ReadWorks is a free site that lets you choose and use readings for your students that relate to your subject and at the lexile you choose. Even better, you can sort by skill! Perfect for thinking skills, close reading, content-based reading, and more.
To use Readworks
So many choices. For example, here are 7th grade life sciences readings
if you are a sixth grade teacher you can use any of the other blue tabs as well since they are K6, but only the Reading Passages tab is grade K-12
Perplexors are word puzzles that require close reading and or math skills plus deductive reasoning to solve the problems.
Introduce Perplexors the first weeks of school next year as group activities, then you can incorporate them into your lesson plans throughout the year any time you need:
Since my last lesson idea post was very standardized EOG prep, I thought this was a good time to mention two math and reading skills resources you can incorporate into class that will help your student not just with standardized testing skills but also with logic and higher order thinking skills that will help them well past the time their standardized test taking days are over.
Ms. Lyttle and Ms. Malone saw Perplexors in use during their PL visit to Park Road Montessori's sixth grade.
Perplexors offer free samples and here is the Link To Purchase if you like the samples. Specific types of perplexors such as Grid perplexors, Venn Diagaram perplexors and more books are available on Amazon and elsewhere.
Perplexor Tutorials are available on Youtube:
Basic level Math Perplexor Sample:
Expert Level Math Perplexor Sample:
Basic level Perplexor sample
Level D Perplexor Sample
Here's an embedded perplexor for you to see:
Operation Pirate STEAMship STEAMcarts
Reserve one today!
Besides our Collaboration Station, Craft Makerspace, GreenScreen and 3D printer, housed in the media center, we have several mobile maker carts for your use!
Each of the "STEAMcarts" listed below is NOW available for classroom, academic enrichment, or club checkout at Piedmont! We hope to expand our offerings with new materials and a summer program as the program expands and as budget allows. See the Research and Inspiration page or specific topic pages at left for ideas on how to use these carts. Note: some of these items are consumables, so check to make sure they are still available.
Design and Build STEAMcart
Power Up Electronics STEAMcart
Creativity and Relaxation STEAMcart
Visual Arts STEAMcart:
Contains various art supplies and resources for connecting Science Math Tech and art including:
Tech Theater: Photography and Videography STEAMcart
Logical, Critical, Mathematical, and Scientific Thinking STEAMcart
Physics of Movement STEAMcart
Music Math STEAMcart
Our iPads are equipped with STEAM apps and can be used in conjunction with any of the other "STEAMcarts" above to augment the STEAM experience with apps and webtools specific to each STEAMcart theme.
More Carts Coming Soon?
Keep thinking and planning because we hope to purchase some more materials for our Operation STEAMship program like:
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD