Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Picture Books

Douglas, You Need Glasses! - Ged Adamson
After visiting the eye doctor, a near-sighted dog gets glasses.

Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name... a name that is sure to light up the sky.


The Secret Subway - Shana Corey
In 1870, Alfred Ely Beach invents New York's first underground train.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel - Janet Nolan
There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event." -- Amazon.com

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Teaching Resources

Math
Hundred Board Book: 60 Great Hands-On Activities (Grades K-3)
With this unique hands-on resource, students grab their hundred boards to explore counting and ordering numbers, place value, number patterns, and beginning addition and subtraction. Book features 60 games and activities with accompanying teacher notes. Correlated to the Common Core State Standards.


Hundred Board Book: 60 Activities for Multiplication, Division, and More (Grades 3-5) The Hundred Board Book for grades 3-4 includes more than 60 activities to extend number patterns, use place value, and develop an understanding of multiplication and division. This book includes teacher notes, links to the Common Core State Standards, and an interactive CD for IWB presentation.

Working with the Geoboard (Grades 5-8)
Armed with 25-pin geoboard and the activities in this book, students calculate area and perimeter; explore the properties of quadrilaterals, triangles, and other polygons; discover formulas; and work with number patterns, the coordinate plane, and rotations and symmetry. When it's time to investigate circle geometry, students simply turn their geoboards over and work with the circular pin array on the reverse side.

Science
Uncovering Student ideas in Primary Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K-2
25 new formative assessment probes for grades K-2. What ideas do young children bring to their science learning, and how does their thinking change as the engage in "science talk?" Find out using the 25 field-tested probes in the newest volume of Page Keeley's best selling "Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series," the first targeted to grades K-2.

Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and environmental Science: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes
If you're new to formative assessment probes, you'll love the latest book in the bestselling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Authors Page Keeley and Laura Tucker give you 32 engaging questions, or probes, that can reveal what your students already know-or think they know-about core Earth and environmental science concepts.

Language Arts
A Guide to Teaching Beginning Reading for Teachers and Parents
For anyone interested in preventing, detecting, and overcoming reading problems in children, this book offers strategies, diagnostic tools, activities, and resources for teaching reading from infancy through first grade and beyond. The book's content is in compliance with the major study on reading released in mid-2000 by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Accelerating Language Skills and content Knowledge Through Shared Book Reading
Students in early childhood settings don't always get the benefits of shared book reading-a strategy proven to boost language skills and content knowledge. Prepare the next generation of teachers to make the most of shared reading with this accessible textbook, a complete guide to building vocabulary-rich science and social studies lessons and discussions around storybooks and informational texts. Field-tested with children in high-poverty school settings, this instructional approach is valuable for any young learners at risk for comprehension difficulties.

Linking Picture book Biographies to National Content Standards
Presenting beautifully illustrated picture book biographies, this book pairs narrative nonfiction biographies rich in language and illustrations with national content standards in the social studies, science, and the arts. Provides more than 100 picture book biographies (primarily from 2010 to the present) that offer the newest in engaging literature. Supplies lessons and units of instruction--including technology and web tools--that can be used to teach collaboratively with content area teachers. Links directly to national content area standards to ensure rigorous teaching. Provides clear evidence of the value of using higher-level picture books with middle grade students. Lends the unique perspective of authors who hold graduate degrees in children's literature, have been book reviewers for many years, have presented at state and national conferences on children's literature, and possess extensive experience with review committees of children's resources at the state and national levels on the subject of determining the quality of books for children.

Teacher Resources for Physical Education & Special Education

Teaching STEM and Common Core with Mentor Texts: Collaborative Lesson Plans, K-5 - - Anastasia Suen and Shirley Duke
The volume offers 20 mentor texts, plus in-depth, collaborative lesson plans linked to the Common Core Standards for K-5 librarians. There are additional lessons for classroom teachers, as well as activities that can easily be done in the library or classroom. Each lesson includes mentor text information, an overview of the lesson, step-by-step lesson plans, assessment options, and extension activities.

Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs - Darlene Mannix
This thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded edition offers a practical resource for teachers who work with special students in grades 6-12. It is an essential aid to help middle and high school students gain the social skills necessary for success in school and in life ... to help ... and put into practice appropriate ways to behave among others. ... not only teach kids how to get along with others, but also help them learn to control a situation by actively participating and contributing to the social outcome.

