How Will You Live Your Life Differently? Part 2...

Feb 15, 2013 by

Have you ever read a book and known that you will never be the same person you were before you started it?  That the words on the pages will stick with you long after the back cover is closed for the final time?  When you read aloud a book like this with your students, do you stop to reflect with them?  As I mentioned in the previous post, a great question to ask our students is “How will you look at the world differently or live your life differently as a result of reading this book?” I just finished reading two books that have this effect—one is a novel appropriate for middle schoolers 5th grade and up and the other is a picture book that is appropriate for young children through adult. Wonder by...

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Mentor Texts That Inspire Notebook-like Writing...

Sep 18, 2009 by

The following children’s books all feature notebook-like writing: Share...

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Children’s Literature and Writing Conventions...

Feb 25, 2009 by

Words Are Categorical Series by Brian Cleary World of Language Series by Ruth Heller  Grammar Tales Series published by Scholastic   Chicken in the City (nouns) by Maria Fleming When Comma Came to Town by Liza Charlesworth Share...

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Word Choice

Jan 29, 2009 by

The following books have rich language and colorful word choice:   The following children’s books can be used to introduce the parts of speech: Adjectives and Adverbs       Nouns     Verbs     Share...

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Children’s Literature Websites...

Jan 29, 2009 by

Author Studies Author study projects created by a Title 1 reading specialist in North Dakota. Bookends Nonprofit organization that recycles children’s books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books. BookEnds believes that a literate child is the foundation of a thriving community. Book Mooch Give away books you don’t need in exchange for books you want.  You can also arrange to send free books to kids in children’s hospitals. Booktalks Quick and Simple Ideas for booktalking in your classroom. Teachers and students can submit their own booktalks. Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site Collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics. Children’s...

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Wordless Picture Books

Jan 24, 2009 by

Wordless picture books can be great tools for teaching organization. The story is already organized in the pictures—the students just provide the words. This activity works better as an oral language activity than as a written one. As students are telling the story, encourage them to tell about the characters, setting, plot, problem, solution, etc. and to use transition words to link ideas and sentences together. Below is a list of a few wordless picture books: Changes, Changes Clown Deep in the Forest Do You Want to Be My Friend? Four Hungry Kittens Good Dog, Carl Have You Seen My Duckling? Monkey See, Monkey Do My Darling Kitten Pancakes for Breakfast Rosie’s Walk Tabby: A Story in Pictures The Snowman Truck Trucks, Trucks, Trucks What’s Up, What’s Down   Share...

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