This April is the 25th year for Asian Pacific American Month, and here at Big Universe, we want to recognize the great value Asian Americans and Pacific Americans give our society. Representing cultures from the Asian continent as well as the island nations of the Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, it’s a time to celebrate the diversity of the culture and the people with heritage from those places. Let these ideas below give your lesson plans life.
Students may not always want parents and teachers to communicate, but there are few more important elements to effective education. Myriad challenges inevitably arise, though- many of which reveal a disconnect between teachers and the community in which they teach.
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? National Limerick is the perfect way to celebrate reading and writing in May. National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th. Here are some fun ideas to incorporate in your classroom as well as some discussions questions for you and your students.
2,4,6,8 Who do we appreciate?! Well, lots of people and it’s about time we said so! Teacher Appreciation week is a great time to reflect upon all those people who have made a difference in our lives and help others to recognize them too. We all have heroes who have helped to shape us and guide us to where we are and who we are now. As a class (teacher included), pause and find a way to show your appreciation for the difference they made in your life. There are many ways of doing this, here a few:
Fairy tales and Folktales are stories often told to children beginning at a young age through primary grades. There are significant points in stories where there are repetitive words and phrases which help readers understand the tale and build accuracy. Those repetitive phrases allow students to be more engaged in the story, build language skills, and benefit English Language Learners.
It could be argued that what a student fundamentally needs to learn today isn’t much different than what Tom Sawyer, Jeanne D’Arc, or Alexander the Great were taught:
Hands down, one of the most important and potentially complicated aspects of teaching is maintaining good communication with parents and caregivers. Few conflicts could not be improved with better communication- in or outside of the classroom.
West Columbia, TX - The Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District provides a district-wide Big Universe subscription to its three elementary schools. Hannah DeLeon, a second-grade teacher at West Columbia Elementary, takes advantage of access to the digital library when teaching reading, writing and ESL to her students. “I use Big Universe…
Porter, TX - Big Universe’s popularity has spread quickly throughout the halls of Valley Ranch Elementary in Porter, Texas. In 2014, only one teacher, Library Media Specialist Cathy Tooley, used the digital library. Now it’s available to all of the school’s 700 K-5 students. In that short time, Big Universe…