Volume 12, Issue 47
November 18, 2008
Celebrate Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22)
Geography lessons can make a "world" of difference in students' knowledge of the world and in their test scores. That's because geography is multidisciplinary by nature. Our archive presents geography lessons that teach geography as well as math, language, and cultural literacy. Included: Dozens of lessons for Geography Awareness Week.
The Great American Smokeout (November 20)
The Great American Smokeout is a great time to get out the message: Smoking kills! Included: A "pack" of activities to drive home the anti-smoking message and a "carton" of anti-smoking Internet sites to visit.
Bullying Awareness Week (November 16-22)
For many years, bullying was seen as a necessary evil -- an unpleasant, but unavoidable, rite of childhood. Ignore it, we thought, and it would go away. The problem hasn't gone away, though, and educators can’t ignore it. Included: Ten special activities for Bullying Awareness Week (November 16-22) -- activities for teaching kids about empathy, anger management, and effective conflict resolution.
More Timely Lesson Ideas
Native American Heritage Month
Reading Fun for All Year Long
Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas
Lesson Plan of the Day
See last week's lessons; search lessons by subject.
Use our Math BINGO cards to reinforce math skills across the grades.
Learning Game of the Week
A dice game reinforces students’ computation skills.
News for Kids
Students' "Bank" Loans Money to Start Businesses
Some U.S. students are helping poor women build businesses that improve their families’ lives.
Vicki Cobb’s Show-Biz Science
Can measurement predict race winners?
Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Math Games With Joanne and Jane
This week: “3 Addend Snap.”
Early Childhood Center
* Rhyme Time
This week's poem for Early Childhood educators:
Thinking About Thanksgiving
* Early Childhood Teaching Themes
Health: The Flu Season
The Many Faces of Thankfulness
From the Math Machine
Multiplication Mystery is a fun Web site for teaching factors and multiplication. (Grades 3-5)
Bulletin Boards That Teach
Hanging Out With Our Perfect Papers
Reward students who get 100% on spelling tests, math facts quizzes, and other class work.
One Native American proverb says, "Each person is his own judge." What does that proverb mean to you?
Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans
Teacher-Submitted Lesson #1 Students participate in a spelling relay contest.
Teacher-Submitted Lesson #2 Young students create an Eric Carle shape book.
Primary Edits Animals A to Z: Jaguar
Ele-Middle Edits Marie Curie, Oklahoma, Macy’s Parade…
Fact Monster Hunts
Primary Hunt November Hunt #3
Ele-Middle Hunt Hunt #11
Words that begin with M
Work Sheet of the Week
“Identifying Fractions” -- teaching simple fractions.
FROM OUR PRINTABLES LIBRARY
Readers Theater Scripts
Ready-to-read scripts provide hours of classroom fun. Teacher’s Guide included. (Grades 3-6)
Use these calendar templates to build student skills and for many other purposes. (Grades Pre-K-12) http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/calendar.shtml
Work Sheets from Teacher Created Materials
More than 250 work sheets organized by subject and grade level.
Where in the World Is Mrs. Waffenschmidt?
Can you figure out where she is this week based on the clues she provides? (Grades 3-8)
Have You Signed Up for Our Free Professional Development Newsletter?
Sign up now for the Professional Development Newsletter, a biweekly newsletter that will keep you connected to our latest professional development content for educators and school leaders.
Leah Davies: The Teacher Counselor
"Buddy programs" teach such skills as taking turns, listening, and praising others. Learn how to start a buddy program in your school.
Dr. Ken Shore: The ABC's of Bullying Prevention
Dealing With Bullies
Bullying can create a climate of fear and anxiety in a school, distract students from their schoolwork, and impede their ability to learn. Learn what you can do to stop bullying.
Dr. Fred Jones: Tools for Teaching
Tools for Teaching Implements PBIS -- Level 2
Secondary prevention programs occur in the classroom and include both individualized behavior management programs and targeted group interventions.
