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THIS MONTH'S FEATURED
December Resources - Don't let the December holidays
disrupt the learning in your classroom. These resources can help you
incorporate the holiday into your learning activities -- and provide
a little fun as well. Also Winter Solstice activities and websites
Professional Inquiry Cycle (EPIC)
– A SPS professional development
tool designed to support Elementary teachers, grades K-3, and teacher-librarians
as they inform and advance teaching and student learning through a
process of inquiry.
Resources K-5 - This site features sample
units from the Saskatchewan K-5 Health Education Curriculum and along
with additional resources”
Health Poster for December
Devices - Contains a list of literary
devices and their meanings; also links to activities.
– Get your students blogging! Host and manage blogs for your
students! Use the classroom homepage to communicate with your students!
See our sample that was
created as a place to
list and discuss ideas related to using technology to support teaching and
learning. - TechLearn
using a digital projector to project the multimedia items for entire
class viewing (Flash movies, interactive tours, graphing activities,
- Many of the
sites have printable resources for students and teacher facilitated
- Send home
website addresses connected to your classroom topics in your newsletters
or list them on your classroom websites. Parents and students can
explore the sites from home.
assigning websites for additional practice, a place to begin research,
or as an enrichment activity.
- Use online
resources as CARE partner activities.
Web Sites for
Teachers and Students
Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative
Methods - Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big
dividends in the classroom.
Leadership Journal articles:
- Booktalks Quick and
Simple - Need to match up a book to an interest of grade
level? Try this database search, with author, title, subject, awards,
and interest level options.
to Traditional Book Reports - These
lessons from ReadWriteThink have the students think outside of the box
while thinking about their books.
- Character and Author Business Cards
- When students
make business cards for characters in books they've read or
for the authors of those books, they're forced to think symbolically
in order to create a short, simple text that represents the
target appropriately—providing a title, relevant images,
and other pertinent information.
- Characters for Hire! Studying Character
track one character throughout a play (in this lesson, a Shakespearean
drama) to determine the character’s education, skills,
extracurricular activities, previous employment, and possible
references in order to create a resume for that character.
- Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares -
Students tire of responding to novels in the same ways. They
want new ways to think about a work of literature and new ways
to dig into it. By creating comic strips or cartoon squares
featuring characters in books, they're encouraged to think analytically
about the characters, events, and themes they've explored in
ways that expand their critical thinking by focusing on crystallizing
the significant points of the book in a few short scenes.
- Creating Careers for Characters -
one of the characters in the book you've been reading was looking
for a job? This question is the focus of this activity which
bridges technical writing and literary analysis by inviting
students to become characters in a novel they have read, find
a job for those characters, and write application letters and
resumes for their assumed persona.
- Examining Story Elements Using Story Map
- Comic frames
are traditionally used to illustrate a story in a short, concise
format. In this lesson, students use a six-paneled comic strip
frame to create a story map, summarizing a book or story that
they've read. Each panel retells a particular detail or explains
a literary element (such as setting or character) from the story.
- Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmarks -
love to make bookmarks on the computer because they get to share
their ideas with other readers at their school. Teachers love
the project because it gives students practice in summarizing,
recognizing symbols, and writing reviews—all while writing
for an authentic audience.
- The Elements of Fiction
versatile lesson encourages students to read a fiction book
of their choice, analyze what they have read, write and illustrate
an alternative book report identifying key elements of fiction,
and share their stapleless book with other students in either
pairs or small groups.
- Writing Resumes for Characters in Historical
if a character from historical fiction came to life and asked
your students for help writing a resume? What would your students
need to know to help that character? This lesson invites students
to put themselves in just this situation. Students explore help
wanted ads, in print and online, to see what employers want
then draft a resume so the character they’ve chosen can
apply for a job.
- Books for Boys - A blog by
author, Max Elliot, on books for boys, reluctant readers, and why
reading is so important.
- Write Source
– Writing resources for K-12 students
- 75 Ways to Share a
Book - Keep this list handy and have students choose an
- Macbeth Audio files –
The MP3 files work the
- Discover and Explore
Macbeth - Texts and some audio files of the play
Macbeth - Essays, summaries, quotes and character analysis
Classics: Teachers' Guides: Macbeth
- Canada Year
Book (CYB) Historical Collection - Browse by year, by topic,
by tables, charts,
photographs, and even by
Canadian history come alive through
collection of film,
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