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A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way though Great Books

August 31, 2017

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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Z is for Zing!

June 20, 2017

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.

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Y is for Yummy Cranberry Learning Centers

June 18, 2017

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!

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Crazy for Cranberries and Enrichment Activities for Esperanza Rising

X is for Xerox

June 16, 2017

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?

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R is for Reading in the Summer

June 4, 2017

Are you looking for ideas for the last days of school, a summer gift for your students, and a way to support students and families in sustaining reading and writing progress over the summer? Our Summer Reading and Writing Journal will help students set goals for summer reading and writing during the last days of school. Summer Reading and Writing Journal works great for a summer reading class, too. This product includes:

  • Teacher Guidelines
  • Parent Letter
  • Teacher and Student Postcards
  • Suggested Reading Lists
  • Student Reproducible Bookmarks

Student Reading and Writing Journal (38 pages) includes:

  • Student goals for reading and writing
  • Reading Log
  • Writing Prompts
  • Pages for writing and for drawing
  • Summer Calendar to record reading and writing activities
  • Suggested Extension Activities
  • End of Summer Reflection Page

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Summer Reading

N is for Novel Studies

May 27, 2017

Teaching a novel effectively is challenging, especially if you want your students to engage deeply with the themes the authors are presenting and discover how novels can connect to their lives and perhaps show them how to cope with life’s challenges. And, above that, we want students to experience the pleasures of reading. The units and discussion and activity guides were intentionally designed to do all of the above while allowing for choice for students and teachers.  Another goal was to design the discussion and activity guides for independent study or for small groups, to help differentiate and to meet the needs of students. Here are the five novels that are popular with students and teachers.

Hunger Games: Unit Plan and PowerPoint Fact Game

Catching Fire: Discussion and Activity Guide

The Giver: Discussion and Activity Guide

Son: Unit Plan and Discussion and Activity Guide

The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion and Activity Guide

SALE 20% off May 28-29: Hunger Games: Unit, PowerPoint Fact Game. Catching Fire: Discussion & Activity Guide. The Giver: Discussion & Activity Guide. Son: Unit & Discussion & Activity Guide. The Fault in Our Stars: Discussion & Activity Guide.

 

 

 

 

m is for mockingbird

May 25, 2017

mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is one of my favorite novels—you smile, laugh, sniffle, cry. We developed a unit and a discussion and activity guide for mockingbird, which stand on their own or work together. Both products are grounded in best practice and use a wide variety of strategies that include step-by-step guidelines for implementation as well as handouts that facilitate that implementation. Our research and our work with classroom teachers over the years indicated to us that sharing how to implement best practice saved teachers time and increased the use of best practice in the classroom. Our goal with all of our products is to engage students and facilitate implementation for teachers.

mockingbird Discussion and Activity Guide includes:

  • Teacher Activity and Discussion Guide (34 pages)
  • Emotion Face Chart and 16 Emotion Face Cards for Forming Student Groups
  • 8 Summative Assessments
  • Personal Dictionary Project
  • Student Literary Log
  • PowerPoint Slide Presentation (109 slides) and PowerPoint Teacher Guide 25

mockingbird Unit Plan includes:

  • Instructional Plan for the unit
  • Caitlin’s Phrases Lesson Plan
  • Setting Analysis Lesson Plan (Part 1 & 2)
  • Character Analysis Lesson Plan
  • Fabulously Fun Theme Thursday Lesson Plan: Part 1, 2, & 3
  • 10-Second Rule Game for Chapters 1-14 and for Chapters 15-27
  • Mini-Assessment Project
  • Caitlin’s Rituals Lesson Plan
  • Figures of Speech Lesson Plan (Literal vs. Figurative Language)
  • Quotes Activity: Fact Checker Lesson Plan
  • Friendship Lesson Plan
  • Blooming with Knowledge—Mini-Projects for Mockingbird plus Rubric
  • Literary Log for Students

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