Read Alouds to Inspire Your Future Scientists

Next Generation Science Standards can come to life through read alouds. Bring reading into your science lessons and help your students build a mental picture of tough science concepts through the art of illustration and narrative text with these titles aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Extend the lesson beyond the text with outside links […]

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Top 11 Books-Go-Hollywood Movie Trailers

We’ve gathered 11 of our favorite book-to-movie adaptations just in time for those long and lazy summer days. Enjoy some time with one or all of these great books and movies.

 

Paper Towns

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 

Divergent

 

Hugo

 

Holes

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Charlotte’s Web

 

Little Women

 

Hunger Games

 

The Wizard of Oz

 

Harry Potter (The Complete Series)

 

 

Let […]

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Top Ten: No More Dreadful Summer Reading Lists, Please!

Summer reading. Those two words can be charged with many emotions. If you are a book enthusiast of any age, they likely instill feelings like: delight, anticipation, relaxation, pleasure and excitement for the new adventures of the pending pages! If, however, you are not one who has fostered (m)any positive reading vibes, the words may […]

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Twelve Titles for Earth Day, Arbor Day, Every Day!

 

Here are 12 titles selected with the environment in mind—and each comes with free Teacher Resources.*

The list includes nonfiction, fiction, read-aloud picture books, a graphic novel and even a couple of chapter books. Get ideas, have a debate, get involved. These books are sure to inspire action!

 

1. 10 Things I Can Do to Help […]

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Top Ten Poetry Videos for National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry month by reciting poems to people in the street, to your loved ones, to students and to yourself! Need some inspiration? Our top ten videos for National Poetry Month will help get you started.

 

“‘Hope’ Is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson. Read by Claire Danes and signed by Rachel, age 9.

 

A […]

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Top Ten Mentor Texts for Argument Writing

(Grades K-3)

To teach argument writing, you need a variety of mentor texts that demonstrate the art of persuasion, opinion AND argument. We’ve built a list of books for grades K-3 that do just that. Of course, non-book texts like movie reviews, book reviews and student writing can be great mentor texts for argument writing too!

The […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Top Ten Books|2 Comments

Top Ten Newbery Award Snubs

We’ve included long-time favorites and modern classics in this list of titles that deserved Newbery Award recognition but never received it (in our humble opinion).

Wonder (Grades 4-7, Level U, Lexile 790): Wonder is R. J. Palacio’s extremely popular book about Auggie Pullman, a 5th grader born with a facial deformity who finally has the opportunity […]

By |January 14th, 2015|Elementary, Middle School, Top Ten Books|1 Comment

Top Ten Titles with Beautiful Winter Imagery

Winter can be a magical time of year. Temperatures drop, everyone bundles up and the landscape is transformed into a winter wonderland, covered in a sugary layer of ice and snow. So grab a cozy mug of hot cocoa and dig into some great titles with beautiful winter imagery.

Over and Under the Snow (Grades K-3, […]

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Top Ten Biographies and Memoirs

Freshen up your classroom library with these memoirs and biographies your students will love!

Brown Girl Dreaming (Grades 5-10, Lexile 990): Written in beautiful verse, renowned and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson shares her story of growing up in both the North and South during the 1960s and 1970s.

Sisters (Grades 4-8, Lexile GN320): In a follow up […]

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Top Ten Spooktacular Stories

The temperature is dropping, but that might not be the only reason you’re shivering! This is the perfect time of year to indulge in some spine-tingling tales of terror with your students. Turn on all the lights and enjoy one of our favorite scary stories.

 

The Dollhouse Murders (Grades 4-7, Level S, Lexile 670): This suspenseful […]

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