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Close Reading in Elementary Schools

This article from Reading Teacher discusses how the components of close reading can be modified for elementary schools.  

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Close Reading Model Lessons

"Common Core-aligned lesson sets with explanatory annotations."

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Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking

This blog post is the third in a four part series by Frank Baker that connects close reading and media literacy.

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Close Reading of Texts

Close Reading: What It is and How to Teach It.

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Close Reading Toolbox

Check out this Livebinder with a wealth of resources on Close Reading including resources, lessons, blogs and more.

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Close Reading Without Tears

The article from Educational Leadership presents an in-depth examination into close reading instruction at various age and education levels. 

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Closing in on Close Reading

The article from Educational Leadership discusses teaching close reading skills to elementary students. Abstract thinking, literary analysis, and reading comprehension are discussed, along with methods for teaching elementary students about concepts such as metaphor, sentence structure, and word choice. 

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Coding (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on coding includes resources for teachers to get students started with coding.

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Collaborative Stories 1: Prewriting and Drafting

In this lesson, students complete two prewriting activities, one on brainstorming ideas using story maps, and one on creating beginnings of stories, and then work on two collaborative-writing activities in which they draft an "oversized" story on chart paper.

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Collaborative Stories 2: Revising

In this lesson, students use a story that has been written collaboratively, and then engage in a whole-group revising process by having each student add a sentence at a time.

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College and Career Readiness (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on college and career readiness includes digital tools and links to use for preparing for college and career. 

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Coming Soon: ChiltonLibrary (Gale)

Coming soon! Auto information with service and repair procedures, maintenance and specification, troubleshooting guides, images and videos, and ASE test prep.

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Coming Soon: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Coming soon! Wide range of how-to information and instructions for crafters, hobbyists, and makers of all ages.

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Coming Soon: Home Improvement Reference Center

Coming soon! How-to information and instructions for a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

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Coming Soon: Kids InfoBits (Gale)

Coming soon! Books, magazines, and news on facts and current events. Includes videos, images, charts, and graphs.

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Coming Soon: Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Coming soon! Articles from academic encyclopedias covering a wide range of subjects.

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Coming Soon: Small Business Reference Center

Coming soon! Small business periodicals, reference books, videos, industry information, state-specific demographic data, and details on creating business plans.

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Coming Soon: Transparent Language Online (Recorded Books)

Coming soon! Web-based language learning platform with more than 100 languages, including English. Includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing activities.

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Coming Soon: Very Short Introductions (Oxford)

Coming soon! Academic historical overviews of topics in the arts & humanities, law, medicine & health, science & mathematics, and social sciences.

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Common Core and Informational Texts

The authors of this article discuss several informational texts for grades K-5 and show how they can be used in the classroom.

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Common Core in ELA/Literacy: Shift 4: Text-based answers

The video addresses what it takes to create opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text.

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Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction

A brief article on why an emphasis on informational text is beneficial for students.

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Constitution of the United States (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on the constitution of the United States includes links to INFOhio resources and websites that can be used in conjunction with Constitution Day in September each year.

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Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)

Articles, videos, images, current events, fact sheets.  Includes up-to-date medical and health information on many topics, from alternative medicine to daily health care.

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Control/Alt/Read: Reading Digital Text in the Plugged In Classroom of the 21st Century

After attending this webinar, you will be equipped with the latest research, methods, and approaches to prepare your students for digital text literacy, essential for success in college and careers for the future.

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Copyright and Plagiarism (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on copyright and plagiarism includes basic information about U.S. copyright and their application in an education setting.

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Creating a Book Trailer: INFOhio Lesson Plan

This lesson plan guides students through reviewing a book in the form of a book trailer.

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Creating an Account in EBSCO Video Tutorial (INFOhio on YouTube)

Learn how to create an account in EBSCO with this 3 minute video tutorial.

 

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Creating an Account in Science Online Video Tutorial (INFOhio on YouTube)

Learn how to create an account in Science Online with this 2 minute video tutorial.

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Creating Classroom Rules Together

This article includes ideas for helping students create class rules.

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Creating Question and Answer Books through Guided Research

This lesson focuses on a “learn by doing” series of reading and writing activities designed to teach research strategies, and uses KWL charts and interactive writing as key components of organizing information.

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Curation (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on curation includes samples of different curation tools, links to resources about curation, and information on how the tools can be used in the classroom,

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Cyber Safety - Ohio Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General's office has a Cyber Safety Toolkit that includes a wealth of resources for parents and teachers to use to teach students safety online.

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Cybersafety in the Classroom

This article from District Administrator discusses what school districts can do to ensure students’ online safety.

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Defining "Deep Reading" and "Text-Dependent Questions"

A blog entry about making changes in the way that teachers have students read text and develop understanding.

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Demonstrating Value and Making Decisions with Data (INFOhio Guides)

Collect and use INFOhio use data for your school or district.

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Developing Academic Language: Got Words?

This article focuses on tools for developing academic vocabulary and word knowledge in content areas.

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Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts

This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.

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Different Faces of Blended Learning

This article from District Administrator discusses different models of blended learning in improving student achievement.

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Differentiation (INFOhio Pinterest Board)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on differentiation includes instructional strategies, assessment, and resources on how teachers can use different methods for the range of learning styles in the classroom.

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Differentiation Through Blended Learning

This article from Leadership offers information on the effectiveness of blended learning in meeting the diverse needs of students.

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Digging Deeper: Developing Comprehension Using "Thank You, Mr. Falker"

This teacher read-aloud of Thank You, Mr. Falker and follow-up whole-group instruction provide a basis for improved higher-level reading comprehension.

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Digital Literacy Resources [INFOhio Pearltree]

A collected of resources for teaching and learning about digital citizenship, information literacy, technology literacy and more.

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Digital Storytelling (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on digital storytelling includes a collection of resources for educators to use to integrate digital storytelling into the classroom.

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Digital Video Collection

A color 1-sided 8 1/2 x 11 flyer promoting INFOhio's Digital Video Collection. Includes quick facts about features that help teachers differentiate content in the classroom.

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Digital Video Collection: Black History Month Playlist

This playlist from INFOhio's Digital Video Collection curates videos related to the history of civil rights, slavery, and the Civil War. For more content on Black History, use ISearch.

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Digital Video Collection: Careers Playlist

These videos from INFOhio's Digital Video Collection help students explore different careers. For more content on careers, use ISearch.

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Digital Video Collection: Climate Change Playlist

These videos from INFOhio's Digital Video Collection explore climate change and its affect on world weather. For more content on climate change, use ISearch.

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Digital Video Collection: Financial Literacy Playlist

These videos from INFOhio's Digital Video Collection explore the economic concepts of goods and services and help students understand what trade-offs they make for the money they earn. For more content on financial literacy, use ISearch.

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