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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

October Teachers' Planning Guide

Teaching Tip: Lesson Plan Ideas For October
Thinking of Lessons for October? October events / themes you will want.

1. On October 1st Henry Ford introduced the Model T.
2. On October 2nd Mahatma Gandhi was born.
3. October 4th through the 10th is Love Your Pets Week and World Space Week.
4. On October 6th Thomas Edison introduced motion pictures.
5. On October 11th Eleanor Roosevelt was born.
6. October 11th is Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving.
7. On October 14th Dwight D. Eisenhower was born.
8. October 16th is World Food Day.
9. October 11th through the 17th is Teen Read Week.
10. October 19th is What's Your Invention Day.
11. October 24th is United Nations Day.
12. On October 26th Hillary Rodham Clinton was born.
13. On October 27th Theodore Roosevelt was born.
14. October 31st is Halloween.
15. October is National Book Month, Scientist Appreciation Month, International Dinosaur Month, Children's Health Month, and Energy Awareness Month.

This Week in History
1779: John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain.
1916: The first Native American Day was celebrated.

Inspiring Teacher Quote
"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils. "
Terri Guillemets

Source: Weekly Tips for Teachers
Issue 533: September 27, 2010

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October Themes, Lessons, Activities, Tips:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

October Planning Calendar for Teachers

October, 2010

Sep 15, Wed - 
Oct 15, Fri
National Hispanic Heritage Month
TeachersFirst's Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 01, Fri - 
Oct 31, Sun
International Dinosaur Month 
TeachersFirst's Dinosaur Resources

Oct 03, Sun - 
Oct 09, Sat
National Fire Prevention Week 
TeachersFirst's Fire Prevention and Safety Resources

Oct 03, Sun - 
Oct 09, Sat
National Bullying Prevention Week 
TeachersFirst's Resources for Bullying and Cyberbullying

Oct 10, Sun - 
Oct 16, Sat
Earth Science Week 
Browse TeachersFirst's Earth Science Resources

11, Monday
Columbus Day 
TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day

Oct 23, Sat - 
Oct 31, Sun
Red Ribbon Week 
TeachersFirst's Red Ribbon Week Resources

31, Sunday
TeachersFirst's Resources for Fall and Halloween 
Source of October Planning Calendar at: • The web resource by teachers, for teachers.
Resources for October Themes

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

October Theme Units

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Autumn/Fall Themes, Lessons, Activities, Crafts, Resources

Fall In Your Classroom
Here are great ideas to pull fall into your classroom.
1. Take a nature walk. Enjoy the environment.
2. Use leaves for crafts and decoration.
3. Fall bulletin boards.
4. Hang Fall related items. Create a forest in a jar.
5. Pumpkin seed counts. Pumpkin seed graphing activities.
6. Calculate carbon footprints.
7. Plant a class tree.
8. A lollipop tree countdown to Halloween.
9. Have a harvest festival. Invite local farms and farmers.
10. Collect a leaf everyday from a tree. Make a leaf color changing poster.

Fall Teaching Guide:

Weekly Tips for Teachers Issue 531: September 13, 2010
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Open House and Grading Tips

Ideas and tips by teachers, for teachers
Video at Open House

From Jan Stoffel, a family and consumer studies teacher at North Bend High School in North Bend, Oregon:
“In the fall, we hold a traditional open house for parents, in which they come to school in the evening and meet the teachers by following a shortened version of their child's class schedule. One idea that has worked well for me in my activity-centered classes is to video tape students as they work on a project a few days prior to the open house. As we know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and parents love to see their children on TV. I keep the video quite short (four to five minutes) and make an effort to film every student at least three times. I leave the sound off because I feel safer about what will be on the clip! I narrate the video as parents watch. Parents love it, and I find that the evening is far more relaxing because the focus is on the video and the children, and my presentation doesn’t have to be the center of attention for the whole period.”

Private Grades

From Althea Carr, a fourth grade teacher in Hebron, Connecticut:
“In order to respect the privacy of my students’ grades, I designate the top left or right corner as a place to record grades. After marking a grade on the paper, I turn down the corner and staple it closed. This eliminates any embarrassment when students pass back others’ work.”  See All Tips  NEA
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