First grade teacher Beth Dunning from Denton, Texas asked students to use ReadWriteThink’s Acrostic Poem interactive as a culminating activity for an inquiry project on seals. Read about her project in her Community Story.
For more classroom-ready ideas, check out the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and other materials below.
- Natural disasters have been in the news recently. Thinkfinity has resources on hurricanes and earthquakes that you can tap for classroom activities.
- New on ReadWriteThink:
- Students can save their work in 6 ReadWriteThink interactives, allowing them to work on their online assignments over multiple days, at school or at home.
- Use the ReadWriteThink strategy guide How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking to teach critical thinking skills.
- 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.
From the Calendar
- August 25: Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith was born in 1959. Students discuss some of the ways in which illustrations can enhance a story and then become illustrators, using a variety of media. (For grades 3–12)
- August 26: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920. A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics. (For grades 5–8)
- August 28: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Students explore the “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams. (For grades 7–12)
- August 29: Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952. Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust. (For grades 7–12)
- August 30: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909. Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification. (For grades 3–12)
- Next month find lesson plans and activities on Library Card Sign-up Month, authors Richard Wright, Paul Fleischman, and Roald Dahl, International Literacy Day, and more!
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