December 19, 2021
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Happy holidays from TeachersFirst! We’re so grateful for the educators we serve and wish you and your families a restful, joyous end to the year. Looking ahead to 2022, we’re excited to continue supporting you with new resources and PD opportunities, including our winter book study and a new season of OK2Ask workshops! We’ll be back with a new update on January 2!
It's December - Read a New Book Month
December is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. This week, we’re sharing resources that provide book lists, book reviews, reading strategies, and tools to search for new books to read.
What Should I Read Next?
Find new books to read! Enter a book title that you enjoyed, view a generated list of similar titles, then click the book title you like to navigate to its Amazon listing (no purchase necessary). You can register for free to save your booklists.
Oxford Owl Reading
From phonics lessons, to online books, to videos of stories read by professional storytellers, this site offers comprehensive reading help and activities for students, educators, and parents. There are plenty of activities that accompany the free e-books.
Epic! For Educators
Epic! offers thousands of high-quality free books for educators teaching grades K–7. Students can access books on any device, and educators receive feedback, including time spent reading, page flips, and books read. Students also earn badges and rewards.
Share What You're Reading
Read book reviews or write your own to use this handy tool to share favorite books and find new ones. Before starting, read the advice for writing a good review at the top of the form, then use this tool to find books for your class.
Use the keyword search to find books for all ages up to 18. Each book title includes a summary and reviews submitted by site members. Reviews indicate the age of the reviewer and the number of reviews. Your students can also write book reviews.
The Classroom Bookshelf
View these blog entries focusing on recently published books. In addition to a summary of the book, entries discuss several different teaching methods that incorporate the text and extensive lists of links to additional information and similar books.
Reading Resources Created by TeachersFirst
This section shares a TeachersFirst original collection (Reading Treks), a professional learning opportunity, a curated collection of audio books, and an article related to fictional book characters.
Make reading a journey using TeachersFirst Reading Treks, an engaging way to use literature to connect students to times and locations around the world. Each trek includes a Google Map and downloadable PDF with standards, activities, and more.
On-Demand: Engage & Inspire with Reading Treks
Learn more about Reading Treks by viewing this on-demand workshop! Treks are built using Google Maps that chronicle a character's journey. Give your students context for the stories that they’re reading by using Reading Treks in your lessons.
TeachersFirst's Audio Books
Peruse this curated collection of free audio books, many of which offer text or interactive features. These books are incredibly beneficial to emerging readers or ENL students, as they can see the words as they hear them spoken.
WHAT A CHARACTER! Using Fictional Characters to Help Students Fall in Love with Reading
Read this original article offering suggestions for picture books, chapter books, and book series with memorable characters. The article also provides suggested activities to help learners analyze characters and extension activities.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join our winter book study—registration is open now! In addition, we’re sharing a timely blog post and kindly request your input on our weekly poll.
Enhance your teaching practice
Announcing the TeachersFirst 2022 Winter Book Study
TeachersFirst is hosting a winter book study again this year. We're excited to invite you to actively participate in our professional learning community of educators as we read and discuss "Teach Boldly" by Jennifer Williams!
Blog posts related to books
Infusing Technology Blog
View this collection of blog posts all related to reading. Whether you’re looking for classic children's literature, award-winning books, science fiction, or holiday reading, you’ll find a lot of great information to share with your students!
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "How do you decide what literature to read in your class?" View the replies of other educators after you click to submit your choice.
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