How About a Tug of War? Making Thinking Visible
Secondgradealicious: How About a Tug of War? Making Thinking Visible - an excellent resource for promoting engagement and higher order thinking skills!
Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Posters for Higher Level Thinking
Whether you're a Common Core school, a 21st Century school, or just a school that's making it a focus to prepare all learners for their future, you know how essential it is for the teaching and learning to be in the highest levels of Bloom's everyday. Display these student-friendly (and not too ove...
It’s really time to participate, Part 2
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What to do With a Box? Challenge - Connecting Literature and STEM
Connecting picture books and STEM seems so natural in an elementary classroom, but I know it can also be successfully done in even middle and high school classrooms. Each quarter, we send home a STEM Challenge Project and this is one of the students' favorites! Here are some of their projects! We based this set of STEM projects on the book, What Can You Do With a Box?, by Jane Yolen. Students got a 6 x 6 x 6 cardboard box, which you can buy in bulk on Amazon (you can get 25 of them for…
Synthesizing with The Wednesday Surprise
Each year I use The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting to do a lesson on synthesis. Synthesis is when your thinking changes during reading. This book is a great choice because it is short and sweet and your thinking changes quite drastically from the beginning to the end. I have taught this lesson for years with only one copy of the book. This year I ordered a class set and it made a big difference. In the middle we start to think that the main character, Anna, will be reading to her father…