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Showing results for Grades: Grades K-5

Maria V. DeChristofano

West Melbourne Elementary School for Science, West Melbourne, FL
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Fall

Ms. DeChristofano and her partners implement “Mars Base 2020: Weather and Worms” to help students understands of the Earth, its relationship to the sun and other planets, and the effect of gravity. Using a biosphere that simulates life in a semi-permanent ... more »

Nora Joy Bernstein

Heritage Elementary School, Greenacres, FL
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Fall

Ms. Bernstein and Ms. Levy develop “Sci-Tech Kids” which provides students with an innovative approach to science. Students select topics for their project and work either independently or in small groups to develop hands-on science museums and ... more »

Joy Brooke

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kirkland, WA
Grades K-5, English
2005, Winter

Ms. Brooke attends the Columbia University Teachers’ College Summer Institute to learn best practices for reading and writing instruction. After the institute, Ms. Brooke forms a study group on literacy and writing pedagogy for her colleagues throughout the ... more »

Amanda Voelker

J. A. Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield, VA
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Voelker and her partners form a lesson study group to help colleagues incorporate interactive materials and activities using the school’s outdoor learning classroom. Focusing on science and mathematics curricula, the participants develop lesson plan ... more »

D. Kelly Powell

Sisters Elementary School, Sisters, OR
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Powell and her partners form a lesson study group to explore differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students. After reviewing literature, participants implement strategies and use student data to modify instruction.

Judith Lindsey

Henry W. Moore School, Candia, NH
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

To provide authentic learning experiences for her students, Ms. Lindsey studies the migration patterns of sea turtles. Ms. Lindsey travels to Costa Rica to observe and discover the turtles’ habits. Upon her return, Ms. Lindsey develops interactive lesson plans ... more »

Misty Wilbourne

East Elementary School, Cullman, AL
Grades K-5, History
2005, Winter

To enhance text book study of Alabama history, Ms. Wilbourne travels to museums and universities to research the state’s early history. She uses this research to create an interactive supplemental text that includes biographies, photographs, and activities ... more »

Linda Geiersbach

Brucker Elementary School, Birch Run, MI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Geiersbach and Ms. Letter use quilting to enhance their students’ mathematics and social studies skills. Students read literature to understand the historical significance of quilting. Using pattern blocks, students compare and categorize shapes to design ... more »

Mary Ruth McGinn

New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

To connect learning to life experiences and integrate all content areas, Ms. McGinn, Ms. DiPietro, and Ms. Levine develop an opera program for their students. After forming their own opera production company, students apply for jobs, such as set designers and ... more »

Lucille Roberts

Saint Martinville Elementary School, Saint Martinville, LA
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

Collaborating with the University of Louisiana, Ms. Roberts and Ms. McKinley use a horticulture project to increase the mathematics and science skills of their at-risk students. Students participate in workshops that are led by university professors and local ... more »

Christi Miller

Ponderosa Elementary School, Catlettsburg, KY
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Working with an artist, students study wire-sculpting techniques to create their own sculpture. After visiting local art museums and businesses, students work in groups to learn engineering principles for building permanent wire sculptures for their school. Students ... more »

Tracy Little

Rogers Elementary School, Rogers, KY
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Little, Ms. McWhorter, and Ms. Sparks collaborate with a local nursing home to implement a service learning project that enhances skills across disciplines. Each month, students read books to the residents. Students also write to and create poetry and crafts for ... more »

Shawn Turner

Borden Elementary School, Borden, IN
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

To create an outdoor learning experience for their students as well as rebuild their school landscape in the wake of a tornado, Ms. Turner and Ms. Renn construct outdoor learning centers. Students plant a pioneer garden to explore the early settlers’ survival ... more »

Mark Tatum

LaSalle Elementary School, Washington, DC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Mr. Tatum and Ms. Burson introduce their students to West African and Caribbean cultures through the World Music Drumming curriculum. Students learn drum patterns and songs from each culture and participate in improvisational activities. Working cooperatively, ... more »

Angela Hill

Handley Middle School, Roanoke, AL
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Ms. Hill and Ms. Cofield enhance the critical thinking and problem solving skills of their students by incorporating a robotics lab into their curriculum. After learning about robots and their components, students design, construct, and program their own robots. ... more »

Lori Hornfelt

Maple Elementary School, Springfield, OR
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Fall

Ms. Hornfelt and her partners participate in a study group of speech-language specialists from different elementary schools to investigate and implement literature-based interventions. The study group examines professional research about literature-based language ... more »

Melissa Briski

Mt. Iron-Buhl Schools, ISD #712, Mt. Iron, MN
Grades K-5, English
2006, Fall

To improve her language arts instruction and increase differentiation, Ms. Briski studies the Four Block Framework, a program that helps to incorporate best practice methods into teaching writing, guided reading, self-selected reading, and phonemic awareness. Ms. ... more »

