Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Novel Guide

“Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition” by Karen Blumenthal

A captivating read on the era of Prohibition. Middle and high school kids love this book. The content is complex but presented in an explanatory manner that allows them to gain background information and ask further questions. It covers a range of important characters that had interesting points of view and additional involvement in other civil rights matters. It is a great starting point to discuss democracy and the law passing process with students. At the end, the Prohibition is a perfect example how in our country, people often disagree, still laws are passed and repealed in a peaceful manner, even though often they take time.

“Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition” by Karen Blumenthal is a type of book kids really hope to find in the classroom and library. I recommend getting more than one copy for the classroom. Kids like to take this book home and/or keep a copy in their desk until they finish.

Highly Recommended!

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Lena, M.E.d.

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and Lawless Years of Prohibition Novel Guide - Kren Blumenthal

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and Lawless Years of Prohibition Novel Guide – Kren Blumenthal

Grade Level 7-12
Curriculum Area: History, Social Studies
Genre: Nonfiction
Lexile Level: 1250L
ATOS Reading Leve: 9.1

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Her Right Foot: A Picture Book About Statue of Liberty by Dave Eggers


“Her Right Foot: A Picture Book About Statue of Liberty” by Dave Eggers is a welcome addition to our classrooms. Beautifully illustrated, “Her Right Foot” is in mid-stride, moving forward. The Lady Liberty had broken her chains and is on the move. She is not content to merely stand with a torch in her right hand. She has been and is a symbol of freedom and a beacon of hope and dreams. Eggers sheds a new light and enriches our discussion on life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom.

Her Right Foot” Children’s Illustration Project – Enter to win  a signed copy and a hand written note from the author.

http://herrightfoot.hscampaigns.com/

 

 

Binary System Conversion – Lesson Plan

Binary System Conversion Lesson Plan

Binary System Conversion Lesson Plan

Here is the “ Binary System Conversion Lesson Plan” for all middle and high schoolers who are starting their computer science careers :). This is perfect for all kids who prefer visual explanations. The pack includes visual step by step conversions from binary to decimal and vice versa. The second part of the pack consists of practice worksheets. Conversion tables are provided for each question, as well as, the answer key.

Happy Teaching!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

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Best STEM Books

Rivers of Sunlight by Bang and Chisholm Lesson Plan; STEM books

Rivers of Sunlight by Bang and Chisholm Lesson Plan

STEM learning, challenges, and activities heavily depend on reading. After all, what difference would all our STEM efforts make, if the design process doesn’t include reading foundation, reading process, and reading extension sources?

“Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth” by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm truly delivers as a highly recommended STEM picture book for elementary grades. The authors did a great job telling a story of the Sun powered water movement on Earth. This book is simply done right. It addresses the water cycle in all its complexities and touches on important concepts of the water movement from the movement of water from sea to land to the effects of the Gulf Stream on temperatures and climate.

This is a must have in every classroom.

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

Help for Houston

As many of you know, I was born in Houston and attended public schools there from K-12. I have a large family, and many still live there. I have been in touch with my family members and all of them are safe. Here is a list of organizations coordinating donations to help victims of Hurricane […]

via A Message from My Family in Houston — Diane Ravitch’s blog

First Grade Bell Work – Freebies

grab1Bell work sheets are a must in elementary grades. They allow everyone to easy into the day of learning, attendance, lunch count, you know the drill. Here is a week worth of free bell work for get your first graders started.

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Florida Dep. of Edu Doesn’t Care About Education

board-413157_960_720Every school board in Florida is experiencing teacher shortage. The reasons are many, but for the most part it is not because teachers are underpaid and hardly appreciated. The reason we are having teacher shortage is the fact that the new Florida Department of Education teacher certification test fails 50% of new teachers. The new teaching certification test is created to be “rigorous”, which means that it is created unreasonably hard, it doesn’t test what it means to test, but Pearson and the FDOE get to make millions on test fees for takes and retakes.

As a Florida parent, I admire the pursuit of “rigor” in the classroom. I want my kids teachers to be knowledgable and up to par. However, instead of providing our kids with best teachers our kids are now going to be in the hands of substitutes, who don’t need to have any certification. The lack of permanent teacher alone will create chaos in classrooms and disrupt education. How can Florida Department of Education say that they care about education if this is the outcome of their actions? This is the worst possible scenario.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-teacher-shortage-harms-florida-20170228-story.html