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Recommended Christmas Novels & Short Stories for Students of all Ages

It is that busy time of year where classroom instruction seems to fly by and engaging students of all ages can be challenging. Exhale and know that you are making a difference. Intentional planning can really help maintain the calm in the classroom these last few weeks leading up to the holiday break.

For those looking to enhance their students’ reading surrounding this season, I thought I would share this great website that offers a comprehensive list of recommended Christmas Novels and Short Stories .

I love to share the good when and where I find it!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

 

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Author Websites with Games and Activities… Think Eragon, Reading Rainbow and The Ranger’s Apprentice

Some great author websites with games and activities for all ages this summer!

Oceanhouse Media Great educational book apps and so much more. Check out often for FREE downloads to help your child learn letters, phonics & math!

http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/

Christopher Paolini’s “Eragon” Series Games and Activities for Tweens and Teens…Great Teacher Resource Too

http://www.alagaesia.com/
John Flannagan’s “Ranger’s Apprentice” Series Games and Activities for Tweens and Teens…Great Teacher Resource Too (one of my favorite series)

http://www.rangersapprentice.com.au/

The 39 Clues Website A fun clue hunt!

http://the39clues.scholastic.com/

The Mysterious Benedict Society Top Secret Adventures, Passwords and Amazing FUN!

http://www.mysteriousbenedictsociety.com/

Remember Reading Rainbow…check out this great reading resource for FREE!

Think classroom IPad or whiteboard resource

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-rainbow-read-along/id512350210?mt=8

May we continue ot seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Workshop with Teens Produces a Great Insight into What They are Reading This Summer…Grisham, Patterson, Zusak, Riordan and Horowitz Were the Top Author Contenders

I met with a group of teens a few weeks back and asked them if they would like to share with all of our readers, the books they are currently reading and will read this summer.  The following is a list of books they provided.  I enjoyed teaching middle school and it is always refreshing to meet with young people and actually l-i-s-t-e-n to what they have to say or share.  This group of teens were articulate about their futures, the future of our country and the role they see themselves in helping make our world better.

So this is a shout out to that group of young people (that worked with Mrs. Ball ;-)), with whom I have no doubt will be amazing leaders of tomorrow. Acte non verbe!

Workshop Reveals What Teens are Reading

"Wolf Brother" by Michelle Paver was one of the group's favorites!

Grisham and Patterson were hot favorites for girls and boys.

"The Book Thief" by Zusak is an amazing read...highly recommend for literature teachers everywhere! Denise 😉

The whole team at Unlock the Teacher LLC is looking forward to an exciting teaching year with schools around the United States (and possibly abroad)…stay tuned as we will continually share what our children, our future is reading.  What we allow into our minds plays an important role of what and who we become, regardless of age!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 😉

 

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Straight from the Students: Books They are Reading in January and A Rating for Each

Good Evening Readers,

Today I had the privilege of observing some Best Practices within a Pre-K through 8th grade school.  I often visit this school to collaborate, because the teachers are open to discussion, full of innovative ideas and the students are so well-mannered.  As in all buildings, the administrator sets the mood and in this building, it is not hard to see that Mr. C believes in leading by example.  He models for teachers and students his expectations.

If  I haven’t shared yet, I have a fondness for teaching and working with teenagers. At this age, the young minds are full of inquiry and I am open to debate (in a respectful fashion of course) and I enjoy the challenge of trying to get them to see the “BIG” picture…that they soon will be the leaders of our country.  All children can learn, and it is fun trying to be an educational sleuth in figuring which way works best for which student.

OK…on to the review of what a seventh and eighth grade class of students are reading and what they thought about the book(s) so far:

Book Title ==Author====Rating (Great, Good, Boring) ==Gender

“Incantation”  == A. Hoffman ==Great!  ==G

Catching Fire”  ==S. Collins ==Great  == G

“Frost Bite” =========D. Wellington=========== Great =============G

“Schooled” ==G.Korman== Good ==G

“Shiloh”== P.Naylor====A bit boring (I know 5th graders who love it) ==B

Diary of Anne Frank” ==A. Frank== Good=== B

“One Left Behind” ==W.D. Roberts ==Great==G

“The Complete Science Fiction Treasury of H.G.Wells”  ==MANY boys shouted out a “Great” on this one

Al Capone Does my Shirts” ==G.Choldenko == MANY boys and a few girls”Great” on this one

“Far Star”==Lacey ==Great==B                                                                   

“Drift” ==Patterson ==Great == G

“The Westin Game”  ==Raskin ==Good + (I like this one too.)==B

“Saphiique” ==Liane de Pougy ==GREAT (on my list to read 😉 == B

Million Dollar Throw” == Lupica == A lot of “GREAT” ratings for this one==B

“The Separate Piece” == Knowles ==GOOD==    B

Travel Team” == Lupica ==GREAT==    B

“Cujo” == Stephen King ==SCARY but still reading…hmmm == B

“Sun, Moon, Ice” ==Jessica Day George==  LOVE IT ==    G

“Revolution” ==Ron Paul ==GREAT== B

“Eragon” ==Paolini ==GREAT== B&G                                                         

Bud Not Buddy” == C.P. Curtis==GOOD==  B

“The Ranger’s Apprentice” Book 9 ==Flannagan==Both boys & girls have read & LOVE series(my house too;-)

“Fixing Delilah” ==Okler==GREAT==G

Thank you to all the wonderful 7th and 8th graders at St. Mary’s for their book reviews for this blog!  As always, keep reading and keep the suggestions and/or book reviews coming.  We like to read them all.

Many blessings to you,

Denise 🙂

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