While real insects are incredibly intriguing, so are books the feature insects as characters! These books are a few of my and my students’ favorites!
I've uploaded a new Facebook fan freebie for the week. If you'd like to see what it is you can go to my Facebook Fan Freebie page. Hint: It has to do with first grade math.
There have also been some great texts sets posted to text set library this week.
If you would like to include one of your text sets to the site just visit the submit you text set page and fill out the form.
Happy Labor Day everyone. A lot has been happening this last week so here is a quick update.
There are two new text sets on my new website the text set library.
Alphabet Text set
Halloween Text set
If you would like to include your text set in the library and get a link back to your site, you can go to the submit your text set page.
I'm so excited to announce my new site. Textsetlibrary.com. This is going to be a website where teachers can browse for and search for books focused around a specific topic or theme. Teachers can also share their text sets on this site.
If you are a fellow teaching blogger if you submit your text set to the library you can also upload a button to your blog and will get a new dofollow link.
Each text set that you submit must have at least 3 books in the set. You must also leave a comment about the text set that you are submitting.
To go and submit your text sets go to the Submit page.
While working with the two girls that I'm tutoring over the summer I needed to review fractions with them. So off I went to look for a book to help me teach them the concept of fractions and here is the great book that I found.
This book presents the relationship between Fractions, Decimals, and Percents in clear, real world examples that are easy to understand. The book gives some problems for students to work out themselves but I wanted to use a few more so I've created a small workbook to go along with the book. Its 25 pages long and gives your students a lot of practice in changing fractions into decimals or percents, and the other way around. And of course for being an early bird to the blog by subscribing via the RSS, facebook, or Pinterest you can get it for free. Just click on the link at the bottom of the page.
If you would like to get the book yourself you can click on the picture below and it will direct you to the book on Amazon.
There are a total of 8 worksheets in this download and one two player game. Students will be able to practice recognizing when fractions, decimals or percents mean the same thing, place value, finding what an item costs when it is on sale, and converting fractions, decimals and percents.
To continue with my series on vocabulary development, I've decided to tackle a common problem that readers face when they've learned to decode small words but are stumped when they come across longer and more complex words. A great vocabulary learning activity that you can use to help overcome this hurdle is a activity that I first learned about from the book Phonics they use by Patricia M. Cunningham called Big Word Collector.
To encourage my students to increase their word collections I've created these great reading awards.
You can get these four awards plus 50 more awards in my e-book Award, Certificates, Achievements and more.
You can also visit my Vocabulary Games or Vocabulary Activities pages for more great ideas on increasing students vocabulary knowledge.
I had been hearing about this book for some time and I finally got the chance to read it. This is one of those books that you just don't want to put down. I started it around 4:00 in the afternoon and finished it around 3:00 in the morning. : )
For those who haven't read the book the plot is as follows -
Katniss a teenage girl from a postapocalyptic Appalachia takes the place of her younger sister in a brutal competition. 24 teenagers ages 12-18 are placed in a televised reality show where the last one still alive wins.
Throughout the book you grow to despise those who create and enjoy the Hunger Games. The book is distrubing on many levels but at the end of reading the book I had one primary question. Do people like reading the Hunger Games, myself included, for the same reasons that people in the book liked watching them?
If you have an opinion or just liked the book yourselve please leave a comment below.
It's been a while since I've done a children's book review so I thought it was time that I present another book. After completing the early reader T-rex and Turtle I thought that I would highlight a dinosaur book.
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde and illstruated by Gideon Kendall is a great read aloud for beginning readers. The book is predicatable and makes a great use of rhymes.
The illustrator Gideon Kendall did a great job conveying the size of dinosaus while at the same time making them seem very friendly.
After reading this book your child or students will all want their own Dino Pets.
Do you know a great dinosaur book? Why not share the book by posting a comment of your own.
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