Thursday, December 11, 2014

How do I Flip My Classroom? Blended Learning Resources

Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom Resources

Blended learning or Flipped Learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities. A lack of consensus on a definition of blended learning has led to difficulties in research about its effectiveness in the classroom
Sean Taylor Reading Sage Youtube Channel

Reading Sage: Flipped Poetry Lessons with Music and Lyrics
The flipped English classroom or flipped English lessons are a form of blended learning in which high school students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework ...

Reading Sage: Flipped English Class | Special Ed High ...
Flipped teaching or a flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done ...

Reading Sage: Project-Based Learning | Flipped CLASS | PBL
Is a flipped class and projects based learning possible in today's publisher driven, top-down curriculum model and austere school reform mentality we find ourselves working in? Giving teachers the power to make real ...

Brain Breaks Brain Teasers Math Riddles
Student Brain Breaks Math Puzzles, Logic Puzzles, Math Riddles And Brain Teasers
Reading Sage: Top 10 Presentation Teacher Apps 2014
... for Non-Designers · Create infographics & online charts | infogr.am · Visual.ly: Gallery | Create Infographics · Screen Cast O Matic · Screen Cast O Matic is a Great Downloadable App for Creating Flipped Classroom Content ..

Reading Sage: Reading Boot Camp: "The Daily Schedule"
Flipped Classroom Weekly Reading Homework: Homework Reading Ideas: The Great Robot Race: Weekly Reading Assignment #1. Read the short wiki article below about DARPA'S Grand Challenge and then watch the PBS ...

Reading Sage: Story Starters Writing Prompt
Free PDF Story Starters for all GRADES! Use this free collection of Illustrated Stories Starters to teach writing in a fun imaginative way even to reluctant writers. The Story Starters help teach the foundations of story, plot, literary ...

Reading Sage: Story Starters for Kids | Printable Picture ...
Free PDF Story Starters for all GRADES! Use this free collection of Illustrated Stories Starters to teach writing in a fun imaginative way even to reluctant writers. The Story Starters help teach the foundations of story, plot, literary ...

Reading Sage: Kids Read Alouds | Best Free Read Alouds
Online Story Time By Barnes and Noble is a great free read aloud website to rediscover new and classic children's literature. A great collection of vivid illustrated childrens classics read by the author. A The Very Hungry ...

Reading Sage: Brain Break Reading Games
Brain Break Reading Comprehension Games | Free Printable Brain Break Games | Reading ELA CCSS Literacy Games Literary Elements, Text Features and Parts of Speech | Smart Board Games The Legendary Lands Sky ...

Reading Sage: CCSS Math Games | Math Facts Dice Game
CCSS Math Games Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 | Free Printable CCSS Math Games | Dice and Card Games to Practice Math Facts | Teaching Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Math Facts to Kids With Games ...

Reading Sage: Free Reading Board Games Grade K-12
Reading Comprehension Board Games. Posted by The Reading ... "The Legendary Lands" STEAMPUNK Reading Comprehension Game! ... FREE Teacher Made Reading Comprehension and CCSS Vocabulary GAMES!

Literary Elements Games online - Reading Sage - Blogger
Literary Elements Games online|CCSS ELA Literary Elements Using games to reinforce knowledge of Literary Elements is a fun way to prepare for CCSS ELA content and PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Knowledge of ...

Reading Sage: Reading Comprehension Board Games ...
Reading Comprehension Board Games Grade 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10! Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary board games are a great way to build, strengthen, and develop reading and language arts skills.

Reading Sage: Vocabulary Games
Alien Vocabulary Game (Tier 3 Testing Words) (or Chutes and Ladders) Use this free tier 3 academic vocabulary game to build test readiness. The game is designed to be a fun way to build academic vocabulary using a game ...

Reading Sage: Top 10 Digital Presentation Tools
Digital story telling and presentations are a key element in meeting the CCSS ELA standards. Teachers and students can use the free digital presentation tools to enhance reports, flip lessons, enrich content, and create

Reading Activities | Grade 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Empressr is the best and original browser based rich media presentation and storytelling tool. Prezi Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable ...

