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Book Review: Starting Fresh

Happy New Year! source: OpenClipart.org Here’s to a year of the joys of  … the sparkle in a person’s eye when they’ve become a reader; the sigh that comes with a happy ending in a great book;  and last...

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Book Review: Famous Figures of Ancient Egypt by Cathy Diez-Luckie

Famous Figures of Ancient Egypt written and illustrated by Cathy Diez-Luckie Figures in Motion, ©2009 Interest Level: 7 to 10 Readers can select from among the group of 19 men and an elephant...

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Corralling and Assessing the “Digital Wild West”

“Wild West Town Style” by Witthaya Phonsawat How much digital time is too much for our children? Well, it seems to depend on who you ask. We’ve all been in homes where the tv serves as constant...

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Book Review: Nonfiction for Mixed Age Audiences – Rourke Educational Media

source: FlickerCommons January – for me anyway – has been all facts! I am knee-deep in nonfiction right now and absolutely loving it.  Truth be told, I’ve always loved informational books (think:...

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Picture Book Review: Dawn Publications Has It Covered

My Fifth Grader has been working on a project where she has to read an historical fiction novel then transform it into a picture book that she will read with her third-grade Book Buddy. [Personally, I...

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Publisher Spotlight: Sylvan Dell

Sylvan Dell is a young company on a serious mission to create picture books that excite children’s imaginations, are artistically spectacular, and have educational value. All of its books start with...

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Book Review: Books for the Jr. Investigator

 There are two facts we know about kids. They have lots of questions. They love (corny) jokes. One of the best ways to tap into their natural curiosity and sense of humor is with a book. They may be...

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Book Reviews: Historical Fiction by Beverley Naidoo

I’ve always loved stories. They are windows to other worlds. A good story doesn’t tell you what to think.  But if I can hook you in, maybe you’ll find yourself compelled to think, feel, imagine… and...

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Book Review: Score! with Series for Transitional Readers

It seems that almost every book is part of a series these days. There’s a downside to that:  isn’t there anything original anymore? But there is an upside, too. When you want to hook a developing or...

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Book Review: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Do you have a “book bag” with go-to titles for different topics? These are the books that pop into your head at the mere mention of a word. If someone says “silly books” the cover of Mr. Brown Can Moo...

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Reaching Reluctant Readers Through Bearport Publishing’s High-Interest...

  Imagine rescuing a pup, not from the neighborhood but from a war-torn part of the Middle East. Or admire a basketball superstar who helps children who are struggling to survive poverty or poor...

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Why We Love Star Bright’s “We Love First Grade!”™ Series

As many of Star Bright titles are geared toward responding to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), all contain high quality stories, the...

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Dawn Publications Connects Children with Nature

  Connecting children and nature, Dawn Publications’ mission is to offer a unique line of nature appreciation books for young people to better understand and appreciate all life on Earth. Essentially...

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Children Love to Share Their Favorite Books

Anyone who spends time in a classroom can tell you–students love to talk about their favorite things. Any opportunity to share stories, new toys, or exciting experiences is usually highly anticipated...

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Opinion and Argument Writing and The Common Core State Standards

Writing Opinions and Arguments The Common Core State Standards require students to write opinion pieces starting in early elementary school. As students enter middle school, the Common Core State...

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Breakfast: Your Brains’ Best Friend

Schools across the country have implemented breakfast programs for students. Research shows the importance of eating breakfast helps students become better learners. Not focusing on eating they are...

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Finding Native American Day Resources

The fourth Friday of September is designated as Native American day.  What a great way to celebrate cultures and differences among your students.  Finding the “right” resources to use is sometimes a...

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Rules and Manners-Setting High Expectations for All

Rules and laws help to keep us safe. Classroom rules teach this concept in a smaller scale. Students begin to learn social expectations as well in the classroom as well. By setting clear expectations,...

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Appreciation for Fictional Characters

Having a connection with a fictional character is one of my beloved childhood memories.  I remember fantasizing about living in a boxcar and had my friends take turns being characters in my family...

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Cookbooks-Teaching Real Life Lessons

When we make math connections to our lives we motivate students. Using cookbooks are a great way to connect math to our daily lives. Teaching fractions is the first thing we think of, but there are...

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