Emma McDonald: The New Teacher Advisor
Strategies for Motivating Students
Are you doing the same exact thing day after day? Take some time to analyze what's happening in your classroom, and then try these suggestions for pepping up your class.
Angela Powell: Getting It Together
Create hidden storage by hanging a decorative curtain on a tension rod or curtain rod in the space between cabinets or bookshelves.
Cathy Puett Miller: The Reading Coach
Every Minute Counts: Layering Instruction
The pace of instruction seems our first enemy -- making it imperative that we create multiple opportunities to enforce what we most want children to learn.
When to Read Aloud
Eight tips for getting the maximum benefit from reading aloud.
Lace Up Against Bullying
Two students put their heads together to create a unique plan that rallies everyone in their school to take a stand against bullying.
How Cool Is That!
From the Reading Machine
Wizards and Pigs Poetry Pickle
Kids become young wizards armed only with their knowledge of rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. (Grades 3-6)
From the Writing Center
Writing After Reading Is Revealing
In an effort to encourage students to think and share more about what they read, some teachers have turned to reading response journals.
Family Writers' Workshop
Donna Sacco's students and their families blossom in family writing class.
You Be the Editor
Student-editors work in teams to correct errors in this fast-paced activity. (Grades K-12)
Synonyms in the News
Use synonyms to rewrite news headlines and articles. (Grades 3-8)
Imagine you are a turkey. Convince someone not to cook you!
Things I'm Really Good at
The most embarrassing moment I remember was the time...
The Hot Dod Stand
How much -- or how little -- can Harry charge for the items on the menu?
If I Had a Hammer
If I Had a Hammer is a program that uses alternative methods, specifically the construction of a small house, to show kids how to put the material they are learning in school to work.
How To Do Long Division
Strategy of the Week
Set the right tone in your classroom this year by making it clear that bullying -- or harassment of any kind -- will not be tolerated.
Teaching Students to "Go Fourth" Peacefully
Go Fourth, an anti-bullying program based on classroom discussions and exchanges among children around the globe, has helped students broaden their minds and improve their attitudes.
A Safe and Orderly Environment
"That's a put-down," John Ash tells his students. "We don't use put-downs. We tell the other person how we are feeling and what we want to happen." Can Ash's strategy help you eliminate put-downs from your classroom too?
Classroom Management: Be Kind to Substitutes
Behavior Management: School Allowance, Service, Certificates
Motivating Kids: Minimize Downtime
Book Report Makeover: Describe It!
Homework Tips: Participation Guide
Best Idea Ever: The Importance of Listening
Testing Tips: A Test Tour
Brenda Dyck's Blog
Place-based storytelling is an adaptation of digital storytelling that combines digital mapping tools with the power of the narrative.
Miguel Guhlin: The IT Crowd
Essential Tech Tools for School Administrators (Part 3)
As an administrator in K-12 settings, I like the idea of using technology to R.E.A.C.H. out to parents and create opportunities for learning and dialogue.
The Best Search Engines
If you're frustrated by search engines that give unrelated responses or worried about students accessing the wrong kind of information... these search engines can help.
Nancy Willard: Cyber Savvy
A Web 2.0 Approach to
All schools must develop effective strategies to address the issue of online safety when using Web 2.0 technologies.
Lorrie Jackson's Techtorial
Creating and Saving Screen Shots on a PC
Screen shots are an excellent teaching tool. Learn how to create your own…
Alma Row's Gadget of the Week
Thinkature allows you to collaborate in real time as you chat inside a visual workspace.
Template of the Week
Tech Lesson of the Week
Chatting With Historical Figures
Students research an historical figure and create a chat bot representing that figure.
Speaking of History
Eric Langhorst's students learn and review history via podcasts.
Thanksgiving Means More Than Giving Thanks
In this WebQuest for grades 3-6, students work in teams to research the history and meaning of Thanksgiving and then create a PowerPoint presentation about what they learn.
What's the Point of PowerPoint?
