Welcome to the January 2004 Online Monthly Newsletter!
Cupp Publishers, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have revised the Dr. Cupp Reader® Booklets for the 2004 school year. The new reader booklets are 16 pages and will be available on April 30! We have included eight new pages of story writing and spelling practice. The parent component is stronger and artwork from the ThinkerBox™ Books is included. If you would like to see a sample of a Reader Booklet, go to Section Two of this Newsletter and click the button.
We will also have a new CD ready for the 2004 school year. This CD will include a reading of the entire Word House Book, the AlphaMotion® Song, and the AlphaMotion® song with music only.
What else is new at Cupp Publishers? We are moving into a new distribution center this month. The new Cupp Publishers and Distribution Center is located one block off Victory Drive in Savannah, Georgia. If you are in the area, give me a call and stop by for a visit.
As always, the first section of this newsletter features an Update from Johnny Isakson. This month, Congressman Isakson provides great news about standardized testing and our Special Education students. Be sure and read all the details in Section One.
For dynamite reading teachers, I have posted the registration information for the wonderful annual Georgia Reading Conference in Section Four. If you haven’t made plans to attend, you still have time.
Last month, I featured Cindy’s Teaching Tips and a Popcorn Party Invitation. I have repeated these sections this month, but you don’t have to register to copy the information.
If you have comments or suggestions, I would love to hear from you.
Wishing you the best year ever!!
Current President of Cupp Publishers
Always a Reading Teacher
Features for this month include:
Section One Johnny Isakson’s Washington Update
Section Two New Dr. Cupp Readers® & Journal Writers
Section Three Bulletin Board Ideas from Lane Raber at Westwood Elementary
Section Four Georgia Reading Conference Registration Forms
Section Five Cindy’s Teaching Tips
Section Six Popcorn Party Invitation
Section Seven Teaching Punctuation
Section Eight Visitors from Other Countries
Section One: Johnny Isakson’s Washington Update
Washington, D.C.- On December 9th, the U.S. Department of Education released the final version of a new rule that will give more flexibility to local schools on testing children with disabilities. U.S. Representative Johnny Isakson praised the rule and said it was proof that the Department is listening to the concerns of teachers and administrators.
The new No Child Left Behind rule permits states and local school districts to provide alternate tests for up to one percent of their students—those with the most severe cognitive disabilities. The rule also allows states and school districts to seek a higher percentage if they can prove they have a larger population of students with severe cognitive disabilities.
“This rule strikes the perfect balance between flexibility and accountability,” said Isakson. “It addresses the difficulty schools are facing in the testing of students with the most severe cognitive disabilities—but ensures that students with disabilities are being adequately tested and receiving a quality education.”
Over the previous few months, U.S. Congressman and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson has been traveling the state, meeting with local Boards of Education, Principals, Administrators and Teachers, to listen to their local concerns dealing with ‘No Child Left Behind’ and other issues specific to each area. The “Education Listening Sessions” have been a great success in Columbia County, Troup County, Dougherty County, Muscogee County and Chatham County.
There will be many more Education Listening Sessions in the coming months, so please keep a look out for one in your area. The next scheduled Listening Sessions are listed below:
January 6, 2004-
Douglas County Education Listening Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Douglas County School Board Office, Douglasville
January 6, 2004-
Carroll County Education Listening Session
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Carroll County School Board Office, Carrollton
January 13, 2004-
Spalding County Education Listening Session
11:00 a.m. - noon
Spalding County School Board Office, Griffin
January 14, 2003-
Fayette County Education Listening Session
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fayette County School Board Office, Fayetteville
January 15, 2003-
Coweta County Education Listening Session
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coweta County School Board Office, Newnan
Section 2: Revised Dr. Cupp Readers® & Journal Writers
Dr. Cupp Readers® & Journal Writers features 16 pages of everything you need to teach Language Arts. If you are teaching Four Blocks, this new Reader will easily fit your lesson plans. I have also included the Lesson Plan Sheet and the Homework Assignment Sheet. In addition to providing the material needed for all students to be successful, this new Reader Booklet is very teacher and parent friendly.
If you thought the material was easy to use and effective before, wait until you see the new Reader Booklet…..AWESOME!!
Click here to view the sample Reader Booklet 36. This file will take approximately two minutes to download.
If you would like a sample Reader Booklet 36 mailed to you, please click this button and complete the request form.
You may copy this Reader Booklet to share with others. If purchased before August 1, 2004, the new Reader Booklet will be the same price as the original 8 page booklet. The cost is $20 per student.
Section 3: Bulletin Board ideas from Lane Raber at Westwood Elem.
These bulletin board ideas appeared
in the September 2003 Online Newsletter.
I thought you might like another look at these great ideas.
January funny hat
Special thanks to Lane Raber of
Westwood School in Dalton, Georgia for providing pictures of Jack and Jilly
dressed for all occasions!!
The annual Georgia Reading Association Conference will be held in Atlanta on February 26-28. I will be presenting Georgia’s Untapped Golden Resources in Education. Please plan to attend my session; I will be giving away great material!!
If you haven’t registered, it is not too late.
Click here for the Registration Forms.
Last month, I included a section with Teaching Tips. I am providing this information again without asking anyone to register. Teachers have permission to make one copy of this section to update their Teacher’s Manuals.
This party invitation appeared in the December Online Newsletter. This invitation was designed to encourage students to practice sight words during school breaks. Be sure to copy the idea and use it during Spring or Summer Breaks.
Click here to make a copy of the invitation for your class.
Section Seven: Teaching Punctuation
The Punctuation Game
Before the lesson begins, the teacher shows the
students the picture of Jack, Jilly and Hop’n Pop making hand signs. The
teacher writes the following on chart paper:
Pop-It-To-Me, Pop-It-To-Me, Pop-It-To-Me Now.
Pop-It-To-Me, Pop-It-To-Me, Pop-It-To-Me How?
The teacher “sings” the first line of the song, and the students sing the line back.
The teacher “sings” the second line of the song, and the students sing the line back.
The teacher “sings” the third line of the song, and the students sing the line back.
The teacher then repeats the
song. The students sing back each line to the teacher.
The teacher says, “Now, I am going to teach you how to make a new hand motion at the end of each sentence. When you say the word Now, I want you to make a fist with one hand and place it in the palm of the other hand.” Students will make their fists look like periods. "This hand sign looks like a period. We place a period at the end of a sentence."
“Now, when we sing the word How, I want you to shrug your shoulders and make your hands go palm up.” Students look like they don't know the answer when someone asks them a question. "This hand sign means we have asked a question. We place a question mark at the end of a sentence that is a question."
“Now, when we sing the word WOW, I want you to raise one arm like you are saying YES!” Students will look like exclamation marks. "This hand sign will be used at the end of a sentence to show we are excited about what we have said."
The teacher and students repeat the song with the hand motions. The teacher then leads in a game called The Punctuation Game. The teacher will make up a sentence and then use the correct hand sign to punctuate the sentence. Students will take turns making up sentences and then giving the hand sign for the punctuation that will end the sentence.
Section Eight: Visitors from Other Countries
During the last four months, this Online Newsletter has received visits from people in nine different countries. If you are a visitor from another country, please email me and let me know about the educational system in your country. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.