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 At the end, the Prohibition is a perfect example how in our country, people often disagree, still laws are passed and repealed in a peaceful manner, even though often they take time.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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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

Best Elementary Language Arts Apps

coverPrepositions and their directionality are quite difficult for students to learn. This holds true for students in primary grades, ESL students, and even advanced learners of English. What makes Prepositions Builder by Mobile Education Store LLC, perfect is that students get to connect the visuals with written word and read one sentence at the time while building their reading fluency and comprehension. This app also builds students’ vocabulary and writing skills.

A must have for grades 1-3 and ESL instruction.

The Preposition Builder App builds students’:

Knowledge and use of prepositions
– Reading Fluency
– Reading Comprehension
– Vocabulary
– Writing Skills
– Grammar

Perfect for daily incorporation of language arts and technology.

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark; by Debbie Levy- lesson plan

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Lesson Plan

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Lesson Plan

“I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy is a perfect biography for elementary students. Students learn about our first Jewish woman Supreme Court Justice, who persevered through many obstacles to sit at the highest court in the land. Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg is a real American hero and she becomes well loved by kids after reading her life story. If I was to take one thing away from primary classroom, it would be their sense of fairness and/or its pursuit. Justice Ginsburg is everything we want to inspire in our students.

5 Stars!

Happy Reading! 

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed. 

For the lesson plan, click here.

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