Giving Thanks

Written by the Kurzweil Blog Team

While we have much to be thankful for—from family and friends to homemade apple pie—our gratitude for educators is insurmountable. The level of dedication and hard work you bring to work with you each day not only impacts the students you support, but helps to pave the way to a brighter future.
           

THANK YOU!

As we get closer to the holiday season you may feel that you have less time in the day. To show our gratitude for all of the work that you do, and to help ease the holiday burden, we pulled together a list of books to share with your students. Whether your goal is to educate students about the roots of our country or ignite their imagination, we hope you enjoy these free eBooks from the Kurzweil 3000-firefly Universal Library.

Old Indian Legends
Zitkala-Sa
      The Heritage of the Sioux
Bower, B.M.
      American Fairy Tales
by Frank L. Baum
           
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Refer to the Kurzweil 3000-firefly Common Core Standards page for recommendations on grade level assignments your students could work on while reading these books. Here are a few examples to get you started.

Example 1:
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • Remind the students they can use Kurzweil 3000-firefly’s Highlighters for highlighting key text structures before thoroughly reading the text or to mark up key information during reading.

Example 2:
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). You could watch the film production of The Winter’s Tale or Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" and compare it to the book.

  • Use Kurzweil 3000-firefly’s Circle tools (red and blue) to circle key text structures before thoroughly reading the text or to mark up key information during reading.
  • Use Kurzweil 3000-firefly’s Extract notes and highlights to extract any or all of your notes and highlights and create a new text document that can be used later to record answers or study for tests.
  • Example 3:
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

    Kurzweil 3000-firefly offers multiple Vocabulary Tools to help with word meaning including:

    • Translate — Translation on the fly for English Language Learners to help build their knowledge of English.
    • Definition — Lookup words, choosing from several different dictionaries. Definitions can also be translated into multiple languages.
    • Picture dictionary — Aid word recognition and comprehension with the built-in picture dictionary of 1,500 images or you can create your own; also available in Spanish.
    • Syllables — Learn how a word breaks down in to syllables.
    • Spell — Practice the correct Spelling of a word, a simple click gives you the spelling in visual and auditory formats.
    • Online reference look-up — Look up information on a topic with instant access to online reference tools; including Wikipedia and Columbia Encyclopedia.

    Many free resources for electronic text on the web can be read with Kurzweil 3000-firefly, giving individuals a multitude of materials to choose from. Any book in the Kurzweil Universal Library can be accessed through the web on any computer or on their iPads. In addition, Kurzweil 3000 provides easy access to Bookshare files for students who have a Bookshare account. Setting your students up so they can use Kurzweil 3000-firefly to access digital reading materials during the summer would be a huge support in avoiding that Summer Slide.

     

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