The Missouri Reader Vol. 41, Issue 1 - Page 3

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Invaluable Invitation

For the Fun of It (And the Learning Just Happens!)

David L. Harrison

Award-wining Children’s Author and Poet David Harrison encourages children to write and have FUN!

Lit Look.


Book Reviews, E-book Reviews,Software Reviews, and Useful Links by Various Contributers


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Resourceful Research

Two Instructional Strategies, One Goal Carly Estlund

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Children’s Literature: An Engaging Way to Learn Economics by Eva K. Johnson

The Senior Economic Education Specialist at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank shares books that can be used to teach economics in children’s literature and better prepare students to make informed life choices.

Creating Engaged and Empathetic World History Students: Using Primary and Secondary Sources to make the Holocaust Relevant to Today’s Teens

by Miranda Livingston

Teaching the events of World History in a one year course is a daunting task. See how one teacher brings history alive for her students as she engages them in this interactive study of the Holocaust.

Using Google Hangout to Learn about Missouri by Brooke Hult

See how two fourth grade teachers, one in an urban school and one in a rural school, used Google Hangout to help their students discover valuable lessons about Missouri and communicating with each other.

IGNiTE: Technology Implementation in Literacy by Alexandra Robbins

Changing your plans, your classes, and your mindset can be a difficult task to tackle when you’re just getting into the business of personal technology within your school. Using a tool like the SAMR Model to assist in enhancing lessons and activities makes the transition from old to new more manageable.

Bringing Play Back into the Classroom by Aileen Cogo

Let this kindergarten teacher convince you that play is an equally important aspect of education and find ways to incorporate questioning, play, and exploration into your classroom.

The Value of the Optimal Learning Model by Heather Johnson

Explore the gradual release of responsibility in a kindergarten classroom with the Optimal Learning Model: begin with teacher demonstration, move to teacher-led practice, then to student-led practice, and finally to independent practice.

Creating a Community of Readers with Book Talks by Jason Campbell

Learn how this teacher gets his students excited about reading independently with Book Talks. Find out you you can create the buzz of excitement that book talks generate.

Two Instructional Strategies, One Goal: Who Does it Best? by Carly Estlund

See how classroom action research compares reading conferences during

Reader’s Workshop to guided instruction small groups during independent reading to determine if there are differences in growth of students’ reading comprehension and fluency.


Classroom CloseUP




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