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Teaching Kids and Teens to Express Gratitude

Teaching Kids Respect, Gratitude and Appreciation Builds Character

Being thankful is important. Expressing gratitude promotes positive relationships. Showing appreciation for acts of kindness and generosity is something that should be taught to children.

Books That Inspire Gratitude

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories of gratitude. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s moral values as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

Teach children to appreciate things using these texts…

thumb-4Keep Your Chin Up
by Colleen Hord (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104366
Calypson Cat is having a hard time with all the other cats on the ship. They always complained and were not grateful for the place they had to live, or the fish they had to eat, or the mice they had to chase. After calling a meeting to remind them how lucky they are, the other cats have a change of attitude and come to appreciate what they have.

thumb.jpgBen’s Big Dig
by Daniel Wakeman (illustrator), Dirk Van Stralen (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781551433844
Take a wetsuit on this trip!

If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth, where do you think you would end up? In this wordless picturebook, pictures tell Ben’s story of a midnight journey through the center of the earth and the surprising journey home. Ben’s mother has dropped him off for a visit with his grandmother, a woman with a penchant for baking. Ben feels lost and lonely until he discovers a chest full of mining gear. He embarks on an adventure that will make him grateful for the hundreds of pies stacked in his grandmother’s kitchen.

Teach children to value the work of others while reading…

thumb-5Thanks, NASA!
by Tom Greve (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103802
This Book Explores The Tremendous Contribution That NASA Has Made Over The Last Half Century. Detailed Timelines About Space Exploration And The Development Of The Space Program Are All Discussed In Detail. Also Gives Detailed Information About Astronauts And Their Explorations.

Teach children about the value of sharing while reading…

thumb-8Thanks for Sharing, Tommy
by Julia Giachetti (author), Marc Mons (illustrator) © 2014
ISBN: 9781478804666 AR: Book Level 0.0 / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
I Get Along with Others

 

Teach children about the importance of using good manners while reading…

thumbThe Magic of Manners
by Tracy Maurer (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780983340782
A fun look at manners. Children will learn the meaning of thank you, please, and being kind.

 

Want To Create Grateful and Appreciative Children and Teens?

Try These Tips…

Have Students Create an A to Z  Gratitude List

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Educating students about the power of thankfulness can help them to build positive lifelong relationships. Gratitude can strengthen bonds between others. It can better communities, schools and classrooms. Kids can create an A to Z  list of things that they are grateful for.

Write a Thank You Note Everyday For One Week

Students can write thank you notes to people that have given them gifts or have helped them. They can write one note per day, everyday for one week. Pupils can write notes to:

  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • The Post Man or Woman
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Coaches
  • The Principal
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Siblings
  • Babysitters
  • Anyone that they want to thank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deconstructing Standards to Create Meaningful Lessons

With the introduction of common core, there is an increased emphasis on curriculum. This emphasis allows educators the opportunity to reflect on their teaching units and ask themselves: What is the expected outcome of this lesson and why is it important my students learn this content? Deconstructing means you are taking those common core standards or state standards and developing teachable units and lesson plans. Through this process, you will also be adding the essential questions and vocabulary that is necessary for students to have prior background knowledge. This is process of deconstructing your standards takes time! Big Universe has helped you by providing resources and lesson plans already aligned to local and national standards.

Helpful Resources and Curriculum Guides.  Limiting your search to ” Reference and Study Aides” will allow you to see these and other helpful resources.

Research for Writing: Doing Primary Research

by Valerie Bodden (author)       © 2013 ISBN: 9781566601481
A narrative guide to conducting primary research, complete with an overview of methodologies, tips for collecting and applying qualitative and quantitative data, and helpful resources.

Reading Nonfiction 1

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9781612471587
The reproducible lessons in this series were designed for students who still have trouble understanding what they read. All lessons (16 in each reproducible) feature a two-page reading selection followed by four pages of correlated exercises. The emphasis is on variety for maximum interest and involvement—covers traditional reading comprehension skills, language arts skills (e.g. vocabulary, syllabication, variant word forms, etc.) and critical thinking skills.

