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The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Tools Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

Lindsey Graff

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Academic Subject: Interdisciplinary | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Grades 9-12: Examining Texts – Identifying Central Idea and Summary

By: Lindsey Graff
December 13th, 2013

Students utilize close reading strategies in order to determine the central idea of a text and provide an objective summary.

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Academic Subject: English Language Arts | Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Grades 6-8: Mapping out a Story

By: Lindsey Graff
December 13th, 2013

A plot diagram aids students in mapping out how a story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes.

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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: Primary (PK-2) | Academic Subject: English Language Arts | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Grades K-5: Setting the Foundation for Reading Literature

By: Lindsey Graff
December 13th, 2013

Use a graphic organizer to help students identify and describe the characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. (RL.1.3) 

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Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400

Perfecta™ 2400 Named One of DA’s Top 100 Products

By: Lindsey Graff
December 2nd, 2013

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Academic Subject: English Language Arts | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Common Core | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Close Reading & the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

By: Lindsey Graff
November 19th, 2013

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Academic Subject: Special Education | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510

Case Study: Minnesota Vocational Program Students Learn Real-World Job Skills, Build Confidence With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

By: Lindsey Graff
November 18th, 2013

Osseo Area Schools District 279 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

Case Study: Illinois Elementary School Engages Students With Vibrant Learning Environment Created With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

By: Lindsey Graff
November 18th, 2013

Butterfield Elementary School Libertyville, Illinois

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Featured Topics: Character Education

How I Talk to Students About Bullying Prevention & Awareness – Part II

By: Lindsey Graff
October 31st, 2013

When I think about bullying prevention month what comes to mind is often some sort of awareness activity – maybe students and staff wear shirts that say, “Stand Up to Bullying,” or red wristbands that represent putting a stop to bullying.  These awareness-generating events are important and certainly have their place, but I feel that bullying prevention is a year-long endeavor that revolves around building a safe, caring, classroom community.

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Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends

Rebuilding a Kindgergarten Classroom After Tragedy

By: Lindsey Graff
October 30th, 2013

VariQuest is excited to open our blog to educators across the country who are interested in sharing their ideas, stories and opinions with our network of teachers, administrators and more. If you have something you would like to share, please let us know! Email your ideas to variquest@variquest.com.

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Featured Topics: Character Education

How I Talk to Students About Bullying Prevention & Awareness – Part I

By: Lindsey Graff
October 29th, 2013

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