Erratum – American History Task Card Book List


I wanted to alert you to an error that has occured in the printing of several American History Introductions. The error is found on the page titled Book List and Tips.  You might want to print the following corrected list and place it inside your Introducation.



Core Books


Smithsonian Children’s Encyclopedia of American History


The Kingfisher Student Encyclopedia of the United States


Presidents, Eyewitness Books


Our Country’s Presidents, National Geographic Society


Our Fifty States, National Geographic



Atlas


Scholastic Atlas of the United States



If your Introduction is one of the affected copies, you will find World History options listed and those are fine to use on a supplemental basis, but they won’t go into enough detail for completing the tasks.

As always, feel free to substitute comparable materials. 

Key Word Summary Samples

Your Course Introduction provides instructions for optimizing the use of summary writing.  Younger students generally do well with the ‘Where, When, Who, What’ approach to oral narrations and beginning summaries, but older students need to read for detail and respond with greater specificity.  Creek Edge Press Task Card Sets make use of key words to assist your student’s growth in this area.  You’ll find key words listed on a task card under a summary writing task where it states, “Include the following.”  Encourage your student to use these key words to aid their research and to prompt their memory when writing a closed book summary. 

The following is another option for using key words in summary writing.  Below, you will see examples of closed book summaries done in response to tasks on various task card sets.  To the left of the margin you will see a list of key words.  These are words that were written by the student while reading.  The summary was written after the book was closed. This method is fabulous for students who are still learning to summarize details succinctly.  Students who have advanced beyond this stage may find this method useful as a means of reinforcing the correct spelling of new material.
  

                                                                             

Ready, Set…

Research!


Abby and Holly are using the Task Card Approach with history as well as science this year. Holly is a pro at research after years of adding research tasks to our Tapestry studies, but I like to check in at the beginning of the year while going over expectations. I was especially happy to see Abby turn to the Table of Contents without instruction.


If you’re using Task Card Sets from Creek Edge Press and are working on foundational research and Task Card Approach skills, I recommend focusing on one task at a time during the early weeks of the school year. This week our focus was on expectations for ‘Encyclopedia Research’ and response. The girls completed other tasks as well, but I accepted their work ‘as is’ in those areas.

Abby is finishing the transition to independent investigation and response,so this task will soon be one she can complete on her own. She already has map work and summary writing down fairly well from wrapping up last year’s work, but we’ll be raising expectations for attention to detail and neatness as the school year unfolds.




And, no, I didn’t ask them to pose!

Introducing Grammar Reinforcement Task Cards


Grammar Reinforcement Task Card Sets are comprised of discovery-oriented tasks designed to facilitate engaged learning and exploration of the elements and mechanics of language.

Your students will investigate the parts of speech and reinforce key language arts content through recitation, copy work, included hands-on activities, and projects.

Grammar Reinforcement Task Card Sets include two sets of task cards, forty-one cards altogether, and an Introduction to the course. The course is designed for 2nd through 6th grade students and may be used to introduce or reinforce grammar concepts.





“Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.”
~ William Safire

Grammar Reinforcement Scope and Sequence




Grammar Reinforcement Task Card Set I


 


1 – Naming Words


2- Nouns Name People



3 – Common Nouns



4 – Proper Nouns


5 – Nouns name places


6 – Nouns name things


7 – Nouns name ideas


8 – Action Verbs


9 – State of Being Verbs
10 – Linking Verbs


11 – Helping Verbs


12 – Pronouns


13 – Adjectives describe nouns


14 – Adverbs describe verbs


15 – Adverbs describe adjectives


16 – Adverbs describe adverbs


17 – Articles


18 – Conjunctions


19 – Interjection


20 – Building Sentences, Naming Parts of Speech


 


Grammar Reinforcement Task Cards Set II


 


1 – Sentence Form


2 – Statements


3 – Commands


4 – Exclamations


5 – Questions


6 – Prepositions


7 – Synonyms



8 – Antonyms



9 – Homonyms


10 – Contractions


11 – Quotations


12 – Initials


13 – Using the pronoun I


14 – Titles of Respect


15 – Abbreviations


16 – Days of the Week


17 – Months of the Year


18 – Writing Dates


19 – Titles


20 – Poetry


21 – Paragraph Form


                                                                        




 

Introducing Art and Artists Task Cards

Creek Edge Press is pleased to announce that Art and Artists Task Card Sets are now available.

Art and Artists Task Card Sets are comprised of discovery-oriented tasks designed to facilitate engaged learning about the world of art.
Students will investigate and explore the elements and genres of art, journey through the history of art, and take an in-depth look at the lives, work, and influence of pivotal artists. Applied Art tasks encourage skill development through instruction in drawing, exploration of the elements of art, and copying the works of master artists.

Art and Artists Task Card Sets include three sections of Student Task Cards designed to be used over the course of three to four years of study, An Introduction to the Course, and Supporting Links for your preparation and reference. The Course is designed for students of all ages and includes High School Objectives for those using the course to fulfill a fine arts credit.


                                             


          “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”
                                                       ~ Edgar Degas