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75 Books That Build Character

75 Books That Build Character
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Mussar: Spiritual Practice of Good Actions If we all had what it takes to be a Mensch, a person of extraordinary character, wouldn’t we all be one? In fact we do have what it takes, we just haven’t been trained to take the steps to make it happen. The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions, Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar is that training manual. Imagine what your life would be like if you felt empowered to overcome those things inside that lead you to get stuck in the same situation again and again. What if you could slow things down and redirect yourself before you started to raise your voice? Mussar is a 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual practice of mindful living that was almost lost forever in the devastation of the Holocaust. Mussar is the path to becoming the best self we can be. Spiritual Practice of Good Actions is written for “Just Jews” Accessible to people of all spiritual beliefs Sign Up Now Launch Bonus The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions will be published by Llewellyn in early September 2016.

Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients Author Award Winner Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement. Illustrator Award Winner Shane W. Author Honor Eloise Greenfield, “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Patricia C. Illustrator Honor Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. G. Victoria Bond and T. Dr. E.B.

Web page As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. Partners - For your unwavering support and evangelism. Parents - For supporting the use of technology not only as an instrument of learning, but as a means of creating knowledge. We encourage everyone to continue to “Think, Create and Collaborate,” unleashing the power of technology to teach, share, and inspire. Best wishes, The Oracle Education Foundation 5 Read Aloud Books All Teachers Should Read « The Teaching Excellence Program Written by Daya Cozzolino, TE Instructional Coach In my first year as an elementary school teacher, I learned the beauty of the read aloud. Sure, I had heard about the importance of reading aloud to students from my professors in college, and I was even an avid follower of Jim Trelease. However, it wasn’t until I had my own classroom that I learned the true value of read aloud books. In just my first month of teaching, I realized that a good book could calm my students down, engage them, inspire them and instruct them in a way that connected to their lives. 1. This book drives home the point of setting high expectations for your students, having a strong voice AND balancing it with warmth. 2. Let’s face it – all teachers have a rough day here and there and, as we learn in this book, so do our kids. source 3. I remember reading this book as a child with my own mom and couldn’t wait to share it with my students. 4. I read this book to my very first class on the first day of school. 5.

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification Newbery Medal 2020s | 2010s | 2000s | 1990s | 1980s | 1970s | 1960s | 1950s | 1940s | 1930s | 1920s Click here for Newbery Medal and Honor Books 1922-Present (PDF 200kb) List with downloads of Newbery, Caldecott and Legacy Award Winning Speeches 2020 Medal Winner: New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins) Honor Books: The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Scary Stories for Young Foxes, written by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu (Holt/Macmillan) Other Words for Home, written by Jasmine Warga (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins) Genesis Begins Again, written by Alicia D. Members of the 2020 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair Krishna Grady, Darien Library, Darien, Conn; K.C. 2019 Medal Winner: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Candlewick) Members of the 2019 Newbery Medal Selection Committee are: Chair Ellen M. Honor Books: Doll Bones by Holly Black (Margaret K. Honor Books: Honor Book:

bubble gum FUN! (writing and math) I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! (Thank goodness for Saturdays, right?) I know I am, because I got all my grades finished and handed out yesterday. My students worked really hard this week, so to reward those little cuties... we had a GUM day! Of course, I made them earn it with good behavior (you gotta make 'em work for it)! She has so many great ideas! I made a few changes to this lesson and I adapted it to my 2nd grade students. First I gave my students some bubble gum (Double Bubble) and believe me, they were so excited! Then we chewed and CHEWED! You should have seen some of their faces... they were HILARIOUS and they looked like chipmunks! Then we talked about some bubble blowing tricks. When they were all done writing about How to Blow a Bubble, they did this cute little art activity to go with it. I was so impressed at how darling some of them turned out! And just in case you are wondering... Click the image below to download this fun activity:

40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year old might have been a stretch, but we’ll try anyway. Yes, chances are that your preschoolers, too, can sit still enough to listen to a long book while having breakfast (rather than watching TV) or at bedtime, when they’ve likely wound-down and welcome your prolonged presence before the lights are turned off for the night. Even if some of the language or concepts are slightly beyond your children’s understanding and maturity level in some of these books, you’ll be amazed at how much they will enjoy and even start to grasp “big” words and ideas after reading chapter books. (Hopefully, my own kids will learn to become overall better listeners as well!) You certainly don’t have to read all of them.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being Caldecott Medal The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kadir Nelson’s rich illustrations amplify Kwame Alexander’s poetic tribute to the resiliency, strength, and perseverance of the historical and present-day Black experience. “Through color and composition, Kadir Nelson’s daring visuals erupt off the page. Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. “Oh, what a ride!” Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Ignited by an electrifying snap of the string bass, Nic navigates between the symphony of two worlds: music and community.

From Jim Wright: Intervention Ideas for WRITING The act of writing contains its own inner tensions. Writers must abide by a host of rules that govern the mechanics and conventions of writing yet are also expected—within the constraints of those rules-- to formulate original, even creative, thoughts. It is no wonder that many students find writing to be a baffling exercise and have little sense of how to break larger writing assignments into predictable, achievable subtasks. Content: Memorize a Story Grammar Checklist (Reid & Lienemann, 2006). References Bos, C.S. & Vaughn, S. (2002). Frus, P. Gersten, R., Baker, S., & Edwards, L. (1999). Graham, S., Harris, K. Murphy, J., Hern, C., Williams, R., & McLaughlin, T. (1990). Rathvon, N. (1999). Reid, R. & Lienemann, T.O. (2006). The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (n.d.). The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (n.d.). Copyright ©2014 Jim Wright

Top 100 Children's Books of All-Time Developing a love of the written word can begin while your child is an infant. Babies who are read to are much more likely to read earlier, understand concepts better, and be faster learners than babies who do not have the chance to experience books. It is never too early or too late to begin reading to and with your children. Choosing a variety of well written, colorful, and entertaining stories from some of the best children’s books ever will help develop a love of reading and a love of learning in your child. Sharing that time together and cuddling up with a story to share will also help build a bond between you and your child like nothing else can. Looking for chapter books? 11 to 20 21 to 30 31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 60 61 to 70 71 to 80 81 to 90 91 to 100 Famous Children’s Books That Almost Made the List *NEW* 30 Best Children’s Books of 2012

How Children Success: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

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