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Getting Started with Storia and Scholastic Digital Manager

This document includes an introduction to Scholastic Digital Manager (SDM), setting up and modifying classes in Storia, the teacher's view, and the student's view of the product.

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Getting Started with World Book Academic
Learn the basics of using World Book Academic with this two-page guide.
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Getting Started with World Book Advanced
Learn the basics of using World Book Advanced with this two-page guide.
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Getting Started with World Book Kids
Learn the basics of using World Book Kids with this two-page guide.
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Getting Started with World Book on iPads
This tech tip sheet provides directions on how to disable private mode on an iPad when working with World Book databases. 
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Getting Started with World Book Student
Learn the basics of using World Book Student with this two-page guide.
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Getting Started with World Book Timelines
Learn the basics of using World Book Timelines with this two-page guide.
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Getting the Right Size: UDL

Using a shoe analoby, this short video by OCALI provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning. 

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Gimmicks, Gadgets and Goodies.

This article from Teaching PreK-8 presents three strategies to motivate elementary students to take notes. 

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GO! Ask, Act, Achieve

Helpful online research guidance and tools.

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Grade 1: Autumn

First grade students learn about Johnny Appleseed, apples, and other harbingers of autumn while meeting ELA, math, and social studies standards in this Back to School Bag for teachers. In addition to the lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice suggestions, curriculum correlations, and reading lists for storytime, all centered around an autumn theme. 

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Grade 2: Animals and Their Caretakers!

Second grade students learn about careers working with animals while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, math, science, and fine arts in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and reading lists for storytime. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade 2: Habitats

Second grade students learn about animals and their habitats while meeting ELA and science standards in this Back to School Bag for teachers. In addition to the lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice suggestions, curriculum correlations, and reading lists for storytime, all centered around an animal habitat theme. 

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Grade 3: Doctors, Dentists, and Health Helpers!

Third grade students learn about careers in healthcare and ways to take care of their own health while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, writing, math, science, and physical education in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and reading lists for storytime. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade 3: Geography

Third grade students learn geography, map reading, and state facts while meeting ELA and social studies standards in this Back to School Bag for teachers. In addition to the lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice suggestions, curriculum correlations, and reading lists for storytime, all centered around a geography theme. 

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Grade 4-5: Blizzard Bag - Wilson Bentley and Snowflakes

Wilson Bentley discovered that no two snowflakes are alike. Learn more about snow in this blizzard bag for grades 4-5. This link takes you to an INFOhio LibGuide, an online tool that makes navigating a large collection of content easy. Start by reviewing all the resources available on the Teachers Guide tab.

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Grade 4-5: Camp INFOhio

Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities, and experiments centered on STEAM topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Kids can try their hand at code breaking, conduct science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learn about roller coasters before designing their own, and create their own musical instruments.

It's offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.

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Grade 4-5: Engineering the Future

Fourth and fifth grade students learn about careers in engineering and feats of engineering such as Ferris wheels and bridges while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, writing, math, science, and fine arts in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and titles  for further reading. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade 6-8: Blizzard Bag: Financial Literacy

Getting a first job and learning the financial skills needed to be successful as a good employee are critical in later life. This INFOhio blizzard bag for grades 6-8 is an introduction to jobs and money management skills. This link takes you to an INFOhio LibGuide, an online tool that makes navigating a large collection of content easy. Start by reviewing all the resources available on the Teachers Guide tab.

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Grade 6-8: Money! Money! Money! The World of Finance!

Sixth through eighth grade students learn about careers in the financial services industry and managing their money while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, writing, math, social studies, and fine arts in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and titles  for further reading. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade 9-12: Blizzard Bag - Social Networking Safety

Social networking is a big part of everyday life, but what are the implications for students, their families and friends, and society as a whole? Research the topic to learn more in this research-based blizzard bag for grades 9-12. This link takes you to an INFOhio LibGuide, an online tool that makes navigating a large collection of content easy. Start by reviewing all the resources available on the Teachers Guide tab.

