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Lindsey Graff

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Featured Topics: Common Core | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Professional Development

The Power of Anchor Charts

By: Lindsey Graff
April 9th, 2014

Last spring I had the opportunity to work with our district’s literacy coach in a 1-1 mentoring situation. My objective was two-fold:

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Featured Topics: Character Education | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

Building Character Through Student Recognition

By: Lindsey Graff
April 7th, 2014

With so many schools focusing on character education and/or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), we wanted to highlight how one of our Super Schools, Frank W. Reilly Elementary in Chicago, is using their Awards Maker to support their citizen/character initiatives.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades 6-8: Exploring Pi

By: Lindsey Graff
April 7th, 2014

Engage students with this hands-on activity that leads them to understand the formula for the area of a circle. Pi Day, 3/14, is considered a national holiday to most math instructors. To commemorate this day, or to help incorporate a tactile learning experience in which students understand the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, use the following paper folding activity.

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VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800

Valentine's Day Fun!

By: Lindsey Graff
February 13th, 2014

We wanted to do something fun and silly to wish all of our customers happy valentine's day, so we used our Perfecta™ 2400 Poster Printer and our Cutout Maker 1800 to create funny heart-shaped glasses (MSK049) and a festive banner!

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | Academic Subject: Social Studies and History | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Creating Infographics to Illustrate Data Trends

By: Lindsey Graff
February 10th, 2014

As part of African American History Month, have students use current statistics on African Americans in the United States to create a visual display of the data and analyze the trends.   

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Academic Subject: Social Studies and History | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Closing in on the Dream

By: Lindsey Graff
February 10th, 2014

Students conduct a close reading of I Have a Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and answer text-dependent questions to analyze how an idea is introduced, illustrated and elaborated upon in a text.

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Social Studies and History | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Grades K-5 Lesson: Exploring African-American Inventors

By: Lindsey Graff
February 10th, 2014

Students will apply Internet research skills to complete an inquiry-based paper about African-American inventors.   

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

6 Ways to Engage Students with Visual Aids

By: Lindsey Graff
February 7th, 2014

These days, students are surrounded by distractions. With the influx of new technologies, social media, after-school activities, friend pressures and more, it is harder and harder to engage students in meaningful ways. One of our customers, Alta Vista Middle School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, is facing these challenges with great applications of the VariQuest Visual Learning Tools.

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Common Core | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

3 Ways to Use VariQuest Tools to Implement Common Core Standards

By: Lindsey Graff
February 3rd, 2014

Schools across the country are working hard to communicate, implement and facilitate instructions to meet new standards. VariQuest Visual Learning Tools provide a wide variety of ways to help your students and staff smoothly transition their teaching and learning in order to boost academic results.

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Academic Subject: Special Education

Students Develop Career Skills with VariQuest

By: Lindsey Graff
December 13th, 2013

Each semester, Aaron Walls, teacher at Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona, teaches a transition class for students with special needs. It began in 2009, when a group of special education students in his marketing class decided they wanted to start a student-run business. In considering their options, they learned about VariQuest Visual Learning Tools, and voted to decide they would be the best option for their student-based enterprise, called MACH Replica (meaning “fast republication”).

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