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Visiting Authors - visitingauthors.com

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K to 6
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Having an author visit your school is easy using this site. Author information, pictures and book lists, and hints on how to prepare for your author visit are all ...more
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Having an author visit your school is easy using this site. Author information, pictures and book lists, and hints on how to prepare for your author visit are all found here. Some of the authors include Marie Bradby, Timothy Bush, Nikki Grimes, Angela Johnson, Steve Lyon, Alexander Stadler, and many others. Learn where the author resides, fees, and more.

tag(s): printables (38)

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Have your students pretend to be an author who visits your school. Make a video of the "visits" from several "authors." Make a wish list of their expectations from the students. Have students create fictional stories of why the author wrote a particular book. Share them with the author for huge laughs. If you do invite one of these featured authors, make sure you read their books well in advance of the visit. Many of these authors have their own websites, so visit those sites as well. As a school event, you may be able to arrange a 'Lunch with the Author' fundraiser.

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Teacher Book Wizard - Scholastic

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K to 12
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Wizards perform magical feats, and this book wizard proves to be equally supernatural. Claiming to be the first book search engine for teachers, it is built on a database of ...more
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Wizards perform magical feats, and this book wizard proves to be equally supernatural. Claiming to be the first book search engine for teachers, it is built on a database of 50,000 books from all publishers. Snazzy tools allow you to choose your own leveling system, and then match the student to a whole list of books. You will find ready-made, themed lists as well. Teachers can create their own book lists to share with other teachers. Use the BookAlike tool to see what books are similar to a particular well-loved book. Matching the right book to each individual student has never been easier. The Book Wizard Tour requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Teachers, make sure your librarian and even parents know about this wonderful web tool. This could be set up as the homepage for several computers in the library, so students can plug in their levels, their interests, and then enjoy the book recommendations. Librarians, use Scholastic's online library evaluator tool to evaluate your current collection. Teachers, take the Book Wizard Tour for an easy explanation of this helpful service.
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PBS Arthur - PBS

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K to 3
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur...more
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur characters, and many other educational activities. Some examples include, "Elmwood City Map," "Facts and Opinions," "Supermarket Adventure," and numerous others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): letter writing (21), nutrition (154), writing (359)

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Make sure you click the 'Parents and Teachers' link at the bottom left column of the homepage. There, you will find lesson plans, activities, book lists, and more. Nearly all of these activities are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. When reading Arthur books in your classroom, extend the learning through these activities. From healthy eating tips to Arthur Trivia, the possibilities at this website are endless. The games are conducive to individual or cooperative learning.
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Themes and Literature Circles - Literature Learning Ladders

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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme...more
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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme examples to get started as well as book lists for each theme, technology ideas, and Internet connections. Some of the topics included are 100th Day Celebration, All About Me & Celebrating Diversity, Colonial America, Quilts, Japanese Internment Camps, Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Native American Legends.

tag(s): literature (275), literature circles (5), themes (12)

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Use the thematic Internet links for web quests and teacher resources as part of an interdisciplinary or team-taught unit. Share the reading lists with your school library/media specialist for featured displays. If you want to really generate student enthusiasm have the class create a wiki on the theme, including book reviews and informational pages on the topic. Don't know about wikis? See the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through to get started.

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Story Times - bestkidsbooksite.com

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K to 6
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Teachers and school librarians can pull up a list by theme of early elementary books and accompanying activities including fingerplays, craft projects, and songs. Besides the usual...more
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Teachers and school librarians can pull up a list by theme of early elementary books and accompanying activities including fingerplays, craft projects, and songs. Besides the usual fiction picture book titles, findings also include appropriate nonfiction titles. When a teacher clicks on a selected book, a nice summary of the book appears. Suggested links to other related subjects allow you to expand the search, as well.

tag(s): book lists (128)

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Find books and activities on topics related to your current science/social studies/reading selections or to accompany primary classroom themes.

