Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Big screens, big improvements

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Big screens, big improvementsThe Apple Watch 4 has some big improvements, but leaves out a bigger battery.



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New Apple iPad hands-on: The same, but different

New Apple iPad hands-on: The same, but differentApple's new iPad packs a lot more power and Apple Pencil support wrapped in a familiar body.



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Nintendo Switch hands-on: A portable system with potential

Nintendo Switch hands-on: A portable system with potentialNintendo’s (NTDOY, NTDOF) new Switch console hits the market on March 3. With less than two months to go before the big day, the “Mario” maker gave us a chance to go hands-on with the system and a handful of games, including the highly anticipated “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”



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Hands-on with Sony’s PlayStation VR: The virtual reality dark horse

It’s official, 2016 is the year of virtual reality. But you probably can’t afford it.

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Insectigations: 40 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Insect World

Insectigations: 40 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Insect World


From butterflies and beetles to crickets and katydids, these experiments, art projects, and games will bring out the entomologist in every kid. Activities include collecting and sketching insects, making a terrarium for observation, raising mealworms, using math to measure bug strength, gardening to attract butterflies and other insects, and making an insect amplifier. A unique insect board game helps kids learn fascinating bug facts while they play. Sidebars offer a look into the world of professional entomology, as well as gross facts about insects that will provide great playground trivia, including the USDA’s guidelines for allowable insect parts per cup of food. Kids will learn that science is not just something to read about, but something they can observe and study in the world around them.

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The Joyful Reading Resource Kit: Teaching Tools, Hands-On Activities, and Enrichment Resources, Grades K-8

The Joyful Reading Resource Kit: Teaching Tools, Hands-On Activities, and Enrichment Resources, Grades K-8


All children deserve a chance to learn to love reading. The Joyful Reading Resource Kit offers teachers an impressive array of tools, resources, and activities for getting students at all levels excited about reading while developing their proficiency in comprehension. Serving as a companion to Joyful Reading, the book offers teachers everything they need to implement the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Reading (SEM-R), a differentiated instructional approach that encourages students to read independently for a period of time each day on books of their own choice. Implemented in three phases, the SEM-R program has been shown by research to improve fluency and comprehension among at-risk students. The Joyful Reading Resource Kit includes: Reproducible "bookmarks" for scaffolding students in critical thinking and comprehension activities Extensive lists of recommended books Tips for supporting students in selection of appropriately challenging books Materials for managing independent reading in the classroom, including log sheets, five-minute conference tips, writing prompts, assessment rubrics, and a reading growth chart Exciting enrichment resources to develop students’ reading interests, including a survey form, online books, Web-based activities, and Renzulli Learning resources Hands-On Creativity activities that help students elaborate ideas, develop fluency, brainstorm, and much more Reproducible X-ploration projects on varied topics that students can pursue independently at their own pace The Joyful Reading Resource Kit is a vital compendium not only for classroom teachers but also for parents and after-school educators who wish to support students in discovering the rich rewards and delights of reading.
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