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MORE Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms

MORE Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms
What Award-Winning Teachers Do

September 2009 | 264 pages | Corwin

"Whether you are a beginning teacher looking to enhance instruction or a veteran teacher hoping to refresh your teaching strategies, you will find meaningful, creative ways to address your students' needs."
—Patricia M. Richardson, Professor of Practice
University of Maryland

Visit the classrooms of master teachers and observe their most successful lessons!

There is no better way to learn the craft of teaching than by watching an expert teacher at work. In this sequel to Randi Stone's Best Classroom Practices, nationally recognized, award-winning elementary teachers showcase selected practices from their classroom repertoire to share with their colleagues.

Learn what it takes to build a productive, engaged community of learners from some of the nation's best teachers in their own words. This inspirational, one-stop guide covers everything from classroom management to teaching reading, writing, math, science, social studies, music, art, technology, and physical education. You will find:

  • Detailed, successful teaching strategies with lists of relevant standards and materials needed
  • Innovative activities, projects, lesson plans, and units of study for every content area
  • Classroom strategies across the curriculum, including ideas for involving parents and ways to make inclusion work

MORE Best Practices for Elementary Classrooms provides a wide array of excellent lessons to choose from, road-tested by your award-winning colleagues.

About the Author
About the Contributors
Part I. Classroom Practices Across the Curriculum
Classroom Management, Creative Scheduling, and Community Involvement
Elizabeth Grelle Kruse, Illinois
1. Building the Atmosphere, Kindergarten
Tony Nichols, Illinois
2. Creating a Classroom Environment, Kindergarten
Ginger Mendenhall, Oklahoma
3. Transition Time, Grades K-5
KJ Bailey, Florida
4. People at Work, Grade 3
Differentiating Instruction in Regular and Inclusive Classrooms
Ginger Mendenhall, Oklahoma
5. Mix and Match, Grades K-12
Kendra Jiles, South Carolina
6. Considering Special Education: Creative Scheduling, Classroom Management, and Inclusion, Grades K-3
Sharla Steever, South Dakota
7. Personal Education Plan (PEP) Books, Grade 3
Kelli Higgins, Illinois
8. Planning for Differentiation, Grades 2-5
Brandy Bailey, Mississippi
9. Learning to Teach Inclusion, Grade 4
Michelle Gale, Georgia
10. Succeeding in Math Instruction: Considering Special Needs, Grade 5
Using Technology in the Classroom
Helen Melvin, Maine
11. Technology for a Varied and More Interesting Classrooms, Grades K-12
Marianne Morin, New York
12. Incorporating Technology in the Classroom, Grades 3-4
LeAnn Morris, Nevada
13. Technological Inventions Research and PowerPoint Project, Grades 3-5
Michael Flynn, Massachusetts
14. Video Production in the Classroom, Grades K-12
Part II. Teaching Math and Science
Teaching Math
Lisa M. Hall, Virginia
15. Schoolwide Math Motivators, Grades K-5
Barb A. Egbert, Missouri
16. Differentiation in Kindergarten Geometry, Kindergarten
Ina Bouker, Arkansas
17. Patterning Math, Grade 1
Ganna Maymind, New Jersey
18. Using Writing to Teach Math, Grade 1-5
Deb Guthrie, Minnesota
19. Patterns With Toothpicks, Grade 2-5
Kelli Higgins, Illinois
20. Math-A-Thon, Grade 3
Pam Cyr, Vermont
21. Exploring Side Lengths of Triangles and Quadrilaterals, Grade 5
Shari Kaneshiro, Hawaii
22. Fundraiser Math, Grade 5
Debbie Gordon, Arizona
23. Problem Solving, Grades 3-5
Teaching Science
Karin Huttsell, Indiana
24. Huff and Puff, Grades K-2
Diana A. Minor, Missouri
25. What's It Worth to You?, Grade 2
Marianne Sipe, Tennessee
26. Awareness of Wildlife, Grade 2