Reading Ideas for Boys
Empressor Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant. Empressr is the best and original browser based rich media presentation and storytelling tool.

Blooms Taxonomy Math Question Stems
Bloom's Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom who also edited the first volume of the standard text, Taxonomy of ...

Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy vs ...
The Common Core Standards are the cornerstones of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, Webb's Depth of Knowledge (scale of cognitive demand) and Blooms Revised Taxonomy (levels of intellectual ability) ...

Reading Sage: Blooms Taxonomy Questions Stems for ...
Although named for Bloom, the publication followed a series of conferences from 1949 to 1953, which were designed to improve communication between educators on the design of curricula and examinations. It refers to a ...

Student-Friendly Bloom's Taxonomy Question Stems
Bloom's Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom who also edited the first volume of the standard text, Taxonomy of ...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

STAAR Practice Test Questions 2015

STAAR Practice Test Questions Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and Grade 11 EOC Exit Level Practice Test Items

STAAR Practice Tests Grades 3–8 Assessments

GRADESTAAR TEST FORMSSTAAR ANSWER KEYS
32014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics
42014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics |2014 Writing2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Writing
52014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics |2014 Science2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Science
62014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics
72014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics |2014 Writing2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Writing
82014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics |2014 Science  2014 Social Studies2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Science |
2014 Social Studies

 

GRADESTAAR TEST FORMSSTAAR ANSWER KEYS
32013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics
42013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing
52013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science
62013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics
72013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing
82013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science  2013 Social Studies2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science |
2013 Social Studies

GRADE                         SAMPLE QUESTIONS
32011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics
42011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics | 2011 Writing
52011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics | 2011 Science
62011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics
72011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics 2011 Writing
8

 

Grades 3–5 Spanish Assessments

GRADETEST FORMSANSWER KEYS
32014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics
42014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Writing2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Writing
52014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Science2014 Reading | 2014 Mathematics | 2014 Science

 

GRADETEST FORMSANSWER KEYS
32013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics
42013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Writing 
52013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science2013 Reading | 2013 Mathematics | 2013 Science

GRADE                         SAMPLE QUESTIONS
32011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics
42011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics | 2011 Writing
52011 Reading | 2011 Mathematics | 2011 Science

 

End-of-Course Assessments

The links below open PDF versions of STAAR EOC released tests.
CONTENT AREA  TEST FORMSANSWER KEYS
English Language Arts2014 English I | 2014 English II 2014 English I | 2014 English II
Mathematics2014 Algebra I2014 Algebra I
Science2014 Biology  2014 Biology  
Social Studies2014 U.S History2014 U.S. History

CONTENT AREA  TEST FORMSANSWER KEYS
English Language Arts2013 Eng I Reading | Eng I Writing 2013 Eng I Reading | Eng I Writing
2013 Eng II Reading | Eng II Writing
2013 Eng III Reading | Eng III Writing  
Mathematics2013 Algebra I | 2013 Algebra II
2013 Geometry
2013 Algebra I | 2013 Algebra II
2013 Geometry
Science2013 Biology | 2013 Chemistry
2013 Physics
2013 Biology | 2013 Chemistry
2013 Physics
Social Studies2013 U.S History | 2013 World Geography |2013World History2013 U.S. History | 2013 World Geography
2013 World History  

CONTENT AREA
SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Reading
 2011 English I | 2011 English II |  2011 English III
Writing
 2011 English I | 2011 English II |  2011 English III
Mathematics
 2011 Algebra I | 2011 Geometry | 2011 Algebra II
Science
 2011 Biology | 2011 Chemistry | 2011 Physics
Social Studies
 2011 World Geography | 2011 World History | 2011 U.S. History

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Students Learn Programing Code Free

    Students Can Learn Programing Code with Disney's Elsa and Anna of Frozen | Students learn how to write computer code free online! 

