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More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction
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More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction



April 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin

"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."
—Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

Boost literacy achievement with these practical, brain-compatible strategies!

Activating prior knowledge, differentiating instruction, and creating interactive opportunities—these are key practices that optimize learning, according to brain research. This essential guide translates cutting-edge research into ready-to-use tactics to promote literacy development in your classroom.

Internationally recognized educator Kathy Perez offers a definitive collection of more than 100 field-tested strategies that can be implemented easily and immediately for maximum results at any grade level. The activities and tools provide strong building blocks for creating a dynamic, brain-friendly environment where teachers and students thrive. The book offers a flexible framework, step-by-step guidance, and key features such as:

  • Approaches to motivate students with hands-on learning
  • Specific techniques for differentiation and utilizing multiple intelligences
  • Tactics to strengthen reading comprehension and the meaning-making process
  • Pre-reading strategies, standards-based activities, planning templates, reproducibles, and other resources to boost student achievement

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy empowers teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists with proven tools to cultivate active learning.


 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. Brain-Based Literacy Learning - Pieces of the Puzzle
The Research Connection

 
Reading Comprehension and the Brain

 
Personal Connections

 
Reflect to Connect

 
Slow Down to Go Faster

 
Different Ways of Knowing - Different Ways of Showing

 
 
2. Activate to Educate!
Why Activate?

 
Prereading Strategies

 
Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide

 
People Bingo

 
Windowpane

 
Graphic Organizers

 
K-W-L

 
Preview Puzzles

 
Sticky-Note Discussion/Graffiti Board

 
Story Impressions

 
Word Splash

 
Backtrack

 
Learning Lineup

 
Voting With Your Feet

 
Preview Pairs

 
Sort and Report

 
Postcard Connections

 
 
3. What Does a Brain-Compatible Classroom Look Like?
Tips for Developing a Brain-Compatible Classroom

 
Content and Process ("Gum" and "Chew")

 
State Changes

 
Management Tips

 
Grouping and Floor Plans

 
Learning Centers

 
Sample Centers

 
Creating Independent Learners

 
Strategies for Flexible Grouping

 
Managing for Grouping Accountability

 
Planning for Grouping

 
Mix-Mingle-Swap

 
Carousel Cruising

 
Walk and Talk Tour

 
Newscast Reporting

 
Clock Buddies

 
Grouping "Roundup"

 
 
4. Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport!
Note Taking/ Note Making

 
Summary Strategies

 
Picture This: Stretch to Sketch

 
Rhyme Time

 
Slogans

 
Comparison

 
Questioning Strategies

 
Translation

 
Alliteration

 
Speculation

 
Applications

 
Reflection

 
 
5. Differentiate to Motivate!
Essential Elements of Differentiation

 
What Is This Thing Called Differentiation?

 
Pieces of the Puzzle

 
Managing Your Differentiated Classroom

 
Ten Things to Try Next Week (To Encourage Independence and Differentiate Instruction)

 
Lesson Planning for Action

 
Professor of the Week

 
"Professor for the Week"

 
Active Participation Strategies

 
Give One/ Get One

 
Save the Last Word for Me!

 
Cubing

 
 
6. Into, Through, and Beyond Boosters
Developing an Instructional Framework

 
"Into" Strategies

 
"Through" Strategies

 
Coding Strategy

 
"Beyond" Strategies

 
Flip Book

 
"Two Facts and a Fib"

 
Question Fan

 
Celebrate a Book

 
Fishbone Strategy

 
Question "Connections"

 
Conclusion

 
 
References
 
Index

"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."

Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

"This is a helpful, user-friendly book of easy-to-implement reading strategies. The coverage and length are appropriate for the busy classroom teacher."

Mary Amato, Literacy Coach
Bell Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“The book is well-organized and covers important components for reading. This is a major contribution to the recent literature on reading and brain-based teaching.”

Marilee Sprenger, Educational Consultant
Author, Becoming a “Wiz” at Brain-Based Teaching

"This book belongs on the desk of every teacher who wants to engage and excite students in brain based learning. Kathy Perez is the ultimate cheerleader for teachers and she gives teachers over 100 easy to use tools to help students succeed.”

Lori Oczkus, National Literacy Consultant and Author

"What a great resource! Clear, concise, and current, Perez's book makes effective literacy instruction a reality for teachers everywhere."

Rick Morris, Educator
Creator of "New Management"

"These strategies will provide teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists not only with theory but proven tools that work, making for an important classroom pick."

The Bookwatch, July 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers teachers practical strategies for use in the inclusive classroom to reach all learners and boost literacy achievement
  • Shows teachers how to design and implement effective literacy lessons
  • Demonstrates how to use brain-based research to maximize learning, support students' unique learning styles, and meet learners' cognitive and emotional needs and development
  • High-effect strategies help teachers respond to challenges of increasing literacy for struggling students and teaching in an inclusive class
  • Helps make teaching more rewarding and beneficial for all students

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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