101 Classroom Games: Energize Learning in Any Subject - Gareth Long
With 101 Classroom Games: Energize Learning in Any Subject, not only can you help your students improve their study skills, but you can also aid them in reviewing what they already know about a topic or subject, prepare them for formal and informal assessments, and see them embrace learning experiences as enjoyable. You never knew a game of Splat, Snap, or Howzat! could pack so much educational punch, did you? All 101 games in this handy book make learning memorable, fun, and successful. You can use them as effective starter activities, for the middle part of a lesson to reignite learning when you see the kids' eyes start to glaze over, or as complete activities to help you assess your students' learning. Each game provides you with: ready-to-go plans to implement the game and shorten your planning time; stimulating lesson content with variations and progressions to suit your students' ages and abilities; illustrations to help you understand how the game works; and teaching points and prompts to keep the game fun, interesting, and effective. These games create a stimulating learning environment where students undertake tasks and solve problems by interacting with their surroundings, other students, and you. They provide a great alternative to traditional methods of learning and assessment. Most of all, the games do just what you'd like them to do: help your students learn, improve their skills, and enjoy the educational process.

Inclusion in Physical Education: Fitness, Motor and Social Skills for Students of All Abilities
- Pattie Rouse
A practical, easy-to-use guide filled with inclusion strategies that focus on developing the physical and social skills and fitness of students with disabilities. And these strategies do not involve extended planning or setup time or extra equipment.

Fun and Games: 100 Sport-Related Activities for Ages 5-16 - Anthony Dowson & Keith E.J. Morris
With more than 20 years of coaching and teaching experience, authors Anthony Dowson and Keith Morris have developed and adapted an array of activities and games from their own everyday use when teaching children. Inside you will find a range of warm-up ideas, games, skill practices and sport-specific activities to motivate children and encourage active participation." "Anyone who has the responsibility of organising activities for young people will find these ideas invaluable. Useful in both planning and providing physical education lessons and recreational experiences, this book will make it easy for you to create a varied and exciting physical activity program.

High/Low Books for Teens

Rock the Boat - Sigmund Brouwer
When Webb move to Nashville to make his mark as a sing-songwriter, he finds out how tough the music business can be.

Bad Business - Diane Dakers
Lindy gets a surprise windfall that allows her to pay for her dream trip to the Arctic. The only problem is, the windfall is a mistake made by a confused old lady. Lindy knows that keeping the money is wrong, yet she does it anyway. But when she tells a schoolmate what she has done, she really starts paying for her bad deed.

Homecoming - Diane Dakers
When Fiona's father returns home from prison, Fiona must come to terms with her relationship with him, her family's instability due to his incarceration, and her resolve over whether or not he committed the crime.

Betting Game - Heather M. O'Connor
Jack's a star player on an elite soccer team along with his brother, Alex. The Lancers are on top of the league, even favored to win the National Championship. But the game's about to change. A slick bookie wins Jack's friendship and introduces him to illegal betting. Before long, Jack is hooked on the adrenaline rush, and early wins convince him that gambling could make him rich. Meanwhile, an ever-widening rift is forming between the two brothers. Suddenly, Jack's 'system' fails and his luck runs out. How could a few losses pile up to a gut-kicking ten grand? When he can't pay, the bookie gives Jack one way out--throw the National Championship. But can he betray his brother, his team and himself?

I.O.U. Dead: A Keno Kalder Mystery - Michelle Wan
Keno is stuck in a rut as a debt collector when one night he runs into a serial killer leaving the house of his latest victim. Instead of going to the police, Keno and his collecting partner decide to blackmail him. When their plan goes sideways, Keno must decide if he will do the right thing or run.

New Picture Books

The Alphabet Song - retold by Steven Anderson
This classic song gets an updated, original recording paired with a delightful picture book. The combination of paired music and text helps engage students and develop early literacy skills.

Paul's Travels - Tim Dowley
Through this fully illustrated guide, children discover the fascinating story of Paulhis life, journeys, and letterswith a letter stored in its own pocket for each chapter.





The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits - Douglas Florian
Illustrations and rhyming text explore how rabbits spend their days throughout the year.


When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons - Julie Fogliano - A book of poetry moving through the seasons.

Mr. McGinty's Monarchs - Linda Vander Heyden
Mr. McGinty and his dog Sophie love observing monarch caterpillars and butterflies on their morning walk, so when they discover that the milkweed monarchs need to survive has been mowed down, Mr. McGinty comes to the rescue.

Zen Socks - Jon J. Muth
Stillwater the giant panda and his friends Leo and Molly teach each other about patience, sharing, and compassion.

