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Session # I
CEU # 1414
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am
Room #209

Rhapsody with Raptors: Connecting Science to Common Core ELA Standards
Silent flight; a curved, hooked beak; and sharp, powerful talons are characteristics of birds of prey. In this session, we’ll look at figurative language used in children’s literature. The purpose of the session is to link science content to Common Core ELA standards in Reading (craft and structure), Language (figurative language), and Writing (demonstrating an understanding of a topic or text). We will present a lesson that investigates raptors, or birds of prey. Participants will handle real wing and talon specimens and brainstorm words to describe them. Working in small groups, participants will use structured paired brainstorming, think-pair-share, structured note taking, and graphic organizers to analyze figurative language used in raptor-related children’s literature and poetry. They will also collaboratively compose cinquain poems.

Presenters:
Deborah McMurtrie
Bridget Coleman

Gary Senn

Links:
Rhapsody with Raptors Presentation (Right-click to download ppt = 4.0 MB)
Rhapsody with Raptors Lesson Plan (Right-click to download .pdf = 42 K)
Handout: Rhapsody Activities (Right-click to download .pdf = 194 K)
Handout: Raleigh's Story (Right-click to download .pdf = 566 K)
Handout: Raptor Poems and Literature (Right-click to download .pdf = 175 K)

Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)

Session # V
CEU # 1462
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Room #106

Geocaching as a Hands-On, Integrated Activity
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how geocaching can be used as a tool to provide middle level students with hands-on activities that promote integrated learning. The international phenomenon of geocaching has gained much interest over the past few years. Many educators have enjoyed geocaching as a hobby and some of them have found creative ways to integrate this adventure into education. Geocaching is an activity that will excite middle level students and will provide opportunities for them to learn content. Participants will learn about geocaching and view examples of how geocaching has been used in education. A few unofficial geocaches will be placed outside of the building and participants will have the opportunity to seek these “geocaches” using smartphones and apps that can be downloaded at the time of the presentation.

Presenters:
Gary Senn
Bridget Coleman
Deborah McMurtrie

Links:

Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)

Session # I
CEU # 1418
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am
Room: Ballroom D

Take a "Close" Look
How do you help struggling and reluctant readers to comprehend the text demands of the CCSS? The teachers at ALCMS are using close reading. Join us and leave with a strategy booklet and an array of resources to implement close reading in your classroom and school.

Presenters:
Bridget Black
Kanelia Cannon
Dr. Tara Davis
Sandra Watts

Links:
Take a "Close" Look Presentation (Right-click to download ppt = 6.3 MB)
Take a "Close" Look Handouts (Right-click to download .pdf = 1.7 MB))
Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School
Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)

Session # I
CEU # 1419
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 - 11:45 am
Room: Ballroom E

It's Simple and Easy! Voice Thread- Conversations in the Clouds
Learn how to effectively use the FREE technology tool Voice Thread in any classroom. Participants will actively participate in a sample science/reading integration lesson about genetics. Free material for all subjects will be provided.

Presenter:
Latonia Evans

Links:
Voce Thread Handouts (Right-click to download .pdf = 1.4 MB)
Leavelle McCampbell Middle School
Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)

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URL = http://rpsec.usca.edu/Presentations/SCMSA2014/ (February 2014)