Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

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Characters Drive This Summer Reading Activity

Plan now for summer reading assignments with the Character Analysis Organizers developed by Sarah Tantillo. Students evaluate two main characters in a selected book by answering questions and then developing paragraphs. More reading, less torture, and a place to start in the fall.

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Help Students Use Text-Based Evidence

In Teaching Interpretation educators Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen provide a book packed with detailed guidance and resources to help students read closely, letting them slow down to notice, wonder and connect meaning, says reviewer Linda Biondi.

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Quick Solutions to 60 Common Challenges

Using a “If this happens – try this” format, Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker provide 60 “Quick Answers for Busy Teachers.” Reviewer Laura Von Staden says new teachers and vets can benefit. Using downloadable slides, the content can easily supplement PD.

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How to Energize a Weak STEM Lesson

Lots of lessons you find on the Internet don’t meet the minimum criteria for a good STEM learning experience. In her latest STEM By Design post, expert Anne Jolly explains how to take a potential STEM lesson and boost its power. Lesson sources included!

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Help Students Develop a Sense of Numeracy

Lessons and Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy is not a quick-to-read resource, but it is ready to use. Reviewer Lynne Menechella finds it “a great, thorough book for…teachers who would like to have their students develop better number sense.”

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Collaborative School Leadership for All

The new edition of A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence offers essential ideas for collaborating with all school stakeholders. Reviewer Tamekia McCauley says the authors provide extensive implementation guidance for their 9 topics, from Planning to Culture.