Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tools for Success on New State Tests!

How are you preparing students for the rigor of new high stakes tests? 

Add activities to your lesson plans that promote higher order thinking, deep comprehension and analysis of text. You don't even have to search -- you already have them!

Subscribe to Classworks YouTube channel for more inspiration! Whether it's classroom instruction or personalized learning, you'll find examples of how to incorporate Classworks into everyday classroom learning. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Happy Digital Learning Day!

How are you celebrating Digital Learning Day? We want to spend it celebrating with you! 

We’re recognizing the many ways you put digital resources to work in your classroom! Share a picture or video showing how you’re using Classworks with your students. We’ll surprise a few lucky winners with a special treat! 

Share using the hashtag #DLDay:
  • (be sure to @mention Classworksweb)
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During Classworks Winter Professional Development, you shared creative ways you’re using Integrated Reading and Applied Mathematics as part of your digital learning strategy. Enjoy this example of Ms. Way using the Applied Math critique and precision problem to foster mathematical communication in her 6th grade class.

We love David’s answers, too! Ms. Way shares her excitement over the increase in her students’ confidence and ability to have math conversations.

Watch more from Ms. Way for other ways to incorporate differentiated Applied Math activities into your lesson plans.

Don’t forget – share your #DLDay photo or video using your favorite social media channel below for a chance to get a special treat for your class.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Reading Lessons for Presidents' Day!

Looking for Presidents’ Day activities for your reading lesson plans? Use our cross-curricular Integrated Reading passages!

Below are a few examples of reading activities you have available in Classworks. Your students can research facts they find interesting about the President or First Family referenced in the activity. They can write, draw, or act out what they've learned! 

Reading Activities
Primary grades: Dolley Madison
Grades 3 - 5:  Behind the President’s Desk
Middle grades: Panda Diplomacy

Quick tip! When you are in the activity, click the drop down on the top right to embed these links right into your teacher webpage.

You have 36 activities per grade level (1-8) at your fingertips for weekly direct instruction. Watch how one teacher uses an Integrated Reading activity to conduct a close read with her class. Want more? Watch how she also uses Integrated Reading for small group instruction using a mix of technologies.

P.S. Learn more ways to incorporate our teacher-led reading activities into your lesson plans at Classworks Winter Professional Development.