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Curriculum Connections K-12: January 2015


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Actively Learn - Close Reading Application

1) Discover or add content you love

· Web articles

· Primary documents (Gettysburg Address, etc.)

· Novels

· Upload PDFs

2) Embed questions, notes and videos directly into the text

3) Get student to think, write and collaborate while reading

4) Measure student effort and see where comprehension breaks down

Thanks to Kathryn Schroder for sharing!


Actively Learn Overview

Closely Reading Informational Text in the Primary Grades by Frey & Fisher

See full article at link below - thanks to Beth Waufle, Reading Specialist, for sharing: Unfortunately, not all instruction with informational texts is worthwhile. As noted in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, “what little expository reading students are asked to do is too often of the superficial variety that involves skimming and scanning for particular, discrete pieces of information; such reading is unlikely to prepare students for the cognitive demand of true understanding of complex text” (National Governors Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010 , p. 3).


More than vocabulary, terms, conventions and genres Academic Language is the language that is used in school to acquire new or deeper understanding of the content and communicate that understanding to others.

Developing Units of Instruction Process

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This may challenge your current thinking about how to prepare students for state tests - an important read! Thank you to Beth Waufle for sharing:

History/Social Studies

101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class

Many teachers have yet to fully embrace the potential for the Internet to transform the social studies curriculum. Whether your class is named History, Government, Civics, Economics or Psychology, there is a great wealth of material available online that will engage your students. We’ve assembled just a smattering of the best of it here.


HOW TO: Math Interactive Notebooks in Middle and High School

The goal with this page is to walk you through what an ISN is and how to start using one, from set-up to grading:

Kahoot! (Game Based Learning)

Kahoot! empowers educators and captivates learners. Through the creation of a trusted learning space, educational content is delivered by asking meaningful questions in real-time, creating a social, fun and game-like environment. Kahoot! flips the classroom with a pedagogy based on encouraging a loop from ‘learner to leader’ within the learning space, which maximizes the precious learning time spent in the classroom and empowers learners to lead.

Game Based & Digital Learning Handbook

The guide answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.

What makes this guide unique?

• We take you several steps beyond looking up educational games in the app store and

checking the number of stars they've been rated to gauge the benefits of a particular game.

• We provide a thoughtful, comprehensive look at games and learning, as well as

specific examples.

• While we had teachers in mind when developing this guide, any lifelong learner can use it to develop a sense of how to navigate the games space in an informed and meaningful way.

• Our annotated Table of Contents gives you a window into the scope and content of each section.
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Descriptive Writing: Just Right for Science Class (K-12)

There is a myth that because narrative appears as a small percentage of the writing taught in secondary classes, that perhaps the ability to use its techniques is less important in the eyes of Common Core. This is false.

In fact, without narrative techniques, your informational writing assignments would come in as dry as a desert, the passion for the subject dissipated, leaving behind mere regurgitation of fact.

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2014

Study Jams

You can find over 200 Jams on topics like The Universe , listen to songs about Landforms , and test yourself on concepts likeRange



The Arts

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Exceptional Children

21st Century Thinkers......

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Compiled by Deans of Students

Shelly Sims (K-5), Lauri Schatz (6-8), Lori Reuter (9-12)