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The "Our Neighborhood" project introduces kids to structured ways of thinking and expressing ideas about the people, places and things that matter most to them. The lessons build on the information and experiences that the children and the instructors already have about the culture around them. Click below to see the lesson plan for each of the eight sessions.
Description: Book reviews by kids for kids. The Spaghetti Book Club integrates reading, writing art and technology by teaching kids how to write book reviews and then allows them to publish on the Web. Students can reflect on the books they are reading and "share their opinions and reactions with friends, family members, and kids around the world."
Description: This inventive lesson plan uses songs, poems and even candy to tap young people’s creativity, prompting them to substitute new words (or candy filling) for what they read or hear (or taste). The lesson plan also emphasizes the importance of sharing ideas and brainstorming.