms in and offers the d...etails of that teaching. - Katie Wood Ray, author of About the Authors First graders have no shortage of ideas. The hard part for them is putting thoughts together into a cohesive draft. Organizing and planning for writing defy simple description and aren't easily modeled for students, making them challenging topics to convey to young children. Where do you find the language and tactics to teach these subtle processes? With First Grade Writers, Stephanie Parsons will change how you think about teaching the thinking behind writing. Parsons outlines five specific units of study for your writing workshop that help students prepare thoughtfully to write. Beginning with a September unit specially designed to introduce the writing workshop to first graders and build a classroom community that supports risk taking and learning, each successive unit builds upon the previous one and fosters independence. By June your students will know how to plan for writing out loud and on paper, leading to elegant, well-structured pieces. The units also help children to differentiate the planning and organization needed to write: fiction personal narrative nonfiction Q & A books pattern books. Best of all, First Grade Writers is corner-of-the-desk practical with concise, logically laid-out descriptions of how each unit of study operates, a variety of helpful tables, charts, and assessment diagnostics, as well as elaborations, teaching points for minilessons and conferences, troubleshooting tips, and month-by-month planning assistance. If you're new to first grade, Stephanie Parsons will give you ideas for top-notch teaching that will be invaluable as you establish your first writing workshop. If you're a veteran, the units in First Grade Writers will augment your existing workshop and help your students clearly conceptualize what high-quality writing looks like. Either way, you'll help them write better by thinking about the thinking behind good writing. read more

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$33.13

Comics are a natural for second language development. Their unique mix of abundant, comprehension-building visuals and authentic t...ext readily engages learners, contextualizes language, and offers a window into the culture. Yet despite their obvious advantages, comics remain unfairly branded as inappropriate classroom reading material, misunderstood and woefully underutilized. No more. In Going Graphic teachers will find a comprehensive guide to embracing comics and effectively using them in any multilingual classroom. Building on the latest brain-based research, second language acquisition theory, and progressive literacy principles, Stephen Cary offers twenty-five proven activities for comics-based instruction in all classrooms, especially TESL/TEFL settings, and for all grade and English-proficiency levels. These activities help nonnative and native learners alike meet a broad range of content and English-language development standards. In fact, Cary has given you literally everything you need to start successfully integrating comics into your classroom tomorrow, including: an FAQ that dispels the myths about comics, tells you why they work, and answers your questions about using them field sketches from real classrooms that show you firsthand how to make comics an integral part of your multilingual teaching authentic examples of student work from a variety of grade levels and settings that reveal just how much students can do when given the opportunity to both learn from comics and create their own dozens of commercial samples to give you a sense of the remarkable breadth and depth of contemporary cartoons, comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels copious resource lists, including material reviews, publications, comics in other languages, and categorized websites for locating and reading thousands of comics online. Thanks to Stephen Cary you'll have an exciting new way to improve the abilities of your second language students. Squeeze into your tights, adjust your cape, and prepare for some high-flying learning while Going Graphic. read more

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$28.13 $25.94

"To truly engage in mathematics is to become curious and intrigued about regularities and patterns, then describe and explain them.... A focus on the behavior of the operations allows students starting in the familiar territory of number and computation to progress to true engagement in the discipline of mathematics." -Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, and Virginia Bastable Algebra readiness: it's a topic of concern that seems to pervade every school district. How can we better prepare elementary students for algebra? More importantly, how can we help all children, not just those who excel in math, become ready for later instruction? The answer lies not in additional content, but in developing a way of thinking about the mathematics that underlies both arithmetic and algebra. Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra invites readers to learn about a crucial component of algebraic thinking: investigating the behavior of the operations. Nationally-known math educators Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, and Virginia Bastable and a group of collaborating teachers describe how elementary teachers can shape their instruction so that students learn to: *notice and describe consistencies across problems *articulate generalizations about the behavior of the operations *develop mathematical arguments based on representations to explain why such generalizations are or are not true. Through such work, students become familiar with properties and general rules that underlie computational strategies-including those that form the basis of strategies used in algebra-strengthening their understanding of grade-level content and at the same time preparing them for future studies. Each chapter is illustrated by lively episodes drawn from the classrooms of collaborating teachers in a wide range of settings. These provide examples of posing problems, engaging students in productive discussion, using representations to develop mathematical arguments, and supporting both students with a wide range of learning profiles. Staff Developers: Available online, the Course Facilitator's Guide provides math leaders with tools and resources for implementing a Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra workshop or preservice course. For information on the PD course offered through Mount Holyoke College, download the flyer. read more

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$24.07 $16.44

A recent explosion of volunteerism has occurred in classrooms, libraries, boardrooms, and church basements across the nation - and... nowhere has this trend been more keenly felt than in literacy programs. Here, unpaid workers want to help meet the challenge of teaching America to read. But who teaches them to work with children? With teachers' time already stretched to the limit and many volunteers lacking sufficient training, the need for a concise and practical handbook has never been greater. Help America Read fills the void, containing everything you would want a literacy volunteer to know about tutoring children. Designed to help the volunteer become more self-reliant, this handbook includes: ten specific ways of working with children, with guides and suggestions for each; many book lists, including multicultural titles, at several grade levels; concrete suggestions, without assuming that a volunteer knows how to perform basic teaching tasks; sample lesson plans; time management tips; basic information on phonics and fluency in reading and writing; and guidelines for working with individuals as well as groups. Since the authors are Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas, two of our nation's leading literacy educators, teachers and leaders can be certain that they are providing a resource based upon sound research on how children learn to read and write. Literacy volunteers will learn how to gain children's trust, monitor their comfort level, and create a positive learning environment. Perhaps most important, they will feel valued and encouraged to continue their all-important work, now when we need them most. read more

