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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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Recommended Level Books with Some of our Favorite Series for Pre-K to Grade 8

Working in education for many years and being an ELA teacher, I love to read, recommend and talk books with students of all ages.  I have compiled a list of books based on what students say they are reading as we go into schools, and some of my personal favorites that I have utilized in the classroom or read at home.  Unlock the Teacher loves to share the good in education, so we would love to know some of your favorite reads too.

Given that the holidays are just around the corner, please share your favorite books with us and we will post it here as we compile a Christmas Must Have List for Readers of All Ages.  Send us your thoughts here, on our Facebook Page, or on Twitter @unlockteacher.

PreK

“Phonics Friends” eBook by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn and Sue Atwell @ Unlock the Teacher

“Mrs. Bindergarten gets Ready for Kindergarten” by Joseph Slate

“Here we go Around the Mulberry Bush” by Will Hillenbrand

The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn

“Dragon’s Alphabet Soup~Learn the ABC’s” an eBook by Rachel and Michael Yu

1st Grade

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” an eBook  by Oceanhouse Media

Frog and Toad are Friends” by Arnold Lobel in paper or eBook format

“Biscuit” Series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” an eBook by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn, Sue Atwell @ Unlock the Teacher

“Katie’s Exploring Adventure” an eBook written and illustrated by OLQM 1st Graders

“Katie’s Horse Adventure” an eBook written and illustrated by OLQM 1st graders

“Fox and Friends” Series by Edward Marshall

“Frog and Toad” Series  (My daughter loved this series.)

2nd Grade

“Biscuit” Series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

“Little Critter” Series by Mercer Mayer

“Dragon” Series by Dav Pilkey

“Henry and Mudge” Series by Cynthia Rylant

Robert Munsch Books

Keven Henkes Books

“Nate the Great” Series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (My son loved this series.)

3rd/4th Grade

“Horrible Harry” Series by Suzie Kline

“Judy Moody” Series by Megan McDonald

“Cam Jansen” Series by David Adler

“Jigsaw Jones Mystery” Series by James Prellar

“Magic Tree House” Series by Mary Pope Osborn (paperback and eBook form) *Great to enhance imagination

“Junie B. Jones” Series by Barbara Park *Funny and good vocabulary builder

“Stink” Series by Megan McDonald

“Franny K. Stein” Series by Jim Benton

Matt Christopher Books

“Rainbow Magic” Series by Daisey Meadows

“The Adventures of the Beailey School Kids” Books by Debbie Dadey and Mearcia Thorton Jones

“Flat Stanley” Series by Jeff Brown

“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” Series by Betty MacDonald

“Pony Pals” Series by Jeanne Betancourt

“My Weird School” and “My Weird Daze” Series by Dan Gutman

“Nancy Drew” and “Clue Crew” by Carolyn Keene

“A to Z Mystery” Series by Ron Roy

“Black Lagoon Adventures” Series by Mike Thaler

“Katie Kazoo Switcheroo” Series by Nancy Krulik

“Amber Brown” Series by Paula Danzinger

“The Time Warp Trio” Series by Jan Scieszka

“Spring into Art and Poetry” an eBook and Poetry Unit by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn, Sue Atwell @ Unlock the Teacher

“Geronimo Stilton” Series

“Encyclopedia Brown” Series by Donald Sobol

“Mysteries of the Beach” an eBook by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn, Sue Atwell at Unlock the Teacher

“Boxcar Children” Series by Gertrude Warner

“Clementine” Series by Sara Pennypacker

“Animal Ark” Series by Ben Baglio

“Secrets of Droon” Series by Tony Abbott

“Wayside School” Series by Louis Sachar

5th/6th

“The Indian in the Cupboard” Series by Lynn Banks

“Fudge” Series by Judy Blume

E.B.White Books

“Michigan and American Chillers” by Jonathan Rand

Ronald Dahl Books

Beverly Cleary Books

“Little House” Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Eleanor Estes Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events” Series by Lemony Snicket

“Harry Potter” Series by J.K. Rowling in eBook or Paper Format

“The Ranger’s Apprentice” Series *One of my favorite series!

Louis Lowry Books

7th/8th

“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

“Winning Season” Series by Rich Wallace

The Adventures of Wishbone” Series by Nancy Butcher

“Harry Potter” Series by JK Rowling

“The Ranger’s Apprentice” Series *One of my all time favorite series!

Louis Lowry Books

Here are a few good websites for additional information on leveled readers:

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Recommended Books for Avid Readers, Boys Ages 8-12 with Some Great Author Websites

After having a wonderful conversation with a few parents last night, I thought I would put down some thoughts to share.

I think we in education, often forget that we have been given amazing gifts in our collegial studies and in the classroom that many parents would love to have.  Personally, this past week with sixty-two family members in town for a celebration, many with whom I ever see, asked many questions on the “Academic Chart” on the refrigerator and how did I know just what Nathaniel and Claire needed to work on at ages 6 and 9?  How did Unlock the Teacher come up with the ideas for our academic eBooks, why those given topics? Can I send them drafts of our first in the series of books being written with Dr. Lick (Director of Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital) and Dr. Letscher (UDM Professor) and what languages are we planning on publishing them in?   Does phonics need special attention with young school children etc.

Interestingly enough, these are similar questions I found when conducting the Needs Assessment for our Unlock the Teacher book.  Many of the parents in our focus groups had similar questions…a thirst if I may, for knowledge that would allow them to better help their children, identify their child’s learning styles and begin to provide them tools for life-long learning.  Parents who wanted to become planters of knowledge seeds.

So this week, on the sidelines of the freshman football field, I have had similar conversations as the ones mentioned, but on the topic of books.  If you are a parent or teacher of boys who reads often, then hopefully these book recommendations will help. (Example: my 9-year-old son reads approximately 30 minutes when he wakes and an hour before bed and sometimes for a time during the day to calm his spirit.  He reads through 2-3 300-400 page books a week.  This has been his pattern of behavior since the beginning of 3rd grade and lasted through the school year and has increased this summer.)  Talking to various parents, this is common for a few boys and parents are desperately seeking reading material that will engage their avid readers minds, without filling it with inappropriate images.  This can be tricky, when you have 8-10 year olds reading at a grade 9 and above, where many book written for that given age has some sort of sexual undertones.  A subject undertone that I would rather my 9-year-old not to read about yet.

Given all this, and the wonderful dialogue I had with these parents and seeking out additional recommendations from some of my teacher colleagues, here is a brief list of recommended books sans inappropriate material:

The Rangers Apprentice Series Books 1-10 by John Flannagan (Note: A great website  for young boys with free games etc.)

The Percy Jackson Series and Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Note: A great website for Narnia games online.)

The Youngest Templar Books 1-3 by Michael P. Spradlin

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (My son loved this, a great mystery.)

The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan (Note: Great free online games at this site.)

The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart (Note: Fun website!)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Tom Sawyer Companion Library by Samuel Clemens (Note: Many teachable moments when reading this with child.)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin w. Dixon

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

These books are well written and sure to engage the avid reader (boy or girl really).  I have read all these books before my son, so we could discuss and I could utilize them to further his learning.  However, I also had available many if not most of these books in my classroom over the years as well.  I hope this helps, and these books are found to engage and activate the imagination for your young reader.

I would love to hear your suggestions and post them here on our blog…knowledge is meant to be shared no hoarded!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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