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Crazy Professor Reading Game

One of our first ebooks, “The Crazy Professor Reading Game” has also been one of our most popular.  Used by thousands of K-12 teachers across the country, the Crazy Professor is designed to deepen students’ reading comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction.

In a gamelike format, your kids learn to paraphrase, translate ideas into gestures, skim read for key ideas, connect their reading to personal experiences, and much more!

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Electronic SuperSpeed Grammar

Want a super size order of learning fun? Here’s 600 PowerPoint slides guiding your kids through some of the most challenging material in elementary school … grammar! Electronic SuperSpeed Grammar, illustrated with hundreds of high quality, cartoon graphics, covers: nouns, verbs, sentences, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, prepositional phrases, pronouns, articles, conjunctions AND appositives! The program is lively and colorful; your kids will feel like they’re reading a comic book instead of studying grammar.

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How Should we Use Because?

The first lesson in the WBT Common Core Series
The program features a HUGE, MULTI-DAY lesson, in cartoon form, that you can pop into your classroom computer projector and let me, Coach B, teach your kids … while you sit in the back drinking foamy lattes! Isn’t that ULTRA COOL???

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Mind Giants

Here is my on the fly edit … will this work?  Where do your students need critical thinking help … Math?  Literature?  Common Core?  Writing?  State standards?  Social studies?  History?  Mind Giants to the rescue!  Biffy Bluebird helps kids create great questions; Smarty Wonderbeak supplies amazing answers; Big Dilly, such a wise fellow!, always wants more details; Dilly Dilly guides thoughtful analysis with Who?  What?  Where?  When? Why?  How?  Your kids will love using these lively cartoon characters as insightful allies in any task requiring careful thought. Watch in delight as the Mind Giants help your students pose insightful questions, support generalizations with examples, answer questions with text quotations, strengthen arguments with robust evidence, utilize academic vocabulary in class discussions, transform any critical thinking exercise into an energetic, thought provoking game!

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Mind Soccer

The incredible K-12 Review Anything Game … perfect for use with Whole Brain Teaching’s Scoreboard!

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Super Improver Writing Progam

Super Improver Writing, under development for over a decade, presents a complete course in persuasive, expository, and narrative writing.  Students advance from game to game, perfecting one composition skill at a time.  Moving from topic sentences, to paragraphs, to tightly organized essays containing in-text citations, the Super Improvers Writing game builds student confidence in constructing five paragraph college style compositions … even, unbelievably, in kindergarten!

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The Brainy Game

The result of over a decade of classroom testing and development, the Brainy Game will powerfully increase your K-12 students’ writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills.  Based upon a revolutionary system that turns clear thinking into a hilarious, race against the clock, the Brainy Game works marvelously for any grade, any subject, any student, Special Ed to Gifted.  The 190 page ebook contains a complete description of one of the most ambitious and revolutionary of any of Whole Brain Teaching strategies.  As a special bonus, The Brainy Game features an extended description of how to teach your students two of the most difficult skills in Common Core tests: composing effective topic sentences and citing supporting quotations from a text.

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What is a Complex Sentence?

Common Core lesson!

A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson will be on complex sentences. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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What is a Paragraph?

Are you ever amazed at what wandering creations your kids come up with when you ask them to write a paragraph? What you want is ideas organized around a theme and what you get, too often, is simply one sentence tagged on to another. Let me help in this free ebook that goes with Webcast 552!
These Common Core webcasts and ebooks feature an interesting new format. A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson will be on paragraphs. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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What is a Prediction?

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What is a Sentence?

Discover the simplest and most powerful way to help your class understand what a sentence is.
I’m fairly sure we lead students wrong by defining a sentence as “a complete idea.” Every idea seems complete to our kids. I also know from 40 years experience teaching college that having students identify subjects and verbs is a miserably difficult way to help them distinguish sentences from fragments. Well, what should we do?
For the answer, download this ebook and watch webcast 549 What is a sentence?
Discover the simplest and most powerful way to help your class understand the fundamental building block of writing.

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What is a Topic Sentence?

I’m sure I went all the way through elementary school, and maybe high school, without a clear idea of topic sentences. Save your kids from suffering my fate! These Common Core webcasts and ebooks feature an interesting new format. A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson will be on topic sentences. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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What is a Verb?

Let’s help students unravel the mysterious difference between active and passive verbs. We’ll use Whole Brain Teaching’s 5 Step Lesson Plan to move from a simple definition of active and passive verbs, all the way to guiding students through the construction of a five paragraph college style essay in which they apply what they’ve learned.

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What is Comparing?

These Common Core ebooks feature an interesting new format. A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson is on comparing. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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What is Contrasting?

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What is Evidence?

As a retired philosophy teacher, I’m convinced there is nothing more important for your students to learn, if they’re going to be ready for the new Common Core standards, than the difference between strong and weak evidence.

Because of Common Core’s emphasis on writing and critical thinking, students must understand how to construct arguments with sturdy evidence.

It only took me 40 years in the classroom to figure out a way to help kids reason accurately. Let me save you some time!
We’ll answer the big question, “What is evidence?”

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What is Inference?

These Common Core webcasts and ebooks feature an interesting new format. A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson will be on inference. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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What is Main Idea?

These Common Core webcasts and ebooks feature an interesting new format. A cartoon version of Coach B uses Whole Brain Teaching to guide your students through our powerful Five Step Lesson Plan. This lesson will be on main idea. You can download the pdf, pop it into your computer projector, and Coach B will teach your students while you sit in the back of the room, drinking a foamy latte!

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Whole Brain Writing

This latest edition of WBT’s K-12 writing system covers all the bases! Simple, complex, compound and topic sentences, tightly focused paragraphs and essays, brainstorming, proofreading, scaffolding from easier to more complex assignments, neatness (!), sentence variety, lessons on nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, appositives, motivation to work hard … EVERYTHING! Bringing together our most popular, classroom tested strategies, Oral Writing, SuperSpeed Grammar, the Genius Ladder, Triple Gold Sentences, Red Green Proofreading, the Super Improvers Team, with new techniques for brainstorming and pre-constructed multi-media
assignments, “Whole Brain Writing” creates a unified, highly engaging program for beginning to advanced writers. Illustrated with a lovable crew of cartoon Mind Giants, this ebook reads like a comic book! Don’t look through “Whole Brain Writing” unless you have a big hanky. When you’re done reading, you’ll be weeping tears of joy!

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