Rounding is such an important math concept, yet many students find it very difficult to grasp. The early years of learning are major in mastering math concepts. Foundation built in primary grades is paramount for academic math achievement. A firm grasp of rounding leads to accurate estimation and ability of students to do mental math. Students who struggle with sense of numbers are often able to tackle math problems with limited success. This seemingly simple skill impacts all math activities from kindergarten to their last year of university. When it comes to rounding, every student needs to form a solid grasp of numbers. Some things that work with students who struggle with rounding is the use of number lines (vertical and horizontal, visual cues, and individual instruction.
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Demi is another beloved fairy tale. Kids love, love, love Demi’s books. We read any Demi book we can get. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” story is one of the best wisdom tales for kids. The story starts a discussion on pride, social pressure, honesty, etc.
Story sequencing; Literary Elements; Fairy Tale Analysis; Character Analysis; Reading Comprehension Questions; New Vocabulary
“America’s Schools are Profoundly Unequal” says U.S. Civil Rights Commission. When will the government stop saying such obvious things? How about, “America’s Society is Profoundly Unequal”? We don’t have a problem funding our schools. There is actually plenty of money. More money is spent in the U.S. classroom than in most other countries that outdo us in education. Throwing more money at school will not solve anything because our schools aren’t the problem. Neither are teachers. Poor schools have good teachers. Solid funding. Our schools are not failing students. Our society is failing students. If kids come to school hungry, from homes that are under tremendous financial stress, they are not ready to learn. There is no amount of school funding that will fix the lack of home funding. It doesn’t matter how many reports we make. The problem stays the same. Unless we as a society fix families and lift people out of poverty, we are holding students back. We can sit back and put all the responsibility on the parents, but in the end, if we don’t help families, we will need extra funding for future social problems.
“Every child deserves a quality of life, regardless of their zip code.”
“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.
Mrs. Lena, M.E.d.
Grade Level 7-12
Curriculum Area: History, Social Studies
Lexile Level: 1250L
ATOS Reading Leve: 9.1
“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.
“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.
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
For the lesson plan, click here.
“I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No” by Julie Cook is one of the highly effective social skills picture books. Perfect for elementary school students. Younger students instantly connect with the story, since they deal with daily frustrations when it comes to hearing ‘no’. Cook skillfully connects with the reader, then productively offers a step-by-step plan to which students quickly buy in. As younger students have a hard time considering others’ perspective of ideas, Cook’s “Say to Yes to No” club serves as a productive habit forming tool, useful for all students.
Perfect class management tool book!
5 Star 🙂
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.