- A Tour of Thinkfinity.org: Recorded Session
- Civil War Stories from Smithsonian’s History Explorer
- Reaching 21st Century Students with Verizon Thinkfinity
In addition to those resources, be sure to check out the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and classroom materials below. Have a great week!
- New Save Capability added to six interactives, allowing students to work on their online assignments over multiple days, at school or at home.
- New Lessons on ReadWriteThink:
- Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies (For grades 9–12)
- Introducing Basic Media Literacy Education Skills with Greeting Cards (For grades 5–6)
- Demonstrating Understanding of Richard Wright's Rite of Passage (For grades 9–12)
- Seeing Multiple Perspectives: An Introductory Critical Literacy Lesson (For grades 1–3)
- This week at Camp What-A-Wonder, gather online to talk about nature hikes and other outdoor explorations. Learn more on the Wonderopolis site, and be sure to participate in the #wonderchat on Thursday at 8 PM EDT.
- Explore the inventive side of play and the playful side of invention with Thinkfinity.org's collection of classroom resources about inventions.
- Check out Thinkfinity.org’s Back to School collection of resources featuring activities, lesson plans, interactive games and so much more.
From the Calendar
- July 31: J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today. Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library. (For grades 7–12)
- August 1: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990. Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years. (For grades 3–8)
- August 2: Get ready to go back to school! Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class. (For grades 3–6)
- August 4: President Barack Obama was born today in 1961. Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media. (For grades 7–12)
- August 5: French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850. Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century. (For grades 9–12)
- August 6: The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926. Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete “famous.” Students then forecast which of today’s athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years. (For grades 3–8)
- Look ahead to next week for lesson plans and activities on the first picture of Earth from space, the Smithsonian Institute, and the birthdays of Seymour Simon, Alex Haley, Walter Dean Myers, and William Caxton.
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- How do you use the Comic Creator with students?
- How can literacy teachers contribute to the STEM initiative?
- Do you encourage tinkering as a way to teach technology?
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding our partners to your social network!
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