To fulfill the need of gifted students for exciting, energizing, focused challenges, these two books of activity ideas offer numerous single-period and multi-week activities designed to stimulate creativity and enhance higher-level thinking. The grades K-2 book includes word puzzles, analogies, short-term research activities, Readers Theatre scripts, six guided book discussions, and a booklist for gifted readers. The grades 3-6 volume focuses on developing six thinking skills (literal comprehension, reorganization, interpretation, evaluation, appreciation, and application) through engagement with puzzles and mental challenges, word wizards, analogies, one- to two-week investigative activities, long-term project ideas, and tools for critical analysis of literary characters, settings, and events. The briefer activities are often based on reproducible handouts. Answer keys. Illustrated. Good Year Books.
From philosophy and rationale to sample lesson plans and evaluation forms, this complete design for the mixed-age primary classroom provides practical answers to teachers', administrators', and parents' questions about planning, implementation, environment, curriculum, management, assessment, and evaluation. Reproducible forms and assessment tools ease use. Grades K-6. Index. Bibliography. Illustrated. Good Year Books. 277 pages.
Combining review with practical exercises, this concise guide is designed to help students learn or refresh their knowledge of the basic tenets of English grammar. The pretest at the beginning and the posttest at the end help students discover their strengths and weaknesses and measure their progress. Sections cover parts of speech, special verb usage and verbals, punctuation, sentences, and style. Answers are provided at the conclusion of the book. Grades 7 and up. Good Year Books. 124 pages.
Nearly 150 pages of reproducible exercises can introduce, supplement, or reinforce teaching of key grammatical concepts. Targeting middle grades, but also appropriate for reluctant older writers, the exercises take the student from identifying parts of speech to righting misplaced modifiers. A pretest identifies students' strengths and weaknesses, and a posttest tracks their progress. Grades 6-10. Answer key. Appendixes. Good Year Books. 164 pages.
To motivate students to practice writing every day, this book explains how teachers can guide students to write daily news reports that will then be "published" in the classroom and read by other students. Two other daily writing lessons are also explained: daily journals and "experience stories." All the guided writing activities begin with the teacher modeling the writing process while getting student input for the contents of the writing; gradually, as the weeks go by, students take more and more ownership of the writing, which eventually becomes less formulaic (based at first on reproducible handouts) and more personal and creative. Grades K-2. Illustrated. Good Year Books. 91 pages.