Patrice Irby

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Washington, DC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Fall

Ms. Irby and her partners investigate how students’ backgrounds, cultures, and histories can serve as powerful curricular resources to master rigorous new language arts and mathematics learning standards. The team develops project-based instruction that uses ... more »

Henry R. Palmer

Quil Ceda Elementary School, Marysville, WA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Mr. Palmer and his partners implement “Science Takes a Dive” in which students build remote controlled submarines to explore the underwater world and learn about density, buoyancy, thrust, drag, gravity, and a host of other science concepts. Students ... more »

Cynthia Gingold

South Park Elementary School, Memphis, TN
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Through “Blooming Geniuses” Dr. Gingold and Ms. Lawson integrate arts, reading, and writing into the science curriculum. Students use nonfiction texts to learn about plants and develop a readers’ theater presentation for parents. Applying this ... more »

Jessica Jean Wheeler

Philip Elementary School, Philip, SD
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Slovek develop a classroom website to improve students’ technology and writing skills. Students learn to create and maintain a website to which they post writing examples, learning logs, art work, and photographs. At the culmination of the ... more »

Larry D. Logan

Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte, NC
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To develop problem solving and statistical analysis and to provide students with marketable skills, Mr. Logan and Mr. Mariano develop a Six Sigma technical training program. Students receive lectures on the Six Sigma methodology, a cutting-edge program favored by ... more »

Kim S. Minnier

Hewes Educational Center, Ashville, NY
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

To educate their special needs students about ecosystems and the environment, Mr. Minnier and Ms. Maisto expand their classroom aquarium project. Students harvest, raise, and care for the fish, maintain the tanks, conduct environmental impact studies, and explore ... more »

Denise E. Barkley

International School #45, Buffalo, NY
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

The second, fourth, and seventh grade students of Ms. Barkley and her partners collaborate on environmental studies projects. Students predict how changes in air quality and deforestation affect the environment, how environmental factors affect the water cycles, and ... more »

Debra Ryan

Bluffton Elementary School, Bluffton, SC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

To integrate mathematics and language arts curricula, the faculty at Bluffton Elementary has formed grade-level study groups. These groups meet biweekly to discuss student work and the connections between mathematics and language arts instruction. Group members observe each ... more »

Linda Burley

Bear Creek Elementary School, Bend, OR
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

The first-grade team at Bear Creek Elementary School has formed a study group focusing on language arts and mathematics achievement to plan for the introduction of a school-wide Title I program. The study group members are leveraging their combined fifty-seven years of ... more »

Kay Rhyan

Alexander Elementary School, Albany, OH
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

Ms. Rhyan and her colleagues form a study group to become experts in guided reading strategies aimed at improving literacy achievement in their school. They also use a formal protocol to analyze and discuss videotapes of their classroom instruction. Based on what they ... more »

Linda Zupan

Shields Valley Public Schools, Clyde Park, MT
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

To assist hearing students who struggle to learn phonics through conventional methods, Ms. Zupan is studying Signed Exact English. By incorporating instruction that allows students to see as well as hear language, Ms. Zupan hopes to supplement strategies for teaching ... more »

Dona Delgado

Central Elementary School, Calhoun, LA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Ms. Delgado and Ms. Kelly participate in a weeklong seminar to learn how to identify dyslexic students that have been missed by current screening practices. They share their knowledge with other teachers in their school and district.

Vanessa Powell

Snowshoe Elementary School, Wasilla, AK
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

To improve writing instruction and assessment at Snowshoe Elementary School, Ms. Powell pursues advanced study in the 6+1 Traitú writing model through the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. She uses this training to provide peer assistance and coaching to ... more »

Jan Shaffer

Brentwood Elementary School, Plainfield, IN
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Winter

To better meet the needs of their economically disadvantaged students, Ms. Shaffer and her partners observe classrooms in the Brazosport Independent School District, which successfully helped more than 90 percent of its students meet Texas state standards. These teachers, ... more »

Robin Booth

Garfield Elementary School, Milwaukee, WI
Grades K-5, Science
2003, Winter

Ms. Booth, Ms. Little, and Mr. Thomas create a home-school connection through "Super Science Friday Clubs." Each week, students conduct inquiry-based science experiments. The teachers give students materials to recreate and build on these experiments at home with their

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Ellen Holmes

Fairmount Elementary School, Bangor, ME
Grades K-5, Science
2003, Winter

With "Living and Working in Space," Ms. Holmes and Ms. Lindsay collaborate with NASA education specialists, local scientists, and engineering students to create a scientific design challenge to teach their fourth-grade students about Newton's Laws and introduce them to

