Explore the world around you by asking questions, discovering solutions and experimenting with objects found around your home! Our hands-on at-home activities encourage you to take a look around you and discover the science in everyday life.
Teachers, check out their curriculum and grade level aligned programs for preschool to Grade 12 and discover how you can bring Let’s Talk Science’s STEM activities into your classroom.
LesPlan Educational Services Ltd. has been providing North American teachers with current events resources since 1990. Our goal is to help teachers develop students’ understanding of and ability to critically assess current issues and events by providing quality, up-to-date, affordable, ready-to-use resources.
Our team of classroom teachers, writers, and illustrators select the previous month’s top news stories, then craft age-appropriate, leveled stories summarizing the key points and perspectives for students. We include the background information often lacking from traditional news stories – as well as key vocabulary definitions – to help students understand the issue, and strive to present all sides of any debate. Our aim is to foster understanding and develop critical thinking so that students can develop their own positions on each story we cover.
Currents4Kids.com / Infos-Jeunes.com is an engaging, online interactive current events resource for students in grades 3 and up.
The Canadian Reader / Nos Nouvelles is a classroom-ready current events resource for students in grades 3 and up.
What in the World? / Le Monde en Marche is a photocopiable current events resource for Canadian students in grades 5 through 10.
International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. Available in English and many other languages, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”
Sign up and download the free Educator’s Handbook for International Dot Day. Here you will find suggestions and tools, including some great activities created by Peter H. Reynolds, to help you celebrate creativity in your classroom.
See the many ways others have celebrated International Dot Day by visiting the Dot Gallery where you’ll find photos to give you more ideas and inspiration. And take a look at the videos below – more great ideas that you can borrow or adapt!
When Girl Scout Junior Alice T. noticed that boys were aggressively participating in activities at a school fair, she started to worry that girls were fading into the background. Now, Alice has a message for girls everywhere to help them have more confidence, step up and become leaders: Girl Scouts Raise Your Hand
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Once, exemplars were touted as a necessary tool to be used in every classroom, with every assignment. The idea was that we needed to show students exactly what was being asked with them. “This is what a level 4 looks like!”
However, if you think about it, what are we really asking our students to do? Recreate exactly what we’ve shown them? Worse, then we sprinkle in the advice to, “Be creative!” How can a student be creative when we’ve shown them what their final project should look like? Sure, it makes it easier to mark. Sure, it’s easier to justify that mark to admin and parents. But what about the student who is being robbed of any chance to be creative? What if their ideas and skill set are vastly different from what is being asked of them?
While I’m not asking you to abandon exemplars, please give some consideration on how you use them in your own classrooms.