Primary & Elementary

Learning to Summarize

Explain to students the benefits of summarizing and teach them how to identify the main facts of a story—who, what, when, where, why, and how—in order to easily and fully understand information.
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Read and Understand!

Develop positive reading-comprehension skills with students by examining all parts of a book from beginning to end, including the cover and title.
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Problem-Solving Steps

Develop a four-step plan with students by working together on a math problem that forces them to understand the problem, make a plan, put the plan into action, and check back to see if their answer works.
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Stop and Think!

Emphasize to students the importance of thinking critically and teach them to explore every detail when solving problems.
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Making Connections

Discuss with students issues they are currently studying, then let them work together to draw connections between the issues and different school subjects.
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Asking Questions

Participate in a fun game with students in which students will determine why asking questions is important, discuss what constitutes a good question, and decipher good questions from irrelevant ones.
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Gathering Information

Help students learn the differences between fiction and nonfiction books and determine which books make good learning sources.
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Facts and Opinions

Explore science topics with students to help them identify facts or opinions, and understand the differences between the two.
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What are Learning Styles

Introduce students to the three main learning styles—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic—and help them discover their preferred personal learning styles.
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Test Success

Develop positive reading-comprehension skills with students by examining all parts of a book from beginning to end, including the cover and title.
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Test-taking Tips

Outline to students the importance of preparation and following directions by giving students a short “test” to help learn basic test-taking tips.
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Middle & High

Summarizing

Challenge students to read short articles and sum them up in a few words, then discuss the connection between summarization and comprehension.
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Authentic Inquiry

Explore the concept of authentic inquiry with students by participating in a short and structured Socratic seminar.
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Connecting Information

Examine with students the connection between current events in the news and students’ different school subjects.
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Test Taking Skills

Explore the DETER test-taking strategy with students, which reminds them to follow directions, examine the entire test, decide how much time to spend on each section, do the easiest questions first, and review everything when they finish.
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Web Research

Review tips for finding good Internet resources with students and discuss the importance of recognizing good online sources.
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Forming an Opinion

Help students identify what constitutes an educated opinion and help them develop opinions of their own with a lesson plan that explores Letters to the Editor.
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Learning Styles

Explain to students the importance of knowing their learning styles and lead them through self-applied tests to help determine their learning styles, and develop strategies for studying based on them.
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Critical Thinking

Help students understand the importance of critical thinking, and guide them in developing a critical-thinking process to follow when faced with new issues.
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Problem Solving

Group students into teams to solve problems, then help them navigate four problem-solving steps to understand the problem, make a plan, put the plan in action, and check back to see if the answer works.
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Reading Comprehension

Investigate various reading-comprehension strategies with students and examine pieces of literature such as book covers, newspaper headlines, and magazine covers to predict the information in the text.
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