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Welcome to the Teacher Rosource page. I hope you'll
find information you can use here. This page will be ever-expanding.
Please feel free to suggest links that are some of your favorites.
"Students who read more, read better."
Jeff McQuillan, The Literacy Crisis , 1998
|Free Voluntary Reading: (Also known as SSR, DEAR Time)
Make it a part of your daily routine. Encourage
students to select their own reading material and to get comfortable
while reading. Encourage students to read books within their comfort
range or above as well as non-book materials such as magazines and
newspapers. Make sure you spend part of the time reading as well, not
grading papers or changing the bulletin board. Why not invite an
administrator to drop in and join you one day?
After the reading
time, try pairing students up to discuss what they are reading. They'll
recommend books to each other while adding accountability to the time.
Promote reading at home, at least 30 minutes a day.
Provide students and parents with specific reading assignments
including free reading. Give homework assignments linked to classwork
that involve reading to or with family members. Think of other types of
reading at home such as following a recipe with Mom or reading
directions for a craft project with brothers and sister.
How about a field trip to the public library this
fall? This is a perfect opportunity to ensure that our kinders and
students new to the district are familiar with this wonderful resource
and to ensure that every student has their own library card. Make it a
family day by inviting parents to join your class on the trip.
Perhaps a visit to a local book store or the U.C. Santa Cruz library
might be interesting. Most colleges have outreach programs and will be
glad to schedule a tour for your students.
Students are never too old to be read to. Be they
in kindergarten or 5th grade, all students love a good story.
Incorporate read-alouds into ALL curriculum areas. Need some ideas?
Check out this list of multicultural book from the Cooperative
Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, and drop by the library. http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=42
Try a "book buddy" system, pairing your students
with partners in a buddy class for extended reading time. This can build
the skills of both learners as it boosts their motivation to read. More ideas like this can be found at: America Reads.
Find ways to increase one-on-one reading between
students and adults. Recruit parents, grandparents, students from UCSC,
Mission Hill or the high school. Make one-on-one reading an integral
part of your schedule for aides and foster grandparents.
|Lit Study Groups:
When you have a wide disparity of reading levels in
the classroom, Core Lit may not work. Try choosing several books with a
similar topic or theme, but different reading levels.
|Send Them Over!
Do not limit your students to weekly library
visits. Please feel free to send individual students or small groups
over to the library to return or check out books whenever convenient,
but not during SSR! That is what classroom libraries are for. Remind
your students that if another class is in the library, they need to be
considerate. Encourage students to come by the library during recess and
lunch. When the librarian is on site they are also welcome to come in
before or after school. We'd love to see them visit several times a
||Isabel Schon's site, Baharona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents ,
is connected with California State University San Marcos. The Center
promotes literacy in both English and Spanish and strives to inform
current and future educaors about "books centered around Latino people
and culture and about books in Spanish and their value in education of
English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children and adolescents."
|Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site:
||Visit Carol's site for great literature connections
to different areas of the curriculum. If you see a title you's like, and
we don't have it in the library, let us know. We can probably get it
||Visit this site, type in a book or author you're interested in, and voila! On-line resources available to you.
||The official site for Great Books. If you haven't looked at it, take a few minutes!
||Marilyn Burns' site. Check out her list of recommended literature for math lessons.
||The folks behind the Silicon Valley Math initiative
and the Every Child a Reader and Writer initiative. Lots of resources
available here, but some is password protected. See Ms Miller, Ms Smith,
or Mr. Curley for user name & password.
|6+1 Trait® Writing
||The official site for the 6+1 Trait writing program.
||Our County Office of Ed's one-stop teacher resource page. Log in
with your user name and password. You'll be linked to Learning League,
Discovery Education, Grollier Online, California Standards and
Benchmarks, and more.
| The Learning Page
||The Library of Congress has an amazing amount of material,
documents, and photos, cataloged and on-line for teachers to use. Check
||Great science on-line. Talk to scientists, view Webcam activities,
plus good lesson plans, experiments, science fair advice, and more!
|The Global Schoolhouse
||Lots of online collaborative learning projects for your class.
Connect your class with students from around the world. Try out GeoGame
|Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections
||Bring classroom pen pals into the 21st century and teach technology
skills at the same time. What a great interactive way to encourage
| NASA Quest:
||Remember the excitement of the first space flights and man walking
on the moon? Join an online interactive project with NASA scientists,
and give your students a taste of real science at work.
| United Nations Cyber School Bus
||Students around the world join together on projects through this
site. Some fun quizes about flags of the world, water, and more.
|Bernie Dodge, the guru of the Webquest, has put together this site
to share the best of the best. What exactly is a Webquest? Try this link and find out.
American Federation of Teachers
Greater Santa Cruz Federation of teachers
California Department of Education
National Council for Teacher of Mathematics
California Reading Association
Kathy Griffith, Library Teacher