books about: elementary
To Sleep with the Angels: The Story of a Fire
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher
Authors vivid descriptions of the OLA parish before, during, and after this tragedy will transport you to 1958
This book is written in an exceptionally beautiful manner. Maintaining respect for ALL involved, the authors paint a portrait of this Humboldt Park parish as it was in the 1950s. We begin with a concise history of Chicago: The great fire in the 1870s, Al Capone, the rise of Mayor Daley, through the beginnings of December 1, 1958. Chicago was feeling good on December 1, 1958, having just ...
A Literature Unit for Rifles for Watie: Curriculum Connections, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking, Unit Tests, ...
Teacher Created Materials
COULD BE A MOVIE!!!
I FIRST READ R-F-W IN 1992, I HAVE SINCE READ THE NOVEL 10 TIMES. AS A CIVIL WAR BUFF I REALLY ENJOYED THE WESTERN FRONTIER BATTLES. IN HISTORY CLASS ONE USUALLY NEVER GETS MUCH INSIGHT ON THOSE AREAS OF THE CIVIL WAR. I LOVE THE PASE OF THIS NOVEL, IT SEEMS AS IF IT NEVER SLOWS DOWN. I REMEMBER AS A KID FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE CHARECTERS AND WANTING TO BE THEM. WHEN I DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 03 ...
Amelia Bedelia: Peggy Parish (Novel units)
A. Troy and P. Green
Funny, a Good Read
Amelia Bedelia is funny in a cute, adorable way. I will be sure to check out the other Amelia Bedelia books--no wonder there's so many of them. They certainly withstand the test of time.
A Guide for Using The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in the Classroom
Teacher Created Resources
The Best Christmas Tale Ever!
Barbara Robinson has crafted a fantastic tale of the meaning of Christmas. In this 80 page book we come to fear and love the Herdmann clan, a gaggle of 6 kids that see the world their own way, and take it on in their own terms. They are just as likely to klonk a kid in the head as ignore them. They are the "closest thing to criminals that we knew." What does this have to do with Christmas? ...
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
You'll want to become a Book Whisperer too!
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways! As a preservice educator, I so believe in the message Donalyn Miller is trying to sell/get across in this book: let us get back to 'passing on' the gift (and it is a gift) of reading to our students and children! Reading this book was a joy. It is well-written, very readable, and downright fun at times. I found myself smiling, laughing, nodding, and ...
Reading with Meaning
Stenhouse Publishers, 2002
A MUST HAVE for primary teachers!
Debbie Miller is truly a genius! This book is such an easy read, you will get wrapped up in it. It's not written like a text book, rather a conversation with Debbie. She is passionate about teaching, which comes through on every page, with every anchor lesson she shares. I have seen Debbie in person, and she is amazing. This book will get you started - learning how to teach kids to THINK ...
Owl moon (Science series)
Frank Schaffer Publications
Delightful nature book!
this is amoung our top favorite nature books! It shows a son and father enjoying nature together, observing and interacting with nature. Captures my sons attention every time and that is a trick! (3 yrs old, active boy) The book is a story but simple. Very descriptive. Not rhyming but still very simplistic and yet richly detailed. Son has found it a little bit scary as it describes a dark ...
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
Ascending the status of a classic
Honestly I read this book over 25 years ago and thought that this book has long been discontinued. I guess this proves what a time-tested treasure it is. The author, a TV celebrity in Japan, recalls her childhood and the unorthodox school she went to. Absolutely adoring in the simple story of how a concerned mother tried to do the best for her daughter and how a simple man did his best to give a ...
32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2008
Great for anyone who works with children
Even if you're not any kind of teacher, you know these kids, were these kids or have these kids. I can't wait to share it with my teaching co-workers. I work with toddlers and can already see some of the personalities of the children in this book. I only wish my own children could have had Mr. Done.
