Shhh! Save this info until after your students see Day 3's video!
Materials to Support Vocabulary Development
Have you ever met THAT preschooler? You know...the one who knows ALL the dinosaur names! (or Pokemon characters, My Little Pony names, etc.) There is something delightful about learning language many children are eager to gobble up new words. Others may be reluctant due do a smaller vocabulary, lack of exposure, ore learning a second or third language.
We often say that the scientific process (or method) is the most powerful tool ever invented, but without communicating findings our collective knowledge can not grow. That's why we spend so much time and energy in helping to support educators in bolstering student language development. Here are six ways we help students delight in language learning this mission:
Tips for reading instruction using our comic!
Are you looking for a way to spice up literacy instruction? Comics can help at every reading level!
Grades 1 and 2: Focus on a fresh look!
Mix it up: Curiosity Cat and Data Dog are trading places this week! Curiosity Cat usually does all the reading and Data Dog usually does all the running. How do students think it will go for each character? Try mixing it up in your own classroom. Try moving your regular reading time or reading seats to give students a fresh perspective. Of course, it's best to give advance notice to students who struggle with change. Sometimes reading in a new setting or at an alternate time can make a big difference for early readers. It can also break up the monotony of the winter months!
Direct our mission!
Here's how this week's lessons can help you address DCIs.
Day 1: To Kenya This lesson focuses on location and transportation. It could be integrated into existing transportation units or for addressing the following second grade DCIs.
Which lessons will help me address which of the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) with my students?
Refine observation skills and HAVE FUN!
Don't Miss It!!!! Maine TOYs 2nd Annual Pop-Up PD !!!!
Sponsored by the
Maine State Teachers of the Year Association
November 9. 2019
1-3 pm. The Quarry Tap Room
(Otherwise known as Hallowell’s Deepest Watering Hole)
Open to all educators-Bring a Colleague at no charge!!!!
This year's featured guest is Dan Ryder. Dan is the Director of the Success and Innovation Center at Mount Blue High School in Farmington, Maine. He is the author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, and the recipient of the 2019 MEA Teacher Prize. Come spend the afternoon catching up and networking, enjoying refreshments, and learning from Dan.
After the event, you will receive a 1 hour contact hour certificate in your email.
Why publishing matters...even if you get it "wrong."
As we were researching the leaf insect we saw on Day 11, we came across an amazing quote from Antonio Pigafetta in his article "The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan" about Magellan's trip from 1519- 1522 across the globe and his an encounter with a leaf insect on an island.
It seems absurd to us today, but that's because we know more about the "animated leaf" now. I can imagine scientists reading Antonio's account of a "walking leaf" and deciding to verify the claim for themselves! Eventually, more observations of the peculiar leaves would have led to the discovery that they weren't leaves at all. They were insects mimicking a leaves!
Watching children grow and develop their understanding of the world is a lot like witnessing the scientific process in miniature again and again. Each failed life test or misconception can broaden a child's understanding of the world. Over time, a child's understanding of events and phenomena gains accuracy because they are blending their own prior knowledge with new information.
Publishing is powerful because it allows us to share hard-found information so that others don't have to start from scratch, they can continue to build on what is already known. From the technology we use to the worlds we can explore, we owe our advances not only to our own efforts, but to all those who came before us. Clearly, all those who came before did not have it all figured out, but the fact that they shared what they did know helped advance the knowledge base. We encourage you to support your children in sharing their knowledge too. It may not be perfect, but that's OK! They're helping build greater understanding for themselves AND others!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!