Hidden Meanings That Tickle Your Funny Bone

Subject: Language ArtsGrades: 4-6 OverviewIntroduce students to the concept of figurative language with this activity that will tickle your funny bone and help students see the “hidden meaning” behind the literal translation of idioms. ObjectivesStudents will:· Learn the definition of “idiom”· Demonstrate their understanding of idiomatic expressions.· Write creatively about the origins of idiomatic expressions […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Balloon Letters" – Reading

Pre-Reading, Letter Recognition, Phonics, Word Recognition Use a permanent marker to randomly write the letters of the alphabet on a balloon (or beach ball). Toss the balloon to your child, and after he catches it, encourage him to identify the letters beneath his hands. Once he has named them, encourage him to come up with […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Car Dealership" – Preschool

Imagination, Visual Discrimination, Language Skills, Listening Skills Help your child line up some toy cars and trucks and explain that you are interested in “buying” a car. Tell him that your are ooking for a car with, for example, “a red stripe on the roof.” When he spots the car you are talking about (possibly […]

Dade Schools Eye Advertising Revenue

Advertisements may soon hang from gymnasium walls and adorn perimeter fencing at public schools throughout Miami-Dade County. At the urging of the School Board, Superintendent Rudy Crew and his staff are exploring the possibility of allowing advertising in schools as a possible stream of revenue for the cash-strapped district. While ads abound in other South […]

No Child Opponents Criticize Law

Several of the nation’s leading critics of the federal No Child Left Behind education law gathered on a stage in Milwaukee on Friday to criticize what the law is doing to teaching and learning, but they offered few specifics when it came to what they want to see in its place. The general message to […]

IL NCLB Conference Raffle – Southwest Airlines Tickets

Are you our Winner? Thank you to everyone that entered our raffle for two roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets at the Illinois No Child Left Behind Conference. We will be announcing our winner on Thursday, February 21st, 2008. The winner will be announced here on our blog. Be sure to sign up to receive our blog […]

Population Explosion

Subject: Geography; World CultureGrade(s): 4-6 OverviewStudents become junior demographers as they research and report on the population density of countries and continents around the world, charting their research on the a world map and on a bar chart in Microsoft Excel. ObjectivesStudents will:· Understand and define population and population density· Understand the relationship between population […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Coin Collection" – Grades Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Currency, Place Value This activity will help your child learn how to read the year-date on coins and also create an annual age progression of a group of coins. Create a four-column grid on a piece of cardboard or poster board. Label the tops of the columns, “Pennies,” “Nickels,” “Dimes,” and “Quarters.” In the sections […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Music Time" – Ages 0-12 months

Sensory Awareness, Language Skills Move Along: Babies love music and hearing you sing. As you are singing or listening to music with your baby, hold him and move to the rhythm or pat him gently in time to the music. Sing & Stretch: As you sing a song such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” […]

Many States Spend Less Money In School Districts With ELL or Low-Income Students

When it comes to school funding, too many states still provide the least to school districts serving students with the greatest needs, according to a report released last month by The Education Trust. The seventh in a series of annual reports, The Funding Gap includes state-by-state analyses of funding trends from 1999 to 2005, comparing […]