How can K-12 educators rein in the PowerPoint beast? The EW Tech Team has some ideas.
Sites to See
American history Web sites offer resources for teachers and students, ranging from the basic historical facts to virtual investigations of historical events.
Digital Learners @ Analog Schools
Students speak out on what it means to be a digital student at an analog school
Do you have a comment about this video -- or a favorite online video you'd like to recommend to other educators? Click here to let us know about it.
EdTech Tips of the Week
Click here to contribute to our tips library.
Check out our latest Press Release postings.
Click here to send us yours.
What can you do with SchoolNotes? Visit Miss Pinto's Class.
Districts Offer Incentives to Curb Teacher Absences
Several recent studies showing the negative impact of teacher absences on student achievement, plus rising substitute costs, have prompted some districts to offer teachers incentives to reduce the number of days they take off. Included: Examples of incentive plans.
Best Books for
Being a Successful Principal: Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning
by David R. Schumaker
This collection of insights, anecdotes, gifts, and guidance on shared leadership in schools is written by principals for principals -- the book, the authors say "we wish we could have had when we began or careers as administrators." It's a book of theory evolved into day-to-day practice, with subjects that include trusting in yourself and others; learning to change; handling change without being swept away; assessing students, staff, and schools; the administrator as mediator; and standing your ground while maintaining your relationships.
Thank you for buying your books at the discounted rates offered in the EducationWorld/
SchoolNotes Book Store, powered by Amazon. Buying books from our bookstore helps us maintain Education World as a free resource for educators.
See more great books for school leaders.
Leah Davies, The Teacher Counselor
Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools
Many schools employ “buddy programs” in which upper-grade students read or complete projects with younger children. These programs teach skills such as taking turns, listening, and praising others’ efforts. Included: Tips for starting a program, buddy activities, more.
Pete Hall's Always Strive To Be a Better You!
Leading Off the Edge of the Map
It might not surprise you to come across in a column about principal leadership names the likes of Thomas Edison and Ferdinand Magellan. So how the heck did Pete Hall manage to add to that mix Rowlf the Dog from The Muppet Show? Follow along…
Diane Hodges’ Looking Forward to Monday Morning
Ideas you can use to drive your staff happy! This week…
Fun With Food #3: One Special Day a Week
--- Food Festival
--- Hot Chocolate Day
--- Chili Days
--- Grin and Share It!
The Principal Poet
Mr. Ivan, Education World's Principal Poet, presents this week’s poem, "Teacher's Questions."
But I’ve started thinking lately
That teacher’s really not that bright
’Cuz she keeps on asking questions…
With answers even I get right…
Meet the other members of Education World's Columnist Team.
Partners for Student Success
Young Scientists See and Believe
An evening of science projects and demonstrations encourages kids to view themselves as scientists-in-training. In addition to student projects and demos by real scientists, teachers created class experiments to share and read great science literature to children.
From the Principal Files
The Best and Worst Things About Being a Principal
A recent study by Public Agenda documents principals' feelings about their jobs. Today, Education World does its own survey. Our Principal Files principals share their thoughts about the best and worst "principal tasks." Included: Join the "Best and Worst Things About Being a Principal" discussion on our Administrators message board.
Focus on... The Homework Dilemma
The debate over homework -- what kinds, how much, how to grade it -- is an active one in many schools. It is one that impacts the entire school community. The articles in this archive share stories and practical tips that will help you as you lead this challenging discussion with the members of your school community.
PowerPoint story time, Sparkle Day, video game incentives, more...
Pawlas on PR
Students earn the principal’s “Stamp of Approval.”
How I Handled…
Working with a substitute who was getting poor reviews from teachers.
Take Five for…
Reflecting on how strong teams can impact student achievement.
Ideas to use when you’re looking for a group consensus.
Boost math skills schoolwide with "Morning Math" questions for Week #12.
Conventions & Conferences
What's coming up?
See our updated listing of 30+ conferences.
