Friday, February 5, 2016

Math Teaching Aids

Algebra Balance
Students use the balance to derive the rules for working with signed numbers, solving linear equations, building identities, and modeling systems of linear equations. Includes: 1 main balance, 1 base, 2 arms, 4 hangers, 4 hooks, 4 pans, 4 canisters, 36 chips and 1 guide. For grades 6 and up.

Dice in Dice
Use these double dice to teach probability, predict numerical outcomes, and track the statistical results of repeated rolls. Set of 72 colored dice. For ages 3 and up.

Hundreds Boards
Set of 10 laminated boards. Board is ruled into 100 numbered squares (1-100) on one side, and blank squares on the other side. Can be used with dry-erase markers which are not included.

Rainbow Fraction Tiles
Use to understand the concepts of fractions and mixed numbers, equivalent fractions, and fractions in problem solving. Includes 51 color-coded plastic fraction tiles with tray, fraction cards and activity guide. For ages 7 and up.

Venn Diagram Pocket Chart
Use for compare and contrast activities. Chart is 53" x36" with 23 plastic pockets. Resource guide included.

Wooden Pattern Blocks
For use in teaching problem solving, logical thinking, and mathematical concepts. Set of 250 blocks in 6 colors. Includes 50 red trapezoids, 50 green triangles, 50 tan rhombi, 50 blue rhombi, 25 orange squares, 25 yellow hexagons. For ages 3 and up.

Language Arts Teaching Aids

Early Learning Skills Photographic Learning Cards
Flash cards for developing basic language, memory, observational and vocabulary skills for preK-grade 1. Includes 227 photographic flash cards, 13 word lists and teaching resources in English, Spanish and French.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fiction for Elementary Students

True Heroes: A Treasury of Modern-Day Fairy Tales Written by Best-Selling Authors
Twenty-one bestselling authors have written short stories to accompany Jonathan Diaz's fantastical photographs of children who are battling cancer.

The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin
Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which might sound like a lot. But the truth is, it barely even gets you twelve years. Suzy Swanson has always known things that others don't. She can explain the sleep patterns of ants. She knows there are 150 million jellyfish stings on the planet every year. She knows that the average middle school kid contains about 20 billion of Shakespeare's atoms. But she can't understand how Franny Jackson's lifetime could be cut so short... before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she'd ever done to her friend. As Suzy retreats into a silent world of her imagination, she finds that the universe won't allow her escape into grief. Astonishing wonders are all around her... as are the love and hope she desperately needs to forgive herself.

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures - Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Pip is spending the summer with her aunt. At first it's all fun, games, and chatting until Fuzzles appear and start bursting into flames.

Story of Diva and Flea - Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Gone Crazy in Alabama - Rita Williams-Garcia
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Professinal Resources

Books That Teach Kids to Write - Marianne Saccardi
This book provides a wealth of read aloud titles and related activities that provide busy teachers with the tools to help students in grades 3-12 become successful writers.

Teaching Economic Concepts with Picture Books and Junior Novels - Nancy J. Polette
Explains how to teach economic concepts using twenty picture books and twenty junior novels with activities for each title.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Middle Grade and YA Fiction

Grades 5-8
Rush Revere series - Rush Limbaugh
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Substitute middle-school history teacher Rush Revere takes his students back in time to experience American history as it happens aboard the Mayflower and on Plymouth Plantation.

Rush Revere and the First Patriots
Substitute middle-school history teacher Rush Revere takes his students back in time to eighteenth-century Boston to experience the start of the American Revolution as it happens.

Rush Revere and the American Revolution
When substitute middle-school history teacher Rush Revere takes his students back in time to eighteenth-century Massachusetts, they witness the Battle of Lexington and learn about the Declaration of Independence.

Book: My Autobiography - John Agard
Books contain countless tales but what if Book told its own story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.

