If we educators believe in anything, its reading. Ask a group of teachers for book ideas, and they will surely put together a good list for you, on the spot, with categories, genres, and thematic suggestions. They are on it. Ask a group of teachers about a book that changed…
Summer was made for reading. As educators, it can be hard to find ways to both relax during the summer, and work on growth and development. This is where some great books can step in and liven up your teaching practice even as you sip lemonade by the pool. Here…
Entering it's twelfth year of existence, Caribbean American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, history, natural beauty, and diversity of the nations connected to the Caribbean Sea (save the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Turks and Caicos Islands, which call the Atlantic Ocean home). Today's Caribbean nations, though shaped initially by…
On May 26th, Sally Ride, the first American woman and youngest person to date to enter space, would have been 66 years old. In 1983, she boarded the Challenger space shuttle and operated a robotic arm to get a space satellite–another first. Her life symbolizes courage, endurance, and dedication to achieving what seemed to be the impossible. She authored several children’s books, created programs to inspire girls to enter STEM-based careers, and taught as a professor, making a significant impact in the lives she touched. Read on to find out the ways you can honor Sally Ride’s contribution to the advancement of space and women’s history in your classrooms.
Did you know that 93% of adults in the United States read at or below the basic level needed to successfully navigate in our society! Yikes! For those of them who have children, they are responsible for their earliest language. Sadly, by the age of 3, a 30 million word gap has already been created. Reading to children, all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, is crucial. Reading aloud stimulates children’s imaginations, it expands their understanding of the world not to mention it develops their language and listening skills.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating the Battle of Puebla, which resulted in a victory for the Mexicans fighting against the French on May 5, 1862. This was a decisive victory for Mexico, and celebrations inclue feasting, games, and parades where some dress in soldier attire appropriate for the period. This year it’s been 155 years since the battle took place, and it lends itself to be a great opportunity to celebrate Mexican American culture in the your classroom, as Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and the United States. Check out our titles and lesson activity ideas below!
My children are very musical and I give all the credit to their music teachers. I tried to learn to play an instrument several times; I even pursued it as an adult. Yes, I enrolled in a “Community Adult Education” piano course. I thought maybe I needed a different instrument. Surely, if my own children can learn to play the trumpet, cello, flute, piccolo, and the piano, I certainly would be able as well. I found a clarinet on ebay and was excited to learn. However, it turned into an expensive duck call! Why couldn’t I learn to play an instrument? I began reflecting on my own music education or better yet, my lack of music education. I remember learning to play the recorder. I was actually very good! Then I moved to another state that lacked funding for music education. My “music class” was watching a once-a-week production on our closed caption tv. We sang along with a bouncing ball! I love music, I appreciate music, I just can’t play music. So why all these music musings? Simply put, teachers are an integral part in music education!
We’re in the swing of April, which for 21 years has been known as National Poetry Month. Poets all around the world gather to celebrate the genre, with activities, events, and more. Here at Big Universe, we’ve got you covered, and I want to introduce you to some great ways you could recognize this month using resources we have available. May this list make your planning easier and lesson more engaging.
Happy Read Across America Day!
Today, many are reading as part of the annual Read Across America. This day celebrates and encourages reading. One way to keep students motivated and excited about reading throughout the year is a through the use of Book Clubs or Literature Circles.This is the first of a four-part series on literature circles for the month of March.
The phrase “Xin Nian Kuai Le” is Happy New Year in Mandarin. The new moon closest to the start of spring dictates the beginning of the year in their culture, and each year i)s combined with elements of the earth (gold, wood, water, fire, earth) with twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig/boar). This is the year of the fire rooster, and here at Big Universe, we want to give you some idea as to ways you can use to help in celebrating this popular time for so many people around the world.