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Video: Literacy before school starts

It's a lot easier to get a head start on literacy skills than you think.
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5 ways to fit Common Core into your curriculum

[jwplayer file="http://ilwebmedia.imaginelearning.com/WhatsNew/v12/Imagine-Learning-v12-Commercial_944.mp4" image="/WhatsNew/v12/assets/images/whats-new-v12.jpg" config="16x9"] Adjusting your curriculum to address Common Core standards is not easy. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, the Common Core standards are substantially different from previous state standards, not only in curriculum but in the cognitive skills they demand. Common Core focuses on higher order skills, like “understanding and analyzing written material,” rather than “memorization and performing procedures.” To help with these higher order skills, take a look at five ways Imagine Learning can bring the Common Core into your classroom curriculum.
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Summer reading for teachers: 25 books for your reading list

There’s no doubt that summer reading is good for students—there’s evidence of the importance of summer reading everywhere, including some recent findings from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But picking up a good book isn’t only for kids. Stop your own summer slide by checking out this summer reading list made especially for teachers (and other grown-ups too).
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Video: Get to know the characters of Imagine Museum

Have you met all of the characters from Imagine Learning English? Many of you may be familiar with Pete, Amanda, Chloe, and Mic --the characters who live on Imagine Island and help your students learn the basics of literacy. However, as students master those skills and move on to more advanced instruction, they are introduced to Alex, Nick, Lily and Mel -- characters who help students learn more academic vocabulary and master important reading comprehension strategies like answering main idea and inferential questions. These cool kids hang out at the Imagine Museum, just a stone's throw from the coast of Imagine Island, and they are joined by Booster, a flying robot who gives students feedback when they need a little extra help. Each character has a specialty. For example, Alex focuses on reading and comprehension; Mel helps with vocabulary. Check out the video below to see the kids (and robot!) who are helping your students master language and literacy:
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Cost-cutting technology: E-readers

Now you can buy one new e-reader with several uploaded texts for the price of two high school textbooks. When you consider that the average high school student uses at least four or five textbooks every school year, it makes sense that more and more schools are replacing textbooks with e-readers. In addition to math, science, and history textbooks, you can download free children’s books with reading support or classic literature on the public domain for your older students. Plus, with many e-readers, you don’t need a wireless network to download new texts, which saves you the cost of implementing one. Cost-saving reasons aside, e-readers have many additional benefits. They aren’t easily outdated like their textbook counterparts, they are smaller and lighter (reducing classroom storage and back strain), and they help to motivate the most reluctant readers.
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