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Columbus Day - Kaboose

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This all-encompassing website truly has something for every classroom! There are coloring pages, interactive maps, historical information, book lists, information about "the controversy...more
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This all-encompassing website truly has something for every classroom! There are coloring pages, interactive maps, historical information, book lists, information about "the controversy of Columbus", recipes, crafts, higher-level thinking questions, word puzzles, clip art, e-cards and more.

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CCBC Bibliographies of Recommended Books - Cooperative Children's Book Center at UW- Madison

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1 to 12
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This list of themed bibliographies invites teachers and librarians to expand their offerings when presenting units about a specific subject or at a specific level. Prepared by librarians...more
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This list of themed bibliographies invites teachers and librarians to expand their offerings when presenting units about a specific subject or at a specific level. Prepared by librarians at the prestigious Children's Cooperative Book Center, the books offered are the best in the field. Each subject list of carefully selected items is divided into broad age levels, but each book also contains information about what ages it would be appropriate for.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Keep up to date with the latest in children's literature by referring to the themed reading lists offered here. Use your newsletter of web page to sure to share a featured list to go along with units you are studying. You might also want to share them with your gifted enrichment teacher to extend classroom units.

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No Job for a Woman - Imperial War Museum

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6 to 12
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This British site looks at women's roles in war time from 1900 to the present. Divided chronologically (pre-1914, WWI, WWWII, and post-1945) the site focuses on five main themes: ...more
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This British site looks at women's roles in war time from 1900 to the present. Divided chronologically (pre-1914, WWI, WWWII, and post-1945) the site focuses on five main themes: A Woman's Place is in the Home, Woman's Work: War Work, That's no job for a woman: The Services, War Babes: Stereotypes, pin-ups and prejudice, and You have no Right: Protest and Equality. There is an image guide for each theme, lesson plans, reading lists and suggestions for further research.

tag(s): women (101), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Although the focus of the site is clearly on Great Britain, the image galleries provide good primary source information. This site would be a great resource for incorporating women's roles into the study of the two World Wars in a regular Modern US History course. There is also great material for History Day projects on women's roles in wartime. The use of British terminology might be a little confusing, but also points up the different perspectives of another country, and might be useful in showing how the two World Wars were perceived outside the US. Despite the fact that the site is designed to cover up to the present time, it is not particularly useful for periods after World War II.
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Books in Spanish: Children & Adolescents - California State Univ.

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The Barahona Center as CSU - San Marcos has created this listing of Spanish language books suitable for children and young people. Available in either English or Spanish, the site ...more
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The Barahona Center as CSU - San Marcos has created this listing of Spanish language books suitable for children and young people. Available in either English or Spanish, the site provides a searchable databse of hundreds of titles. Though the search interface is more complicated than necessary, this could be a rich resource for teachers working with Spanish-speaking or bilingual students.

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Use this site as a resource in searching for books that could benefit your ELL classroom. Books are recommended in various reading levels, making it easier to find things to fit specific students in your class.

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Grow Up Reading - West Bloomfield Township Public Library

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K to 3
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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection...more
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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection tips, and a list of do's and don'ts when reading aloud.

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Keep your primary students interested in reading even during summer vacation by sharing this resource with parents before the end of the year.

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Children's Picture Books

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1 to 3
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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students....more
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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students. Includes book reviews and links to author and illustrator Web sites. This is a wonderful resource to share with parents via your classroom, school, or library newsletter.

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Story Place - Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Library

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Created by the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County libraries, this is an interesting, bilingual resource for finding children's books and related activities. In addition to a kid-friendly...more
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Created by the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County libraries, this is an interesting, bilingual resource for finding children's books and related activities. In addition to a kid-friendly book search, there are theme reading lists for both elementary and preschool age groups. Inquisitive reading teachers - especially those working with Spanish-speaking students, will find this a welcome addition to their web lists.

