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Asian Pacific American History Month: Five Ways to Celebrate

map-23520_1280.pngThis 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.

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National Limerick Day

Expressions-19.jpgWho 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.

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Show Your Appreciation!

pGratitude-Circle_1.png2,4,6,8 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:

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Teaching the Tale: Language & Memory


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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.

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Success Story: EBooks Increase Reading Access, Save Time And Money, And Improve Student Outcomes

Success Story: EBooks Increase Reading Access, Save Time and Money, and Improve Student Outcomes

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…

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