TCR is proud to announce an exciting expansion of our acclaimed Internet-delivered curriculum ... Connections for Kids!
Building on TCR Connections for middle and high schools, TCR Connections for Kids helps elementary educators improve student learning by connecting:
Classroom topics to the real world
Reading and writing across all subjects
Information technology with learning standards
Staff development using technology with best instructional practices
Core content with critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills
School learning to home learning
At the heart of the program is a bank of interactive student activities
and corresponding lesson plans organized around high-interest subjects and themes.
Designed for Independent readers (level 2-5), these activities link to corresponding
lesson plans with guidelines for use as teacher-guided activities with Early Readers
The TCR Connections for Kids menu was designed in a kid-friendly way to
reflect the way elementary students think about topics.
Internet-delivered to the school and home, TCR's student activities
develop content-area reading, writing and critical thinking skills in all subject
areas ... skills that will help students both in school and in life!
High-interest activities feature:
A kid-friendly interface with colorful icons and easy-to-understand vocabulary. Categories selected to complement classroom topics, themes and state/local curriculum frameworks.
Focus on real-world essential questions that show the true importance of each topic
Links to primary sources and children's publications
Only authenticated content from reliable sources and related web sites, providing "safe and efficient" Internet use
An advertising-free learning zone ... no commercial content!
Support for multiple assessment models, including:
Standards-based assessment: all student activities are aligned with state standards
Criterion-referenced assessment: "self-checks" on vocabulary and comprehension skills targeted on state assessments
Standardized assessment: "self-checks" give students experience with common standardized testing formats using both open and closed items.
Project-based: all activities require students to apply/demonstrate skills and knowledge in a real-world context, using on-line performance rubrics
A kid-friendly step-by-step process for information literacy development ...
START - READ - COLLECT - SHOW - SHARE
Complete lesson plans corresponding to each on-line student activity help
teachers link Internet technology with the daily curriculum:
Home access via the Internet provides new opportunities for involving
parents in the educational process. This is achieved by:
All activities and lesson plans draw from the SchoolMate KidsPage collection:
Thousands of articles from kids' sections of newspapers
and publications for young readers, such as Calliope, Cobblestone, Highlights for
Children, Monkeyshines, Weekly Reader, Scholastic News and World Almanac for Kids
A kid-friendly interface that guides students through over 200 topics
Flexible keyword searching for intermediate-level researchers
The NewsBank ToolKit is a bank of interactive graphic organizers ideal for
developing reading comprehension and writing skills.