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Teacher Resources: Environment

The teaching resources below are collected and provided in support of Cleveland Schools Book Fund’s November 2022 professional development workshop, Bats & Bees, Kids & Trees. 6 Ways to Help Honey Bees 7 Tips For Connecting Children With Nature Amara and the Bats Environmental Education for Kids Finding Nature in Urban Settings Old Enough to Save the Planet- Meet the Activists One Turtle Resources in back of Nature Books The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour-Buttrrflies Belong Here The Urban Wildlife Gardener Wildflower Seed Bombs Wangari’s Tree of Peace Activity Why Community Gardening

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Register: Bats & Bees, Kids & Trees

Register for Nov. 16 Teacher Enrichment Bats & Bees, Kids & Trees November 16, 4:30-6:30 pm Complete the form below to register for this virtual professional development opportunity. All participants will receive a set of books for their classroom based on the topic presented. Must register to receive your certificate and book drop off following the event. Nov 2022 | Professional Development Teacher Name* What CMSD school do you teach at? Email Address What grade(s) do you teach?Please select all that apply. Pre-K Kindergarten First grade Second grade Third grade Fourth grade Special Education Resource / Title 1 CAPTCHA

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5 Books to Share with Young Readers for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. To help Cleveland teachers bring the rich culture of Hispanic American history into your classroom now and throughout the year, Cleveland Schools Book Fund offers a variety of Hispanic authors and themed books, including many bilingual books.  We recommend the following titles, which are available for a home library building, so each of your students can receive a paperback copy of their own.

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Happy New Year, Teachers! Let’s Make This The Year of the Reader

TEACHERS GET TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS TWICE The start of a new school year means a new group of students to get to know, work with, and watch grow over the next year. There is so much to do and so much to accomplish!   As educators, we keep hearing about the need to catch up after the pandemic — to close achievement gaps and help students regain their academic footing after the pandemic. Research shows that reading is key to academic success. Unlike speech, which is developmental, children learn to read through a good curriculum and by developing a love

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Books & Butterflies: Migrating Monarch Butterflies are placed on the endangered species list

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, a conservation organization based in Switzerland, has added migratory monarch butterflies to the endangered species list.  The number of migratory monarchs has declined dramatically in the past ten years. Reasons for the decline: Urban sprawl destroys forested and meadow areas destroying butterfly habitat and their migratory stops Pesticide and herbicide use Severe and unusual weather in 2010 Migratory butterflies begin their journey in the eastern portion of North America and work their way to the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico.  They then return to areas of the United States and Canada to breed.

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Teachers! This summer reading list is for you.

Featured image credit John Spencer, | You don’t have to be a martyr to do student-centered learning Everywhere you look, someone is publishing an article or news story about teacher stress and teacher burn-out. What can we do for the teachers!?!?!?! Hands wringing and brows furrowed, everyone is worried that the profession is at-risk.  But this kind of doomsday thinking doesn’t give professional educators nearly enough credit. Teachers are a tough, resilient, and street-savvy lot. They can problem-solve with the best engineers, mediate disputes like the best arbitrators, understand childhood like the best developmental psychologists, and they have mastered

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