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Storia Tutorial (INFOhio on YouTube)

Learn details of Storia with this 21 minute video tutorial recorded by Scholastic on September 25, 2017.

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Storia: Ohio's 4th Grade eBook Collection

This collection of 160 titles was selected to support Ohio's Learning Standards for 4th grade. To get started, teachers who work with fourth grade students need to request an access code and add their class as explained in Getting Started with Storia and Scholastic Digital Manager.

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Story Maps

This web site describes story maps, when and how to use them and provides links to sample story maps.

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Strategies for Close Reading and Critical Reflection

This wiki includes strategies for close reading, steps to follow, specific tips for different types of materials and links to more information.  A sample document showing close reading techniques is included.

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Take Note! {Note Taking in the Primary Classroom}

Great ideas for teaching notetaking to primary students.  

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Take Note: Five Lessons for Note Taking Fun

This Education World article links to five lessons to use to teach students how to take better notes.

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Talking People - Writing - Argumentative Texts

This website includes specific information about structuring argumentative writing.

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Teach Learn - Custom Password

A flyer that outlines the many resources available from INFOhio. The Learn side features resources for students, while the Teach side features those for educators. The username and password are editable fields so that custom district username and passwords can be inserted. 

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Teach Learn - State Password

A flyer that outlines the many resources available from INFOhio. The Learn side features resources for students, while the Teach side features those for educators. The state username and password are printed on the flyer.

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Teachable Moments in Math

Use this link for tips on teaching deep, foundtional math concepts to K-2 students.

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Teaching Argument

In this article from Educational Leadership,the author examines how the teaching of the concept of argumentation is emphasized within each discipline.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship

Cable in the Classroom brings you a series of free, standards-based lessons  that teach key digital citizenship concepts including cyberbullying and internet safety.

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Teaching the Value of Science

This article from Educational Leadership includes some  underused methods to make science your students' most intriguing subject.

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Teaching with Complex Texts | Scholastic.com

Students' reading skills can be improve with challenging text as long as teachers are there to scaffold. This article has 6 quick and easy tips for complex text.

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Tech Skills for Online Testing

This one page flyer provides information about INFOhio's Tech Skills for Online Testing Pearltree and provides directions for accessing the resource. Pearltree URL is: http://www.pearltrees.com/brandi_young/infohio-skills-online-testing/id12112629

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Tech Tools (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on tech tools includes links to various technology tools and ways to integerate technology in the classroom.

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Technical FAQs

This INFOhio web page has answers to questions regarding password, registering IP addresses, and troubleshooting INFOhio tips.

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Testing and Assessment - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Standard Statement: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.. Strand: Reading-Literacy Science/Technical Subjects. Subject: English/Language Arts. Grade Level: 6-8. Dimensions of Inquiry: Evaluating

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Text Complexity (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on text complexity includes articles, charts, and websites to help educators decipher the mysteries of text complexity.

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Text Complexity Grade Bands and Lexile Bands

Lexile grade bands have been adjusted and stretched to meet the new rigors demanded by the common core.

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Text Complexity Rubrics

The text complexity rubric includes instructions and a blank rubric to provide guidance to educators with text and curriculum. 

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Texts that Support Social and Emotional Learning —Teach With INFOhio Blog Post

In this Teach With INFOhio blog post, learn how search for texts that support social-emotional learning.

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That's My Book!: An Interactive Approach to Teaching the Parts of a Book

A lesson plan for teachers to help students use parts of text to help them find information they need.

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The Case for Informational Text

An article about getting students comfortable with informational texts.

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The Challenge of Challenging Text

"This article from Educational Leadership includes suggestions for teachers to help students understand a complex text, including building skills for comprehension and reading fluency, establishing a purpose of the reading, and encouraging motivation and persistence."

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The Learning Network from The New York Times

In the Learning Network, the New York Times offers classroom resources based on articles, essays, images, videos, and graphics published on NYTimes.com. Activities for students are free and accessible without a digital subscription. Classroom resources are and are grouped into five categories:Articles & Questions, Writing Prompts, Quizzes & Crosswords, Multimedia, and Contests.

