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Differentiated Activities and Assessments Using Your State Standards


by Carolyn Coil – Differentiated curriculum calls for differentiated assessment. The assessments presented here are differentiated assessments. Using differentiated assessments leads to greater success and achievement on high-stakes standardized tests. Coil includes over 50 topics in language arts, math, social studies, science, and interdisciplinary topics.

She Sang to the Wind


This 36 page, full color children’s story book by Liz Fayer and Joanna Jones (Illustrated by Fayer) is about Sage, a young Lakota girl. Sage learns about nature through the wisdom of her relatives. In the story, Lakota Cultural information is presented on illustrated bison skins. Five Lakota Women Elders are honored in this book to remind us of all the strong Lakota Women throughout history.

Be an Amazing Writing Teacher


Be an Amazing Writing Teacher will provide a spark and a renewed confidence for teachers as they learn to creatively develop lessons when they teach writing. Teachers will come away with many ideas and a framework for planning writing for their whole school year.

Go the Extra SMILE!


Go the Extra Smile is a must-have resource for teachers seeking motivational ideas and innovative lessons that can be implemented right away. This book is packed with practical ways to create a positive environment that kids will love to learn in.  From strengthening your home-school connections to encouraging kids to take creative risks, you are sure to find something to add to your bag of tricks for a successful school year.

How To Read & Report Nonfiction


The activities in this book will invite readers to use the elements of nonfiction as multiple points of view for understanding not only the texts, but how they think about them during various stages of the reading process.  The activities in this book will also encourage readers to use the structural dynamics of nonfiction as a basis for connotative understanding and interpretation. This book helps readers learn how to connect the elements of nonfiction into a unified narrative. These activities will help students come to a fuller understanding of the constructive nature of reading.  As students engage in the activities in this book, they will learn to move beyond the “limits of their literacy” so that they can discover how to develop more sophisticated understandings of nonfiction writings.

Words for Gifted Programs


40 activities are included to help build vocabulary development. Activities include: Thinking Through Words and Things; A Writing Pattern; Phonemic Awareness; A Word a Day; Word Sort; Vocabulary Graphic Organizer; Abstract Words; What Makes a Hero; Words in Words, and five patterns of Sentence Building.