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$24.38

Veteran teacher and author Dan Feigelson raises an important question about the larger goal of reading instruction: while it's our... job as reading teachers to introduce students to new ideas and comprehension strategies, shouldn't we also teach them to come up with their own ideas - without teacher prompting? In Reading Projects Reimagined, Feigelson shows us how conference-based, individual reading projects help students learn how to think for themselves. He provides a concrete picture of what reading projects look and sound like in the classroom with: step-by-step guidelines on how to conduct a productive conference categories to help teachers narrow down possible directions a conference could go examples of student work and teacher-student dialogue. When readers go beyond simple comprehension questions to extend their own ideas, they're on their way to becoming independent, critical thinkers who can read any text with depth and thoughtfulness. Praise for Reading Projects Reimagined: "Dan Feigelson is one of our shrewdest and most versatile thinkers in the field of literacy, a guy who can draw from his experiences as classroom teacher, staff developer, principal, and superintendent. In this fascinating book, Dan gives a new vision for the reading conference in which teachers can help students name their own ideas, and use them as tools for deeper comprehension."Ralph Fletcher "This book contains some of the best writing about conferring with children that I've read." Carl Anderson If you have ever wondered how to bring more substance, more gravitas, to reading conferences, this book will provide you with an array of possibilities. Dan Feigelson is absolutely clear that he is not offering a set of scripts for conferences; instead he shows us how to help each child develop a sense of the possible."Ellin Keene "In Reading Projects Reimagined, Dan Feigelson reminds us of a radical and grounding premise, that a truly effective reading conference, one that can change a reading life, prioritizes the reader, not the standards or test prep. Dan shows us how to shine a light on children's words and intentions in ways that can increase their engagement with texts and inspire investment in their own text-based ideas." Kathy Collins read more

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"Traditional assessments often reveal very little about students' thinking. Nancy describes how activities that engage students in... complex, multifaceted demonstrations of learning can transfer the responsibility to students to reveal the quality of their thinking while seamlessly helping them learn the content more deeply and lastingly." -Ellin Oliver Keene "There's an old saying that school is a place where young people go to watch old people work. Live assessments offer us a way to turn this backwards arrangement around. Live assessments reinforce vital subject matter while expanding kids' preparation and performance skills. They honor the learning goals you've set for your students while also reflecting the standards your state has mandated. They are rigorous yet offer students the opportunity for flexibility, creativity, and innovation. By now you should have one question left: How do I get started?" -Nancy Steineke Listen to a podcast of Nancy discussing Assessment Live! with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels. Acclaimed author and educator Nancy Steineke offers the definitive how-to handbook for implementing highly structured and productive assessment activities. Building on her 32 years of classroom experience, Nancy shows teachers how to balance their approach to assessment and easily incorporate performance projects into their curriculum. After chronicling the research and rationale behind live assessments, Nancy describes strategies that teachers can use to foster a supportive classroom culture where assessment activities and presentation skills flourish. The chapters that follow outline ten specific live assessments that can be used to personalize learning and help your students show what they know. Each chapter presents: the rationale for the activity lists of the reading, writing, and speaking/listening standards skills students will apply step-by-step support including samples of student work, tips for troubleshooting predictable problems, and strategies for adapting and modifying activities rubrics, scoring sheets, and other reproducibles for students Use Assessment Alive! and find out what your students really know. read more

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If only we could understand that seemingly inexplicable moment when children suddenly "get" reading. Then our instruction could be... directed toward creating those specific circumstances which help every student recognize the pattern of meaning behind the marks on a page. Now, thanks to Richard Gentry's Breaking the Code, we can. In his most important book to date, Gentry combines cutting-edge, brain-based research with sound classroom knowledge to explore early literacy development. Starting with the crucial interrelationship of reading and writing, he looks inside and out at the minds of emerging readers to find out how they construct the idea and process of reading. Then he presents a blueprint for instruction and early intervention that combines his new findings with best-practice teaching. His comprehensive instructional model focuses on building the specific skills, capacities, and experiences kids need by teaching them to write as they learn to read. Gentry gives you everything you need to implement successful beginning reading strategies as well as a variety of effective tips for supporting readers and writers throughout the primary grades. Writing with the same clarity and teacher-friendly approach as in his best-selling The Science of Spelling, Richard Gentry will show you how scientific thinking and student-centered teaching can work together to create powerful literacy instructional practices. Let Breaking the Code open a window for you into the minds of young readers, so that you can open a window for them into a world of literate possibilities. read more

