Thursday, December 9, 2010

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

You are going to love this Website:  Carol Hurst's Children's Literature.  Teachers in grades K-12 will find useful literacy information.
This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.  Here, you can search the complete table of contents for specific topics. 
For example, I searched for read alouds to use in social studies.  The headings I found: U.S. History, World History, Geography, Cultures, Social Skills, Transportation, and Other.  Under each heading were book lists with grade levels and brief descriptions.  Here is a link to fiction and non-fiction books on World War II. 
We can match the books to our S.C. social studies standards, and add them to our reading lessons.  The only thing left to do is check with the media specialist and see what we have in the library!  Remember, at the elementary level, the books may be in the leveled bookroom!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More Math Resources

Math Links

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Read Aloud Resources

I have the wonderful privilege of working with literacy leaders and coaches as a part of LiteracySC.  One of my colleagues asked about finding books to match reading strategies.  I want to share a few ideas.  You can comment and add your ideas to the list.
I purchased the Interactive Read-Aloud Bundle by Linda Hoyt.  This has been a real favorite with teachers.  They almost fight over them!  The set covers grades K-5.  You can use these lists to find books that will teach the strategies you are focusing on. 

Here is the list for grade 1.
Here is the list for grades 2 and 3.
Here is the list for grades 4 and 5. 

You will love the Website created by FCRTA.  Simply click on the skill and find a list of books.

Effective Teaching Solutions has a simple list.

Here is another list focusing on visualization, questioning, inferring, determining importance, synthesizing, and schema.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Social Studies and Literacy

We need more time during the day to teach reading!  I hear this almost weekly.  One way to find more time is to embed Social Studies into your literacy routines.  You can choose non-fiction, content books from the leveled bookroom.  Your small group instruction can be about fluency and social studies! 
Here is a great resource with 7 Ideas for Embedding Social Studies Into Literacy Routines.  I especially like the ideas for studying biographies from Biography Projects from Mrs. Renz.

All of this is found on "The Cornerstone, " a collection of interrelated print and online resources that make your teaching life more effective, efficient, and enjoyable."  The creator is Angela Watson.  Wonderful!