Strategies for Teaching in the Content Areas: A Handbook for K-8 Teachers / Edition 1

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Strategies for Teaching in the Content Areas provides pre-service, in-service, and student teachers a quick reference to over 200 classroom-tested and research-based instructional strategies. These strategies, designed to actively involve students in learning, are organized by content areas for easy accessibility. Readers are also provided with examples of an integrated, cross-content, thematic approach to learning.

· Each chapter:

  • focuses on one of the following content areas: Reading; Writing; Language Arts: Scaffolds, Skills, and Centers; Social Studies; Math; and Science.
  • includes a research-based introduction to the content area.
  • includes national standards information appropriate for the content area. For additional information, web site references are included.
  • provides concrete strategies for linguistic, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, interpersonal, naturalist and musical learning experiences appropriate for most elementary and middle-school curricula.

· Strategies are presented for easy adaptation and implementation across curriculum, content areas , grade levels, literature, modalities, and multiple intelligences.

· Unique coverage of drug-prevention possibilities in light of the drug abuse/addiction pandemic facing our nation is provided in Chapter 7.

· Specific suggestions for differentiating instruction for at-risk as well as English as Second Language Learners (ESL) are embedded within each chapter.

· An Activity Appendix includesdetailed directions for specific instructional strategies presented with multiple applications.

· A Music Appendix includes guidelines for creating song innovations, a list of familiar songs, lyrics for learning literary elements, genre, and an original tune with lyrics for a familiar folktale.

· A Poetry Appendix includes formats for more than 20 types of poetry that are implemented in Strategies for Teaching in the Content Areas.

· A Lesson Planning Appendix includes a Pickle Picnic Reading Plan Format , sample lesson plans, and a lesson plan template.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131599703
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Content Area Strategies: Theory and Practice

The Inspiration of Theory

The Wisdom of Experience

The Value of Differentiated Instruction

Inspiration from Unexpected Places

Selection of Strategies for CAS

Chapter 2: Reading

Best Practices in Reading

IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts

How Should You Teach Reading?

Pickle Picnic Reading Plan

Instructional Activities that Promote Comprehension

Progressive Reading Instruction

Literature Selections for the Chapter

Genre: Traditional Literature

Culture: Asian (picture book)

Book: Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Genre: Non-Fiction

Culture: Native American

Book: If You Lived with the Hopi

Genre: Historical Fiction

Culture: African American

Book: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Culture: European American

Book: Bridge to Terabithia

Genre: Modern Fantasy

Culture: Jewish

Book: The Devil’s Arithmetic

Chapter 3: Writing

Stages of Writing

IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts

How Should You Teach Writing?

Best Practices in Writing

Thematic, Literature-Based Writing

Personal Writing

Narrative Writing

Informational Writing

Persuasive Writing


Chapter 4: Language Arts: Scaffolds, Skills, & Centers Overview

Listening: Overview

Lit Links: Overview

Grammar: Overview

Spelling: Overview

Handwriting: Overview

Chapter 5: Social Studies

Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Is Social Studies Destined to be Boring?

Best Practices in Social Studies

How Should You Teach Social Studies?

Civics and Government

Communities: Families, Cities, States, and Countries

Travel and Map Skills: Optional

Multicultural Diversity

Famous People Past & Present

Long, Long Ago: Medieval Times

Chapter 6: Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Differentiated Instruction

Math Quandaries

How Should Mathematics You Teach Mathematics?

Calculations and Computations

Fraction Action

Dollars and Cents: Economics

Picture Perfect: Geometry, Graphing, & Data Analysis

Measure Mania: Measurement & Data Analysis

Chapter 7: Science

National Science Education Standards

Science as an Inquiry Experience

Science as an Investigative Experience

Science as a Communication Experience

Scientific Misconceptions

How Should You Teach Science?

Instructional Guidelines

Thematic Integration

Tree-mendous Trees

Kittens and Kings

Weather Watch

Gateway Drugs

Hard Drugs

Chapter 8: Mysteries across Content Areas

Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective


The Missing ‘Gator of Gumbo Limbo

The House of Dies Drear

The Westing Game


Appendix A: Activity Appendix

Appendix B: Music Appendix

Appendix C: Poetry Appendix

Appendix D: Lesson Planning Appendix


Subject Index

Author/Title Index

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