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Making It Up as We Go Along is the story of the Albany Free School, a school based on real freedom, real community, real democrati...c principles, and real affection between teachers and students. There, for over twenty-five years Chris Mercogliano has taught a never-ending variety of children-kids of all ages from every race and social class, from those with developmental and behavioral problems to the so-called "gifted." Thanks to this ongoing experiment in education, one of the longest running of its kind in America, Mercogliano has come to understand how children learn and above all, how important autonomy and authenticity are to the learning process. There is no preset methodology to describe because Mercogliano and his students make it up as they go along. What the author does do is render into words some of the possibilities that abound when teachers and students learn together in an atmosphere of freedom, personal responsibility, and mutual respect. His book debunks many of the misconceptions about teaching and learning, including the belief that education requires a lot of money, sophisticated technology, and extensive specialized teacher training. Mercogliano wrote this book with three broad goals in mind: to provide an in-depth history of the Free School, including a brief analysis of its place in the broader scheme of things; to describe the school in a way that is meaningful to both those who have some point of reference to the various alternatives to conventional schooling and those who do not; and to address certain fundamental subjects that are too often neglected in our national thinking about children: aggression, sexuality, race/class, and spirituality. In the process, he proves that teachers can help all students pursue their genius and their dreams through the union of self-direction, excitement, joy, and emotional honesty. read more

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Making Believe on Paper presents primary-grade educators with the opportunity to learn from an extraordinary classroom teacher abo...ut how and why to invite and invest in make-believe. - Nancie Atwell Author of In the Middle   Little kids delight in telling tall tales - of talking animals, princesses, or good triumphing over evil. Can you turn their enthusiasm for fiction into high-quality writing instruction? Absolutely, says Ted DeMille - and he has the classroom processes and student writing samples to back it up. In Making Believe on Paper, Ted shows what a magical and instructive first writing experience fiction can be for primary-aged children.   Making Believe on Paper presents hands-on strategies and the tools you'll need to help young children create fully formed, beautifully illustrated, and powerful pieces of fiction. With Ted's help, you'll guide students from inspiration to finished pieces as you: develop children's knowledge of fiction's components through author study and read-alouds use drawing to shape students' ideas, then help them make the transition to writing encourage high-quality writing through mentor texts give kids a chance to put it all together by writing fairy tales.   You'll cherish Making Believe on Paper for its charm, gentle wit, and effective teaching. You'll appreciate how children's innate creativity can nudge them toward independence. You'll see a roadmap for the amazing progress young writers can make through student samples both in the book and in full color on its accompanying website. In short, you'll turn to Making Believe on Paper time and again for ideas and strategies that work.   Let students' wonderful stories inspire you. Read Making Believe on Paper and trust Ted DeMille to help you turn students' excitement for telling tales into engaging, lasting writing instruction. read more

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Twenty years after Don Graves first guided you to new, more effective, and more professionally satisfying practices, Heinemann cel...ebrates his continuing influence with a special Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of Writing, the book that revolutionized writing instruction. "Children still want to write-if we let them. These words are just as true now as they were twenty years ago," writes the master educator-researcher. In his new preface to his landmark book, Graves deepens your understanding of Writing's importance as he assesses its impact. Also new to this edition is an afterword by Mary Ellen Giacobbe who recounts not only the transformation that Graves' research made in her classroom, but also his ongoing influence on her own literacy research. And, of course, there's the classic text itself, a touchstone for all writing and literacy teaching. Writing establishes the crucial, reflexive relationship between reading and writing. Plus it gives you the tools you need to incorporate writing into your daily lesson planning by taking you inside real classrooms to watch as children work with their teachers to build literacy skills. Filled with inspiring, straightforward prose and backed by extensive classroom research, Writing not only launched an education revolution, it also began a twenty-year mentorship between Graves and hundreds of thousands of teachers looking for ways to improve their practice and their students' education. For 20 years Don Graves has guided you in developing a lifelong love of writing and reading in your students. Now join Heinemann in celebrating his lasting achievement with Writing: Teachers & Children at Work, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition. read more

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Significant recent research in literacy learning casts serious doubt on the effectiveness of traditional phonics instruction. Rese...archers have discovered that traditional phonics, with its emphasis on letters, sounds, and words, ignores the complexity of children's natural learning processes, including children's inclination to focus first on the text, then on whole words, and then on their constituent parts. Whole to Part Phonics offers a concise, accessible introduction to this research and proven strategies for translating it into effective classroom practice. The contributors to Whole to Part Phonics recognize that children need to understand letter-sound relationships in order to become independent and fluent readers. But, they argue, this knowledge is of little value unless children learn how to use it in context. Accordingly, the authors maintain that children's encounters with print lay the groundwork for effective phonics learning. By drawing on children's wider experience of reading and on their preferred modes of learning, whole-to-part phonics offers an exciting alternative - students focus on the construction of meaning rather than the decoding of text. In Part I, Henrietta Dombey explains how phonics works in English and surveys the research evidence for whole-to-part phonics. Margaret Moustafa then offers advice on using whole-to-part phonics strategies in a rich, literature-based reading program. Olivia O'Sullivan of the Centre for Language in Primary Education (CLPE) surveys research that investigates the connection between developmental spelling and reading. In Part II, the staff of the CLPE offers a set of detailed, practical suggestions for promoting the knowledge children need to learn letter-sound relationships and use them effectively in both their reading and writing. read more

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Here at last is a theoretically sound, delightfully readable alternative to commercial phonics kits. Rhymes & Reasons is a smart, ...up-to-date, all-in-one guide to phonological awareness-what it is, what it isn't, and the best practices for teaching it. Most important, it spotlights the best of recently published children's literature that can be used to foster children's understanding of phonological awareness in enjoyable and meaningful contexts. "My goal" says author Michael Opitz, "is to provide a resource for busy teachers to access quality literature and provide kid-tested, practical suggestions that will engage children and further finesse their phonological awareness." In clear and accessible prose, he explains the differences between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics. All sorts of language play are explored-assonance, rhyme, rhythm, phoneme substitution, alliteration, and more-as Opitz provides detailed suggestions for teaching these features. The most valued feature of the book is certain to be the extensively annotated treasury of current children's literature. More than 350 books are listed, all carefully selected according to the following criteria: All books feature some sort of language play. Each book lends itself to further language-exploration activities and book extension ideas. Content is appropriate for primary grade-level readers-both in terms of ideas and language. Book choices can be read aloud. All are authentic texts (i.e., written from a literary as opposed to pedagogical standpoint). All can be purchased in a bookstore or found in local libraries. What's more, Opitz provides additional support through a related website that is accessible through the Heinemann homepage. With a resource as comprehensive and current as this, teachers will be well prepared as they seek to instill a love of language and set children on the road to becoming independent lifelong readers. read more

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"As we work within the Common Core, we must take care to not lose sight of meaningful teaching and learning. In working toward the... new standards, kids are going to be doing hard things. But children can still write for reasons that matter. This is not inconsistent with the goals of the Common Core State Standards." -Gretchen Owocki "My goal with The Common Core Writing Book," writes Gretchen Owocki, "is to support K-5 teachers as they provide differentiated instruction in relation to the ten Common Core writing standards." Gretchen presents a comprehensive framework of strategies that help you choose the best path for meeting students' needs and the Common Core standards. As she did for reading in the bestselling Common Core Lesson Book, Gretchen empowers teachers with information and proven practices. She breaks the writing anchor standards into manageable chunks, emphasizing differentiation, engagement, and writing for authentic purposes. She offers: a clear description of what each standard asks from students instructional decision trees that connect assessment to planning instructional strategies that gradually release responsibility to students suggestions for tailoring support to meet students' individual needs. "Because effective teaching does not emerge from a mandate, a state office, or a manual," writes Gretchen Owocki, "we must avoid paths that cast educators as secondary decision makers or that offer quick solutions or static packages." Whether you turn to The Common Core Writing Book to enhance your current curriculum or to design your own, Gretchen Owocki will help you create instruction that is standards focused and student centered. read more

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When Lucy Calkins wrote the first edition of The Art of Teaching Writing, the writing workshop was a fledgling idea, piloted by a ...few brave innovators. Now, as she brings us this new edition, the writing workshop is at the foundation of language arts education throughout the English-speaking world. This new edition, then, could easily have been a restatement, in grander, more confident tones, of the original classic. Instead, it is an almost entirely new book. Clearly, during the time in which Calkins's original ideas have spread like wildfire, her focus has not been on articulating and defending those ideas, but on developing and rethinking them. Respecting and responding to the questions which have arisen as thousands of teachers establish writing workshops in their classrooms, and drawing upon the latest knowledge in the field and her own intimate understanding of classroom life, Calkins has re-thought every line and every facet of her original text. In this new edition, Lucy has major new chapters on assessment, thematic studies, writing throughout the day, reading/writing relationships, publication, curriculum development, nonfiction writing and home/school connections. More than this, she has deepened her understanding of the writing process itself: "When I wrote the first edition, I saw writing as a process of choosing a topic, turning the topic into the best possible draft, sharing the draft with friends, then revising it. But I've come to think that it's very important that writing is a process not only of recording, but also of developing a story or an idea. Now, in this new edition, I describe writing episodes that do not begin with a topic and a draft but instead with something noticed or something wondered about. When writing begins with something that has not yet found its significance, it is more apt to become a process of growing meaning." read more

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Angela Andrews and Paul Trafton know from experience that kindergartners can do great math-especially if they are engaged and chal...lenged from the start. This collection of stories from Angela's classroom highlights the problem-solving potential of very young students. Arranged by month of the school year, each of these ten stories is an inspiration for a classroom lesson. Together the stories provide a comprehensive picture of what can be accomplished with little kids: making sense of math is the focus of the teaching; respecting children's thinking makes it possible. Several major themes recur throughout the stories: the distinction between academic and intellectual goals-the intellectual dispositions in action in this classroom reveal how children can make sense of experience and observations, how they can estimate, predict, hypothesize, analyze, and apply mathematical concepts in practical and visible ways. the real meaning of a "community of learners"-how children can help, occasionally hinder, but ultimately challenge each other. perseverance-the ability of even very young children to persist until they have resolved problems. To see the deep satisfaction kindergartners gain from hard work, or what they call "hard fun," is what makes Angela's day-to-day life in the classroom so wonderful and rewarding. accountability-how teachers can satisfy NCTM principles and standards in math while addressing children's needs and capabilities. With every story, Angela provides not only a narrative, but also a thoughtful appraisal of her own decisions, dilemmas, and choices in the teaching of math. At the end of each story, Paul Trafton focuses on the math involved and the mathematical reasoning of the children. Clearly evident throughout is the authors' conviction that teachers not only need to understand the math in the problems the children are tackling, but also to listen respectfully and to question them honestly about their thinking. In this way, teachers can support their young students and capitalize on the opportunities at hand, the many "teachable moments" this book so successfully captures. read more

