Friday, July 10, 2015

Ditching the Textbook



Take a moment and review the table of contents in your science and social studies textbooks. You will quickly notice that more than 75% of the textbook is not even your state standards. Yet, year after year we teach the entire book to our students. 

How do we expect them to retain what's important when we throw the entire book at them and hope that the 25% we really want them to learn sticks. THERE IS A BETTER WAY! 

For intermediate social studies, resources like Paul Revere's Ride, The Boston Massacre, and Native Americans of the Great Plains, give students the chance to study informational text before completing writing prompts, activities, practice pages and a project. These NO PREP resources include answer sheets and rubrics.

For primary science, teachers can use the Non-Fiction Text Packets to close read science topics like plants, insects and matter. I am constantly adding new Non-Fiction Text Packets.

For intermediate math, I have created 19 math units that cover most of the common core standards. These include I CAN Statement Posters, Student Cheat Sheets, Classroom Posters, Worksheets, Post-tests and Pre-tests, answer sheets, task cards and more. Everything you need to teach decimals, fractions and geometry is done for you. All you have to do is print. 

Ditching the textbook is easier than you would ever imagine. TpT accepts purchase orders, so ask your administrator to help you ditch your textbook with a financial contribution. Most administrators are happy to assist teachers who go above and beyond to meet the needs of their students!

Most people do not like the idea of creating their own curriculum, but you don't have to recreate the wheel. Purchasing units from my store, or pinning ideas from Pinterest, will save you many hours and help you give your students a creative and rigorous experience while learning. 

Remember, you don't need the entire year figured out right this minute. Focus on the topics you cover in the first quarter for now. The rest will fall in place as you go. 

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