A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way though Great Books

Posted August 31, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Books, Enrichment Activities Esperanza Rising, Esperanza Rising, Novelty, Reading, Uncategorized

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But the truth is that I fell in love with cooking through reading, and I learned quickly that being in the kitchen offered me the kind of peace that settling in with a good book did.  Cara Nicoletti

For those of us who love to read and love to cook, this is the book for you. Cara Nicoletti, author of Voracious, creates recipes for her favorite foods from some of her favorite books.  Nicoletti is a professional chef so some of her recipes were a bit daunting for me, but I loved reading the essays and the recipes that followed. I’m definitely going to try a few. For example, breakfast sausage from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and cherry pie from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. My sister-in-law and dear friend, Janet, put me on to this book–she too is a reader and cook!510U2mQDcfL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Esperanza Enrichment

In the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, food plays an important role, literally and figuratively. I developed Enrichment Activities for Chapter Foods that are designed to increase students’ connection to the novel through food. It was fun to create and after reading Voracious, I will definitely look for other opportunities to include lessons around important food in novels.

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Back to School…again!

Posted July 30, 2017 by Neiman
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From Surviving to Thriving

August is here! While there is still summer left, teachers everywhere start thinking about their classrooms and the opportunities that await in a new school year. There will be new teachers and administrators to meet, old colleagues to connect and celebrate with, new students to build relationships with, and new goals to set for a successful school year. It really is an exciting time!

I’ve had too many first days of school to even count, but I still get excited for that “Back to School” feeling. I’ve written many times and shared lots of advice for getting ready to go back to the classroom, or for some of you to get ready for your first classroom. Check out these previous  posts. (I didn’t realize how many I had written.) It’s good stuff!

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Back to School with Best Practice Resources

Posted July 30, 2017 by Linda C.
Categories: Back to School, Best Practice, First Days of School

August is here! While there is still summer left, teachers everywhere start thinking about their classrooms and the opportunities that await in a new school year. There will be new teachers and administrators to meet, old colleagues to connect and celebrate with, new students to build relationships with, and new goals to set for a successful school year. It really is an exciting time!

The newspaper and social media are advertising Back to School sales. It’s time to get ready.

Surviving to Thriving LjL is dedicated to providing high quality curriculum based on Best Practices for today’s classrooms. We have products for grades K-12, and we too are “throwing a sale” on TPT on August 1 & 2. Visit our store to check it out.

Our most popular products are perfect for the first days of school. Best Sellers 2017https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Surviving-To-Thriving-Ljl

 

Try our lesson plans for the First Days of School.

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Z is for Zing!

Posted June 20, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Elementary, High School, Lesson Plans, Literature, Middle School, Read Aloud, Reading, Surviving to Thriving LjL, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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tagedo kids want teachers to beZ is for zing. Synonyms for zing include energy, enthusiasm, and liveliness. These are traits that we found middle school students want in their teachers. “Ask the Real Experts about Good Teaching,” an article published in the April 2014 issue of AMLE magazine, elaborates on these traits. And that’s what we think about when we are designing discussion and activity guides, lesson plans, and units—what will engage students and make learning fun and meaningful. And, so we are guided by our vision that our professional work is motivated by the possibility that every child will have great teachers.

ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE ON SALE 20% OFF JUNE 21-23!

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Y is for Yummy Cranberry Learning Centers

Posted June 18, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Cranberries, Elementary, Esperanza Rising, Learning Centers, Learning Stations, Middle School, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized

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Y is for yummy because two of our products focus on food, the Enrichment Activities for Esperanza Rising and Crazy for Cranberries Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities.

Crazy for Cranberries has eleven hands-on learning center activities. In addition to being an outstanding cross-curricular unit, it’s a blueprint for how to set up and use learning centers. This product includes:

19 page Teacher Guide including materials list and picture guide for each center
Answer Key for Student Journal
Optional QR Codes or Print Resources
14 page Student Journal
11 Center Signs
Optional QR (Quick Response) Code Reader

Just a reminder, these learning centers require fresh cranberries, which makes it a great activity for November—just saying!

SALE 20% OFF June 19-20

Crazy for Cranberries and Enrichment Activities for Esperanza Rising

X is for Xerox

Posted June 16, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Surviving to Thriving LjL, Uncategorized

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X is for Xerox because all of our products comes with reproducible components that can be adapted to teachers’ styles of teaching, content, and/or students’ needs. And, if paper copies are not needed, components can be loaded on tablets—whatever the need.  

1280px-Mimeograph.svgWhen I started teaching, schools were still using stencils and mimeograph machines (I do miss the pleasant aroma of the mimeograph purple ink). Then copy machines started popping up and what a godsend they were, although no more purple fingertips—a badge of teaching! Now we have super-duper copiers and kids have tablets—what’s next?

SALE: All of our products are 20% off June 17-18

W is for Wonder

Posted June 14, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Best Practice, Constructivism, Elementary, English Language Arts, Kindness, Middle School, Read Aloud, Reading, Reading Language Arts, Teaching Ideas, Uncategorized, Wonder

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W is for Wonder, one of our favorite novels, recommended by my granddaughter, 5 years ago, shortly after she came into our lives. Her third grade teacher started reading Wonder aloud in the last few days of school. Since Taylor was hooked, I thought it would be great if I read it too and that way we could talk about the book together, which has become a long-standing practice—but that’s another story.

I wanted to do something for the teacher who introduced Wonder to us and a tradition for sharing books, so I decided to create a literature unit for the novel.  As I created questions, prompts, and mini-projects, I prevailed on my granddaughter’s expertise as a kid to determine if all of this made sense to her.  It did! Taylor is in high school now and we still share books and she still is my number one expert on kids!

From there we created four products:

SALE 20% OFF June15-16 Wonder Unit Plan, Wonder Discussion & Activity Guide, Wonder Mini-Unit (English Only) and Wonder Mini-Unit (English & Spanish Activities)

 


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