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iboard: Deck Chairs

What it is: Deck Chairs is an interactive activity from iboard that allows students to explore pattern and symmetry.  Students can create patterns with three different colors.  Then, they can test out their pattern to find out if it is symmetrical. How to integrate iboard: Deck Chairs into the classroom: Deck Chairs is a simple interactive activity that lets students explore pattern and symmetry.  Deck Chairs was created for use with an interactive whiteboard but would be just as effective as a math center on classroom computers.  For use with an interactive whiteboard, create a pattern on half of the deck chair.  Invite students to the board to finish the pattern to make it symmetrical.  Test out the pattern to find out if it is symmetrical.  As a math center, send pairs of students to the classroom computers.  One student will create the initial pattern.  The second student will try to mirror the pattern to create a symmetrical design.  I like the way that this activity checks students progress and gives immediate feedback.  If the design is not symmetrical, the pair should try to solve the problem together. Tips: iboard has a variety of activities for the interactive whiteboard that can be purchased. Deck Chairs is one of their freebie samples. Leave a comment and share how you are using iboard: Deck Chairs in your classroom.

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The Spotlit Collection- 50 of the best books for every grade level

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Scholastic Spotlit Collection- 50 of the best books for every grade level

What it is: Scholastic Reading Club Spotlit Collection is a fantastic place to find outstanding books for preschool through middle school students.  Teachers, librarians, and book professionals came together and considered thousands of books to create a diverse list of award-winners, classics, and dynamite contemporaries.  Each grade level includes the 50 top favorites selected for that age group.  The result is a great place to start when you are searching for books to introduce students to!

How to integrate Spotlit Collection into your classroom: Scholastic’s Spotlit Collection has a wonderful selection of 50 books for each grade level in preschool through middle school.  This would be a great place to determine what you would like in your classroom library, which books to help your students hunt for in the library, and which books to introduce for classroom book groups.  If you have students reading above grade level (or several levels above/below) the Spotlight Collection can help you guide students towards appropriate books.

Challenge your students to read 10-20 of the books in the Spotlit Collection before the end of the school year.  Keep the collection handy by bookmarking it on a classroom computer.  When a student laments that they, “don’t know what to read,” they can quickly pull up the collection for some great new recommendations.

Tips: While you are visiting the collection, sign up for the Scholastic Reading Club!

What do you think?  How are you using the Spotlit Collection in your classroom?

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