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Teachers in need of new ideas will find this compact book a big help in early childhood phonics. Clear, concise, and most of all p...ractical, it offers a collection of word study activities for the progressive classroom using the omnipresent tool of magnetic letters. Adding just enough theory to make her point, Michele Dufresne shows how this simple tool can support the teaching of letters and sounds throughout the day within a balanced literacy program. Each activity is geared to helping children figure out and understand words on their own. By making word analogies, they can draw on what they already know about letters, sounds, words, and spelling to access print in context. Throughout the text, educators will find distinct rationales for teaching children about letters and words and specific steps to help them assess students' needs and plan for teaching. Sample lessons, lists of ideas, dialogue snippets, and classroom photos will help busy teachers get started with implementing phonemic and phonological instruction in their own classrooms. Then they can discover how much children enjoy exploring letters and words. read more

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Groundbreaking when first published, The Art of Classroom Inquiry has become the classic book on the subject, helping tens of thou...sands of preservice and inservice teachers discover successful ways to conduct research in their classrooms. Thoroughly updated to reflect current thinking and technologies, this revised edition continues to show teachers how they can carefully and systematically ask and answer their own questions about learning. In crisp, jargon-free prose, Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Miller Power present the nuts and bolts of classroom research strategies - interviewing and notetaking techniques, methods for categorizing data, online support, hands-on activities for testing research methods and honing skills, plus much more. Hubbard and Power have worked for 15 years with teacher-researchers from across the country. In The Art of Classroom Inquiry they give teacher research a human face, from preservice and beginning teachers at work in their classrooms to veterans with suggestions and examples to share. The stories of individual growth demonstrate why and how teacher research is transforming the ways teachers view themselves and their classrooms. And each chapter of this book shows how to get there, including: getting started - deciding what to investigate and how to frame questions designing the research to fit your area of investigation gathering data in the midst of teaching making sense of that mountain of data reviewing the literature and the implications of others' research on your findings converting research for sharing with a wider audience creating a teacher-research network and support group. The Art of Classroom Inquiry can help any aspiring teacher-researcher develop observation and analytical skills. But it is much more than a collection of research techniques - it is a celebration of what is possible in classrooms when teachers pursue answers to their own questions about learning. read more

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Teachers everywhere have found that book making has the power to motivate even the most reluctant writers. By combining illustrati...ons and texts, children engage in a kind of communication that transcends the sum of its parts-their pictures and words interact to convey a new level of meaning. In Pictures & Words Together, Paul Johnson addresses important questions about the process: What do children learn through illustrating their texts? How do texts and illustrations "work" together? He shows how preschool and primary students can be taught to create books that fuse their writing and drawing in profound ways. He offers advice on helping children think about the most effective ways to blend text and pictures, draw the characters and settings for their narratives, and publish their books using simple cutting, folding, and binding techniques. Filled with practical suggestions for teaching and evaluation, as well as abundant examples of children's work, this book is essential reading for those who want to enrich the writing and visual communication experience for children. read more

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In 1996, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas presented Guided Reading, the most comprehensive guided reading resource ever published.... Hailed for its practical, systematic approach, the book showed hundreds of thousands of teachers how to address the needs of the whole classroom as well as individual readers. Now, with the publication of Word Matters, Pinnell and Fountas offer K-3 teachers the same unparalleled support, this time focusing on phonics and spelling instruction. Word Matters presents essential information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy program to help children learn about letters, sounds, and words. The central goal is to teach children to become "word solvers": readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning, and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate. Where similar books are narrow in focus, Word Matters presents the theoretical underpinnings and practical wherewithal of word study in three contexts: word study that includes systematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words writing, including how children use phoneme-grapheme relationships, word patterns, and principles to develop spelling ability reading, including teaching children how to solve words with the use of phonics and visual-analysis skills as they read for meaning. Each topic is supported with a variety of practical tools: reproducible sheets for a word study system and for writing workshop; lists of spelling minilessons; and extensive word lists, including frequently used words, antonyms, synonyms, and more. Armed with these tools-and the tried-and-true wisdom of Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas-teachers can help students develop not just the "essential skills," but also a joyful appreciation of their own literacy. read more

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Children enter second grade with strategies for turning their ideas into a plan for writing. Now it's time to show them how to thi...nk more deeply about who will read their writing and what it will accomplish. Second Grade Writers gives you proven, effective ways to help young children take steps toward intermediate writing by teaching them about the important roles of audience and purpose.   In Second Grade Writers Stephanie Parsons (author of First Grade Writers and a coauthor of Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for Primary Writing) offers five specific units of study that help children develop a keener sense of what they can and want to accomplish in their writing. Beginning with a September unit designed to build a classroom community that supports risk taking and encourages students to immerse themselves in writing, each successive unit engages children in a different genre and fosters increasing independence. Each type of writing has a very different purpose and audience and opens up new possibilities as students experiment with: making change reviewing a book exploring humor sharing their own research.   Parsons' units of study are laid out logically with a thorough description of the unit, teaching points for the minilessons - including examples of classroom language - assessment diagnostics, elaborations and variations, troubleshooting tips, and month-by-month planning ideas.   Whether you areaugmenting your existing workshop or establishing a new one, help your students move toward independence by considering their audience and writing with clarity and purpose. Read Second Grade Writers, implement its units of study, and help children become more engaged, more independent writers today. read more