    Teachers and students can learn computer code/computer programing in an hour of fun free code training online with code.org. Free computer code classes for teachers and students. EVERY Hour of Code organizer will receive 10 GB of Dropbox space or $10 of Skype credit as a thank you. Details

    Teach computer science in your classroom by signing up for an account. Teacher Sign Up! My first hour of code! http://learn.code.org/c/54204025




  • Last year hundreds of organizations joined together to create fun introductions to programming for all to learn. This year the goal is to get 100 million participants from all across the globe. Learn more at

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    Code Programing Resources
  • Learn | Code.org
    Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, ...
    Angry Birds - ‎Code.org - ‎Beyond One Hour - ‎Sign in

    Code.org - Hour of Code: Maze #1

    Code Avengers: learn to code games, apps and websites
    Learn how to code games, apps and websites with fun and effective interactive games. HTML, CSS and JavaScript tutorials are for beginners.

    Tynker | Coding for kids
    Tynker makes it fun and easy to learn computer programming. ... Give kids the freedom to create their own games and learn at their own pace, with Tynker online ...

    Try an Hour of Code - Tynker | Coding for kids - Tynker ...
    Tynker makes it fun and easy to learn computer programming. Get started ... Build your own versions of classic arcade games. ... What is the Hour of Code?

    Codecademy: Learn to code
    How can coding help you? Hear how Tommy went from knowing nothing about code to building one of Time's '50 Best Websites' after learning with ...

    10 places where anyone can learn to code | TED Blog
    If college courses seem a little slow, consider Code Racer, a “multi-player live coding game.” Newbies can learn to build a website using HTML ...

    Top 10 Websites to Learn Coding (Interactively) Online
    Code Avengers has a gradual approach to interactive learning. ... your learningjourney, but it's a perfect site to learn basic game programming effectively

    CodeCombat - Learn how to code by playing a game
    Learn programming with a multiplayer live coding strategy game. You're a wizard, and your spells are JavaScript.
  • Monday, December 1, 2014

    Formative Handicraft

    Finnish Formative Handicraft to Build Character and Social Emotional Intelligence | Wisdom of the Hand! 

    Finnish Paper Snowflake
    Educational sloyd's "Käsityö" purpose is formative in its design, and it is thought that the benefits of learning handicrafts "Käsityö" in a public school setting builds character and resilience in children! Educational Sloyd develops self reliance, encourages moral behavior, improves judgment, perseverance, an understanding of quality, encourages students to internalize high standards, develops greater intelligence and industriousness.


    "Some aver that a course of scientific training in handicraft gives a boy or girl a new zeal for school work to such an extent that the progress of such a pupil is not only equal, but often exceeds, that of pupils whose attention is concentrated on a literary curriculum. If this is true, even to the extent a pupil under these conditions holds his own, he has the additional advantage of having learnt to use his hands, and his education as a result is "all sided." It has been said that "the true aim of education is the development of all the powers of man to the culminating point of action: and this power in the concrete--the power to do some useful thing for man--this must be the last analysis of educational truth" The Pedagogy of Educational Handicraft by T.W. Berry:1909

    Sloyd (Slöjd), also known as Educational sloyd, was a system of
    My Handicraft Station 
    handicraft-based education started by Uno Cygnaeus in Finland in 1865. The system was further refined and promoted worldwide, including adoption in the United States, until the early 20th Century. A handicraft, sometimes more precisely expressed as artisanal handicraft or handmade, is any of a wide variety of types of work where useful and decorative objects are made completely by hand or by using only simple tools. It is a traditional main sector of craft, and applies to a wide range of creative and design activities that are related to making things with one's hands and skill, including work with textiles, moldable and rigid materials, paper, plant fibers, etc. Usually the term is applied to traditional techniques of creating items (whether for personal use or as products) that are both practical and aesthetic.


    Hand Knitting 
    Formative handicraft is a must do daily classroom activity that inspires a love of learning and teaches what is truly important in life, Curiosity, resilience, craftsmanship, perseverance and character! Social emotional intelligence and emotional resilience is created with ease using formative handicraft lessons that will inspire and motivate all students to thrive and strive.  Finnish School Schedule 

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Free Paragraph Posters and Handouts

    What is a Good Paragraph?  How do you Teach Students to Write a Good Paragraph?