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The Learning Network Lesson Plans from The New York Times

In the Learning Network, the New York Times publishes at least one new lesson plan each week of the school year on topics drawn from the pages of the New York Times. Access five free lessons per month through the New York Times website. Lesson plans are grouped into five categories: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science & Math, E.L.L. & Arts, and Current Events.

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The Oral Reading Debate

An article about how having children read aloud in class may not be the best way for them to learn.

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The Power and Potential of Primary Sources

In this article from The Reading Teacher the authors argue for the inclusion of more primary sources as a way to expand knowledge and develop critical thinking skills.

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The Times and the Common Core: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text'

This blog post Includes strategies to help students read news articles and other types of informational text.

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Third Grade Reading Guarantee Roadmap

This PDF offers parents a visual map to help them understand the path their child will take in school to prepare for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  

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Third Grade Reading Guarantee Support Resources from Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education provides policy guidance, instructional tools, and resources for educators and parents on this page. 

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This is Not Close Reading (But we'll tell you what is)

The article offers advice for implementing close reading in the classroom, and the difference between close reading and other reading approaches that schools have promoted in the past.

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Two Steps to Stepping Up Student Learning—Teach With INFOhio Blog Post

In this Teach With INFOhio blog post, discover how you can improve student learning using high quality instructional materials from INFOhio.

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Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core

One of the challenges of complex text is trying to understand exactly what the term means. This article provides an overview of complex text and how it is measured.

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Understanding Academic Language and Its Connection to School Success

Read about the connection of academic vocabulary and its effect on school success.

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Understanding the Inquiry Process [Library of Congress]

This document includes tips and research on teaching the inquiry process to students.  The Stripling model of inquiry is included

 

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Universal Design for Individual Differences

This article from Educational Leadership discusses  the principles of universal design when applied to instruction can guide the development of educational tools to accommodate the diverse needs of students.

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Universal Design Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

This infographic gives a big picture overview of the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning, along with some online resources to explore.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Text

This article from Educational Leadership, “presents information on the focus of nonfictional and informational complex text and includes ideas on pairing different books, developing structures for transference and constructing arguments.” 

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Unpark Those Questions

The article from Educational Leadership discusses an inquiry-based teaching method that uses third grade students' curiosity to encourage interest in informational texts.

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Using INFOhio Digital Tools in Blackboard

This document explains how to use INFOhio's free digital content, including videos, articles, science experiments, and more, in your Blackboard class. You'll also find tips for differentiating instruction with Lexile levels and closed-captioning.

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Using INFOhio Digital Tools in Canvas

This document explains how to use INFOhio's free digital content, including videos, articles, science experiments, and more, in your Canvas class. You'll also find tips for differentiating instruction with Lexile levels and closed-captioning.

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Using INFOhio Digital Tools in Edmodo

This document explains how to use INFOhio's free digital content, including videos, articles, science experiments, and more, in your Edmodo class. You'll also find tips for differentiating instruction with Lexile levels and closed-captioning.

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Using INFOhio Digital Tools in Moodle

This document explains how to use INFOhio's free digital content, including videos, articles, science experiments, and more, in your Moodle class. You'll also find tips for differentiating instruction with Lexile levels and closed-captioning.

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Using INFOhio Digital Tools in Schoology

This document explains how to use INFOhio's free digital content, including videos, articles, science experiments, and more, in your Schoology class. You'll also find tips for differentiating instruction with Lexile levels and closed-captioning.

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Using INFOhio, Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library, to Lead Instruction in the Reading of Digital Text

This article from the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts explores the ways INFOhio's collection of texts and resources help educators incorporate the skills and strategies needed to develop strong readers of text online. December 2017.

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Visual Literacy as a Pathway to Character Understanding

This article emphasizes how the element of character is critical to literary meaning-making, and in picturebooks images provide information important to understanding characters. Presents tips on teaching young students how to write by starting with simple sketches.

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Vocational and Career Collection (EBSCO)

Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

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