Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms: What Award-Winning Teachers Do

Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms: What Award-Winning Teachers Do

by Randi Stone


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There is no better way to learn the craft of teaching than by watching an expert teacher at work. In this sequel to Randi Stone's Best Classroom Practices, nationally recognized, award-winning elementary teachers showcase selected practices from their classroom repertoire to share with their colleagues.

Learn what it takes to build a productive, engaged community of learners from some of the nation's best teachers in their own words. This inspirational, one-stop guide covers everything from classroom management to teaching reading, writing, math, science, social studies, music, art, technology, and physical education. You will find:

- Detailed, successful teaching strategies with lists of relevant standards and materials needed
- Innovative activities, projects, lesson plans, and units of study for every content area
- Classroom strategies across the curriculum, including ideas for involving parents and ways to make inclusion work

Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms provides a wide array of excellent lessons to choose from, road-tested by your award-winning colleagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632205421
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface x

About the Author xii

About the Contributors xiii

Part I Classroom Practices Across the Curriculum 1

Classroom Management, Scheduling, and Community Involvement 2

1 Building the Atmosphere Elizabeth Grelle Kruse, Grades K-3 (Illinois) 3

2 Creating a Thematic Classroom Environment Tony Nichols, Grades K-3+ (West Virginia) 7

3 Transition Time Ginger Mendenhall, Grades K-4 (Oklahoma) 11

4 People at Work KJ Bailey, Grades 1-4 (Florida) 12

Differentiating Instruction in Regular and Inclusive Classrooms 15

5 Considering Special Education: Creative Scheduling, Classroom Management, and Inclusion Kendra Jiles, Grades K-3 (South Carolina) 16

6 Mix and Match Ginger Mendenhall, Grades K-5+ (Oklahoma) 18

7 Personal Education Plan (PEP) Books Sharla Steever, Grades K-5+ (South Dakota) 21

8 Learning to Teach Inclusion Brandy Bailey, Grades K-5+ (Mississippi) 25

9 Differentiation Using Story Cubes Kelli Higgins, Grades 2-5 (Illinois) 29

Using Technology in the Classroom 32

10 Technology for a Varied and More Interesting Classroom Helen Melvin, Grades K-5+ (Maine) 33

11 Incorporating Technology Into the Reading and Writing Curriculum Marianne Morin, Grades 3-4 (New York) 37

12 Technological Inventions Research and PowerPoint Project LeAnn Morris, Grades 3-5 (Nevada) 41

13 Video Production in the Classroom Michael Flynn, Grades K-5+ (Massachusetts) 43

Part II Teaching Science and Math 51

Teaching Science 52

14 Huff and Puff Karin Huttsell, Grades K-2 (Indiana) 53

15 Awareness of Wildlife Marianne Sipe, Grades 1-3 (Tennessee) 55

16 Student-Expert Groups Carol Brueggeman, Grade 2 (Colorado) 57

17 What's It Worth to You? Diana A. Minor, Grades 2-3 (Missouri) 60

18 Pond Partners: Water Quality Investigations Wendy Smith, Grades 2-4 (New York) 71

19 Using Mysteries to Teach Science Inquiry Frieda Taylor Aiken, Grades 2-4 (Georgia) 71

20 Journey With the Loggerheads Nancy Bryant, Grades 2-5+ (North Carolina) 77

21 Inquiry and Integration Amy Nicholl, Grades 3-5 (Colorado) 80

22 Scientific Investigations Driven by "Inquiry" Debbie Easley, Grade 5 (Alabama) 89

Teaching Math 94

23 Schoolwide Math Motivators Lisa M. Hall, Grades K-5 (Virginia) 95

24 Differentiation in Kindergarten Geometry Barb A. Egbert, Kindergarten (Missouri) 99

25 Using Writing to Teach Math Gonna Maymind, Grades 1-5 (New Jersey) 104

26 Patterns With Toothpicks Deb Guthrie, Grades 2-5 (Minnesota) 106

27 Math-A-Thon Kelli Higgins, Grades 2-5 (Illinois) 111

28 Problem Solving Debbie Gordon, Grades 3-5 (Arizona) 116

29 Exploring Side Lengths of Triangles and Quadrilaterals Pam Cyr, Grade 5 (Vermont) 118

30 Fundraiser Math Shari Kaneshiro, Grade 5 (Hawaii) 124

Part III Teaching Reading and Writing 127

Teaching Reading 128

31 The Elementary Teacher-Librarian: A Job Defined by the Needs of the School Peggy J. Billiard, Grades K-5 (Indiana) 129

32 Total Physical Response (TPR): Learning Vocabulary Through Movement Jodi Jari, Grades 1-5, ESL (Wisconsin) 137

33 Nonfiction Guided Reading Lesson Maranda Alcalá, Grades 2-3 (Oregon) 142

34 Reading Assessment Menu Reid Nunn, Grades 4-5 (New Mexico) 147

35 Nonfiction Electronic Book Karen Ann Brown, Grades 4-5+ (Colorado) 152

Teaching Writing 154

36 Kindergarten Authors Renee Borden, Kindergarten (Tennessee) 155

37 Teaching Writing: What Works Nikki Salvatico, Grades K-2 (Pennsylvania) 159

38 Succeeding With Reading and Writing Instruction for Multilevel Classrooms Kendra Jiles, Grades K-5 (South Carolina) 163

39 Multigenre Writing Karen Ann Brown, Grades 4-5+, Gifted (Colorado) 167

40 Creating Villains to Create Great Narratives Andrea Payan, Grades 4-5 (Wisconsin) 171

41 Breakfast Biographies Tammy Spratt, Grades 4-5 (Kentucky) 173

42 An Inquiry Approach to Writing Memoir Stacy Gardner Dibble, Grades 4-5 (Minnesota) 175

43 Found Poetry Kim Tredick, Grade 5 (California) 179

44 The "Big" Poem Sue Davis Pope, Grade 5 (Utah) 183

Part IV Teaching Social Studies, Music, Art, and Physical Education 185

Teaching Social Studies 186

45 Cultural Diversity in Our Community: Past and Present Christopher R. Shadle, Grades K-4 (Ohio) 187

46 Prejudice Against African Americans During the Time of Segregation Kim Heckart, Grade 3 (Iowa) 193

47 Current Events: Learning About Our World Karen Ann Brown, Grades 4-5+, Gifted (Colorado) 198

48 Inaugural Poetry Through Elementary School Publications Luella L. Atkins, Grades 4-5+ (Missouri) 200

49 How Simulations and Impersonations Inspire Students Heather E. Robinson, Grade 5 (Arizona) 204

50 Archi-Techs: Learning U.S. History Through Architecture Eileen Biegel, Grade 5 (Florida) 206

51 Immigration: Was Your Name Changed at Ellis Island? Tammy Spratt, Grade 5 (Kentucky) 209

Teaching Music, Art, and Physical Education 216

52 Celebrating Music Heather E. Robinson, Grades 4-5+ (Arizona) 217

53 A Taste of Music: Concert Ideas Denese Odegaard, Grade 5 (North Dakota) 219

54 Progressive Portraits Susan Menkes, Grades K-6 (New York) 221

55 The Motor Lab and Sensory Tools for the Classroom Cindy L. Hodgeson, Grades K-4 (Arizona) 223

56 Brain Exercises Tammy Haggerty Jones, Grades K-5 (Illinois) 229

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