EPISD: Power Up

Exploring Interactive Read Alouds: 4C's

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Active Learning Movie Trailer

What is Deeper Learning?

Above And Beyond
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Critical Thinking

Reason Effectively

``Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

Use Systems Thinking

``Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems

Make Judgments and Decisions

``Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, and beliefs

``Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view

``Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments

``Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis

``Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes

Solve Problems

``Solve different kinds of unfamiliar problems in both conventional and innovative ways

``Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions

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Which of the 4 C skills do you consider to be of most importance?

Why the Read Aloud?

13 Good Reasons to Read Aloud with Older Readers is and excerpt from Reading Aloud and Beyond by Frank Serafini and Cyndi Giorgis.

1: Reading aloud increases test scores.

2: Reading aloud introduces readers to new titles, authors, illustrators, genres, and text structures.

3: Reading aloud builds a sense of community.

4: Reading aloud provides opportunities for extended discussions.

5: Reading aloud with older readers is pleasurable.

6: Reading aloud connects readers with content area subjects.

7: Reading aloud demonstrates response strategies.

8: Reading aloud increases readers’ interest in independent reading.

9: Reading aloud provides access to books that readers may not be able to experience on their own.

10: Reading aloud provides demonstrations of oral reading and fluency.

11: Reading aloud helps readers understand the connection between reading in school and reading in life.

12: Reading aloud provides demonstrations of quality writing.

13: Reading aloud supports readers’ development.

Teacher Resources

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Digital Learning Gear

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Begin with the THEME
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Enter your Comanche name here... and don't forget your actual name: )

Active Learning Centers

Comanche Life

1. Students will watch the video on Comanche lifestyle.
2. Collaboration: as a group, students will map out the information on an Expository Pillar
3. Students will select a main idea (example: traditions, clothing, food...) and write down details for each idea.
4. optional: using Chatterpix app, students will present their facts to the class.

Generosity Poster and Presentation

Adventures from the Book of Virtues: Generosity

The Legend of the Bluebonnet the Sequel


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other Read Alouds

Patricia Flores

Hello friends, my name is Patricia Flores and I have 13 years of teaching and coaching experience, 11 years at YISD and 2 years at EPISD. I consider myself the Read Aloud Queen and my teaching pedagogy has always involved some type of active participation through teaching and learning! As an Active Learning Leader at Whitaker Elementary, I look forward to learning from the wealth of knowledge our EPISD teachers have to offer as well as to working collaboratively with district ALLs, technology and art department personnel.

Patricia Flores

ALL Whitaker Elementary