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ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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50 Great Books For Teachers - Edudemic

50 Great Books For Teachers - Edudemic | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
If you’re a teacher, you probably don’t have oodles of free time on your hands (unless you’ve thrown lesson planning and grading your students’ work out the window!), but when you do, a good book recommendation is almost always welcome (trumped only by a good wine/beer/food recommendation!). I always enjoy a good ‘beach read’ when …
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Educade: Find/create/share lesson plans/ tools: empower your classroom

Educade: Find/create/share lesson plans/ tools: empower your classroom | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
Empower your classroom with the best games, apps, and maker kits, including engaging lesson plans aligned to core standards. Explore, connect, & create. Join today!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 31, 2013 10:30 PM

Educade, a free website, provides lesson plans "standards aligned lesson plans with 21st century teaching tools like games, apps, and maker kits. These are ready to use and effective resources that have been thoroughly vetted by the GameDesk curriculum team comprised of teachers, content specialist, researchers, artists, and developers."

The site is designed for K-12 students, and you may sign up for an account if you would like to create and share your own content. It is easy to search (dropdown menus allow you to search by subject area, grade level, type of tool and platform).

As they say on the site "Start browsing for hundreds of lesson plans and teaching tools right now. It is totally FREE!"

davidconover's curator insight, September 7, 2013 10:29 AM

This is a great resource for teachers to find lesson plans that you can apply immediately in your classroom. 

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Teacher Statistics: How Teachers Make a Difference

Teacher Statistics: How Teachers Make a Difference | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
You know that bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? It’s the literal truth. While most of us spend more time thinking about reality TV stars and pro athletes, teachers are among the few people who truly affect our ...

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Tiziana Iozzi's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:37 AM

Un insegnante ha il ruolo di un mentore, è un modello, sa aiutare i ragazzi nelle difficoltà e li incoraggia a seguire i loro sogni... A chi di voi è capitata la fortuna di conoscerne almeno uno/a nella vita?

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:56 PM

I had the opportunity to tell my first grade teacher thank you 5 years ago. She actually had kept my first grade picture all these years. My teachers were great and school was my favorite place and I excelled there. So thanks to all the teachers that I did not get to thank. :-)

Silvia Nascimento's curator insight, August 6, 2015 9:22 PM

There are days when we ask ourselves why we teach...and this infographic shares lots of reasons for why we teach and how we impact our students...so as a visual to share, or one to look at you when you need some building up.

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8 Awesome Educational Infographics for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Day In the Classroom - Class Photographer

Day In the Classroom - Class Photographer | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it

What a great idea!  Students take a picture and write a blog entry. Think Common Core Writing standards...

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Critical Thinking Skills - Poster

Critical Thinking Skills  - Poster | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it

A great poster to start the learning process - action verbs and discussion starters.


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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 27, 2014 6:55 PM

Critical thinking, that is what our students need.

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TeachersFirst - Classroom Resources

TeachersFirst - Classroom Resources | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
teaching ideas, reviewed web sites, lesson plans, teaching units, classroom ideas, effective use, educational technology, integrating technology, best web sites for teaching, projector-ready lessons, interactive lessons, interactive whiteboard ready
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Great Tech Expectations: What Should Elementary Students Be Able to Do and When?

Great Tech Expectations: What Should Elementary Students Be Able to Do and When? | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
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Creating a Character Traits Thesaurus

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Because my students need to have a larger repertoire of "Character Traits" to choose from when describing characters in the books we read, we are creating a Visual Thesaurus of traits using Tagul. ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:33 PM

This lesson plan is a great way to incorporate a range of technology into a lesson. In this case Paul Solarz (the teacher) realized that students needed to learn to use a thesaurus, and chose to have them focus on traits, as they are a key component of literature. After providing lists of character traits to the students he taught them how to use Tagel (to create the word clouds) and thesaurus.com (free online). Click through to the website to read the full post. You will also find a link to the many word clouds that were created by his students) for some of the features included within it.

If you have students whom are ELL you may want to check out wordsift.com. It uses visual thesaurus (slightly different than thesaurus.com) and has other resources that help many learners, including images that are associated with specific words, the ability to create a workspace and pull in words and images, and lists of words (such as ELA, science, math, history) so students may learn which words are important in different subjects. WordSift does not allow you to make word clouds as do the many other word cloud tools but is a valuable tool to learn to use.

Mark McMahon's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:15 PM

really takes the wind out of a Jane Austen novel.

Lauren Thorncraft's curator insight, May 26, 2014 4:47 AM

This resource is a terrific educational and interactive website relevant to the English Syllabus for Stage 2 learners, and links to outcome; 

WRITING AND REPRESENTING 2

OUTCOME

A student:
› identifies and uses language forms and features in their own writing appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts EN2-7B.

 

The site explain's a lesson idea that could be used to increase student's vocabulary on how to describe character traits/characteristics when composing a writing passage or story. It allows student's to broaden their vocabulary repertoire, and gain skills to be able to compose and present well-structured and coherent texts, that include descriptive and interesting character's. 

 

This site can be used following a lesson that has just explained what traits/characteristics are (such as my IWB resource). The site encourages student's to choose a word from the 'characteristic list' (such as the one on my IWB resource). Then determine its common antonym with help from the thesaurus and create a word cloud for it using the synonyms that were listed on thesaurus.com. Additionally, the site displays a link ‘tagul.com’ which is an ICT resource which allows student’s to create ‘word clouds’. Another great tool to introduce to student’s to assist with expanding vocabulary. 


Overall, this is a great resource that will provide an opportunity for students to learn about characteristics, and accumulate a diverse repertoire of new vocabulary and hopefully assist with writing well-structured and coherent texts.

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Book Report Poster

Book Report Poster | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
Thank you to Diane for submitting this fun book report poster. It's 11" x 17" worksheet and is great for lower grades (or as an easy project for upper grades). Great end of the year project (presen...
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Students learning from blogging--A 21st Century Trend

Students learning from blogging--A 21st Century Trend | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
The benefits of student blogging and how it can enhance their 21st century learning experience.
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Classroom Posters & Charts - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet.

Classroom Posters & Charts - Edgalaxy:  Where Education and Technology Meet. | West Road Scoops | Scoop.it
Free Classroom Posters, Charts and Printable Teaching Resources.
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Classroom

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Common Core asks for evidence.This anchor chart helps teach how to show evidence (Common Core asks for evidence.This anchor chart helps teach how to show evidence http://t.co/3HKm8gvs...)...
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