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Starting from Scratch : One Classroom Builds Its Own Curriculum



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This book explains the step-by-step observations, thinking, and planning that enabled Levy to develop a variety of original projects with his elementary students.

Author Biography

Over the course of twenty-two years of teaching, STEVEN LEVY has taught every grade level from kindergarten through college. He has been recognized as the 1992-93 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and honored as the Outstanding General Elementary Teacher by the Walt Disney Company ion 1994-95. Levy has also received the John F. Kennedy prize for the teaching of history, and his project Lexingtons, USA, was chosen by the American School Board Association as one of the hundred best curriculum ideas in the nation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Introduction xi
1 Finding the Genius
2 What Do We Teach?
3 What Is the Ideal Classroom?
4 Was the American Revolution Completed Before the War Began?
5 Why Are Our Shoes Made on the Other Side of the World?
6 What Is the Greatest Number?
7 Poverty of Gratitude
8 How Did Our Town Get Its Name?
9 What Is the Biggest Change in Your Town Since You Were Born?
10 Discipline and Character
11 Exit Signs
Bibliography 178(1)
APPENDIX A: Plan for Fourth Grade 179(7)
APPENDIX B: Faculty Meeting Questions 186(3)
APPENDIX C: Desk Olympics Events 189(1)
APPENDIX D: Pilgrims '92 Class Poem 190(4)
APPENDIX E: Directions for "Number" Drawings 194(2)
APPENDIX F: Original Bike-Path Questions 196(3)
APPENDIX G: Interpreting Bike-Path Data 199

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