It’s a great tool, no matter how I use it in the classroom, Issues that correlate with our curriculum are used to supplement what I feel are gaps in the curriculum. Sometimes I use an issue to do a special mini science unit. Sometimes I use issues that relate to a topic specific students are interested in as enrichment/extra credit activities.
Activities are used and material is used to supplement and support class instruction.
I use the text, activities, and web links which coordinate well with our Standards of Learning objectives as teaching materials in the classroom. As my students have reading challenges (special ed class) all materials are read aloud.
I develop programming for an informal education facility (a science centre).
I show it on the smart-board and sometimes run a few pages off for reading.
I teach writing and some of the topics are used as prompts.
Since I teach science to kinder through 4th grade and the children come to my lab on a regular basis, I used the material in the publications as it fits into the units of study.
We have ELA/Science connected classes. We use them to start lessons, provide independent reading resources, and some parts are used as homework.
The content information is specific and concise where as some publications are too wordy. Excellent pictures and resources such as the connections around the world.
Sometimes I pick an article about what we are learning and have them comment in a blog about what they learned. For extra credit they can read an article from a topic we are currently learning and submit a paragraph about what they learned.
Pickerington, OHReading in the content area is now required in my district. We have limited funds to purchase materials. Spigot is perfect!
Land O’ Lakes, FLUse articles to create Literacy Reading & writing assignments, as reference materials & utilize book recommended with reading level to supplement curriculum reading & classroom library selections. Also use for differentiation of lessons.
Milwaukee, WII use spigot to supplement a lesson(s) and I also give activities from spigot as extra credit. I also use this to assist students not reading at grade level and may have difficulty with content from the textbook.