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Using Anchor Charts to Make Thinking Visible in the Classroom

Anchor charts build a culture of literacy in the classroom, as teachers and students make thinking visible by recording content, strategies, processes, cues, and guidelines during the learning process.  Students are constantly reminded of prior learning within the classroom when teachers post anchor charts and allow them access to the charts.  The students are able to make connections as new learning happens to ... Read More »

What is the K-3 Formative Assessment Process?

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The NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process supports continuous teaching and learning by providing teachers, students, and families the information they need to move learning forward. This formative process begins when children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2015. This process will provide a balance of summative and benchmark assessments in order to gain a more complete picture of a child’s developing abilities. ... Read More »

11 Games to Enhance Learning (and why you should play them)

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To educators and parents alike, hearing the phrase “video game” in connection with education can instill some nerves.  However, more and more research is telling us as educators and parents that we shouldn’t be concerned. According to an article published by the APA (American Psychological Association), “The Benefits of Playing Video Games,” Granic, Lobel, & Engels found that there are ... Read More »

MobyMax Program

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This year our school received a grant for the online math/reading program MobyMax.  This online program can be accessed on apple devices and windows operating system at  Students take placement tests to place them on their grade level. When students log on it is self-paced for their reading and math. Teachers can set the order of the concepts, can ... Read More »

The Power of iMovie

The fourth grade students in my class have been completing a month long project where they have learned about a famous African-American. They completed all of their research using NCWISEOWL and different biography websites. The students then took the information they researched and created a cereal box that tells about their famous African-American. The students also came up with the ... Read More »

Google Makes Launchpad Elementary Apps Free

Recently, Google purchased Launchpad Toys — a publisher of various iPad apps targeted at elementary-age students.  In true Google tradition, two of the apps that were previously charged for have now been made free!  The apps, Toontastic and Telestory, in addition to all in-app purchases, are now free in the App Store to all users.   Toontastic is a great ... Read More »

Famous Author Delivers a Tasty Message to N-CCS Audiences

Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka visited N-CCS on Friday, January 9th!  Invited to our district by N-CCS RtI Coordinator, Brian Smith, Krosoczka spoke to third, fourth, and fifth graders during school visits about how he became an author and illustrator.  During his visits, Mr. Krosoczka shared with students the triumphs and disappointments of his professional writing and illustrating career.  His ... Read More »

The 11th Annual Elementary School Conference is October 19-21

The 11th annual Elementary School Conference is only a month away!  Laura Candler, NCAEE President shares the following: “If you are thinking about attending but haven’t yet registered, you might like a sneak peek at what we are offering. Click this link to find a preliminary list of all breakout sessions for each day of the conference. Ready to register? Click here to go ... Read More »

Nature FUN Camp Offers Unique Summer Experience for Students

If your students or children ages 8-12 are looking for a unique, fun, outdoor summer experience, then Nature FUN Camp might be just the ticket.  The camp will be held at Geitner-Rotary Park, June 23-27 from 9-noon.  Boys and girls are invited.  There is a a supply fee of $30 to cover t-shirts and the craft and cooking supplies. It will be a great ... Read More »

NCDPI Adds 3-5 Math Games to Elementary Math Wiki

These games are aligned to The Common Core State Standards. The intent of this document is to provide students with an opportunity to develop conceptual understanding and computational proficiency.  Please feel free to adapt, tweak, or modify the games to meet the needs of your learners! K-2 Games coming soon! Please send feedback: Kitty Rutherford  or Denise Schulz: Read More »