April 2009
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.4 April 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
When “21st-Century Schooling” Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal
Are we serious about educating students for the global competitive economy of the future?

Earth Day Special Article:
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb
Give the planet the gift of flowers for Earth Day....

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Tools for Success

»Actively Involve Every Reader—Ten Easy Ideas! Sue Gruber
»Motivating Children Leah Davies
»Multiple Working Hypotheses Todd R. Nelson
»Eliciting vs. Punishments Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Tattle Tales and Classroom Helpers Barbara Pressman
»Tips for Travel to France or Italy with Students Josette Bonafino
»Too Much Parent Involvement? Can It Be? Dorothy Rich
»Return to Sender & The Neon Necklace Rick Morris
»Be Your Own Mentor: Reflect Hal Portner

»Getting Your Students' Work Published Alan Haskvitz
»At Risk Students: Victims of Miseducation and Failure Bill Page
»Teachers – Healing Broken Lives Graysen Walles
»Get Smart! Doodle! Tim Newlin
»A Dozen Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community Susan Fitzell
»April 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VI Hank Kellner
»Quality in School Systems Panamalai R. Guruprasad
»Problems With 9th Grade Euclidian Geometry Stewart E. Brekke
»Multisensory/Kinesthetic Alphabet ActivitiesJeanine Horner

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Guided Reading in Kindergarten (printable)
»Printables - Happy Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Portable Word Wall, Earth Day Every Day Award, Bringing Choices to Light, and April - May Calendar
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom, Red Creek, NY
»Lessons, Activities, Theme ideas: Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Paul Revere, Spring, Easter, more!
»Featured Lesson: Outdoor Activities/Nature
»Meet Bill Martin Jr. and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Creative Quotes from Shakespeare, Massive Ant Colony Uncovered! AMAZING science!, Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel, Lovefield, and Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior
»Live on Teachers.Net: April 2009
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»Wisdom for the pain? Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?


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Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

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Happy Earth Day

Children celebrate the Earth's Day with this upbeat song piggy backed on the traditional "Happy Birthday" tune. They could sing to a globe or depiction of the earth, or each might hold his or her own small inflatable globe (available from Oriental Trading Company).

Happy Earth Day song

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reducing the amount of waste and trash, reusing rather than discarding, and recycling materials in order to cut down on consumption of resources, are all integral to the Earth Day theme. The song is piggy backed on the tune "The More We Get Together." Children could use the circular hand-around-hand gesture (the motion used when singing "This old man came rolling home," also the signal used to call traveling in basketball) as they sing the word "recycle."

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle song

We've Got the Whole World In Our Hands

This traditional song is especially appropriate for use during Earth Day theme activities. Children can pick up individual globes to hold up while singing "We've got the whole world in our hands," or pass around an inflatable globe. (Oriental Trading Company sells small inflatable globes for a reasonable amount.) Other props might include baby dolls for the "tiny babies." Use hand gestures indicating everybody "here" and everybody "there." Note: Repeating a relatively short song is effective, especially when performing for others, providing more opportunity for participation by the performers and more prolonged entertainment for the audience. Consider inviting audience participation for a second round of singing!

We've Got the Whole World In Our Hands

Portable Word Wall

My students keep these in folders in their desks. When I am editing their stories, I can write a code above the misspelled word (like V1 if they missed the word vanilla).

These portable word walls are miniature versions of the poster-sized cards which go around my classroom. Oftentimes the children do better with near-point copying so the portable word walls are very popular with the students. They also work no matter where the child is sitting in the classroom and they can carry them home, or have an extra portable word wall for home.

Contributed by Carol Goodrow
Author of:
Happy Feet, Healthy Food
The Treasure of Health and Happiness
Kids Running: Have Fun, Get Faster & Go Farther

Portable Word Wall

Earth Day Every Day Award

Earth Day Every Day Award

Bringing Choices to Light Lessons Pack

A free, 17 page printable packet of national standards-based lessons created by GE to engage beginner to intermediate and advanced students with in-school at at-home projects about lighting choices and conservation.

Visit GE Lighting for more information.

Bringing Choices to Light Lessons Pack

April - May Calendar

April and May calendars

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