In this much anticipated follow-up to their groundbreaking book, Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom, authors Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, together with co-author Katie Cunningham, extend the conversation in Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Upper Elementary Classroom. This new text is built in mind specifically for grades 3-5 teachers around best practices for the intermediate classroom.
Shifting the Balance, Grades 3-5 introduces six more shifts across individual chapters that:
Zoom in on a common (but not-as helpful-as-we-had-hoped) practice to reconsider
Untangle a number of “misunderstandings” that have likely contributed to the use of the common practice
Propose a more science-aligned shift to the current practice
Provide solid scientific research to support the revised practice
Offer a collection of high-leverage, easy-to-implement instructional routines to support the shift to more brain-friendly instruction
The authors offer a refreshing approach that is respectful, accessible, and practical – grounded in an earnest commitment to building a bridge between research and classroom practice. As with the first Shifting the Balance, they aim to keep students at the forefront of reading instruction.
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Dawnavyn James believes Black history shouldn't be relegated to the month of February. In her groundbreaking book, Beyond February: Teaching Black History Any Day, Every Day, and All Year Long, K-3, she provides a practical guide for elementary educators who seek to teach history in truthful and meaningful ways that help young students understand the past, the present, and the world around them.
Drawing on her experiences as a classroom teacher and a Black history researcher, James illustrates the big and small ways that we can center Black history in our everyday teaching and learning practices across the curriculum using read-alouds, music, historical documents, art, and so much more.
Inside this book you'll find:
Essential ideas that guide our teaching of Black history
Powerful People Sets: groups of Black historical figures organized by theme with resources for both teacher and student learning
Book collections and lessons featuring nearly 100 children's books
Strategies and tips for adapting and disrupting curriculum in order to center Black history
Ideas for celebrating Black History Month in ways that go beyond February
FAQ's to help you navigate the ins and outs of teaching Black history in the elementary classroom
With Beyond February, you'll have the tools to teach Black history all year long!
Students Mentoring Students in K-8 Classrooms
Today’s students bring with them to the classroom a wide variety of understandings and ways of knowing. Sharing this richness of understanding, as well as students’ unique ways of looking at challenges, solving problems, and interpreting the world adds an incredible depth and meaning to all types of classroom learning. This thoughtful guide offers authentic, meaningful and purposeful activities that will lead students to share their thinking, and to support and mentor each other emotionally, socially, and academically. It explores numerous ways to create opportunities for shared learning, mentoring partnerships, and expanding student horizons.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion