The Power of Story: Recommended Black History Month Titles for Every Grade Level

Established on the coattails of the Civil Rights Movement and Negro History Week, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976 with the hope that the public would “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor through our history.” This is a […]

Mining for Gold: Gold Rush-Themed Lesson Ideas That Start With Books

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California, sparking one of the largest migrations in America’s history. Americans and immigrants flocked to California by the thousands, hoping to strike it rich as miners in the gold fields or as merchants selling supplies.  

Although it seems like ages ago, students can find […]

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Crises and Crusades: Support Content Area Literacy with These Historical Titles by Albert Marrin

Albert Marrin is a well-regarded author of juvenile nonfiction. Having penned over three dozen titles, he is not only prolific but also award-winning, and clearly dedicated to bringing history to life for his readers.

I recently spent some time with three of Marrin’s titles: A Volcano Beneath the Snow, FDR and the American Crisis and Thomas […]

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How to Electrify Learning with Informational Read Alouds

Reading aloud to young children has always been a delight, but I must plead guilty to spending too many years focusing on fiction-based read alouds. I was afraid that informational selections couldn’t possibly hold the attention of my ever-so-wiggly elementary students. But how wrong I was!

Once I began to experiment with informational read alouds from […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, Science, Social Studies|Comments Off on How to Electrify Learning with Informational Read Alouds

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

As we move towards a global society, the world we live in grows smaller each day. Students need to be prepared for this trend toward globalization. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring that an appreciation for and understanding of cultural diversity is an integral part of every child’s education.

Through literature, teachers have an amazing […]

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Inspired By Picasso: Using Art and Literature to Teach Content Area

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso

October 25, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of the prolific Pablo Picasso’s birth, long ago in Spain. Picasso was a formally educated artist, trained in prestigious, elite art schools at a very young age at his father’s […]

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Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

The 2016 presidential election is giving people a lot to talk about. Some elections slide by without much controversy, but not this one. As an educator thinking about teaching the 2016 presidential election, I’ve had to pause. Could I successfully hide my own political views? What would conversations in my classroom look like? Would students erupt […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom—And in Real Life

Every time my family would visit my grandparents’ house for the weekend, my grandpa would wake up on Sunday mornings before the rest of us (which was pretty early in a family of educators used to waking up at 6 am each day) to buy steaming hot menudo, tender barbacoa, fresh home-made tortillas and all […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Contests and Freebies, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Classroom—And in Real Life

Titles To Help You Talk About 9/11 In The Classroom

While the events of September 11, 2001 remain fresh in our mind as if they happened yesterday, to our students 9/11 is just another historical event that happened before they were born. My daughter is twenty-one, and she remembers the fear of the day, but nothing about the horror so many of us witnessed on […]

By |September 8th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Titles To Help You Talk About 9/11 In The Classroom

Heart, Head, Hands and Feet: How Childhood Interests Make History

May 20-21 marks the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight across the Atlantic. While pilots were making flights across the Atlantic in 1927, none had ever dared to do it alone. Even 89 years later, the world is in awe of the tenacity and innovation that made such a seemingly impossible human achievement a […]

By |May 20th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Social Studies|Comments Off on Heart, Head, Hands and Feet: How Childhood Interests Make History