Best Middle School Novels

Best Middle School Novels

Best Middle School Novels

“World Without Fish” by Mark Kurlansky 

“Heroes of the Environment” by Harriet Rohmer

“Milkweed” Spinelli

“George Washington, Spymaster” by Thomas B. Allen

“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia

“Bootleg” – by Karen Blumenthal

“The Most Dangerous” by Steve Sheinkin

“The Mystery of Beethoven’s Hair” by Russell Martin

“Return to Sender” – Julia Alvarez

“Towers Falling” – by Jewell Parker Rhodes

“Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool

“Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk to Freedom” by Barry Denenberg

“Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome”  – Jonathan W. Stokes 

“The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis

“Parvana’s Journey” by Deborah Ellis

“More Deadly Than War” by Kenneth C. Davis

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Free Christmas Math Lesson Plan & More

Free, 33 page, Christmas Math Multiplication Pack:

Christmas Multiplication Math Pack

Christmas Multiplication Math Pack

 

The Polar Express Kindergarten Math Pack:

Polar Express Math lesson plan

Polar Express Math lesson plan

The Polar Express – Language Arts Lesson Plan

Polar Express Language Arts lesson plan

Polar Express Language Arts lesson plan

 

The Polar Express Math – Grade 2 Lesson Plan

Polar Express grade 2 lesson plan

Polar Express grade 2 lesson plan

Best Elementary School Novels

Here is a short list of best elementary school novels. Captivating and cross-curricular.

Elementary Novels

Elementary Novels

  1. Turtle in Paradise – Historical Fiction

2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – History of Movies

3. Return to Sender – Immigration; Coming of Age Inside Out and Back Again – Immigration; Coming of Age

4. The Way to Stay in Destiny – Coming of Age; Acceptance; Family

5. The Fourteenth Goldfish – Science & Language Arts

6. The Third Mushroom – Science & Language Arts

7. The End of the Wild – Environment, Science & Language Arts

8. Small as an Elephant – Abandonment; Mental Illness

9. Towers Falling – American History & Language Art

10. The Egypt Game – World History & Language Arts

11. I Survived Series

Return to Sender Novel Guide

Return to Sender Novel Guide

Inside Out and Back Again Novel Guide

Inside Out and Back Again Novel Guide

The Third Mushroom Novel Guide

The Third Mushroom Novel Guide

Turning Pages: My Life Story – Sonia Sotomayor- Lesson Plan

Turning Pages: My Life Story - Sonia Sotomayor -Lesson Plan

Turning Pages: My Life Story – Sonia Sotomayor -Lesson Plan

“Turning Pages: My Life Story” –  by Sonia Sotomayor is a beautifully written and illustrated story. This truly inspirational biography is bound to capture imagination of all students. Sonia overcomes many challenges in life and becomes a 3rd women Supreme Court justice and a 1st Hispanic serving on the highest court.

Have Fun Reading!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed. 

 

The End of the Wild – by Helget – Novel Guide

The End of the Wild Novel Guide

The End of the Wild Novel Guide

The End of the Wild” middle school novel by Nicole Helget tells a wonderful story of family, poverty, resilience, conflicting ideas, and forgiveness. This beautifully written story is definitely going to be a must read for years to come. I would be surprised if “The End of the Wild” doesn’t get the Newbery Medal. A must read.

 

The End of the Wild Novel Guide

The End of the Wild Novel Guide

FREE STEM Book Giveaway

STEM Experiments and Challenges K-8

STEM Experiments and Challenges K-8

Decode Learning is running “STEM Experiements and Challenges” Book Giveaway. All elementary science teachers and homeschool parents are eligible to receive a free promo code.

To request a code email: helena@decodelearning.com

In subject line note “Free promo code for Fall STEM promotion”.

Have Fun! 

 

Constitution Day Lesson Plan

The Constitution Lesson Plan

The Constitution Lesson Plan

Lately, there has been a lot of criticism about social studies instruction. It is all well deserved. There is no excuse that we don’t do a better job teaching history to help students build background knowledge and relate the past to the present. Without knowing the past, the present is disconnected. This is especially true when it comes to teaching the U.S. Constitution, textbooks teach it in isolation, when they teach it at all. Knowing that the Bill of Rights exists is great, but what good is it if students don’t understand why it is there or how does it apply and evolve in nation’s courts. One idea to start with would be to have American social studies textbooks written by our own curriculum writers. Teaching social studies with a goal of creating informed citizens instead of test takers.

The Constitution Lesson Plan

The Constitution lesson plan

The United States Constitution Lesson Plan-

This pack includes:

the big ideas in the Constitution (limited government, checks and balances, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, etc.), the background history, comparison of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, the purpose of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights and the use of amendments in everyday life, the differences between Federalists and Anti-Federalists,  the roles of each branch of government, assessment, & answers.