Wendy Smith, New York
27. Pond Partners, Grade 2-4
Frieda Taylor Aiken, Georgia
28. Using Mysteries to Teach Science Inquiry, Grades 2-4
Nancy Bryant, North Carolina
29. Journey With the Loggerheads, Grades 3-5
Amy Nicholl, Colorado
30. Inquiry and Integration, Grades 3-5
Debbie Easley, Alabama
31. Scientific Investigations Driven by Inquiry, Grade 5
Carol Brueggeman, Colorado
32. Student-Expert Groups, Grades 2-5
Part III. Teaching Reading and Writing
Teaching Reading
Maranda Alcala, Oregon
33. Nonfiction Guided Reading Lesson, Grade 2-3
Karen Brown, Colorado
34. Nonfiction Electronic Book, Grades K-12
Reid Nunn, New Mexico
35. Reading Assessment Menu, Grades 4-5
Peggy J. Billiard, Indiana
36. The Elementary Teacher-Librarian: A Job Defined by the Needs of the School, Grades K-5
Jodi Jari, Wisconsin
37. Total Physical Response (TPR): Let's Get Moving, Grades 2-3 ESL
Teaching Writing
Renee Borden, Tennessee
38. Kindergarten Authors, Kindergarten
Nikki Salvatico, Pennsylvania
39. Teaching Writing: What Works, Grades K-2
Kendra Jiles, South Carolina
40. Succeeding With Reading and Writing Instruction for Multi-Level Classrooms, Grades K-5
Karen Brown, Colorado
41. Multigenre Writing, Grade 4-5(+) Gifted
Andrea Payan, Wisconsin
42. Creating Villains to Create Great Narratives, Grades K-5
Tammy Spratt, Kentucky
43. Breakfast Biographies, Grades 4-5
Stacy Gardner Dibble, Minnesota
44. An Inquiry Approach to Writing Memoir, Grades 4-5
Kim Tredick, California
45. Found Poetry, Grade 5
Sue Davis Pope, Utah
46. "Big" Poem, Grades 5-6
Part IV. Teaching Social Studies, Music, Art, and PE
Teaching Social Studies
Karen Brown, Colorado
47. Current Events: Learning About Our World, Grade K-12
Luella L. Atkins, Missouri
48. Inaugural Poetry, Grade K-4
Chris Shadle, Ohio
49. Cultural Diversity in Our Community: Past and Present, Grades K-4
Kim Heckart, Iowa
50. Prejudice Against African Americans During the Time of Segregation, Grades K-4
Heather E. Robinson, Arizona
51. How Simulations and Impersonations Inspire Students, Grade 5
Eileen Beigel, Florida
52. Archi-Techs: Learning U.S. History Through Architecture, Grade 5
Tammy Spratt, Kentucky
53. Immigration: Was Your Name Changed at Ellis Island?, Grade 5
Teaching Music, Art, and Physical Education
Heather E. Robinson, Arizona
54. Celebrating Music, Grades 4-5
Denese Odegaard, North Dakota
55. A Taste of Music: Concert Ideas, Grade 5
Susan Menkes, New York
56. Progressive Portraits, Grades K-6
Cindy L. Hodgeson, Arizona
57. The Motor Lab and Sensory Tools for the Classrooms, Grades K-4
Tammy Haggerty Jones, Illinois
58. Brain Exercises, Grade K-5

"Presents a wealth of practical, hands-on classroom practices that are directly related to content standards. Whether you are a beginning teacher looking to enhance instruction or a veteran teacher hoping to refresh your teaching strategies, you will find meaningful, creative ways to address your students’ needs."

Patricia M. Richardson, Professor of Practice
University of Maryland

"The chapters are written by teachers for teachers, and readers will enjoy being able to pull ideas and activities directly from the book that address areas of concern to them in their classrooms."

Deborah Alexander-Davis, Educational Consultant
Retired Principal, Kingston Elementary School, TN
Key features
  • An inspirational, one-stop guide to the teaching practices of outstanding Kindergarten through 4th Grade teachers from across the country
  • Detailed, first-hand accounts of successful instructional strategies, divided by topic and subject area
  • Innovative projects, lesson plans, and units of study across the content areas, in addition to more general tips and insights from nationally recognized teachers in exemplary classrooms
  • A smorgasbord of ideas for aspiring or practicing elementary school teachers

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