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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2007
This article presents four Idea-Sparkers that were submitted by Jason McKinney, a graduate student at Southern Mississippi University and a 1st-grade teacher at Pisgah Elementary in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. First is entitled, "Raceway in the Classroom." This activity can help increase children's fluency and ability to identify numerous…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Sight Vocabulary, Language Arts, Letters (Correspondence)
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2006
Activities that promote "active thinking" help children learn mathematics and science by allowing them to work at forming relationships, making connections, and integrating concepts and procedures. Dynamic and exciting children's books invite and motivate children to learn mathematics and science by responding to stories, characters, and their…
Descriptors: Investigations, Thinking Skills, Childrens Literature, Mathematics Instruction
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2006
This article describes the "Add-a-Page Assignment" in which students choose a picture book to which they would add a page, imitating both the style and artistic medium of the illustrator and the writing style of the author. In this article, the author begins with quotes from students who have very different learning styles and vastly different…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Visual Literacy, Research Skills, Picture Books
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
Weekends, summers, and holidays are better spent reading and participating in fun activities with one's child. Time at home can be spent doing something creative by creating thematic book bags that children and parents can check out of the class. In this way, children are able to see their parents making reading and school a priority, while…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Recreational Reading, Parent Child Relationship, Creative Activities
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
This Classroom Idea-Sparker was submitted by Dorothy L. Haggerty, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, University of New Orleans. Too often, students are bored with science. Irrelevant facts, numerous definitions, and confusing diagrams clutter the student's mind. To help motivate students, teachers should, instead, choose fun,…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Student Motivation, Science Education, Classroom Techniques
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
This Classroom Idea Sparker was submitted by Pandora Zook, a 1st-grade teacher at Guilford Elementary School in Sterling, Virginia. She shares her experiences in creating self-guided literacy centers that run smoothly and encourage children to be constructively engaged in learning activities that do not require constant direct supervision.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Grade 1, Learning Centers (Classroom), Literacy Education
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
In many classrooms, children behave in rude and hateful ways. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), "Sexual harassment of girls by boys--from innuendo to actual assault--in the nation's schools is increasing" (AAUW, 2001). In this article, the author features the anti-bias curriculum approach to building friendships and…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, Friendship, Collegiality, Interpersonal Relationship
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
One of the most important functions of a teacher is to help students make important connections between the subject matters they study. Too often, the different curricular subjects, such as social studies, language arts, math, and science, are presented to students in a vacuum. Accordingly, many students leave school without ever noticing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Team Teaching, Social Studies, Cooperative Learning
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2004
It is important to appreciate differences in perspectives in order to gain an understanding of others. Teachers can foster the disposition of perspective-taking among students by engaging them in learning opportunities that allow them to discover and reflect on the similarities as well as the differences among people of the world. Such activities…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Critical Thinking, Creativity
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2001
Presents evidence that allowing time for recess or playground activities can yield immediate and long-term benefits for children. Maintains that breaks between cognitive tasks support learning and that play adds to educational quality. Concludes that administrators, teachers, and parents should collaborate to create an environment that promotes…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Play
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Brewer, Jo Ann; Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 1997
Suggests that parents who are aware of the differences between home play and school play more fully understand and value the role of play in the early childhood curriculum. Discusses benefits of school play along several dimensions, including interaction with peers and adults, group size, materials, planning, and guidance. Suggests ways for…
Descriptors: Dramatic Play, Educational Benefits, Interpersonal Competence, Parent Attitudes
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Casbergue, Renee M.; Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 1998
Children now play more solitary games, perhaps missing benefits of traditional games such as jacks, marbles, and dominoes. Such games offer children of all backgrounds the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and skills, develop a more orderly way of thinking, and establish themselves with peers. By making these games available in classrooms,…
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Play