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Bullying Prevention Month: The Fight Against Cyber Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, this campaign aims to raise awareness of an ever-present issue. Bullying is a problem that afflicts every community across the country. Since the emergence of social media, it has grown exponentially in the cyber world. As such, it is important to bring awareness to this issue and learn how to identify cyber bullying and how to fight against it.
 

Use this FREE Graphic Organizer from our Social Media Behaviors & Cyber Bullying chapter of our Daily Social & Workplace Skills Ready-Made Lesson Plan to compare traditional bullying with cyber bullying.







Brainstorm ways to fight against it by finding ideas on the web. Get inspiration by reading about some of your favorite characters' experiences with bullying. Check out these novel study guides that will encourage students to think about the fight against bullying:

   
 

And if you need a little more help, check out some of the great lesson plan ideas offered by PACER at their National Bullying Prevention Center website.

A New Classroom

There's a new way to teach rising up in classrooms today. Out with the standard teacher-student dynamic where one tells the other how they are doing. Out with the typical learn and forget it method. Today's classroom leaves students more aware of their strengths and weaknesses. It gives them the capability of learning what they need to know, and how to use that knowledge to excel in the real world.

In this post by Kyle Spencer of The New York Times, a classroom in Brooklyn is just one of many that are revitalizing how teaching and learning is done in the classroom.

The key is for students to recognize on their own what they need additional practice on, how to motivate themselves to get that practice, and how to utilize the resources available to them, like the help they receive from teachers.

The emergence of online learning in recent years have made great strides in this area. Students get an interactive approach to learning, while getting real-time results on real-world questions. Students are encouraged to think deeper about a topic, while also being challenged with comprehension-style questions.

In Kyle Spencer's report of just one Brooklyn classroom, there is no such thing as failing. Students no longer receive letter grades. Instead, they are meant to complete a series of grade-level skills before moving on to a higher level. This allows students to learn at their own pace while not feeling left behind. It allows students to be confident with their abilities while not having the threat of failure hanging over their heads. The point here is to learn, and to learn well.

Our subscription-based platform allows students to do just that. Read about the five senses and how the body works. Answer questions about the reading. Use helpful math tools to solve a problem. Get helpful tips from the Reading Watch Dog. Complete a graphic organizer or interactive game for added practice.

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Teaching Pedagogy

Did you know that every CCP resource book follows a UNIQUE and CONSISTENT format? We do this to maximize the ease-of-use of the lesson plan, and to ensure each resource will fit within every teacher's pedagogy.

The majority of content provided in our ready-made lesson plans are student handouts. These are reproducible worksheets and activities that surround specific chapter topics. Each chapter is made up of the following:

The Before You Read pages prepare students for reading by setting a purpose for reading. They stimulate background knowledge and experience, and guide students to make connections between what they know and what they will learn. Important concepts and vocabulary from the chapters are introduced.

The Reading Passage pages present important grade-appropriate information and concepts related to the topic. Embedded in each passage are one or more questions to ensure students understand what they have read.

The After You Read pages check students' comprehension of the concepts presented in the reading passage and extend their learning. Students are asked to give thoughtful consideration of the reading passage through creative and evaluative short-answer questions, research, and extension activities.

In addition to the chapter content, each resource is accompanied by writing tasks, hands-on activities and/or experiments, crossword, word search, final quiz, and color posters or graphic organizers.

The Writing Tasks and Hands-On Activities and Experiments are included to further develop students' thinking skills and understanding of the concepts. The Quiz can be used as a follow-up review or assessment at the completion of the unit.

Check out a sample of each of these Student Handout pages:

   
 

Summer Reading List

Keep up with your reading this summer with our suggested summer reading list. These are classic and award-winning novels that are great for reading during the summer break. Use our novel study guides to further engage your reading comprehension skills. Start reading today!

Grades 1-2

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Grades 3-4

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Grades 5-6

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Grades 7-8

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Grades 9-12

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Check out our pinterest board for some free worksheets: https://www.pinterest.com/ccpinteractive/travel-with-literature/

Get Back to Nature

With summer vacation just around the corner, finish up the school year by escaping the stuffy classroom and bringing learning outdoors. Get a hands-on start to fun in the sun by changing up your surroundings and getting in touch with nature. Be inspired to create an outdoor classroom with these free activities and adventurous ideas.

Be Hands-On with Nature

Learn about the power of wind with a home-made weather vane. Build your own weather vane using materials found in everyday classrooms. Take your creation outside and test it in the elements. Find out the direction the wind is blowing and how often it changes. Study the different kinds of rocks and see how many you can find. Go outside and look for as many different rocks as possible. Compare them to the ones in the list below. Explain where each rock was found and what type it is.

Click an image to see a free worksheet, or click the cover image to see more from this ready-made resource.

              

Witness the Power of Nature

Examine the effect that light and air has on green plants. Conduct an experiment that shows the difference between plants exposed to sunlight with plants kept in the dark. Continue the experiment over several weeks, marking the changes between the two plants, finally leading up to transpiration. Head outdoors and make tree rubbings of bark. Take a walk around the neighborhood and note the different colors of trees. See how many different patterns and textures are found in nature.

Click an image to see a free worksheet, or click the cover image to see more from this ready-made resource.

              

Check out our pinterest board for more great ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/ccpinteractive/outdoor-classroom/
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