Teacher's Resource Disk. Because teachers have differing ideas of what constitutes the best pedagogy,the Teacher's Resource bound in the inside back cover of Teacher's Edition and Lesson Planner book provides printable, ready-made classroom activities to extend or adapt each section of a Top Notch unit.
The following worksheets and cards can be printed from the Teacher's resource Disk: Extra reading comprehension activities. Each unit's reading selection appears on a worksheet with in-depth traditional comprehension and critical thinking questions. Writing process worksheets. Pre-writing and peer-editing activities help students become better writer by offering them an opportunity to take initiative in generating (brainstorming) ideas for writing and in correcting for accuracy and clarity. Learning strategies. These activities teach and practice learning strategies students can apply over and over again, such as vocabulary building, skimming, scanning, and clarification. Grammar self-checks. Inductive grammar charts provide an alternative grammar presentation as well as cognitive activities to promote students' grammar awareness. Pronunciation activities and supplements. Pair work activities provide extra practice of each unit's pronunciation point. Pronunciation supplements focus on additional pronunciation points that are illustrated and practiced in the unit's conversation models. Vocabulary cards and cumulative vocabulary activities. Top Notch vocabulary is further reinforced in two effective ways. Two-sided vocabulary flash cards come with teacher's notes that provide ideas for games, alternative presentations, substitution in pair work activities, and other ways to ensure vocabulary mastery. Cumulative vocabulary activities reinforce vocabulary meaning throughout the course through critical thinking and application of practical learning strategies. Pair work cards. These cards reproduce each unit's guided conversation models. Partner A's part is on one card and Partner B's part is on another, with slots for controlled manipulation of vocabulary and social language. These cards get students "out of the book" and communicating. Graphic organizers. Charts and visual representations permit students to do further work with the readings in Top Notch Fundamentals. For example, using the readings as listening activities.