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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill Teacher Resources
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071472800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071472807
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Give your lesson plans a jolt of creativity and get better results from your students.

To keep your students engaged in the classroom, you have to get them excited about learning. From the authors of The Organized Teacher, this indispensable volume offers hundreds of creative ideas to reenergize your lesson plans for any subject, across all grades--from waking up the tired book report to making math fun.

Just a few of the ideas inside The Creative Teacher:

  • "I woke up five inches tall" and other quick-start creative-writing prompts
  • Larger writing projects, such as classroom newspapers, minibooks, autobiographies, and storyboards
  • Do-it-themselves student cutouts for 3-D geometry
  • How-it-works science experiments with electricity, ice cream, volcanoes--even how to make flubber
  • Enthusiasm-generating math tools--from clock and fraction templates to creating your own money
  • Cultural, historic, and family-tree ideas for social studies reports . . . and more!

INCLUDES DOZENS OF REPRODUCIBLE PAGES YOU CAN USE NOW!

About the Author

Kimberly Persiani-Becker, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at California State University. She lectures frequently at national teachers' conferences in the United States and Canada.

Steve Springer and Brandy Alexander are both mentors and master teachers with years of classroom experience in both private and public schools. They are the coauthors of The Organized Teacher.


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It is full of useful reproducibles and great ideas to use in the classroom.
Kem Kem
I would highly recommend this to not just first year teachers but to those who have been teaching awhile and want to jazz up their repertoire.
A. Eilertson
I've used the ideas in the Art, Math and Writing sections to add more creativity to the activities in my Reading and Math Centers.
Reed

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Ruppert on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book last year while working on a unit plan for my student teaching. I really needed some creative new ideas for teaching literature and I found some really awesome activities! Although this book is recommended for grades k-6, most of the activities are easily adaptable up to grade 8 or higher. I taught two of these lessons with eighth graders last year and they loved them! It is by far the best teacher resource book I own-- and I have many.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Patti Miller on September 2, 2006
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I got this book out of the library, thinking that it would be yet another book of mostly useless forms, overdone tips and assorted badly-done artwork...but, happily, I was wrong!

There are nearly three hundred pages of open-ended worksheets, writing ideas, report guides and forms, science experiments, art projects, all with suggested grade levels and very nice drawings.

This book would be useful for many different people - from classroom teachers to homeschooling families to parents who want to help their kids write more creatively.

I can't wait until my copy arrives!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2008
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This book for K-6 has a huge amount of graphics for everything from book reports, math, science, social studies and writing to great activities for all of these as well as great art projects. I am a writing teacher so I was particularly interested in the writing activities and graphics organizers. They are awesome! For example, there is one writing activity I found to be really interesting. It is an autobiography recipe. Students write about their personality in the form of a recipe. Very cute idea. I think the ideas can and will be exciting for my writing students. I also teach social studies. There are some great ideas for that subject as well. Everything in the book is great.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2009
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I've been collecting teaching resources for the past 15 years (since I began teaching), and have found many of them to be invaluable in the classroom and for tutorials. "The Creative Teacher" is a great tool for teachers, both new and experienced, and covers different subjects as well as grade levels. It can also be used as a homeschooling resource, and for parents who would like to supplement their child's curriculum at school with interesting and creative activities. The book is organized into the following chapters:
Book Reports
Math
Writing
Science
Social Science
Art

Each chapter has multiple suggested activities for different grade levels and integrates different thinking skills. Each learning activity has a list of materials provided, as well as step by step guidelines for the activity. Reproducible worksheets are also provided for the various suggested activities. At the end of the book, there is a list of suggested resources which includes both children's literature references, resource book references, and website references.

"The Creative Teacher" is a practical, interesting, and enlightening educational resource book that will complement any teacher's/parent's library and is also recommended for school and public libraries.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Batman of Recess on December 12, 2008
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I never get bored looking through this book for ideas or suggestions. It's overflowing with possibilities and makes dreams for my classroom endless. All subjects are covered lit, math, science, social studies... all of them. There are also reproducibles for younger grades and upper grades. Lower grade ones have more space to write and draw pictures while the older ones are written in cursive and have more questions. I have a few books from this collection- the organized teacher and 101 great games, and I haven't been disappointed yet!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Pedraza on August 16, 2008
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This is such a useful tool for teachers. It is simple to use, visually stimulating, and fun!! Really great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kem Kem on February 2, 2007
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I am going to school to become a teacher and bought this book from Amazon. I bought it with The Organized Teacher. It is full of useful reproducibles and great ideas to use in the classroom. I can't wait to use this in my classroom!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joanne f g on January 13, 2012
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I was thrilled to see that this resource is full of ideas and reproducible masters for projects that can be used with a wide range of students. It's not a busy work book.

The book is organized by curriculum area, and general enough to be used almost anywhere. The only exceptions to this is that the money/measurement is imperial, as well as History resources that refer to president / state. Luckily, this is a very small segment of the total content.

Here are just a few examples of what you'll find in the book. This is NOT a comprehensive list.

-reproducible geometric shapes, including patterns for making 3D shapes
-reproducible dominoes
-Literature response ideas: organizers, forms, projects
-Math resources: number of the day worksheet that guides numeracy development, covering concepts such as 1 more, 1 less etc, place value, fact families, greater than/less than, tallies...
-Reproducible pages for story problems, hundreds chart, graphing, fractions, etc.
-Science: Forms for investigations, resources to explain and/or explore basic scientific concepts (batteries/light bulbs, making butter, creating flubber, among others)
-History/Social Studies: Organizer for Historical Report Overview, Some U.S. specific (president/state Report overviews, community exploration activity plan/organizer, Community vocabulary resources, "All about Me" report template
-Art ideas and "recipes" for things like paper mache

This book was well worth the money. I can see it being useful for me as a supply teacher for those times that I don't know where to find the graph paper, etc.
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