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ISKME's Open Educational Practice Rubric

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This rubric defines a set of open educational practices that help educators to advance a classroom and school culture of open education and to advocate for the potential benefits of open educational resources (OER) in the context of continuous improvement. The rubric is intended to guide educator practice in working with OER to ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage in learning effectively. The rubric supports educators in accessing, curating, evaluating, and adapting OER in response to students’ particular needs, interests, and contexts, to author and share original or remixed resources, and to disseminate approaches to the implementation of those resources for future OER users to benefit from.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Mindy Boland, Megan Simmons

Permission Guide for Educators

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This guide provides a primer on copyright and use permissions. It is intended to support teachers, librarians, curriculum experts and others in identifying the terms of use for digital resources, so that the resources may be appropriately (and legally) used as part of lessons and instruction. The guide also helps educators and curriculum experts in approaching the task of securing permission to use copyrighted materials in their classrooms, collections, libraries or elsewhere in new ways and with fewer restrictions than fair use potentially offers. The guide was created as part of ISKME's Primary Source Project, and is the result of collaboration with copyright holders, intellectual property experts, and educators.* "Copyright license choice" by opensource.com is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Mindy Boland

A Literary Glossary for Literature and Language Arts

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Our literary glossary provides a comprehensive list of terms and concepts along with lesson plans for teaching these topics in K-12 classrooms. Whether you are starting with a specific author, concept, or text, or teaching a specific literary term, but do not have a lesson or activity for students to work with, teachers and students will find what they're looking for here.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

OER Professional Learning Academy Resources

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Introduction to OER Practices & Tools for Discovery Exploration of the what, why, and how of high-quality OER, highlighting use cases involving successful adoption and implementation of materials. Introduction to effective search strategies to identify resources that meet specific OER need areas and priorities.OER Evaluation & Curation Discovery and customization of tools to evaluate the quality and alignment of resources. Examination of curation strategies to collaboratively identify, evaluate, organize, create, remix, and share OER to meet teaching and learning needs and priorities. OER Authoring & Remixing Deep dive into designing and remixing OER for continuous improvement. Get an overview of OER authoring tool and discover how to edit, describe, and publish a resource. Develop plans for future OER work, including designing and facilitating presentations and trainings, and articulating next steps for outreach and advocacy. Determination of how to best leverage OER tools and practices to continue and grow this work collaboratively throughout the islands.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Megan Simmons

STEM Inquiry Lesson Template

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This template supports STEM teachers and librarians in working collaboratively to create lessons that build science practice and STEM inquiry skills in alignment with state and national science standards, and that address the Common Core literacy shifts around close reading and building textual evidence.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Megan Simmons

Education World Back to School Resource

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Check out these articles on everything from preparing for the first day to dealing with homework woes, coping as a new teacher and ensuring smooth sailing for substitute teachers. Be sure to explore our 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities that help students and teachers get to know each other.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Get Ready to Go Back to School

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Teachers and students come to school bringing a wide range of backgrounds, languages, abilities, and temperaments. Get things off to the best start by asking them to respect their differences and make the most of their similarities. By sharing information on their lives and dreams, students and teachers can build community in the classroom that will support literacy instruction throughout the school year.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Common Sense Education

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Identify the best teaching tools for your classroom. Engage students and families around positive tech use. Support students' emotional development as they use media for learning and life. Check out the resources below, or bookmark them for when you're ready to dig in.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

The Castle of Otranto

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The Castle of Otranto is often referred to as the first Gothic novel. Which is fair enough, so far as it goes; Walpole’s novel did establish many key features of this genre, which has been popular with readers ever since The Castle of Otranto was first published on Christmas Eve, 1764. Like the Gothic novels, plays, stories, and films that followed it, The Castle of Otranto teases us by suggesting that the rules of the everyday world do not always apply, that sometimes only a supernatural explanation can account for everything we see. That idea—which runs against the grain of the assumption that the modern novel is all about realism—runs through books like Anne Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and thousands more works of fiction, be they written as stories or novels, or filmed for cinema or television.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Horace Walpole

Hurricanes

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Students learn what causes hurricanes and what engineers do to help protect people from destruction caused by hurricane winds and rain. Research and data collection vessels allow for scientists and engineers to model and predict weather patterns and provide forecasts and storm warnings to the public. Engineers are also involved in the design and building of flood-prevention systems, such as levees and floodwalls. During the 2005 hurricane season, levees failed in the greater New Orleans area, contributing to the vast flooding and destruction of the historic city. In the associated activity, students learn how levees work, and they build their own levees and put them to the test!

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Abby Watrous, Brian Kay, Denise W. Carlson, Janet Yowell, Karen King, Kate Beggs

Grade 3 ELA Module 2A

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In this module, students will use literacy skills to become experts— people who use reading, writing, listening and speaking to build and share deep knowledge about a topic. (This focus on research intentionally builds Module 1, in which students explored the superpowers of reading.) The module will begin with a class study of the bullfrog, an example of a “true frog,” that exhibit quintessentially froggy characteristics. In Unit 2, students will form research groups to become experts on various “freaky” frogs—frogs that push the boundaries of “froginess” with unusual adaptations that help them to survive in extreme environments throughout the world. Students will build their reading, research, writing and collaborative discussion skills through studying their expert frog. Throughout the module, students will consistently reflect on the role of literacy in building and sharing expertise. Students will demonstrate their expertise through a “freaky frog trading card”—a research-based narrative that highlights their research and educates others about the amazing diversity of frogs with a focus on how their freaky frog survives.

Material Type: Module

Common Core Curriculum Grade 3 (Module 1): Becoming a Close Reader and Writing to Learn - My Librarian Is a Camel: Bringing Books to Children around the World

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This module uses literature and informational text such as "My Librarian Is a Camel" to introduce students to the power of literacy and how people around the world access books. This module is intentionally designed to encourage students to embrace a love of literacy and reading. There are 3 units in this module. Unit 1 explores the question ĺづWhy do people seek the power of reading?ĺăĺ In unit 2 students explore their own ĺづpowers of readingĺăĺ that help them access text. And unit 3 explores how geography impacts readersĺăĚă access to books.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Home • JournalBuddies.com

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Journal Buddies is YOUR Go-To Source for Writing Prompts Journal Buddies Jill, Creator & Curator of JournalBuddies.com, states the following: "I love sharing fabulous and inspiring journaling ideas, creative writing prompts, and fun topics (with teachers, homeschoolers, young writers, parents, kids, students, and writers of all ages). Because of my love for prompts 💜and for sharing… I am proud to say that Journal Buddies is one of the best free writing prompt list resources on the Internet.Because of this burning passion of mine for prompt lists and for sharing I am able to offer you loads and loads of absolutely FREE prompts and ideas. Best of all… They are all easily accessible right here and available at your fingertips. So, if you also have a passion for prompts — or just a need for them — I guarantee you’ll find prompts here on my blog that you will love! While my prompts are all free for you to use (in non-commercial/non-money making endeavors), I ask that you give my site credit. Please do so when you use my prompts in your classroom or homeschooling or if you share them online or elsewhere. Thank you so much. I appreciate it! "

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Journal Buddies Jill

Plot Diagram

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The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive