8th grade science, grammar, literature teacher Jennifer Smith from Monticello, Illinois uses ReadWriteThink to coteach an eighth-grade language arts/literature class with a special education teacher. Read about how she used the Comic Creator student interactive from the site in her Community Story.
And be sure to check out the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and classroom materials below for more great ideas for your classroom.
- Students can now save their work in 6 ReadWriteThink interactives and then continue it later. Save Capability added to six of the interactives allows students to work on their online assignments over multiple days, at school or at home.
- New on ReadWriteThink:
- Thinkfinity.org's Back to School collection offers special classroom topics such as the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Constitution Day and Creating Classroom Communities.
- TIME Magazine names Thinkfinity partner site Wonderopolis® one of the top 50 websites of the year.
- Looking for ways to encourage your students to get to know one another so you will have a strong classroom community to last throughout the year? Check out fun ideas on Thinkfinity.org!
From the Calendar
- August 17: Davy Crockett was born in 1786. Students read selected excerpts from Crockett’s biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett’s advice. (For grades 7–12)
- August 18: Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872. Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs. (For grades 5–12)
- August 21: Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall. After exploring the ways that monarch butterflies react to seasons, students complete an inquiry study to examine how other things change because of the seasons and create a class anthology. (For grades K–6)
- August 22: Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury was born in 1920. Students do a Bradbury author study and then create flyers to advertise their favorite story using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press. (For grades 7–12)
- August 23: The tropical storm that became Katrina formed over the Bahamas in 2005. As a class, students explore weather-related and other natural disasters that their geographical area is prone to and review emergency preparedness and procedures. (For grades K–12)
- Later this month find lesson plans and activities on the 19th Amendment, the “I Have a Dream” speech, illustrator Lane Smith, and authors Karen Hesse and Virginia Lee Burton—and get ready for Library Card Sign-up Month, which starts September 1.
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- How do you use the Comic Creator with students?
- How can literacy teachers contribute to the STEM initiative?
- Do you encourage tinkering as a way to teach technology?
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding our partners to your social network!
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