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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 25
    Children's book author Eric Carle was born on this day in 1929.
    After reading one of Eric Carle's books, students create a torn paper collage or a word collage.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 8
    Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786.
    After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Comparing and Contrasting: Picturing an Organizational Pattern
    Using picture books as mentor texts, students learn effective strategies for organizing information that compares and contrasts. Students can then apply appropriate organizational strategies to their own papers.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Confidence in Community Literacies: Bilingual Writers Reading the World
    In this Web seminar, join Steven Alvarez in considering how the strengths of after-school community programs—connecting with language-minoritized communities in ways that build relationships of trust, or confianza, between parents, extended families, and caring adults in neighborhoods—can inform our practices as teachers of English language learners.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creating Character Blogs
    Students view examples of blogs, learn the basic elements of blog creation, and then create a blog from the perspective of a fictional character.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 29
    David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day.
    Students explore the delightful illustrations in Wiesner's book and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Describe That Face: An Interactive Writing Game
    Students write descriptions of characters, incorporate new vocabulary words, practice using simile and metaphor, engage in peer editing, and post their revised descriptions on the walls for a matching game.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Online Course
    Facilitated Online Course: Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning (Grades 6-12) Summer 2016
    This facilitated online course explores the core principle that improving student learning requires purposeful observation and inquiry, allowing you to make informed decisions about practices and interventions.

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