10 Amazing Ways to Use Big Universe

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 12, 2017 11:22:49 AM
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  1. Increase Reading and Support Teaching with 10,000+ eBooks
    Students can read like crazy at school, at home or just about anywhere by finding books that appeal to them. Teachers can quickly locate topic specific content for every subject.
  2. Integrate Literacy Across the Curriculum 
    Find authentic texts for every subject and genre to support and enhance your lessons. Stunning photos and illustrations are perfect for display on electronic whiteboards.
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Writing a Research Paper

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 20, 2015 5:21:29 PM
 
There are certain steps you can take when writing a research paper that will make the finished product a lot easier! Many people, such as scientists and businesspeople use research skills to make products better or more useful, and to teach others how to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Picking a topic, gathering and organizing your information, and putting it all together are discussed in this title. By following these steps, you are guaranteed to get an A on your next research paper! This book allows students to determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
 
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News

Tips For Studying and Test Taking

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 9, 2015 9:18:49 PM
Studying for a test can be a daunting task. Some people wait until the last minute while others are organized and prepared when the time comes. Good study habits are all about paying attention in class, taking good notes, finding a quiet place where you can concentrate, and planning ahead! Learn how to reduce anxiety before a test by following a few simple rules that will help you to ace your next big test. This book will allow students to determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Tips For Test Taking

Get Sleep

People of all ages need to be well rested prior to taking a test or exam. Being tired increases the chances of making errors on the exam. Teach students to go to bed early and get some rest.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Successful Professional Development For Educators

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 8, 2015 11:48:16 AM

Just like doctors and other professions, educators benefit from participating in high quality professional development every year. In order to be effective, professional development should encompass the following components. Professional development should be:

Relevant

The pedagogy and content should be relevant to the professionals in the room.

Professional

In order to be effective, the session should start and end on time. People should respect each other's time and ideas. The room should be a comfortable temperature, clean and organized.

Interactive

Multiple learning styles should be addressed in the presentation. The instructor or facilitator should utilize multiple methods for engagement. Teachers are learners, too. Just like children and teens, adults have diverse learning styles.

Useful

Educators should be able to implement the new learnings and findings from the workshop or inservice, right away or as soon as possible. They should be able to use the information presented. It should be beneficial.

Big Universe offers high quality,researched-based professional development for educational professionals. For more information click here.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Big Universe News, Literacy

Understanding Historical Images: Strategies To Help Students Unpack History

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 8, 2015 4:08:17 AM

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Empowering Teachers Through Professional Development

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 7, 2015 5:24:07 AM

Big Universe offers a variety of easy-to-access professional development videos for schools. Schools can share the informational videos with the staff.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Classroom Poster For Close Reading

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 27, 2015 7:07:57 PM

Close reading is identified in the Common Core State Standards for all elementary, middle, and high school students. Teachers can post this Close Reading chart in their classrooms. Students can also be given a handout for reference.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Preparing To Go Back To School: Creating a Family Routine

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 26, 2015 4:59:41 PM

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Common Core, Big Universe News

Close Reading: Steps and Questions To Post In The Classroom

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 25, 2015 4:36:45 PM

Educators, parents and librarians can teach students these easy steps for close reading. Posting the steps and questions in the classroom as a visual reference for students helps to build automaticity in reading and comprehension.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Dinner Table Discussion: Conversation Facilitates Academic Excellence

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Aug 23, 2015 1:08:58 AM

Meal times offer an excellent opportunity for families to sit together, enjoy a meal and participate in rich discussion. Children and teens acquire a broad vocabulary by regularly conversing with others. Research has shown that the most successful high school students, National Merit Scholars, regularly eat dinner at the table with their families. Many positive life skills can be developed through family dinners. Kids can learn and practice good manners. They can share their views with others and utilize good listening skills. Engaging in meals with the family helps to develop positive relationships and build knowledge about a wide variety of topics.

Ideas For Dinnertime Conversation

  • World Events
  • National Events
  • Local News
  • The best part of the day...
  • The worst part of the day...
  • Things we are grateful for...
  • Favorite books
  • Places people went that day
  • Exciting news
  • News at school
  • Family events
  • Animals
  • Green living and recycling
  • Helping others in the community
  • Cooking and recipes
  • Fun places to go
  • Vacations
  • Upcoming events
  • Healthy living
  • Community events
  • Gardening
  • Any other topic

Online Books and Instructional Guides

Students can benefit from reading these online books that teach valuable social skills. Online books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Educators and parents can utilize helpful teacher’s guides to help with planning instructional lessons. These content-rich planning guides include engaging ideas to assist with instruction in close reading. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages, on hundreds of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at Big Universe.

The Peddlesfoots have been invited to a fancy dinner party at a hotel. Alexa knows it's respectful to always use good manners, but there are SO many manners to remember! Can Alexa and the Peddlesfoots be respectful and use good manners all dinner long?
Genre:
Animals, Birds & Insects, Character Education, Characters & Series, Family, Friendship
Interest Age:
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8
Grade:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

 

Repetitive sentences keep the reader engaged and illustrations sequentially move through the adventures of a mother trying to get her daughter to eat a proper meal
Genre:
Family, People & Places, Picture Books
Interest Age:
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8

 

For more information about kids in the kitchen and mealtime math click here.

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Big Universe News, Literacy

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