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Volume 3 Number 2

Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "...effective teachers do not employ tricks of the trade, the latest fad, or untested opinions..." This month the Wongs feature Liz Breaux, a most effective teacher...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Bridget Scofinsky
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child by Dave Melanson
Seussational Reading Excitement - NEA's Read Across America: Too Much Reading Fun for Just One Day!...
The 100th Day of School
100th Day Activities
Television--Don't Trash It--Control It
Remediation Doesn't Work
Behavior Management Tips
Children and Stress
Children Do Grieve
Infuse Test Preparation With Life-long Learning
Technology Integration Has No Hope of Succeeding!
Technophobia to Technophilia
Cooperative Learning
Why All Students Need Fine Motor Skills
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 3)
The Role of EFL learners' Heterogeneity in Terms of Age in Their Use of Communication Strategies
The Importance of the School Administration to Student Achievement
Using Non-Fiction to Motivate Reluctant Readers
Quantity over Quality--The Problem with Writing Instruction in Our Schools
Tips for Substitute Teachers
From "I Don't Care" to "I Did It!"
Rules for Secondary Classrooms
Block Scheduling
Special Days This Month
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Exceptional Normalcy
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lessons from the Lesson Bank
  • Famous Black Americans
  • Valentine Village
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll
    Arecibo Radar Gets 11th-Hour Reprieve
    Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships
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    Lesson #1976. Famous Black Americans

    Posted by Eugene Baker, White Oak Elementary School, Edenton, North Carolina

    Subject: History
    Level: Elementary
    Materials Required: internet access, multimedia program(such as Kid Pix Studios), Microsoft Encarta and other references
    Notable African Americans
    Activity Time: 2-3 weeks in February
    Concepts Taught: research skills integrating technology

    Objective: At the end of this lesson, the student will be able to recognize famous Black Americans and their roles in America’s society. (Social Studies: Goal 7-History The learner will analyze religious and other cultural traditions. Objective 7.1 -- Identify and explain the importance of selected persons, patriotic symbols and public observances. Language Arts: Goal 3 -- Reading Comprehension: Constructs meaning from literary, informational, and practical texts. Objective 3.1 -- Reads literary, informational, and practical text. Objective 3.10 -- Summarized and records information. Notes and charts detail.).

    Computer Functions: Students will gather information to describe a famous Black American. They will use this information to enter data into a Database of Famous Black Americans. They will create a slideshow containing the information they researched. (Computer Goal 3-The learner will use a variety of technologies to access, analyze, interpret, synthesis, apply, and communicate information. Objectives 3.2-The learner will locate and use information in electronic databases{Database]. Goal 2-The learner will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of computer and other technologies. Objective 2.10-Create a multimedia project as a group/class activity {Multimedia/Presentation}).

    Specify a problem: In honor of February celebrated as Black History Month, students will create a booklet/slideshow/bulletin board of Famous Black Americans and their contributions to society.

    Data manipulation: Students will enter data about the decade the person lived, the region of the United States they are from, their major contribution, and the number of resources the group found containing information.

    Results and presentation: The students will have a database of famous Black Americans and facts about each person. They will create a slideshow, booklet, and bulletin board celebrating Black History Month.

    Assessment: Student partners will be assessed by correct information located in the database, completed slides for the slideshow and a bulletin board celebrating Black History Month.

    Supporting Activities: Students will create a webbing folder of famous Black Americans that will be studied during February. In this folder, topics that the student will be reporting on may be given and recorded.

    Activities while at the computer: Cooperative partners would research Microsoft Encarta to find needed data about their famous Black American. At a different time, those same partners would enter the required data into a given database. At yet another time, partners would create and save their slides to be part of the class slideshow of famous Black Americans.

    Activities Prior to the computer: Create a chart of the data students will be searching for that includes: the decade the person lived, the region of the United States they are from, their major contribution, and the number of resources the group found containing information. Student partners would go to the library media center and search the database to locate books on famous Black Americans. Student partners would take notes on the items to be included in the database from resources located in the library media center. Student partners would prepare a “plan sheet” containing the information they gathered to be included in the class slideshow.

    Activities Following the Computer: Student partners would create a bulletin board (“database style”) containing the information they gathered about famous Black Americans. Students can also display pictures of these persons.

    Lesson #373. Valentine Village

    Posted by Darlene Diehl, Butler Elementary, Butler, Indiana U.S.A.

    Subject: Geography
    Level: Elementary
    Materials Required: 1/2 gallon milk/juice cartons, art supplies
    Activity Time: 2 weeks - lesson times will vary
    Concepts Taught: Map Skills

    To introduce my students to mapping, I have them build a small city. Each child uses a half-gallon milk or juice cartonto "build" a home or small business. We decorate our buildings with construction paper, yarn, beads, or whatever we have to make them look like a home or business. We then cover a large table with paper. This becomes our city. We start by designing "city blocks" with construction paper streets and highways. We then assign "lots" to every homeand business. Each child is responsible for their own landscaping of their lot which could include a parking lot for their business. At this point we begin to incorporate other disciplines. Below are ideas we've tried,but the possibilities are endless.

    • We hold an election to name our city and streets. We like to do this project around Valentine's Day. Some names the children have thought of are Romance City, Love BugBoulevard, and Romantic Freeway.

    • We discuss the house numbering system used by cities, then assign each building in our city a number.

    • After each building has a number, we decide what our mailing addresses would be. We write them on paper and tape them to the top of our desks. We then address our Valentine's to each other using everyone's correct mailing address. We then become mailmen and "mail" our cards into the appropriate homes and businesses.

    • At times we have extra lots in our city that have not been assigned. We hold a city council meeting to decide the best uses for this land. We then develop the lots.


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