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People of color literature. A Year of Reading. YA Lit and other Loves :) Underage Reading. MotherReader. The Picture Book Bonanza Continues! It's part two of. . .

The Picture Book Bonanza Continues!

Picture Book Bonanza! More picture books as recommended by you. (No giant asparagus included.) Becca of Whole Words uses Children Make Terrible Pets to teach plot diagram. I love that title! Fiona uses Diary of a Worm to teach point of view and voice. "Dan" uses Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street to introduce narratives. Jennifer likes My Great Aunt Arizona to help her students write about what inspires them. Nari uses Charlie Anderson to teach questioning. Tracy at Grade 3 Top Dogs uses Big Chickens to discuss story elements. Allie-Gator of And so it begins. . . likes to use Peanut Butter and Jelly to teach sequencing. Prudence likes to introduce writing workshop with Born Yesterday, The Diary of a Young Journalist.

Stjstinn uses a Patricia Polacco classic, Thank You Mr. Michelle likes to use The Important Book at the beginning of the year to help the students share things about themselves. This is a list that could go on forever! Teaching Language Arts with Children's Books. Teaching language arts with children's books is a recipe for educational success!

Teaching Language Arts with Children's Books

Most teachers have a wide range of language arts teacher resource books in their classrooms, but many forget that their own classroom library is perhaps one of the most powerful language arts resources of all. The books listed below are great for teaching language arts for children in K-Grade 8. Finding the perfect book is easy.

In the Classroom: Annotating Charlotte’s Web. I begin every school year with a study of E.

In the Classroom: Annotating Charlotte’s Web

B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. As I’ve written before here and elsewhere, it was not a book I gravitated to naturally. But during a 1990 seminar at Princeton with U. C. The children read the book completely before we do anything with it. I then showed them how to do a close reading of Chapter I just as I did with Uli in 1990 and just as I’ve been doing with classes of 4th graders ever since. These are thumbnails (click them on for the larger versions) of the pages I annotated on the Smartboard. Here I am annotating on the Smartboard with the kids doing the same in their own books. The learning specialist who works with me, Julia Stokien, created a wonderful collection of slides to support the annotating of Chapter I. I recorded the lesson too (and felt sort of like a one-man band doing all this documenting at once! The children have started presenting their chapters and are doing a fantastic job.

A Literate Life - Anchor Charts. These charts are posted here because I’ve received countless requests for them.

A Literate Life - Anchor Charts

Please note - the point of an anchor chart is to anchor the teaching and learning that is happening in your classroom, so they should be reflective of the work that you and your students are doing. Don’t feel obligated to use the same wording or even the same charts that I’ve shown here - these are just examples of charts that I’ve used and/or seen. Also, these charts come from a number of sources - professional books, workshops, curriculum documents, fellow teachers, and the need to solve a problem in the classroom! Book Review: Young Adult Fiction. Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See.

iStockphoto.com Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or "YA" fiction, that is — is entirely too dark.

Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction : Monkey See

Calling out the books about kids who cut themselves or suffer abuse right alongside the books with abundant profanity in them, it laments the fact that young readers will be "surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds. " Unsurprisingly, the commentary has come under intense criticism — it's not in any way a new complaint, and every response to it points that out, along with plenty of other problems. But as easy as it is to tear the piece apart — for its complete failure to acknowledge V.C. Do you remember being 15? For some people, it was a breeze. But there are plenty — plenty — of people for whom, if they are honest, it was a time of isolation and bafflement and plain old gutting it out until they got older. Math in Children's Literature.

Math in Children's Literature 187K+ New!

Math in Children's Literature

A Math Game List (pdf) is also available. Free! Access this and other freebies and products through my store. Latest Update: March 8, 2014 I try to update the following list of Math Books for Kids on a regular basis. Why Do I Keep Up This List? Linking Children's Literature to Math A few important notes about this list: 1. 2. 3. Addition/Subtraction 12 Ways to Get 11, Eve Merriam *The 329th Friend , Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (lesson)The Action of Subtraction , Brian Cleary Centipede's 100 Shoes.