Grant of the Week
Braitmayer Foundation Education grants money for reform initiatives and professional development.
Be sure to sign up for Education World's free biweekly Grants Newsletter.
Join the Conversation
On our "School Administrators" message board.
Newsletters 'R Us
Copy and paste this free content into your teacher or school newsletters.
The ABCs of Student Success O is for Overcoming Obstacles
Caught on the Web Wall of Words (Grades 1-3)
Newsletter Clipart Library December Celebrations
Parent Newsletter Template December Holidays
Math @ Home Math Printables
Parent Pointers Listening to Children
quotED "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless."
From Our Leadership Library
Articles worth a second look from EdWorld's Administrator's Desk archive.
It can help improve communication, student accountability.
Program designed to nurture, mold quality administrators.
Schools improve when a vision pushes people to work together.
Does size matter when it comes to student learning?
Cooking with Joy
Why Teachers Need to Know About Food Allergies
The increase in the number and severity of food allergies among children means teachers must know how to deal with reactions. Joy Rotondi suggests ways teachers can prepare themselves to respond in the event of a food-allergy emergency.
Fit To Be Taught, Vol. 54
- Reading and math "carnival" provides low-stress test prep
- School offers skateboarding course
- District told to dump junk food or lose federal money
- FOODPLAY uses theater to teach about nutrition and exercise
Wire Side Chat
Using Student Ears, Eyes to Stop Crime
Building on the success of its community programs, Crime Stoppers USA is encouraging schools to set up Crime Stoppers in Schools programs. These programs allow students to anonymously pass on tips to authorities about potential crimes or threats.
Read About It
What Is the Unsafe Schools Choice Option?
Focus on Standards, Weaknesses,
Earn School Honors
With a stable school population and plenty of parent support, staff members at Galena Elementary in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, were able to zero-in on student weaknesses. The efforts earned the school state honors for a sixth consecutive year in 2006.
Whatever It Takes
Learning to Make Informed Choices
What to wear, what to eat, who to get in a car with all are decisions middle schoolers face often or daily. During their health class, students discuss their growing personal responsibilities and explore health topics.
No Educator Left Behind
Instead of Backing Vouchers,
Why Doesn't the Government Increase Education Funding?
Wondering what's going on with the No Child Left Behind Act? Peruse our list of news stories about the federal law.
Education World in the Classroom
Click to read Lessons from Our Nation's Schools, Whatever It Takes, In A Sub's Shoes, and Teaming Up to Achieve series.
School Issues Spotlights
Issues Spotlight 1 Teaching About Holidays
Issues Spotlight 2 Citizenship
Issues Spotlight 3 Cooking
Issues Spotlight 4 Title I
What Is Accountability?
Each week, we ask readers to cast their votes in The Weekly Survey. Cast your vote in this week's question of interest to all educators.
This Week's Survey Question
Are you worried at all about losing your job because of the nation's economic problems?
Last Week's Survey Results
Which term best describes your feelings about the presidential election results?
This week, Education World reviewed three Web sites of interest to educators.
Go to the rainforest without getting muddy.
Environmental resources for teachers and students.
Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History
From U. Chicago: Lots more about Mesopotamia than how to spell it.
Each week, Education World spotlights books of interest to educators. This week, read a brief summary of two more of our "top 50 books for educators."
A First-Year Teacher's Guidebook
This practical book can help not only first-year teachers, but also established professionals, with eminently useful ideas for classroom management, using technology, handling parent conferences, and many other topics. Especially handy for the early-career teacher are sections on teaching in rural and urban settings, education issues, and first day / first week / first month ideas.
Click to learn more or to purchase this book.
Democracy and Education
John Dewey's 1916 book on the interrelationship between education and democracy is as important, as it approaches its centennial, as it was when it was first hailed as a master work. The modern reader of education books will find the sweep and clarity of Dewey's approach to be a refreshing break from the highly specialized and jargon-filled books being churned out today. With no hesitancy, Dewey declares his topics to include, "The Significance of Geography and History," "Educational Values," "Theories of Knowledge," and "Theories of Morals." An essential text for the complete education library!