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Children's Literature - Web English Teacher

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Search through this alphabetical list of children's authors, click on a link, and explore a great collection of resources (organized by book title) including vocabulary lists, activities,...more
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Search through this alphabetical list of children's authors, click on a link, and explore a great collection of resources (organized by book title) including vocabulary lists, activities, and lesson plans - many with an interdisciplinary flair.

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a resource in a literature class. Before introducing a new book to the class, check this site first for information under the author's heading. There you'll find lesson plans, resources, activities, etc. Great for teachers using a new novel or in need of some fresh ideas on teaching an old lesson.

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Checkpoints for Progress - US Dept. of Education

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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical...more
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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical tips for helping students to hone their language arts skills.

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Use these "standards" as a means of checking student achievement, and being sure to align objectives and assignments with these general expected skills. It might be a good idea to show these objectives to students at the beginning of the year, to give them a good idea of what to expect.

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On-Lion for Kids! - NY Public Library

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The New York Public Library offers this just-for-kids portal featuring links to sites by subject (science and technology, arts, games, sports, people and places), reading and book lists,...more
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The New York Public Library offers this just-for-kids portal featuring links to sites by subject (science and technology, arts, games, sports, people and places), reading and book lists, book reviews written by kids, and helpful resources for parents and teachers.

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Kidsreads

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This is a strictly-for-kids site that provides information on favorite authors, books, and series. Reviews of the newest titles, author interviews, and interactive games are just some...more
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This is a strictly-for-kids site that provides information on favorite authors, books, and series. Reviews of the newest titles, author interviews, and interactive games are just some of the many features. Encourage your students (and their parents) to visit this site before making a trip to the library or book store.

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Back to School Reading - Long Beach Public Library

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Make that difficult transition back to school a bit easier for your students with this helpful list of books that focus on common back-to-school issues and anxieties. Titles include...more
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Make that difficult transition back to school a bit easier for your students with this helpful list of books that focus on common back-to-school issues and anxieties. Titles include "Lookout Kindergarten, Here I Come," "How to Be Cool in Third Grade," and "Will I have a Friend?" The books are divided up by grade level (1-4, 4-6, and young adult) and by specific subjects.

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Take advantage of these free book lists. Brief descriptions of each book are provided. Provide the lists of literature to your families on a class newsletter or on your class website.

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A Page-Turner Guide to Kids' Books for Summer

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Even if it's not summertime, this reading list can provide librarians, teachers, and parents with great suggestions. "Best bets" in picture books, chapter books, and teen books are...more
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Even if it's not summertime, this reading list can provide librarians, teachers, and parents with great suggestions. "Best bets" in picture books, chapter books, and teen books are provided along with summaries and "alerts" regarding language or subject matter. A variety of reading level, subjects, and styles are included.

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Katerpillars and Mystery Bugs - University of Kentucky Department of Etymology

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This site provides activities, projects, games, and reading lists that can enhance a life science lesson on creepy-crawlies by introducing the real thing! Browse through the "Teacher/Parent...more
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This site provides activities, projects, games, and reading lists that can enhance a life science lesson on creepy-crawlies by introducing the real thing! Browse through the "Teacher/Parent Resource Materials" and check out the collection of units and lesson plans that require students to observe, interact with, and record their experiences with a variety of insects. The "Teacher's Guide to Six-Legged Science" provides invaluable background information and helpful tips, especially for teachers who are a bit tentative about welcoming bugs into their classrooms.

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Boy Meets Book - Michael Sullivan

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Statistics show that boys just don't read as much as their female classmates. Use this resource to help your reluctant readers get excited about books. Check out the "tips for ...more
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Statistics show that boys just don't read as much as their female classmates. Use this resource to help your reluctant readers get excited about books. Check out the "tips for enjoying books" for ideas on how to make the reading experience much more interactive. A book list, organized by reading level, includes more than 100 selections encompassing fantasy, historical fiction, adventure, sports, and non-fiction.

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