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Game Goo Grades 1 to 3

This is an extensive collection of Flash-enhanced primary-level games to build word and reading skills. These have been thoughtfully designed – including phonetic prompts, for example, and they have all the sounds and silliness that will keep children’s attention. If you’re teaching reading, these are well worth a look.
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* Signs in Stitches and Song Grades 1 to 5 TeachersFirst

Signs in Stitches and Song is a multi-lesson, interdisciplinary unit about the Underground Railroad for primary students. Concentrating on the codes and signal systems by which escaping slaves found their way northward, the unit includes language arts, science, music, geography and math components. The various elements can be used individually, or in combination. There are extensive illustrations, printable handouts, optional Flash animations, and suggestions for further study.
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* Writer’s Workshop Introduction Grades 1 to 6 Teachersfirst

Good writing skills are essential for secondary students. Writer’s Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build elementary students’ fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. Teachers can introduce elements of Writer’s Workshop at any elementary grade. Ideally, however, the process begins in Kindergarten.
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Teachers can use this introduction to introduce Writer’s Workshop elements in a variety of curriculum situations and classroom settings.


 
100 Best Books Grades 1 to 12 TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst offers a listing of 100 of the best books for children, along with links to TeachersFirst’s content about some of those books.
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Great starting point for reluctant readers.


 
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know Grades 1 to 3

A list of 100 Picture Books developed by the New York Public Library. List includes title, author, illustrator and publisher. There are links to catalogs (for ordering these books) and to the New York Public Library Homepage.
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This is an excellent list for teachers to make available to parents of young children.


 
2000 Around the World Grades 1 to 12


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A “Holes” Webquest Grades 4 to 8

From a school district in Indiana comes this web quest based on Louis Sachar’s book “Holes.” The quest invites students to search for information about the author, the book, and events that relate to Sachar’s story. This one could be used in class or independently by students at home.
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A Resource on Children’s Books and Learning Activities Grades 1 to 6 iVillage.com

Teacher/parent/librarian resource K-6 – From Parent’s Place, Bethesda, Md. Brief book reviews of children’s books. This site lists children’s books by Award, Popularity etc. It includes software reviews and simple learning activities as well. The reviews are brief and informative. Biographies on the reviewers are available. This site would be useful in planning units of study as well as a resource for ordering books and materials.
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A View from Saturday – Lesson Plans Grades 4 to 6 Book Club Online Archive

Book Club Online offers a set of 14 lesson plans for E. L. Konigsburg’s novel which are designed to link classrooms to an online discussion of the book. Written by 4-5 grade teacher Elan Fitch, this very thorough lesson plan is created to be used with daily reading segments and begins with an outline containing each lesson’s focus. The lessons themselves have an introductory paragraph relating the lesson’s topic to the specific reading assignment, the lesson goal, vocabulary /context clues, and a writing prompt and an online prompt.
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Aaron Shepard Grades 1 to 5

Author’s On Line homepage for Aaron Shepard. – Appropriate for all elementary grade levels. – On this page you’ll find loads of resources and treats (printable posters, music etc.) for teachers, librarians, storytellers, children’s writers, parents, and young people — all from award-winning children’s author Aaron Shepard. His specialty is retold folktales. You’ll also find information on Aaron, his books, and his author visits. Excellent resource site.
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Aaron Shepard’s RT Page Grades 2 to 5

Appropriate for grade levels 2 and up. This is a Reader’s Theater site from an award-winning author. This site includes a wonderful selection of reader’s Theatre scripts for many of Aaron Shephard’s books. There is a good explanation and description of WHAT reader’s Theatre is, as well as guides to staging etc. An excellent site for those wishing to pursue reader’s Theater. Excellent site!
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About Louis Sachar Grades 4 to 8 Children’s Book Council

A short “autobiography” of Louis Sachar, author of the Newbery Award winning book Holes, from the Children’s Book Council. Students interested in discovering how authors do their work will find Sachar’s comments interesting.
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Adventure Grades 1 to 8 Houghton Mifflin

This lesson is part of Houghton Mifflin Publishing’s collection of theme-based lessons and activities, most of which have been developed by classroom teachers. Each plan is a page or two long, and can easily be printed for later use.
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African American Reading List Grades 1 to 12 New York Public Library

The New York Public Library offers this extensive, annotated bibliography of books, poetry, and song by and about African Americans. Selections are grouped by readers’ age, and there are dozens of selections. Well worth a look if you’re in search of reading materials.
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African-American Culture Through the Use of Children’s Literature Grades 2 to 4 Yale University

Explore African-American poetry and fiction in this study using a wide gamut of language arts skills integrated with social studies themes about community, family, and culture.
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African-American Folktales and their Use in an Integrated Curriculum Grades 2 to 5 Yale University

This unit approaches the art of African-American storytelling as a springboard to an understanding of the history, heritage, and development of this culture. With an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, this series of lessons can be effectively used in conjunction with the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Treasury of Literature text. 
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ALA Editors’ Choice Grades 1 to 12 Amer. Library Assoc.

This is the ALA’s booklist. The list is categorized by reading level and by fiction/non-fiction. A synopsis of the title and bibliographic information is included.
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Grades 1 to 2

Depending on the amount of detail you want to get into, this lesson plan can be modified to take anywhere from one class period to one week. In the story, a boy who is having a bad day thinks he should move to Australia. After reading this book aloud to your class, ask them why they think Alexander chose Australia. Make a list of what they know about Australia, then make a list of things they would like to learn about Australia. This lesson plan meets Georgia’s Quality Core Curriculum standards.
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America Reads Grades 1 to 12 US Government

An overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s program America Reads Challenge, including explanations of Legislation, federal initiatives and Title I programs. Provides examples of successful after-school tutoring and in-home tutoring programs.
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American Library Association Newbery Web Page Grades 1 to 12 Amer. Library Assoc.


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