Click to learn more or to purchase this book.
Click the icon to the right to see more books and many other products that are available in the Education World MarketPlace.
The Best of LEARNING GAMES
If you enjoy Education World's weekly LEARNING GAMES feature, you'll love this book! Education World and the National Education Association (NEA) have joined forces to create a handy, pocket-size booklet of more than 30 of our most popular learning games. PLUS an extra bonus -- ten more games for classroom fun!
These classroom games span the grades and the major subject areas -- and inject a healthy dose of fun into the serious business of teaching and learning. Looking to fill the end of a hectic day with something fun and educational? Looking for a great reward for students that will make valuable use of free time? Looking to reinforce basic skills with a fun activity? These games will fill the bill!
Included in this 80-page booklet you'll find these games and more:
- Math Facts Race (Math, grades K-8)
- You Can Count on Spelling (Math and Language Arts, grades K-12)
- Find It... Fast! (All Subjects, grades K-12)
- Concentration Review Game (All Subjects, grades K-12)
- The Dictionary Game (Language Arts, grades 3-8)
- Play Ball: A Major League Review Game (All Subjects, grades K-12)
- Friendly Feud (All Subjects, grades K-12)
- Plus 35 more games!
The Best of LEARNING GAMES is part of the Teacher Treasure Series, an NEA Professional Library Publication.
Education World now incorporates www.SchoolNotes.com ~ "everybody on the same page!" The leading school-to-home communications platform, with FREE pages for teachers and automatic notification of parents and students when new homework is posted!
For a modest $24.95 PER YEAR, upgrade to Personal Edition, "Super SchoolNotes," with thousands of resources linked to your state's standards.
Click here for more information.
MORE FEATURES OF INTEREST!
Reader’s Theater More than two dozen scripts, perfect for the classroom.
Best Books for Teaching About… Booklists for 30 popular teaching themes.
Sign Up for Our Newsletters Ten free newsletters full of practical ideas.
Special Education Center Tools for the special education community.
Education World Techtorials Tutorials to take the terror out of technology.
Template Library A wide variety of templates to meet your needs.
Wire Side Chats Each week, Ed World chats with an expert in the field.
Printables Library You'll find great resources here. Hundreds of printables!
Meet Our Columnists From many corners of the "education world."
Teaching Themes for Early Childhood Sue LaBella offers teaching ideas for popular EC themes.
Stress Relief Kit Take a deep breath. Then take a look here for great reading.
Classroom Management 101 Real teachers share what they are doing to manage real classrooms.
News for Kids News of our world written with kids in mind. Teacher's Guide included.
SIGN UP FOR OUR OTHER NEWSLETTERS
hope you enjoy receiving this Education World e-newsletter. Did you know that Education World offers eight other FREE weekly newsletters?
Have you signed up to receive the...
Education World SITE REVIEWS NEWSLETTER?
Each week, Education World's Site Reviews Newsletter reviews three new Web sites of interest to PreK-12 educators.
The weekly reviews spotlight some of the best resources on the Web for teachers and students. At least a couple times a
month, we also shine the spotlight on a topic of wide interest to teachers; we present five or more great resources for
teaching about that topic.
Would you like to see a sample of the Education World Site Reviews Newsletter? If so, simply click the link below:
If you would like to subscribe to the Education World Site Reviews Newsletter, simply click the following link:
If the Site Reviews Newsletter is not of interest to you, do you know somebody else who might benefit from it? Perhaps
you could pass this information along to that person.
If you enjoy this What's New This Week at Education World Newsletter, please feel free to forward it to other teachers! If this newsletter has been forwarded to you, you may sign up for it -- and any of the other Education World newsletters -- at http://www.educationworld.com/maillist.shtml.
1062 Barnes Road Suite 205
Wallingford, CT 06492