“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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Big Lesson Plan
“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
A Splash of Red; The Life and Art of Horace Pippin lesson plan
“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
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
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.
“Bird Lake Moon” – by Henkes
“Olive’s Ocean” – by Henkes – Newbery Award Winner of 2004
“Turtle in Paradise” – by Holm
“Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer” – by Megan McDonald
Learning Computer Programming This Summer – for all ages
Super fun and engaging way to learn programming. Suitable for all ages.
Learning while having fun… Apps
TeachMe: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.