Using Technology, Information, and Media-Book T

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9781612473338
Thirty-six activities and lessons (Lessons 37-72) teach students information literacy, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. Includes: Defining Types of Information; Sharing Information; Defining Media; Creating Newsletters; Defining Technology; Blogging. 16 graphic organizers & assessments.

Building Vocabulary Skills and Strategies Level 8

by Elliott Quinley (author)       © 2004  ISBN: 9781602911277
Here’s a great vocabulary program that is equally appropriate for younger students working at grade level and older students who have “forgotten” or never mastered the basics. The friendly look and tone of this series belies the comprehensive sweep of the instructional sequence. Every topic—from primary level phonics to the specialized terminology of essay tests—is developed “from the ground up.” Includes answer key, 144-pages.
Add your filter of CCSS or quiz content will also return results that will help you in your classroom.
Lastly, using the writing module includes lesson plans and downloadable resources aligned to your curriculum standards.  When deconstructing your standards, don’t forget to use the resources available to you from Big Universe.com!

Generating Excitement For Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to create art, crafts, and handmade books. Kids and teens can create lifelong memories and artifacts for families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators can inspire students to become eager readers by sharing stories with them. Youngsters can

Thanksgiving Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, narrative and humorous texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to get students excited about Thanksgiving. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

 

thumb-6Thanksgiving
by Lynn Peppas (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789123 AR: Book Level 4.5 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 130236
Its time to carve the turkey and give thanks! Thanksgiving explores in colorful detail this national holiday, from mashed potatoes and gravy to the religious observances. Learn the history of Thanksgiving, from its first pilgrim celebration in 1621, to its celebration in modern day.

Holidays
by Dona Herweck Rice
A great way for your kids to learn about the variety and manner in which many holidays are celebrated around the world. This book has a reading level of 1.7 and a word count of 195.

thumb-7Diary of a Pet Turkey
by Joanne Ingis (author), Binny (illustrator) © 2011
ISBN: 9781609050917
Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanna Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family’s daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for, rather than eaten at a holiday dinner. A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year

Turkeys
by Wendy Strobel Dieker (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781624960079 AR: Book Level 0.8
A turkey narrates this photo-illustrated book describing the body parts and behavior of turkeys on a farm. Includes photo glossary and labeled diagram.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Phonics and Word Recognition:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.3
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.3.A
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
Fluency:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.A
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.B
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.C
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

 

 

 

Early Literacy Ideas

The fundamental building blocks of reading are established at an early age. Reading to your child is important to develop a love of reading. Once they have developed this love then students need to develop early reading skills. These skills include sound recognition. Understanding that sounds make words, words make sentences and sentences make stories is helpful.  Student can create meaning as they read and not simply decoding words. Try these ideas with your younger children to develop the love reading and in turn a love for learning.  Typically in grades K-3 students are learning to read, then after they have mastered those necessary skills they are then reading to learn.  Students will enjoy a variety of topics that interest them and gain understanding in that particular subject area.

Ideas that Teach Early Literacy Skills

First, expose them to the read alouds within Big Universe.  Exposure to the classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes will build background knowledge.  I see references made to simple nursery rhymes and fairy tales daily.

Screen shot 2014-11-08 at 8.04.29 PMThe Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Little Red Riding Hood

 

Second, find resources that teach fundamental reading skills. I searched for word families and found great resources.  Try this with your early readers..

Screen shot 2014-11-08 at 8.10.33 PMThe -at Word Family

by Sharon Quesnel
This book features the “at” word family and includes familiar images, word labels, direct picture-text match, and sight word vocabulary to help readers at Kindergarten reading level to develop phonemic awareness and phonic skills.

Lastly, find books written on their reading level to help students feel successful.  Once they have mastered these skills, let them select other books on their level and interests.

Screen shot 2014-11-08 at 8.13.51 PMTiger Cubs

by Ruth Owen (author)       © 2011
ISBN: 9781617722011   AR:

Young readers will learn about what some people consider to be the most beautiful wild cats in the world-Siberian tigers. Born in the bitter cold of Siberia in a safe hideaway of tall bushes or rocks, the cute little cubs of this species are well cared for by their mothers. They cuddle, lick, and nurse their babies and keep them safe. Through gorgeous pictures and simple text, readers will see how the babies learn all about hunting and living on their own in this coming-of-age introduction to tiger cubs.

