Friday Favorites: It’s Graduation Time!

Picture Books For Milestone Moments

yay you

Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On by Sandra Boynton

walk onWalk On! A Guide For Babies of All Ages by Marla Frazee


If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade


The Three Questions by John J. Muth


Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

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The North Star by Peter Reynolds


The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant

suessOh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

courageCourage by Bernard Waber

ideWhat Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Tech Tip #5: Google for Education

Looking for more opportunities to learn? For FREE? On the Google for Education website, you can learn about the following tools for teaching and learning. The lessons that Google offers introduce what they are and then also how to apply them in the classroom. Google offers lessons for the following applications:

Each lesson includes a Getting Started in the Classroom section, a Training Video, and a Module with lessons, self-check questions, and much more.

If you are especially interested in Google for Education, you can even become a Google Certified Teacher, not only can doing so help you expand your knowledge of educational technology, but it is super marketable! For more information, see this site.

Google for Education also offers this site for more training resources.

The Value of Those Out-of Program Electives

Guest Post by Reveka – thank you!

I took a class called “Informal Science Education” as one of my out-of-program electives, and the purpose of the class was to show teachers how to use informal science resources, such as museums, to teach science. One of our assignments was to write three consecutive lesson plans – one lesson being a trip to a museum – and I of course wanted to take a literacy approach. At first I couldn’t figure out how to do it! But then it hit me. We have so many non-fiction units, and we even have our second graders writing lab reports and all-about books that incorporate science into everyday things, so why not use the museums and resources to reinforce them! I came up with just a few ways in which we could include these informal science resources in our literary units, and maybe you can think of more!

A museum trip during the nonfiction writing unit to make them “experts” on their topics!

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Nonfiction Worth Noticing

A Nest is Noisy by Diana Hutts Aston1

The newest addition to Aston’s incredible series (including An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy, and A Rock is Lively) teaches about nests – not just bird nests,  but alligator nests, orangutan nests, bee nests, and so many more. Her poetic writing style combined with the well-researched information woven into the text and illustrations provide readers with an enjoyable, eye-opening reading learning experience.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School
by Teri Kanefield

Barbara Johns, the true instigator of the Civil Rights Movement, stood up for what 2she believed in, seeking a better learning environment for herself and her classmates. This book tells the story of how she led the first peaceful protest and stood her ground taking her case all the way to the Supreme Court. A powerful narrative combined with photographs, documents, advertisements, and quotes provides readers with a less-familiar lens to view this crucial time in our  nation’s history.

The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert3

In The Scraps Book, Caldecott honoree, Lois Ehlert, inspires young readers and
writers as she takes them on a journey through her life as an artist and her book-making process. Her rich illustrations full of unique collage art encourage her audience to follow their dreams and explore their inner creativity.

Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

4Dynamic husband and wife duo, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, do not disappoint with their latest nonfiction picture book, Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package. Young readers will enter the animal kingdom and learn about the fight for survival, beginning with the egg. Engaging animal facts paired with Jenkins and Page’s signature, eye-popping collage art will have your primary students itching to learn more!