The Daily Five
Stenhouse Publishers, 2006
Love this book
This is an awesome method to use in your classroom. It has helped me cut waaayyyyy back on prep time, organizational time and struggling with classroom management during literacy time. My students have THRIVED on the choices, and have become way more responsible and careful with their actions. I simply love it. I am only implementing 4 of the Daily Five (not doing Listen to Reading at this time, ...
Harold R. Jacobs
W. H. Freeman
This is the best algebra book I have ever seen in my life, and I worked in a library for three years with access to countless algebra text books. This book doesn't assume that you already know much of the fundamentals of math or its vocabulary. It builds you from the ground up and reinforces what it teaches in its exercises. Love it.
Tomie de Paola
Frank Schaffer Publications
This is a wonderful story and it is included on many book lists (a recommended read before kindergarten)! My 3 and 5 year olds have asked to read this many times! They both enjoy spaghetti and the idea of spaghetti pouring out of a pot continuously really tickled them! Equally amusing was that Big Anthony, did not use his "listening ears" when Strego Nona told him not to touch the magic pot! We ...
Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work
Stenhouse Publishers, 2003
Literacy Stations In Kindergarten
If you want to set up literacy stations in your classrooms (k-2), or you just want to re-vamp the ones you already have, then Debbie Diller's book is very helpful. The key to successful stations is to teach the stations from the beginning of the year. Use all station materials in your teaching, students will then model this teaching when they go to the station for independent practice. Great ...
Kodaly Today: A Cognitive Approach to Elementary Music Education
Oxford University Press, USA, 2008
Excellent Resource for Music Educators
This book is absolutely amazing. I had the opportunity to take a Kodaly course from the authors of this book (Houlahan and Tacka) at a Belmont University summer program and their knowledge of this material (both academic and practical) is stunning. The book lines out the three phases of learning musical information (cognitive, associative, and assimilative) and how to present musical ...
Else Holmelund Minarik
Frank Schaffer Publications
Little Bear Book
This was one of my favorite books when I was learning to read. My favorite story was when Little Bear thought he went to the moon. I was so happy when my four year old found this at the library. She watches the Little Bear cartoons on Nick, but I've been trying to teach her basic reading and this book worked out perfect. She can't read it by herself yet, but I don't mind reading this one over ...
The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction
This book, along with The Daily Five, has revolutionized my teaching. So smart and organized. You must read this if you are a teacher looking for new inspiration!
When Kids Can't Read, What Teachers Can Do: A Guide For Teachers, 6-12 (Turtleback School & Library Binding ...
Kylene G. Beers
Helpful, Heartbreaking, and Humorous
I am not inclined to read books related to pedagogy (drier than dust!), but after hearing Dr. Beers speak in Maryland, I became an almost-instant disciple. While I admit that several strategies given in the book have evolved for me over many years of teaching, I also have to consider the difference this book would've made had I had it earlier in my career. I, too, have had my share of Georges ...
Gryphon House, 1905
I love this book. I was looking for new things to try with my 2 year old and this book is perfect. There are a lot of things that were completely new to me (which is what I was looking for). My son loves all the different textures and most are super easy setup/clean up. I would give this as a gift to all toddler's parents.
The English Teacher's Companion, Second Edition: Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession
My New Classroom Bible
While the price is a little steep, the book is worth every penny. There is so much useful information for language arts teachers in middle and high school. Although it's designed much like a college textbook (and apparently is being used as one, rightfully, in some places), it is easy to read and apply. Burke devotes chapters to reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and even listening, ...
Dynamic Art Projects for Children: Includes Step-by-step Instructions And Photographs
Denise M. Logan
Something For Everyone
I am a student teacher/art education and used this book during my student teaching with third and fifth grade students. The "Crazy Cactus" project turned out beautifully as well as the still life project based on Vincent Van Gogh. This is my favorite project book so far because of the step-by-step instructions and illustrations including examples of student work. Only drawback is that some of the ...
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Kindle - Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device
This is the future of book reading. I have used it and love it!
Circles In The Nursery: Practicing Multicultural Family Therapy
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