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Explore the polar region, one of the most extreme environments on Earth, by following a reindeer through its day as it eats, sleep...s, and cares for its young. Reindeer, by Katie Marsico, introduces readers to the behaviors, traits, and habitat of this fascinating animal with supportive text features including a labeled body map of the reindeer and further resources. With its accessible text and fast facts, this book is sure to captivate young animal lovers! read more

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"We can do better, but expectation alone is not enough. We need answers and examples like the ones Gianna and Brook provide with g...reat insight from research and practice and great compassion for teachers and students. My hope is that this book will become a touchstone for all of us." -Carmen Farina, Chancellor of New York City Schools "Positive, supportive relationships with children help them develop socially and emotionally and help you to effectively manage your classroom," writes Gianna Cassetta. She shows you an approach to creating that environment that can actually be planned for, taught, and supported from the first day of school-or anytime you want to reset your classroom community. Gianna has been a teacher and leader, and the classroom management strategy she shares in Classroom Management Matters shifts you away from professionally draining rewards-and-consequences systems that threaten children rather than connect with them. Instead of tips and techniques Gianna presents a plan for explicitly teaching children how to be effective learners and accountable members of the classroom. You'll quickly learn to: know your students better and understand the causes of individuals' misbehavior assess children's development along a provided social-emotional continuum-just like any other skill you teach teach these self-management skills to support a positive classroom and academic growth set and maintain boundaries with students respond to disruption with effective teaching language. With reflection questions, classroom examples, and summaries of supporting studies from researcher Brook Sawyer, Classroom Management Matters helps you be a learning leader in the classroom instead of an authority. "I'll show you detailed strategies that prevent and minimize your difficulties with students," writes Gianna, "so you can focus on constructive action that will have a lasting, positive impact." read more

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This book is about bringing the education we want for our own children to all. It is focused on a set of strongly held beliefs tha...t drive the actions of educators every day. Each chapter of the book is focused on a single belief and invites readers to consider what they can do to help children attend schools based on the true, authentic expressions of their teachers' beliefs. Contributions include essays by many prominent educators including Sir Ken Robinson, Deborah Meier and Thomas Newkirk. Please click on the contents tab below for a list of all 18 contributors. In 2012, a diverse group of American educators made a pilgrimage to Italy to observe instruction at a Reggio Emilia school. Their observations resulted in a desire to articulate a set of belief statements about education. This book is based on those beliefs. With this collection, the authors and editors hope to create a space in the current education conversation for teachers to know that they can teach in a way that is aligned to their beliefs. read more

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"These are the tried and true lessons I return to year after year. The lessons that students said made a difference in their writi...ng and that will bring power and beauty to your students' writing and to your writing classroom." Leslie Blauman, author of The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom "What's wrong with a little mentorship?" Leslie Blauman asks. Reap the benefits of her years as a Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) teacher with 31 of her best kid-tested and approved lessons that lead to great student writing. Not only are these research-based writing lessons kids' self-proclaimed favorites, they incorporate mentor texts, support the Common Core State Standards, and are research-based. Four lesson clusters reflect Leslie's core beliefs for teaching: writing narratives, informative texts, and opinion pieces/arguments a love of language, word play, vocabulary, and poetry writing fictional narratives writing research-based nonfiction. Use these generative lessons as a springboard-giving them your personal stamp-and watch as they lead to great writing for authentic purposes and in testing situations. Click here to save 15% when you buy Leslie's Kid-Tested Writing Lessons and her Inside Guide to the Reading/Writing Classroom together. read more

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In small groups, we are smarter. In well-structured groups, we leverage each other's thinking. We learn more not just because we a...ll bring different pieces of the puzzle, but because, through talk, we can actually make new and better meaning together. -Stephanie Harvey and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels Read the Viewer's Guide. This much-anticipated DVD companion to Stephanie Harvey and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels' best-selling book, Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action, uses compelling video footage to show inquiry circles in action in primary and intermediate classrooms. This live-from-the-classroom DVD invites you to eavesdrop as student-led teams pose questions, undertake research, read strategically, build knowledge, understand, and act. You will see teachers teaching students the specific comprehension and collaboration strategies they need to operate effectively in structured, responsible teams. And, you'll hear firsthand from teachers in primary and intermediate classrooms who are teaching the curriculum, addressing kids' needs, and meeting the standards in a progressive, student-centered way. With a special emphasis on how to organize and manage well-structured cross-curricular projects, this instructional DVD shows you how to: engage students as you unleash their curiosity across the curriculum teach your curriculum and meet standards the inquiry way. Let Steph and Smokey guide you through classrooms that burst with energy, excitement, and achievement. Watch as kids embrace responsibility and take on the heavy lifting of learning. The Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms DVD is a professional development resource for teachers in grades K-5. Teachers in grades 6-12 should use the companion DVD Inquiry Circles in Middle and High School Classrooms. read more