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Grade 9-12: Tech Careers, Coding and Beyond

High school students learn about a variety of technology careers including game development, hacktivism, and web design while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, writing, math, social studies, and fine arts in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and ideas for further study. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade K-1: Things That Go!

Kindergarten and first grade students learn about planes, trains, ships, and other things that go while meeting Ohio Learning Standards in reading, math, social studies, and fine arts in this School Bag for teachers. In addition to four lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice and differentiation suggestions, and reading lists for storytime. These units can be used in the classroom, as the basis of a substitute plan, or sent home as part of a blizzard bag.

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Grade K-3: Blizzard Bag - "Snowflake Man"

Read about the “Snowflake Man" Wilson Bentley and learn more about snow in this blizzard bag designed for students in early elementary school. This link takes you to an INFOhio LibGuide, an online tool that makes navigating a large collection of content easy. Start by reviewing all the resources available on the Teachers Guide tab.

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Grade K: Firemen and Fire Safety

Kindergarten students learn about the exciting lives of firefighters and fire safety while meeting ELA, math, and social studies standards in this Back to School Bag for teachers. In addition to the lesson plans and activities, teachers will find assessments, rubrics, graphic organizers, related websites and resources, tech skill practice suggestions, curriculum correlations, and reading lists for storytime, all centered around the fire safety theme. 

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Grandparents (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on grandparents includes ideas and information to celebrate Grandparents and their special day in September.

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Graphic Organizers for Note Taking

A collection of graphic organizers to structure note taking and other activities.

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Great Depression (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on the Great Depression of the 1930s includes resources for studying and researching the events of this historical era.

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Growing Your Garden of Complex Text

This article from Educational Leadership discusses the importance of providing sufficiently challenging and age-appropriate reading materials.

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Guide to INFOhio for School Counselors: College and Career Readiness at Every Level (INFOhio Guides)

Find career lessons for students and college and career readiness resources for educators.

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Habitat, Sweet Habitat

This article from School Library Media Activities Monthly offers guidelines on implementing a research activity about animals and habitats for elementary students to enhance their information literacy skills. The activity involves notetaking and report writing.

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Help a Child Edit and Revise

This article includes tips on helping students understand the differences between revising and editing in the writing process.  

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Helping Children Become More Knowledgeable Through Text

From The Reading Teacher, this article discusses the importance of content rich instruction at all grade levels and the many types of text that can support it.

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Helping Students Navigate Nonfiction Text: Paving the Way Toward Understanding

The article from Science Scope discusses the use of nonfiction literature in content-specific instruction, and the alignment with the U.S. standards for literacy in science and technical subject.

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Hispánica Saber: Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica (World Book)

Comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective. Content is updated monthly. Includes maps, timelines, videos, images, and interactive activities.

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How should I use BookFlix in my classroom?

This document from Scholastic and INFOhio describes best practices for using BookFlix in the classroom. Updated January 2018.

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How to Do Research - The KYVL for Kids Research Portal

Step-by-step guide to conducting a research project with interactive links.

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Illuminations

Choose a standard and/or grade level to find lesson plans, interactive activities and brain teasers for students along with success stories from teachers.

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Illustrative Mathematics

This web site includes instruction and assessment tasks, lesson plans, and more resources. 

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IMatrix Standard Coding Explained

A 2 page flyer that explains the coding scheme IMatrix uses for math, science, social studies, and English language arts. The second page provides a form to help individual teachers or teams design research projects using IMatrix.

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Improve Student Learning Using Instructional Materials from INFOhio

This color flyer includes a flowchart to help teachers find high quality instructional materials from INFOhio to improve student learning.

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In Step with the New Science Standards

The article from Educational Leadership discusses the adoption of Next Generation Science Standards in state education systems and five recommendations for teaching and learning.

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Infographics (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on infographics includes tools and examples that can be used to create infographics.

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