Join ReadWriteThink and our Thinkfinity partners at the ISTE 2011 Conference in Philadephia, PA, from June 26-29. Visit the Thinkfinity Community Café at booth number 925 to learn about exciting new developments, including the introduction of the Thinkfinity Community Android app.
If you can’t make the conference in Philadelphia, check out ISTE Unplugged for free online sessions next week, and check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below for more classroom and summer ideas. Have a great week!
- New on ReadWriteThink:
- Beguiling Billboards: Finding Inspiration along the Road (For grades 6–12)
- Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World (For grades 6–8)
- A Portrait of Our World: Making Connections and Developing Comprehension (For grades 3–8)
- Show-Me Sentences (For grades 6–12)
- Let’s go camping! Join Wonderopolis for a fun-filled, online camping experience called Camp What-A-Wonder. There are activities for children and a chat for adults every Thursday.
- For a review of the resources on ReadWriteThink, watch the new Engaging Students After School and at Home video.
- Use the Index of Online Tools for Educators in the Thinkfinity Community to find fresh tools for the classroom.
- Celebrate Independence Day with ReadWriteThink lessons and activities.
- Play ball! Engage sports fans with books about America’s favorite pastime with Episode 34 of Chatting About Books: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
From the Calendar
- June 27: Helen Keller was born in 1880. In the spirit of Helen Keller, students explore the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University and try using a few signs. (For grades 5–12)
- June 28: Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891. Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces. (For grades 3–12)
- June 29: David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day. Students explore the delightful illustrations in Wiesner's book and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book. (For grades 3–6)
- July 1: The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874. Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays. (For grades 1–6)
- Look ahead to next week for lesson plans and activities on U.S. Independence Day, Mark Twain, letter writing, and the birthday of author Nancy Farmer.
Connecting with Other Teachers
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding it to your social network!
- Add your thoughts to one of these topics on the Thinkfinity Community:
Are Your Children Fascinated with Outer Space?
How do you select a "good" book to read?
STEM - What are your favorite stem-related Thinkfinity resources?
- What resource rocked your classroom this year? Share a resource that most surprised you and sample a few that other teachers have shared.
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