When students have mastered the basics and are exposed to interesting books, you are creating a love of learning.  This love of learning will lead them to explore other ideas and topics throughout their lifetime.

Use Technology to Make Writing and Reading Exciting For Students

Technology Tips to Make Writing And Reading Fun

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Children are eager to use technology. Technology excites the young learner. Computer assisted writing programs help children to create and publish writing projects. With the world wide web, students can even share their writing pieces with others in another part of the world! Big Universe Learning offers an easy-to-use program that helps students to create writing pieces. Students publish their writing and put it on a bookshelf for others to see. People can even write comments about the work that the authors have written. Children enjoy when others respond to their writing. It reinforces the importance of the written work. Students love to see their published books! It inspires them to write even more.

Want To Motivate Students To Write…Try These Tips

The Big Universe author tool provides a fun avenue for practicing writing skills.
The Big Universe author tool provides a fun avenue for practicing writing skills.
  • Let students use technology devices to create their stories
  • Use an online dictionary or thesaurus to help students become vocabulary masters
  • Utilize the illustrator tool to add colorful pictures and eye catching graphics
  • Print and save the work to enjoy in the future
  • Use social media to share the work with others

Big Universe Offers An Award Winning Writing Program

Kids and teens can write books online and publish them. Their self-created titles can be read worldwide! Students like to see their own creations in print. Parents, teachers and friends enjoy reading the fruits of their labor.

Introduce Online Books and Read Them With a Writer’s Eye

Online books are simple to access. Young children can quickly turn into bookworms when introduced to living books that include vibrant pictures and photos. These engaging texts can be used to develop student’s knowledge of a topic, and to build reading fluency. Teens and adults can enjoy ebooks while comprehending new information in a captivating format. Examining and closely reading books can help children to become better writers.

Use The Read Aloud Format

Using online books with the read aloud function is helpful in accommodating the needs of diverse learners. People can listen to books with the help of a computer or an electronic device. This is a powerful learning tool for pupils with special learning needs. Audio selections can also assist with the acquisition of a second language. Many books are offered in multiple languages, which can be used to help readers develop their bilingual language skills. One helpful tip in building bilingual individuals is to read the text in the primary language and then to reread it in another language. For example, an English speaking teenager can read the book in English and then reread it in Spanish. Other languages are available, too.

Utilize Online Writing Programs

Technology assisted writing programs create excitement and fascination for the writer. Writers of all ages enjoy seeing their work published and printed. Big Universe Learning offers an award winning writing program. Writers can share their self created online books with others from all around the world! For more information visit https://www.biguniverse.com/write/books

Books For Students

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about technology. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-2 Computers by Don McLeese © 2009

ISBN: 9781604723298 AR: Book Level 6.4 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 125537 / Interest Level MG
Computers are the focus of this book. A timeline of the invention of the computer provides a clear explanation of how our world has changed since the advent of this important invention.

 

thumb-3From Tablets to Texting
by L. Rigdon (author), Nicholas Jackson (illustrator) © 2012
ISBN: 9781620461822
This book begins with informational text about cuneiform and hieroglyphics and ends with an alternative perspective: a girl writing in her diary about the connections between ancient and modern communication. The clever story engages readers and introduces history content.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.7
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.8
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Avoiding Stereotypes in Literature

Using literature to teach about other cultures can help students see how stereotypes are not always true. Multi-cultural literature is a great way to introduce similarities and differences. Using resources that don’t contain stereotypes can helps students celebrate other cultures.

As students explore a variety of genres they are also exposed to quality literature and become critical thinkers.  They are allowed to see different perspectives and biases. It is not uncommon for students to dislike a particular genre, but exposure allows them build background knowledge on a particular subject. One of my favorite genres to teach is biographies. Using biographies can be a great way to introduce the concept of bias.

Never under estimate the power of suggestion. Give students a chance to experience new genres. Try these most common genres with your students.  Have students find stereotypes in each genre listed and see if they can find another example that is doesn’t contain that stereotype.  When reading with a purpose they being exposed to other genres as well as the concepts of bias and stereotypes.

Fairytales

Mysteries

Nonfiction

Historical Fiction

Biographies/Autobiographies

Science Fiction

Fantasy

Poetry

Realistic Fiction

As your students explore these genres they will begin to see that stereotypes are contained in literature, but not always.  Next, I would have them compare and contrast two types of genres to help students’ critical thinking skills.  Does one genre have more stereotypes when compared to others?  As you teach this concept, they are well on their way to understanding how stereotypes are not always correct.

Informational and Explanatory Writing For Students

Teaching Students Writing Skills Helps Prepare Them To Succeed In School

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Research has shown that explicit instruction in writing creates better lifelong writers. The primary purpose of informative and explanatory writing is to give the reader factual and informative text. It focuses on telling how or why. Informative and explanatory writing might include any or all of the following:

Providing new knowledge

Explaining a process

Developing a concept

How to…

How do…

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Informative and explanatory writing should contain the following:

  • The writing should examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  • Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
  • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Writing is a Process

For formal writing pieces and work writer’s intend to publish, utilizing the writing process helps to develop a well written writing piece.

Prewriting
Think…Use a graphic organizer, a picture, or create a simple map to organize your ideas

Drafting
Write your ideas down. Don’t wait. The draft does not have to be perfect.

Revising
Reread your work and redo it to create a better writing piece.

Editing
Proofread your work.

Publishing
Share the finished project.

It is not necessary to use the writing process in every writing piece. Some writing is on demand writing. The writer writes for a purpose and does not usually visit the writing piece again. Other writing is instant writing. People instantly respond to text messages and email.

 

Books For Students of All Ages

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to introduce explanatory writing. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

thumbWomen in Information Technology
by Shaina Indovino (author) © 2014
ISBN: 9781422288979
Women have made major contributions to science throughout history, including in the field of information technology. Learn about the lives of some of the most amazing women in information technology, from Augusta Ada King to Radia Perlman, as well as their exciting and important work. Discover what it takes to work in information technology. Find out about the opportunities women in the field have today. Read Women in Information Technology to see if following in the footsteps of the many brilliant women who have made their mark in IT is something you want to do.

 

thumbHow to be a Rock Collector
by Natalie Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427197399
Rock collecting is a hobby that is easy to start. This engaging book describes how to dig, where you can and can’t dig (restricted in national parks), the necessary equipment, how to identify rocks and gems, and the proper recording and storage of your collection.

 

thumb-1How Do You Stay Well?
by Caroline Hutchinson (author), NA (illustrator) © 2009
ISBN: 9781607190356 AR: Book Level 0.0 / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
From eating right to getting enough sleep, there are many ways to take care of you. Find out how you can stay well.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.A
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.B
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.C
Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.E
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

 

 

How History Impacts Our Lives

Taking time to review events in history allows you to see how history impacts our lives. Discussing how history impacts our lives can be a fascinating topic with students. Events such as day light savings or elections results impact our lives daily.  Would your life be different if there wasn’t day light savings?  What would your life be like if different officials were elected?  History can become a very real and personal subject if explored in this way. Try these resources to begin your discussion.

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I can write a book about history

by Bobbie Aloian (author)       © 2012
ISBN: 9781427179968This fascinating book shows children what to include in a book about history. Children are shown how to create a book about an event in history or about social history, such as life in a colonial city or a pioneer village. Suggestions for research include a visit to a nearby historic site, reading stories or watching television shows about children who lived during that time in history, and reading non-fiction books about the subject.

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American Immigrants Yesterday and Today

by Tony Losongco (author), Paul Klepac (illustrator)       © 2012
ISBN: 9781620461785Readers learn to compare and contrast the experiences of new Americans during two historical periods of immigration. Students use maps, illustrations, photographs, and a fictional diary entry to interpret information.
Try some biographies with your students as well.

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by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2012
ISBN: 9781612476230Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge—bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

Screen shot 2014-10-19 at 8.15.39 PMAlexander Graham Bell

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2008
Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge—bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

How does history impact your life?

Celebrating Veteran’s Day

November Brings a Chance To Honor American Veterans

Children's Books on BigUniverse.com for Memorial Day.