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This book is about teaching writing and the gritty particulars of teaching adolescents. But it is also the planning, the thinking,... the writing, the journey: all I've been putting into my teaching for the last two decades. This is the book I wanted when I was first given ninth graders and a list of novels to teach. This is a book of vision and hope and joy, but it is also a book of genre units and minilessons and actual conferences with students. -Penny Kittle What makes the single biggest difference to student writers? When the invisible machinery of your writing processes is made visible to them. Write Beside Them shows you how to do it. It's the comprehensive book and companion video that English/language arts teachers need to ensure that teens improve their writing. Across genres, Penny Kittle presents a flexible framework for instruction, the theory and experience to back it up, and detailed teaching information to help you implement it right away. Each section of Write Beside Them describes a specific element of Penny's workshop: Daily writing practice: writer's notebooks and quick writes Instructional frameworks: minilessons, organization, conferring, and sharing drafts Genre work: narrative, persuasion, and writing in multiple genres Skills work: grammar, punctuation, and style Assessment: evaluation, feedback, portfolios, and grading All along the way, Penny demonstrates minilessons that respond to students' immediate needs, and her Student Focus sections profile and spotlight how individual writers grew and changed over the course of her workshop. In addition, Write Beside Them provides a study guide, reproducibles, writing samples from Penny and her students, suggestions for nurturing your own writing life, and a helpful FAQ. Best of all, the online videos take you right inside Penny's classroom, explicitly modeling how to make the process of writing accessible to all kids. Penny Kittle's active coaching and can-do attitude alone will energize your teaching and inspire you to write with your students. But her strategies, expert advice, and compelling in-class video footage will help you turn inspiration into great teaching. Read Write Beside Them and discover that the most important influence for all young writers is their teacher. Penny was the recipient of the 2009 NCTE Britton Award for Write Beside Them. read more

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In a world rich with language and literacy, each word matters. Words give us a way to communicate-to think, talk, read and write-a...nd to activate and enjoy a literate life. With this new, essential resource, Fountas and Pinnell bring their literacy expertise to a systematic exploration of letters, sounds, and words and learning how oral and written language "work." The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide provides you with a comprehensive map of the knowledge students develop on their journey to becoming expert word solvers and effective readers and writers. The literacy behaviors you know and understand as you make minute-by-minute decisions within the act of teaching will make the biggest impact on student learning. You will find that this essential guide, presented in an easy-to-use chart form, is a critical companion to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition. You will be able to hone your observations of students' literacy behaviors with this indispensable tool, which combines the behaviors and understandings from the Phonics continuum with the specific times (early, middle, or late in grades PreK-8) appropriate for each one to be introduced and then to be under students' control. In addition, instructional language and a multitude of specific examples appear exclusively in this guide. Use this resource to guide your students in an exploration of letter and word learning. The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide reflects the specific behaviors related to the nine areas of learning for letters, sounds, and words that children develop over time: Early Literacy Concepts Phonological Awareness Letter Knowledge Letter-Sound Relationships Spelling Patterns High-Frequency Words Word Meaning/Vocabulary Word Structure Word-Solving Actions read more

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"Young children are naturally curious and observant, and enter school ready to connect their rich informal understandings about th...e world around them to their experiences in classrooms." -Thomas Carpenter, Megan Franke, Nicholas Johnson, Angela Chan Turrou, and Anita Wager Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) has helped hundreds of thousands of teachers better understand how their students think mathematically. Young Children's Mathematics, the newest addition to the CGI family of books, explores the development of mathematical understanding in the youngest learners. Young children's everyday lives are full of mathematically-related conversation and play-and they enter school ready to make connections with these informal experiences. This book helps teachers recognize opportunities for making these connections by examining: how children apply their emerging counting skills to problem solving situations how teachers effectively engage with young learners to support their mathematical development How noticing the details of what children can do helps us to build on their partial understandings ways to bridge children's mathematical worlds at home and school Reinforced with classroom video clips, Young Children's Mathematics provides an in-depth, research-based look at how children's early learning develops and how teachers can authentically promote this kind of sense-making in mathematics. read more

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When young children have been deprived of literacy-building experiences, is it fair for them to start school being taught the same... way as those with a rich reading and writing background? No, it's NOT fair, says reading expert Laura Robb. That's why she helped develop Literacy Links, a highly successful early intervention program, and why she wrote this book. Dedicated to young children with little exposure to literacy activities at home, the program provides the background knowledge these children need to succeed. The book explains exactly how this works. Thoroughly comprehensive and practical, Literacy Links offers strategy after strategy to help literacy-deprived young learners. Robb has found that giving students the opportunity to experience family storybook reading at school works best. She offers four ways to reconstruct that experience and develop emergent literacy by organizing small separate kindergarten classes that respond to the children's needs and progress training adults to conduct family storybook reading within a regular school day building the literacy knowledge of small groups through a balanced read-aloud program and writing workshop setting up a summer school program for children who would benefit from more reading and writing. These techniques, in fact, will benefit all children, regardless of background. Enhanced by plentiful student work, reproducibles, and photographs, Literacy Links is just the book needed by classroom teachers, Title I Directors, and any administrator who's serious about developing emergent literacy in every child. read more