    A paragraph is an organized group of quality sentences that contain "one" main idea, theme, setting. topic, subject and or message. Big topics and ideas are divided into individual paragraphs to help the reader transition from one theme or idea to a new theme or idea.  A paragraph contains "one" theme or "one" main idea.  Paragraphs use supporting "body" sentences to expand, explain and or give examples of the main idea or theme in alternate, cyclical or secondary ways. The main idea of the paragraph is often called the theme. The last sentence in a paragraph summarizes the theme or main idea or transitions and introduces the next paragraphs theme or idea.

    The Perfect Paragraph - Teachers
    Paragraphs - The Writing Center
    WHAT IS A PARAGRAPH? A paragraph is a group of ...
    Day 1 What is a Paragraph - Growing with Grammar
    Paragraph Structure Coherence - Indiana University
    What is a paragraph? - Better writing - Paragraphs
    PARAGRAPHS - The University of Sydney
    TOPIC SENTENCE/PARAGRAPH
    Writing Paragraphs - Reading and Writing ...
    Hamburger Paragraph

    A paragraph is a group of sentence with "one" topic, idea, setting, theme or subject. A Paragraph contains a topic sentence that introduces the theme or the main idea.

    Topic sentences can introduce the exposition of the paragraph or summarize the main idea, subject, theme, facts or  opinions of that paragraph. It is usually the first sentence in a paragraph.  

    Review: Start a New Paragraph When There is a Change in: Ideas,Topic, Time, Setting, Place, Speaker, Message, Theme and or Subject.

    Review: A sentence is a group of words used to express a statement, question, exclamation, request or command. A sentence contains a subject (noun)and predicate(verb).



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    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Free Readers Workshop Handouts

    Readers Workshop Classroom Lessons, Handouts and Posters

    Balanced literacy is implemented through the Reading and Writing Workshop Model. The teacher begins by modeling the reading/writing strategy that is the focus of the workshop. Subsequently, students are engaged in practicing the focal strategy in small groups or independently as the teacher monitors and provides guidance. Selected students share their work. Then, students read leveled texts independently or write independently for an extended period of time as the teacher circulates amongst them to observe, record observations and confer. At the culmination of the workshop session, selected students share their strategies and work with the class.

    It is recommended that guided reading be implemented during the extended independent reading period. Based upon assessment, the teacher works with small groups of students (no more than 6 students in each group) on a leveled text (authentic trade book). The teacher models specific strategies before reading and monitors students while they read independently. After reading, the teacher and students engage in activities in word study, fluency, and comprehension. The purpose of Guided Reading is to systematically scaffold the decoding and/or comprehension strategy skills of students who are having similar challenges. Wiki

    Readers Workshop Reading Comprehension strategies

    Children are taught to use comprehension strategies including:
    • Sequencing
    • Relating background knowledge
    • Making inferences
    • Comparing and contrasting
    • Summarizing
    • Synthesizing
    • Problem-solving
    • Distinguishing between fact and opinion
    • Finding the main idea and supporting details
    Readers Workshop Teachers Resources 

    Guide to the Reading Workshop - Heinemann
    READERS' WORKSHOP
    Reading Workshop Handouts - Penny Kittle
    ]Electronic Reading Workshop: Beyond Books With New ...
    Unit 1: What Do Readers and Writers Do? - New York City ...
    Suggested Mini-Lessons for Reading Workshop pdf
    Overview of Readers Workshop
    Reading Workshop Resources for Teachers and Parents
    Differentiation in a Reader's Workshop | Scholastic.com
    Reading Workshop Article.pdf 
    Developing a Successful Year-Long Plan in Reading ...
    The effects of implementing a reading workshop in
    The Readers' Workshop in the Upper Grades
    Lesson 1: What is Reading Workshop in Middle School?
    Jen England's Reading Workshop Syllabus.PDF - Students ...
    Reading Workshop FAQ for Parents
    Literacy Block Schedules and The Reading Workshop
    Readers/Writers Workshops, Centers, and Resources ...
    Provisioning a Reading Workshop: Overview, Classroom ...






    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Words Instead of Said Synonyms

    Stop using said in your writing, Said is Dead! Help students use said alternates, substitutes, synonyms and or other words instead of said!