Hocus…Focus? Tricks and Treats for Keeping Your Students Focused this Halloween

happy_halloween_kurzweilHalloween is in the air! 
How can you keep students focused on learning when their imaginations are running wild? You won’t need hocus pocus to catch their attention, in fact we suggest that you join in on the brouhaha with free treats found in the Kurzweil 3000-firefly Universal Library.

What is the trick for keeping students focused—just give them a little scare!
Login to www.fireflybykurzweil.com to download these frightening texts today…if you dare! Students will reinforce their literacy skills while their creativity is unleashed. Then give them the tools to harness their thoughts to support Common Core State Standards with Kurzweil 3000-firefly:

  • Text-Dependent Questions: Use Bubble Notes or Voice Notes to embed content and questions into the text.
  • Complex Ideas: Help students convey their thoughts clearly through effective selection and organization with Brainstorm and Outline tools.
  • Word Meaning & Vocabulary: Enable students to easily look up words with Reference tools and Bilingual Dictionaries to help students to quickly learn and correctly use new words.

To access these literary treats, login to www.fireflybykurzweil.com, then click on the “download” links below.

works_of_edgar_allan_poe dracula hungryplant
“Works of Edgar Allan Poe” These classics from Poe are the perfect fit for Halloween week and will have you wishing for attentive readers nevermore!
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2. Download
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” Who better to serenade the attention of students than the king of Halloween himself!
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2. Download
Mary Batten’s “Hungry Plant” The manner in which these real-live plants find nourishment will send chills down their spine!
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2. Download

May your Halloween be filled with many treats!
Don’t forget to visit the Common Core Resource Page for more tricks on using Kurzweil 3000-firefly to support new anchor standards. We invite you to register for a free webinar to see them in action!

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