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The following are links to recommended organizations and web sites that provide information on learning disabilities, ADHD, and other issues.

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Flashcards: Body Parts of Animals

This site features flashcards with basic descriptions of vocabulary such as "claws," "horn," and "fins."

United Through Reading

United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to video-record themselves reading storybooks to their children to help ease the difficulty of separation and cultivate a love of reading.

"Home Run Books and Reading Enjoyment"

Research article by Joanne Ujiie and Stephen Krashen on the importance of finding a "Home Run" book.

"Smart" by Shel Silverstein: Complete poem and activity

This worksheet offers the complete poem cited in the article, as well as some fun related activities and questions.

100 Teacher Interview Questions

The Teacher Job and Interview Resource Site offers a list of 100 commonly asked questions at a teacher interview.

12 Tips For Solving Word Problems

This article from Suite101.com offers some strategies for helping children solve word problems.

20 Rules for Great Parent-Teacher Conferences

This article from Scholastic's Instructor Magazine offers great tips from teachers on ways to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences and put parents at ease before, during, and after the meetings.

3-D Technology Dictionary

A glossary of technology for students that links to 3-D images for each definition. Users must enter each term in a separate search, but graphics and definitions are worth exploring.


4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering free online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics, and classroom calendars.

826 National

826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country. Our goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Writer Dave Eggers is the co-founder of 826 Valencia, the flagship center in San Francisco.

Enabling Academic Success for Secondary Students with Limited Formal Schooling*

A research report from Brown University addressing concerns about SIFE education. The report documents a successful literacy program in a Boston public school: the Haitian Literacy Program at Hyde Park High School.

Introduction to Readers Theater: A Guide to Classroom Performance

This book by Gerald Lee Ratliff includes background on Readers' Theater, lesson plans, recommended readings, and scripts that can be used in the classroom. The book is available for sale on Amazon.com.

Making Science Accessible to English Learners

This guidebook by John Carr & Rachel Lagunoff is for science teachers, particularly in grades 4-12, who know science concepts and teaching methodologies, but may have had limited preparation for teaching English learners. This practical guide offers concrete ways to help English learners grasp science concepts, including charts, tips, and other resources.

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem

In this book, Jack Prelutsky uses easy tips and humor to get even the most reluctant writer started with writing the poetic form. (Amazon listing)

Readers' Theatre Strategies in the Middle and Junior High Classroom

This book by Lois Walker discusses using Readers' Theater in language development with adolescent students.

Reading at Home with Your Child

Delta Publishing sells videos, DVDs, and handouts available in English and Spanish for educators to teach parents how to read with their children.

Science for English Language Learners: K-12 Classroom Strategies

"This comprehensive guide will expand your expertise in teaching science content and processes, in language development and literacy, and in inquiry-based teaching. Plus it will help you integrate best practices from the very different but highly complementary fields of science education and English language teaching." (Source: Amazon.com) Authors: Ann K. Fathman & David T. Crowther

The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style has been the standard of English composition since 1913. The book has useful examples of all the little mechanics of writing such as the proper use of commas, parentheses, quotations and more. This link goes to the book's Amazon.com page.

The First Days of School

This is a very popular book that can be found in many new teacher orientation programs to help teachers get off to a good star in the new school year. This link goes to the book's Amazon page.

The Vancouver Sun: A Tough Beginning

This articles tells the story of student Johnny Romah, and discusses efforts in Canada to educate SIFE students.

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