Listen to Our World - Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Youngsters awaken in the morning with the belief that they are the greatest little ones in the world, whether they are children in their mothers' arms, eagles soaring above mountains, whales swimming in the ocean, or other animals in their domains.

Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin - Matt Tavares
When the Great Blondin announced that he was going to walk from America to Canada across the Niagara River on a rope that was more than 1,100 feet long and just 3 inches wide, hanging 160 feet above the raging river, people came from everywhere. Some came to watch him cross. Some came to watch him fall. Some thought he wouldn't show up at all. But he did show up. And he did walk across the river. And then he did something else amazing. He crossed the river on that tightrope again and again, adding another death-defying flourish each time. Matt Tavares's gorgeous, riveting account of the daredevil of Niagara Falls is sure to hold readers in its grip, just as Blondin's feats enthralled those spectators on the cliffs more than one hundred and fifty years ago.

Ten Kisses for Sophie! - Rosemary Wells
Sophie and her mother make very special treats for their party, but Sophie worries there won't be one left for her.

The Thank You Book - Mo Willems
Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, but Gerald thinks she will forget someone important.








Friday, August 5, 2016

Christian Books for Children & Families

The Lightlings - R.C. Sproul
Charlie's fears of the dark are calmed by his grandfather's story of the Son of the King of Light brought into the world so that people need never fear the darkness.

Paul's Travel's - Tim Dowley
Through this fully illustrated guide, children discover the fascinating story of Paul—his life, journeys, and letters—with a letter stored in its own pocket for each chapter.

The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments - Marty Machowski
Based on the ESV Bible, this unique, illustrated Bible storybook uses 156 stories to present God's plan of salvation in Christ from its opening narrative in Genesis to its finale in Revelation.


Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family Closer to God - Marty Machowski
Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. This easy-to-use family devotional, in just ten minutes a day, five days a week, empowers parents to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Each day focuses on highlighting the gospel of grace through the stories of the Old Testament. Suitable for children from preschool through high school.

Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family Closer to God - Marty Machowski
Encourage your children's spiritual growth as a family with Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. Using the same 10-minute-a-day structure as Long Story Short, this devotional will connect kids to living gospel truth through 78 New Testament stories. Each devotional features simple discussion questions, Scripture references, and more.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Content Area Picture Books

SCIENCE:
See It Grow Series (1st and 2nd grade reading levels)
Apple - Dawn Bluemel Oldfield
In this book, readers learn how apples grow from seed to fruit.


Coconut - Jackie Lee
Readers will discover how a coconut seed turns into a coconut palm that bears lots of new coconuts in clear, simple steps in this basic introduction to plant development.


Cranberry - Jackie Lee
A cranberry is full of fruity goodness. It is smooth, round, and red. How did it get that way? Beginning readers will discover how a tiny cranberry seed turns into a vine that forms flowers and then fruit in clear, simple steps in this basic introduction to plant development.

Oak Tree - Joyce Markovics
Discover how oak trees grow from seedlings to large, leafy trees that produce flowers and new acorns.


Pumpkin - Jackie Lee
Discover how pumpkins grow from small seeds to seedlings to vines that produce flowers and big, ripe pumpkins.

Sunflower - Joyce Markovics
A tall plant with a huge yellow flower grows in a field. It was once a small seed. So how did it get so big? Beginning readers will discover how a seed turns into a sunflower in clear, simple steps in this basic introduction to plant development.

LANGUAGE ARTS:
Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs - Linda Sue Park
Presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.


MATH:
Measuring Penny - Loreen Leedy
Lisa learns about the mathematics of measuring by measuring her dog Penny with all sorts of units, including pounds, inches, dog biscuits, and cotton swabs.




FICTION:
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music - Margarita Engle
Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner, 2016


Buddy and Earl Go Exploring - Maureen Fergus
Buddy is just settling in for the night when Earl announces that he's going on a trip. Before buddy knows it, he and Earl are off on another grand adventure. While exploring the wilds of the kitchen, they see wondrous sights, make delicious discoveries and even encounter a couple of unusual monsters.

More Than Enough: A Passover Story - April Halprin Wayland
Illustrations and simple text portray children and their family as they prepare for, then celebrate, a Passover seder with foods, games, songs, and even a sleepover.

CHRISTIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

The Lightlings - R.C. Sproul
Charlie's fears of the dark are calmed by his grandfather's story of the Son of the King of Light brought into the world so that people need never fear the darkness.

Paul's Travel's - Tim Dowley
Through this fully illustrated guide, children discover the fascinating story of Paul—his life, journeys, and letters—with a letter stored in its own pocket for each chapter.