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Election Day Books!

by Pamela Warren


by Pamela Warren

Problem/Solution Collection

by Pamela Warren

How could it possibly matter if a little girl refuses to eat her green beans? So what, if the scrawny new kid doesn’t know to follow the playground bully’s rules? Why is it so darn hard to photograph giraffes? What’s the problem??

Spider Collection

by Pamela Warren

Did you know that of the more than 35,000 species of spiders in the world, very few are harmful to humans? In the whole of the United States, only two types of spiders are dangerous to human beings (both of which just happen to live in my own backyard, but hey, let’s not go there!)

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by Tom Murdock

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Comprehension Activities: Sequences!

by Sarah Rohrbach

Sequencing activities develop a child’s ability to think logically. By retelling events in the order in which they occurred, kids can get a sense of processes, cause and effect, and other important building blocks of comprehension in literature and life.

Let’s consider three books with increasing levels of difficulty within sequencing.

Reading Comprehension Series: Context Clues

by Sarah Rohrbach

Searching for the meaning of words through context clues helps students build their vocabularies and their logical thinking skills. Many books include vocabulary words with clues to what they might mean in the books’ illustrations, texts, or both.

Let’s look at three children’s books with different types of context clues.

Author's Purpose: Three Sparking Stories

by Sarah Rohrbach

We can ask some standard questions to spark discussions about author’s purpose. Why do you think the author wrote this? What is she/he trying to say? What lesson does the book teach?  Is the book meant to inform, entertain, persuade or explain?

Let’s look at a three children’s books with an increasing levels of complexity within author’s purpose.

Little Rooster’s Diamond Button includes a fairly straightforward message about morality and determination.

Questions to ask: What lesson does the rooster learn?  Does the author want the reader to learn the same lesson?




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