Teachers and families can inform kids and teens about the acts of valor that our American veterans have done. Educators can teach children about the important work of these heroes by sharing online history books with them. They can also have guest speakers such as real life armed forces members in the classroom. Veterans can share their stories and students can illustrate and write about what they learned. Schools may have assemblies to show their appreciation of veterans. Students can create thank you cards and paper medals for the veterans. Student and veterans can give speeches.

Celebrating  Veterans Shows Respect and Gratitude

Excerpt taken from Veterans Day
by Robert Walker (author) © 2010

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Students Can Write Meaningful Text About American Heroes

My son eagerly wrote about his favorite hero in the fourth grade. To my delight, it was my dad, and his grandpa! My father is a brave and dedicated veteran. This colorful artwork is framed and will serve as a precious family heirloom.  Teachers and parents can inspire children to create pieces like this by having students respond to the question, “Who is the bravest person that you can think of an why?”.  Primary students can also draw pictures  to help them generate writing ideas and details.

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Books For Students of All Ages

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about veterans and the American military. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

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Veterans Day
by Robert Walker (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791157 AR: Book Level 5.8 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 135999
Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Young readers will learn about the soldiers this holiday celebrates and how the occasion is marked across the country on November 11th.

 

mediumUnited States Army
by Jack David
ISBN: 9781600141621 AR: Book Level 4.1 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 121324 / Interest Level MG
The army is one of the largest ground forces in the world. Discover how they use the latest technology to outfit their troops and vehicles for battle.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.8
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.9
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 This post is dedicated to my dad, my Uncle Tim, Uncle Dan and my cousin Roger. All of whom were American veterans. My cousin, Roger,  gave his life serving in the United States military.

Life lessons- Internet Safety

Students spend a significant amount of time in a virtual world daily. Even younger students are learning and playing online more than ever before. Teaching students to be safe online is vital. Internet safety includes various topics such as cyber bullying, plagiarism, identity theft, and digital citizenship. Being a responsible cyber citizen is key. Leaving a positive digital footprint can impact others lives. Review these topics with your students.

Follow the Rules- Rules are put in place to protect us. We want our students to be safe, therefore rules must be followed.  Unfortunately, you can’t always be sure who you are talking to.  Students should never give out personal information.  “Tricky” people can use this information to trick kids into meeting them.  NEVER agree to meet anyone you have only met online!

Plagiarism- the importance of citing your references should be taught as early as possible. Students understand the concept of “stealing”.  If credit isn’t given to the author or creator that is the same as stealing.

Identity theft- keeping your personal information safe. ONLY Parents/Trusted Adult should know your passwords. Never give out your password to your friend.

Cyber bullying- saying or doing things that are mean or hurtful to others.  If you see anything that makes you sad or confused.  Tell an adult because cyber bullying can stop with you!

As you begin discussing internet safety, try these resources with your students.

Screen shot 2014-10-19 at 7.38.52 PMThe Internet

by Meg Greve (author)       © 2014
Where would we be without the Internet? How would you research a school project or look for things you want to read about or buy online? This book details just what the Internet is, how it works, and how to be responsible when using it. So, be safe and happy surfing! This book will allow students to ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

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by Don McLeese       © 2009
ISBN: 9781615906840   AR:   /

The internet and email have changed our lives. Find out why by reading the history, characteristics, uses, and future applications of this incredible invention.

Try these with your older readers.

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Computer Investigation

by Elizabeth Bauchner (author)       © 2014
ISBN: 9781422289488

The digital age we entered in the twenty-first century has rapidly become an age of digital crime. Cybercrimes like spoofing, phishing, and hacking are on the rise, and computer forensic technicians are on the case. Even traditional crimes like murder, fraud, and child abuse can be both facilitated by computersand solved through computer investigation. Computer Investigation helps readers understand how cybercrimes are committed, and how investigators help solve them and bring the perpetrators to justice. Readers will also gain a few tips for protecting themselves online and protecting their computers from intrusions and hacks.

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Research for Writing: Using the Internet

by Valerie Bodden (author)       © 2013
ISBN: 9781566601511   AR: /   / A narrative guide to conducting research on the Internet, complete with an overview of methodologies, tips for generating search words and evaluating sites, and helpful resources.

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