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For the first time, Shelley Harwayne shares her own writing minilessons with you. Combining her passion for reading adult literatu...re with her commitment to supporting students' efforts to produce powerful and effective writing, Harwayne presents fifty-seven lessons for upper elementary and middle school that take teaching with exemplar texts in a dynamic new direction. Each minilesson includes passages from carefully chosen novels, all of which feature children as main characters. You'll find lessons built around passages from such famed writers as Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, Sandra Cisneros, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Pete Hamill, Elizabeth Berg, Rebecca Wells, Philip Roth, Ann Beattie, Ursula Hegi, and Jamaica Kincaid, lessons that will inspire students to be as inquisitive, observant, and reflective as their fictional counterparts. The minilessons in Novel Perspectives contain the actual words Harwayne uses in sharing these lessons with students and are divided into five categories: discovering topics marveling at the world revising writing loving language learning from fictional characters who take their reading and writing seriously. Each minilesson promotes engagement with text as a way into successful writing but also stimulates classroom conversation, builds community, fights passivity, and gives students a chance to reinforce the notion that their lives are worth writing about. Novel Perspectives will inspire you to make time for your own reading and to begin merging your passion for books with your passion for teaching. Keep it next to your stack of must-reads, and as you discover passages perfect for your classroom, consult it for the best way to energize your writing workshop. read more

Heinemann
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Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle offers new ways for classroom teachers to broaden the definition of literacy to ...include music, dance, poetry, and the visual arts. The authors share what they have learned from incorporating the fine arts into the daily curriculum: how teachers can help students use the fine arts as a bridge to reading and writing, and as valid ways of interpreting the world around them. Drawing on the work of Howard Gardner, Elliot Eisner, and others, this book offers an inspired look at a curriculum where the fine arts are viewed as a "methodology" for helping students interpret what they know and understand. The authors begin by describing their own program: how they set up a learning environment conducive to the fine arts, how they reclaimed poetry as a natural response to learning, how they focused upon drawing for understanding. Then they explain how, through immersion "workshops," students "get inside the skin" of creative artists and think about the unique ways these people approach learning. Readers will discover how students: use music, dance, and the visual arts to develop multiple perspectives on their learning of science, math, and the language arts experiment with movement to interpret thinking create student operas as a response to story live and work in workshop environments to view learning from the inside out. The book also includes extensive annotated bibliographies of books, CDs, audiotapes, and videotapes that teachers can use in curriculum planning. Although Blecher and Jaffee describe their work in a primary classroom, preservice and inservice teachers at all levels, particularly elementary and middle school, have much to gain from reading this book. It offers a different perspective on the learning process and encourages readers to look at the curriculum in new ways. read more

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Science is everywhere, in everything we do, see, and read. Books-all books-offer possibilities for talk about science in the illus...trations and text once you know how to look for them. Children's literature is a natural avenue to explore the seven crosscutting concepts described in the Next Generation Science Standards*, and with guidance from Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz, you will learn to develop the mindset necessary to think like a scientist, and then help your students think, talk, and read like scientists. Sharing Books Talking Science is an engaging and user-friendly guide that provides practical, real world understandings of complex scientific concepts using children's literature. By demonstrating how to work in a very familiar and comfortable teaching context-read aloud-to address what may be less familiar and comfortable content-scientific concepts-Valerie and Mark empower teachers to use just about any book in their classroom to help deepen students' understanding of the world. Valerie and Mark supply you with everything you need to know to get to the heart of each concept, including a primer, questions and strategies to spot a concept, and ways to prompt students to see and talk about it. Each chapter offers a list of suggested titles (many of which you probably already have) to help you get started right away, as well as "topic spotlight" sections that help you connect the concepts to familiar topics such as eating, seasons, bridges, size, and water. With Sharing Books Talking Science, you will have the tools and confidence to explore scientific concepts with your students. Learn how to "talk science" with any book so that you can infuse your curriculum with scientific thinking...even when you aren't teaching science. *Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it. read more

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All children, given the right tools and encouragement to do so, will write. This inviting little book will help you provide both. ...It describes a largely unknown and underutilized strategy that has achieved amazing results. Now, for the first time, Pat Gallagher and Gloria Norton make the secrets of this technique available to other educators. Not shared writing or interactive writing, "written conversation" is a unique technique, in which two partners write back and forth to each other. This coproduced text serves as both a means for communication and expression and as a source of data about the child's knowledge of the sound-symbol system. It's a multifaceted teaching tool that will enable you to focus on what students can do in your assessment of their development and jumpstart students who have encountered early difficulties. Just as important, it is a potent form for giving voice to learners at any age and at any stage of the literacy journey. Gallagher and Norton describe easy ways to get started with written conversations, pitfalls to avoid, and all the information you can obtain from observing students. You will also learn how and when to respond in ways that will nudge your students into the next steps of conventional spelling. Lots of children's writing samples and teachers' and students' comments show written conversation in action. A Jumpstart to Literacy is a uniquely valuable resource for anyone attempting to unravel the mysteries of reading and print. Its techniques can be easily adapted to any classroom with any child, and anyone can learn to do it - all that's needed are paper, pencil, and very little training. What you'll learn about your students, their writing, and even yourself will amaze you. read more