Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Analyzing a Writing Mini-Lesson

Observe a veteran teacher and her fourth-graders in a mini-lesson on adding detail to narrative writing. Consider the purpose and effectiveness of each part of the lesson and compare your observations with those of another teacher.

Assess a Peer Conference

Watch a video of two student peer conferences and compare your evaluation of those conferences to another teacher's.

Assessing Comprehension

Read a fable and listen as two students retell the story in their own words. Assess their comprehension using the Retelling Guide provided.

Characters

Learn about the different types of characters in Cinderella, and determine which traits belong to the hero and villain.

Climax

Learn about climax and identify the event that signals the climax in the story Cinderella.

Conflict

Learn about a story's conflict, and then identify the character who is describing the conflict of "Cinderella."

Design a Schedule

Map out a week-long schedule with time allotments so that you have at least 90 minutes of reading and writing each day.

Elements of a Story Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge about setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax and resolution. Take this 14-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

Evaluate Student Writing

Evaluate a piece of student writing and weigh the student's strengths and weaknesses. Decide which content and conventions are the most important things to address.

Evaluating Web Sites

Practice evaluating Web sites to determine which ones are the most useful. Browse a Web site and evaluate it by answering the basic questions of who, what, when, where, why and how.

Examine Writing Techniques

Identify writing techniques involving the use of detail and dialogue from different children's books. Then compare your response to a sample answer.

Exposition

Listen to an explanation about exposition in Cinderella. Select the text that provides background information on the story’s setting and characters.

Find the Unfamiliar Words

Read an excerpt from <em>My Name is Mar&#237;a Isabel</em> by Alma Flor Ada and highlight words based on how you would teach them to English language learners.

Grade 3 Spelling Bee

Read and listen to stories with some words left blank. Fill in the blank words, check your score and get correct spelling for the words you missed.

Grade 4 Spelling Bee

Read and listen to stories with some words missing. Fill in the missing words, see how many words you spelled correctly and get corrections for the ones you missed.

Grade 5 Spelling Bee

Read and listen to stories with some words missing. Fill in the missing words, see how many words you spelled correctly and get corrections for the ones you missed.

Grouping Diverse Learners

Read two instructional scenarios, determine which grouping plans are most effective for teaching and learning in specific situations, and then practice grouping diverse learners.

The House

Learn the importance of setting purposes for reading in order to improve comprehension. Read a passage about a house three times, highlighting the passage with different purposes in mind each time.

Personal Reading and Writing Inventory

Answer questions about your reading and writing preferences. Get feedback on how to add more writing to your life, in and outside of school.

Planning a Weekly Writing Schedule

Consider a week in your classroom, record instances when your students are writing and find additional places to fit writing into your teaching. See a sample of one weekly schedule where writing has been incorporated across the curriculum.

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