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Priscilla Kurceba

West Riverside Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
Grades K-5, Literature
2003, Winter

Ms. Kurceba and Ms. Cotton lead their fourth-grade students on a multidisciplinary journey of the Elizabethan era. Assuming roles as writer, historian, and artist, students study Shakespeare and the period in preparation to host a Shakespeare Festival. Students learn ... more »

Sandra S. Nahmias

Harrison Elementary School, Roselle, NJ
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Fall

Ms. Nahmias and Ms. Jimenez implement a storytelling unit using visual clues to improve the language acquisition of their third grade English language learners who are new to the United States. Working with a professional storyteller, students learn about the Native ... more »

Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

Dixon Elementary School, Dixon, NM
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To help prepare students for technical and creative jobs, Ms. Duckworth-Moulton and Ms. Cornelius oversee a multi-media yearbook project. Students use technology to document the year’s events, design layouts and storyboards, edit and proofread writing, and ... more »

Rachel Christensen

Choteau Elementary School, Choteau, MT
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To create and nurture independent, expressive writers, Ms. Christensen and Mr. Durr introduce technology into writing instruction. Students employ the Step Up to Writing approach to improve the organization, word choice, fluency, and presentation of their writing. ... more »

Devi Fongers

Covell Elementary School, Grand Rapids, MI
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To address difficulties that interfere with academic and social success, Ms. Fongers and her partners implement a program for students to use technology to write, read, and publish solution-focused personal narratives. Students develop critical thinking and writing ... more »

Beth A. Swantz

Kalona Elementary School, Kalona, IA
Grades K-5, English
2006, Fall

Ms. Swantz and Ms. Casper implement “News to You” to further integrate technology into the curriculum and to develop students’ writing and oral presentation skills. To prepare for the project, students research print and broadcast journalism and ... more »

Trista Bernato

Norwood Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Ms. Bernato, Ms. Birk, and their third and fourth grade students create a native California plant garden and butterfly habitat. Students design and construct the garden and raise butterflies from larvae to learn about lifecycles. To understand the scientific ... more »

Angela Kathleen Bailey

Jeter Primary School, Opelika, AL
Grades K-5, Physical Education
2006, Fall

Ms. Bailey and Ms. Ray implement a program to increase students’ interest in physical activity and to build students’ research, presentation, and technology skills. Each first and second grade student researches the health benefits, skills, equipment, ... more »

Kelly Stephen Morgan

Poulsbo Elementary School, Poulsbo, WA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Mr. Morgan attends training on the Learning Propensity Assessment Device, a tool that helps identify key affective learning problems among his autistic students. Through an iterative process of testing and observation, he determines the appropriate intervention for ... more »

Kaye P. Brooks

Lucile Gregg Elementary School, Houston, TX
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

As a literacy coach in this majority Hispanic district, Ms. Brooks believes she can meet the needs of her students better if she becomes fluent in Spanish. Ms. Brooks participates in a Spanish immersion course in Mexico and then uses her increased language skills to ... more »

Olga Westley Jackson

Franklinton Primary School, Franklinton, LA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

At an Alabama Ear Institute seminar, Ms. Jackson learns techniques for the auditory development of children with cochlear implants. She uses these methods to teach hearing impaired students to interpret sounds, speak, and read. Ms. Jackson consults weekly with other ... more »

Melissa M. Fipps

Swayzee Elementary School, Swayzee, IN
Grades K-5, English
2006, Summer

Ms. Fipps attends a seminar to learn the latest techniques for diagnosing dyslexic reading differences. With this knowledge, she shares with paraprofessionals, teachers, and parents, effective learning accommodations and differentiated instruction techniques, as ... more »

Mary Hollowell

Elementary Science Enrichment Center, Griffin, GA
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Summer

By participating in the Children’s Literature New England Summer Institute, Ms. Hollowell, a science teacher, develops ideas for integrating children’s literature into science teaching. She then conducts workshops for colleagues on ways to use books from ... more »

Sherryl Miles

Palmview Elementary School, Pompano, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Ms. Miles attends the Gurian Institute Summer Training to study male and female students’ learning styles. She rewrites lesson plans to improve achievement among her struggling students. To share the knowledge she gains with colleagues and parents, Ms. Miles ... more »

Patricia Rottino Cummins

Palmetto Elementary School, Pinecrest, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Ms. Cummins enrolls in “Arts and Education in China,” a summer semester at Florida International University, to improve her art skills and enhance the art curriculum at her school. With a university professor, she travels to China and studies Chinese art ... more »

Marilyn McKnight

H.W. Longfellow Elementary School, Milwaukee, WI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Through the “Building Bridges Project,” Ms. McKnight and her partners use chess to encourage their at-risk students to develop the self-respect and critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to bridge the gap to academic, social, and personal ... more »