Friday, April 15, 2016

Professional Resources for Elementary Science

Engineer Through the Year: 20 Turnkey STEM Projects to Intrigue, Inspire & Challenge, Grades K-2
- Sandi Reyes
Contains twenty projects involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for grades kindergarten through two.

Engineer Through the Year: 20 Turnkey STEM Projects to Intrigue, Inspire & Challenge, Grade 3-5
- Sandi Reyes
Contains twenty projects involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for grades three through five.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Audiobooks

Heroes of History series

A narrative biography of American abo
litionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and led others to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Louis Zamperini: Redemption
As an Olympic runner, a bombardier, and a prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini
modeled hope and forgiveness to a generation. A magnet for trouble as a boy, Louie determined to create a new path for himself. Nicknamed the "Torrance Tornado," he set national records and traveled to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. His resolve as a runner was matched by his will to survive a plane crash, weeks adrift at sea, and years in a prison camp. this American hero encouraged countless others to have faith and persevere, revealing that no life is beyond redemption.

Christian Heroes: Then & Now series

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness
Born into a loving family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer pursued a life as a pastor, teacher, theologian--and spy. He spoke about the trouble in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power, urging the Christian church to rescue disparaged people groups and resist Hitler's evil empire. Accused of being a troublemaker, Dietrich continued on fearlessly in the midst of wickedness. His work as a spy in the German resistance and participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler led to imprisonment and eventual execution. But the lesson of his life story remains : "Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

William Carey: Obliged to Go
William's amazing journey to India would prove to be just the beginning of a missionary quest filled with hardship and heartache as well as tremendous victories. Often referred to as "the father of modern missions," William Carey displayed a single-minded determination to set his face like a flint to the task of bringing the gospel to those lost in darkness. His life of service and sacrifice is a guidepost for Christians of all generations.

David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer
With the heart of an explorer and the passion of an evangelist, David Livingstone mapped vast, unexplored areas of Africa, sharing the gospel with whomever he encountered. His stamina, perseverance, and dogged determination created the legacy of a trailblazing explorer with an undying hunger to make Christ known wherever his steps led him. David Livingstone's captivationg adventures and tireless zeal continue to inspire countless men and women to bring the gospel message of God's love to those souls who have never heard.

Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China
In a twist that only God could orchestrate, this spirited young girl who grew up to become the most educated woman in the American South would ultimately find her calling as a missionary to China. As Lottie watched her fellow missionaries fall to disease, exhaustion, mental breakdowns, and death, she became just as dedicated to educating Christians about the often preventable tragedies of missionary life as she was to educating Chinese people about the Christian life. The sacrificial service of the unforgettable Lottie Moon has inspired and enabled countless others to give their all for the dream of seeing the whole world reached with the gospel.

Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer
A biography of the American pilot who served Christian missionaries in Ecuador's jungles until his death at the hands of Auca Indians in 1956.

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China
Hudson survived his perious maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called him, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal losses to bring God's truth to the "ripe harvest fields" of China. Today, Hudson Taylor's story continues to challenge and inspire believers young and old to carry the anchoring gospel message, regardless of personal trial or hardships, to those who are adrift and without hope.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pictures Books for Social Studies Topics

A Street Through Time: A 12,000-Year Walk Through History
Take a breathtaking journey through time as a street evolves from a camp of nomadic hunter-gatherers to the present day.

Fly Away Home - Eve Bunting
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

¡Sí, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. - Diana Cohn
When Carlitos's mother and the other cleaners go on strike for higher wages, Carlitos cannot think of a way to support his mother until he sees her on television making a speech, and then he gets his class to help him make a sign to show his pride

I've Seen the Promised Land - The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Walter Dean Myers
Pictures and easy-to-read text introduce the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicken Sunday - Patricia Polacco
To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins - Carole Boston Weatherford
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.

Apple Pie 4th of July - Janet S. Wong
A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

Letting Swift River Go - Jane  Yolen
Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.