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

Unknown“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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I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! by Julia Cook

61qQz7oYhKLI 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.

Lesson Plan

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Hillarious Picture Books

415Ce-XktvL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“Chicken Big” by Keith Graves – No one knows that to make of the giant baby chick. It might be an elephant, a squirrel, a sweater… Whatever it ends up being, “Chicken Big” brings a clever and super funny plot. Creative illustrations only add to already great plot. This picture book is perfect for grades K-3. In addition to the standard reading comprehension and writing skills, it includes elements of fairy tales. See if your kids can find the story number pattern.

 

“Chicken Big” Lesson Plan – Click Here 

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

13642600“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” by Jen Bryant is a beautiful story about Horace Pippin, a self-taught African American painter, who from an early age drew and held on to his art despite numerous life obstacles. This is a perfect read aloud for elementary grades. I had many, many students, who made amazing drawings on every test, assignment and spelling practice; that never got them into trouble :). This is a perfect read to teach biography genre, reading comprehension skills, American history, character analysis, content specific vocabulary, etc.

An absolute gem.

“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” Lesson Plan- click here

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

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Summer Enrichment; Reads, Coding & Apps

Summer doesn’t have to have a backward slide if kids keep their minds active. Learning new and different stuff will increase their academics upon return to school. The stressful tests are over, there is no more mandatory curriculum. Just summer, kids and parents.

Summer Books:

bird_lake_moon“Bird Lake Moon” – by Henkes

 

 

 

Unknown“Olive’s Ocean” – by Henkes – Newbery Award Winner of 2004

 

 

 

Turtle_in_paradise“Turtle in Paradise” – by Holm

“Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer” – by Megan McDonald

 

 

Learning Computer Programming This Summer – for all ages
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Super fun and engaging way to learn programming. Suitable for all ages.

 

 

 

Learning while having fun… Apps

teachme3rdTeachMe:3rd Grade – by 24×7 digital LLC

This app for 3rd graders is ideal during and after the school year. Kids practice spelling, sight words, multiplication, division, fast multiplication and division; earning points and prizes.
What I find the best about this app is the writing part, which kids find a bit frustrating but they all work at it. They start paying attention to their penmanship, which in third grade is still in beginning stages with most students. Summer is a perfect time for the review and this app has all the foundation that they will need in 4th grade. TeachMe: 3rd Grade app does a great job getting kids to mastery of content through a fun and captivating way.
TeachMe: 3rd Grade doesn’t feel like work. You will know that kids really like it, when they repeatedly ask to play it.

Best Picture Books – Primary Classroom

1st grade super readsFirst Grade – First Rate Picture Books

Teaching with picture books in primary grades is one of the most enjoyable ways to teach reading, writing, character building, problem solving, while getting to know your little guys. Here are some of our favorites!

 

 

 

 

Unknown1. Penny and Her Marble – by Kevin Henkes

Everyone loves Penny. She has a real moral dilemma in this story. Should she do the right thing or not? Along with standard main idea, story sequencing, writing activity, and predicting, students debate the right and wrong of the story conflict.

 

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511qt3k12aL2. What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

This book is a best seller and a perfect read throughout the year. The story takes kids through a series of scenarios and discusses consequences of our actions. Students in primary grades are keen observers of their surrounding and are ready to analyze cause and effect in fiction and their own life. After reading “What If Everybody Did That?” students are able to gain better understanding of rules that seemed unreasonable or needless before.

81N0hXbytIL3. Ruby’s Wish – by Shirin Yim Bridges

A story of perseverance and goal setting. Amazing character building book.

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The_Story_of_Ferdinand4. “The Story of Ferdinand

Everyone wanted Ferdinand to be something he is not. This timeless story teaches kids to be who they are.

 

 

51gLVpZZyrL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_5. “The Three Little Pigs Count to 100”

A beloved fairy tale told in a creative way that not only tells the story but teaches math and reading comprehension at the same time.

 

 

51JcSxw0L3L6. The Empty Pot – another beloved classic
Lesson – Tell the truth and things will work out. Perfect character building book.

 

 

51j3FlqSA9L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_7. The Invisible Boy – by Trudy Ludwig

Every class has an invisible boy. This wonderful book teaches acceptance and inclusion.

 

 

purple-plastic-purse8. “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” – Kevin Henkes

Lilly is hilarious. She will have kids laugh and relate all throughout. She loves school until she doesn’t. Henkes masterfully describes a life of a primary age students.

9919. The Giving Tree – by Silverstein

In “The Giving Tree” the tree selflessly gives everything away, until there is nothing to give. Another amazing character book on making better choices.

 

Unknown-110. Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me” – This interactive book intertwines science and language arts. STEM activity included in the lesson plan below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Lesson Plans

Earth Day and Spring perfectly overlap, and students greatly enjoy science resource texts. Stories are the best possible way to teach science to students of all ages. Despite the assumptions, a huge amount of science learning is integrated with language arts, at least by the great ones. Earth Day offers an ideal opportunity to teach and discuss how human actions effect the environment. Even though all the present hype with STEM tagets hands-on, there is no learning without actual reading for both background knowledge and additional research. Here are some awesome Earth Day books and lesson plans to go along:

thelorax1. “The Lorax by Dr. Suess is a must read for primary grades. Kids love Dr. Suess books, activities, movies, anything. Perfect Earth Day read and lesson.

 

 

 

 

thegivingtree2. The Giving Tree – Grades K-2 

“The Giving Tree” is a well loved book, for reasons that escape those with reason. It is not a story of giving and how wonderful it is to give. It’s a story about a boy who takes everything until there is nothing left. The message of non-renewable resources and importance of sustainability doesn’t escape. Super read on how not to be.

 

 

heroes3. Heroes of the Environment – Upper Grades – Free Lesson Plan on TpT (Earth Day Lesson Plan Giveaway)  This is a great guided reading non-fiction common core text for students in older grades – upper elementary and middle school.
Happy Teaching! 

 

 

 

4. World Without Fish – lesson plan – Earth Day Non-Fiction Text

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5. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and Science of Ocean Motion– Non-Fiction Science Resource Text Lesson Plan

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