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News For Our Retired Educators

RAFT now offers $10 memberships to retired educators, even if the membership has expired. Please note, this promo is in-store only.


Geometry Comes Alive with Cultural Explorations

Author: Jeanne Lazzarini, RAFT Math Educator/R&D Specialist

Here’s how I get third graders excited about geometry in the real world: we begin our investigation in the Empathize phase by looking at videos and artifacts of different Native American figures, Navajo blanket and basket designs, dream catchers, Kachina dolls, etc., listening to background traditional Native American Indian flute music. We examine not only the various geometric shapes in the cultural adornments, but also the stories, associations and the values that they represent. Continue reading here.


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Hands-On Activities


Alphabet Mix

Students connect letters with their related sounds and will enjoy creating and learning new words with this engaging activity.

Grades Covered: PreK-3
Subjects Covered: Language Arts

Curriculum topics: Letter Recognition, Primary Spelling, Phonics, Following Directions

Download Idea Sheet here.

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Professional Development

RAFT Summer Workshops: EduCamp

This summer, we’re launching, RAFT EduCamp – professional development training different than you usually receive, a summer camp-like experience that is fun, engaging, and most of all useful. The camp sessions, held throughout July, will focus on the following 5 themes: Design Thinking, Design Challenges, Project-Based Learning (PBL), the Innovative Classroom, or the Outdoor Classroom. Some of the sessions are further focused by student grade range.

Each session provides “campers” the opportunity to do interesting activities that can be easily used to teach design, teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation using a variety of materials found at RAFT. Our curriculum is aligned with standards but the emphasis at RAFT EduCamp is on creativity and fun for participants!  Both members and non members are welcome. Get all the details here:

Tuesday, July 5th: Engagement through Design Thinking 

Thursday, July 7th (Redwood City): Design Challenge Lessons with Raw Materials

Tuesday, July 12th: The Nuts & Bolts of PBL

Thursday, July 14th (Redwood City): Designing the PBL Experience

Monday, July 18th: The Innovative Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Thursday, July 21stThe Innovative Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 22nd: The Innovative Classroom (Middle School)

Monday, July 25th: The Outdoor Classroom (Pre-K – 2)

Wednesday, July 27th: The Outdoor Classroom (Grades 3 – 5)

Friday, July 29th: The Outdoor Classroom (Middle School) 






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