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More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

April 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin

"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."
—Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

Boost literacy achievement with these practical, brain-compatible strategies!

Activating prior knowledge, differentiating instruction, and creating interactive opportunities—these are key practices that optimize learning, according to brain research. This essential guide translates cutting-edge research into ready-to-use tactics to promote literacy development in your classroom.

Internationally recognized educator Kathy Perez offers a definitive collection of more than 100 field-tested strategies that can be implemented easily and immediately for maximum results at any grade level. The activities and tools provide strong building blocks for creating a dynamic, brain-friendly environment where teachers and students thrive. The book offers a flexible framework, step-by-step guidance, and key features such as:

  • Approaches to motivate students with hands-on learning
  • Specific techniques for differentiation and utilizing multiple intelligences
  • Tactics to strengthen reading comprehension and the meaning-making process
  • Pre-reading strategies, standards-based activities, planning templates, reproducibles, and other resources to boost student achievement

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy empowers teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists with proven tools to cultivate active learning.

About the Author
1. Brain-Based Literacy Learning - Pieces of the Puzzle
The Research Connection  
Reading Comprehension and the Brain  
Personal Connections  
Reflect to Connect  
Slow Down to Go Faster  
Different Ways of Knowing - Different Ways of Showing  
2. Activate to Educate!
Why Activate?  
Prereading Strategies  
Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide  
People Bingo  
Graphic Organizers  
Preview Puzzles  
Sticky-Note Discussion/Graffiti Board  
Story Impressions  
Word Splash  
Learning Lineup  
Voting With Your Feet  
Preview Pairs  
Sort and Report  
Postcard Connections  
3. What Does a Brain-Compatible Classroom Look Like?
Tips for Developing a Brain-Compatible Classroom  
Content and Process ("Gum" and "Chew")  
State Changes  
Management Tips  
Grouping and Floor Plans  
Learning Centers  
Sample Centers  
Creating Independent Learners  
Strategies for Flexible Grouping  
Managing for Grouping Accountability  
Planning for Grouping  
Carousel Cruising  
Walk and Talk Tour  
Newscast Reporting  
Clock Buddies  
Grouping "Roundup"  
4. Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport!
Note Taking/ Note Making  
Summary Strategies  
Picture This: Stretch to Sketch  
Rhyme Time  
Questioning Strategies  
5. Differentiate to Motivate!
Essential Elements of Differentiation  
What Is This Thing Called Differentiation?  
Pieces of the Puzzle  
Managing Your Differentiated Classroom  
Ten Things to Try Next Week (To Encourage Independence and Differentiate Instruction)  
Lesson Planning for Action  
Professor of the Week  
"Professor for the Week"  
Active Participation Strategies  
Give One/ Get One  
Save the Last Word for Me!  
6. Into, Through, and Beyond Boosters
Developing an Instructional Framework  
"Into" Strategies  
"Through" Strategies  
Coding Strategy  
"Beyond" Strategies  
Flip Book  
"Two Facts and a Fib"  
Question Fan  
Celebrate a Book  
Fishbone Strategy  
Question "Connections"  

"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."

Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

"This is a helpful, user-friendly book of easy-to-implement reading strategies. The coverage and length are appropriate for the busy classroom teacher."

Mary Amato, Literacy Coach
Bell Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“The book is well-organized and covers important components for reading. This is a major contribution to the recent literature on reading and brain-based teaching.”

Marilee Sprenger, Educational Consultant
Author, Becoming a “Wiz” at Brain-Based Teaching

"This book belongs on the desk of every teacher who wants to engage and excite students in brain based learning. Kathy Perez is the ultimate cheerleader for teachers and she gives teachers over 100 easy to use tools to help students succeed.”

Lori Oczkus, National Literacy Consultant and Author

"What a great resource! Clear, concise, and current, Perez's book makes effective literacy instruction a reality for teachers everywhere."

Rick Morris, Educator
Creator of "New Management"

"These strategies will provide teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists not only with theory but proven tools that work, making for an important classroom pick."

The Bookwatch, July 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers teachers practical strategies for use in the inclusive classroom to reach all learners and boost literacy achievement
  • Shows teachers how to design and implement effective literacy lessons
  • Demonstrates how to use brain-based research to maximize learning, support students' unique learning styles, and meet learners' cognitive and emotional needs and development
  • High-effect strategies help teachers respond to challenges of increasing literacy for struggling students and teaching in an inclusive class
  • Helps make teaching more rewarding and beneficial for all students

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