Great Teacher Projects: K-8
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Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Author Statement: by Laura Mayne ; Illustrations by Scot Ritchie
Audience: Trade
Specs: more than 100 color illustrations, list of projects by subject, bibliography, index
Pages: 160
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11" X 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20090730
Copyright Year: 2009
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Great Teacher Projects: K-8

Projects to jump-start a class.

Projects to jump-start a class.

This book provides more than 75 tried-and-true, classroom-tested, teacher-approved projects designed for use in K-8 classes. The projects cover a broad range of subject areas, and they can be adapted to suit students of different abilities and learning styles, including children with special needs and those learning English as a second language.

Easy to set up and simple to complete, these inventive and inspiring projects are perfect for:

  • Team-building exercises
  • Helping to build knowledge and proficiencies based on students' current understanding
  • Increasing cultural literacy and general knowledge
  • Helping teachers fulfill curriculum requirements.

And they're also just plain fun!

Each project is warmly illustrated and features an at-a-glance overview of subject areas covered, time frames and required materials. A special Book Tie-Ins section helps teachers match reading materials to curriculum areas, and additional notes throughout the book provide information on everything from building a classroom library to understanding multiple intelligences.

Projects include:

  • Butterfly Life Cycle
  • Create a Country
  • First Day Questionnaire
  • Hear and Draw
  • Leaf Pictures
  • Play Money Spelling Bee
  • Reading Awards
  • Simulated Spacewalk
  • Bottle Cap Tap Dancing
  • Trivia Quiz.

Great Teacher Projects is a lifesaver for busy teachers with diverse classrooms and their various needs.

Bio:

Laura Mayne, an elementary-school teacher for the past 27 years, has served as a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian, special education resource teacher and ESL teacher.

Scot Ritchie is an awardwinning artist and has illustrated more than 30 books, including The Everything Kids' Connect the Dots and Puzzle Book and Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here.

Preface:

Introduction

FREE KNOWLEDGE
Available Monday to Friday
Bring your own container!

This saying from some long-forgotten source has hung on the wall in my classroom for the past 27 years. It's an exciting concept, free knowledge. Our students get it from us and we get it from them. It's everywhere, especially in this technological age. It's addictive!

On any curriculum document you'll see a lengthy list of specific expectations that teachers must provide when delivering programs: flexibility, challenge, integration, reflective practice, differentiated instruction, relevance, balance and more.

What all teachers want and need are classroom projects that actually motivate students and make the light bulb above their heads click on while fulfilling these government, district and school requirements.

The great projects in this book have been chosen from among the favorites of great teachers who submitted their tried-and-true, classroom-tested projects to share with their colleagues everywhere. Without breaking the budget or requiring complicated equipment and materials, each of these projects contributes in some way to a successful and enjoyable whole-year class experience.

Some of these are great projects in the traditional sense: vavagaga (teacher lingo for "visually appealing and gorgeously aesthetic") has its place, for sure. On the other hand, some of the projects are "great" not by that measure, but by their value as group-building exercises. Some are simple and yet effective, some serve to scaffold knowledge, some create cultural literacy and general knowledge, and some are just plain fun.

If there's one thing a teacher loves, it's an idea that really works in the classroom. These ideas fit the bill, hit the mark, and bring learning to life!

TOC:

Table of Contents

Projects by Subject
Projects by Grade Level
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Alphabet Adventure
Agenda Day
Amaryllis Plant
Art Project
Birds
Book Report in a Bag
Book Talk on Video
Books for Younger Students
Brown Paper Characters
Butterfly Life Cycle in Pasta
Choral Reading
Circles
Technology
Computer-Made Graphic Organizer
Musically Inclined
Create a Country
Research Projects
Desert Island Adventure
Earth Day Globes
Extra Fun Day
Family Portrait
First Day of School Questionnaire
Flat Stanley
Showcase Projects
Folded Paper Art
Friendship Hearts
Fruit or Vegetable Drawing
Graduated Page-Length Book
Building a Class Library
Group Share after Reading
Hailstones and Halibut Bones
Hear and Draw
The 100-Square Learning Carpet
Hibernation Day
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Leaf Pictures
Leaf Project
License Plate
Math Olympics
Monthly Newsletter Written by Students
Multiple Intelligences
Multiple Intelligences Booklet
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Book Tie-ins
Page One
Planet Walk
Play Dough Predictor
Play Money Spelling Bee
Poetry Circle
Getting a Start in Poetry
Postcards
The Principal's New Clothes
Seasonal Projects
Guests in the Classroom
Pumpkin Study
One-Day Projects
Reading Awards
Using Picture Books with Older Students
Giving a Book Talk
Reading Survey
Reading Time
Professional Reading
READ Posters
Report to Mission Control
Rock Review
Mixed-Grade Projects
School Multicultural Project
Self-Evaluation
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
Parent-Teacher Interviews
Shoes
Simulated Space Walk
Six-Word Memoirs
Smashed Potatoes
Snail Terrarium
Speed of Light
Group Projects
Special Interests
Stop, Drop and Read Day
Student Books Modeled on a Published Book
Sugar Cube Creations
Tap Dancing with Bottle Caps on Shoes
Ten Apples Up On Top
Things I Like/Don't Like About School
Think Outside the Box
Trading Card
Whole-School Projects
Trivia Game Culminating Activity
Trivia Quiz
Understanding Craters
Walkathon
Winter Garden
Word Art
Bibliography
Web Resources
Thanks
Index