Book Scavenger - Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

The Seventh Most Important Thing - Shelley Pearsall
In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands
In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Young Adult
Court of Fives - Kate Elliott
When a scheming lord tears Jess's family apart, she must rely on her unlikely friendship with Kal, a high-ranking Patron boy, and her skill at Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory, to protect her Commoner mother and mixed-race sisters and save her father's reputation.

A School for Brides - Patrice Kindl
In the early 1800s, in a remote corner of England with almost no eligible young men, the eight students at the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy uncover a mystery while learning all the skills necessary to become a good wife.

New Picture Books

Fire Engine No. 9 - Mike Austin
Follows a fire engine and its crew through a very busy day, using mainly sound words.

Leo: A Ghost Story - Mac Barnett
Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

All for a Dime - Will Hillenbrand
Bear has no trouble selling his berries at the farmers' market, but Mole and Skunk are less successful with their worms and perfume.

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat - Emily Jenkins
Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon - Sebastian Meschenmoser
When Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the moon has landed on his tree, he frantically tries to get rid of it before someone suspects him of stealing it and puts him in jail. But when he rolls the moon off of his tree, it gets stuck on Mrs. Hedgehog's bristles and when the billy-goat arrives and butts it with his horns....Will the moon ever be the same again? Sebastian Meschenmoser's hilarious illustrations and rollicking tale will be a bedtime favorite.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich - Julia Sarcone-Roach
When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

Your Alien - Tammi Sauer
When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two quickly become friends, but at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very sad, and the boy tries to figure out what his new friend needs to be happy again.

What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig - Emma J. Virjan
Illustrations and rhyming text introduce an increasing, then decreasing, cast of characters sharing a boat in a moat with a pig in an enormous wig.

New Picture Books

The Skunk - Mac Barnett
A man is followed by a skunk all day until the tables turn.

The Turnip - Jan Brett
Badger Girl is delighted to find the biggest turnip she has ever seen growing in her vegetable garden, but when the time comes to harvest the giant root, she is unable to pull it up without help from family and friends.

8, An Animal Alphabet - Elisha Cooper
Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.

Luke and the Little Seed - Giuliano Ferri
Luke gets so many presents for his birthday that when his grandfather gives him a bag of seeds, he's rather disappointed. But his grandfather tells him that if he plants and cares for these little seeds, they could become the best present of all. Luke wants to believe him, but it's hard when so little happens day after day. Will Luke have the patience to nurture the seeds into something truly special? Here is a lovely tael told by renowned picture book artist Giuliano Ferri, in which the power of love and persistence pay off.

We Forgot Brock! - Carter Goodrich
Phillip and Brock are best friends, although everyone else thinks Brock is imaginary, so when Phillip gets tired out at the Big Fair while Brock is still having fun, they are separated and it will take a very special twosome to bring them back together again.

Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook (Learn From the Best!) - Anne Vittur Kennedy
Follow Ragweed's handy tips to become the best farm dog ever!

My New Friend is So Fun! - Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.

Aaron and Alexander - Don Brown
Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were both fierce patriots during the Revolutionary War, but the politics of the young United States of America put them in constant conflict. Their extraordinary story of bitter fighting and resentment culminates in their famous duel.

Historium - Jo Nelson
Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilizations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilizations have left behind over thousands of years of human history!

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
- Laurie Ann Thompson
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people--but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. 2016 Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fiction for Middle Grades

I Kill the Mockingbird - Paul Acampora
When best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly
In rural Texas in 1900, when a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting veterinarian, twelve-year-old Callie discovers a life and a vocation she desperately wants. But with societal expectations as they are, she will need all her wits and courage to realize her dreams.

Mothman's Curse - Christine Hayes
When Josie and her brother Fox discover the truth behind the legend of the Mothman, they must stop a disaster in order to break the curse that has been afflicting their town.

The Marvels - Brian Selznick
The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with a reclusive uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?"

Young Adult Books


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War - Steve Sheinkin
On June 13, 1971, the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. Sheinkin tells how Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to expose the government's deceit.


The Scorpion Rules - Erin Bow
The teenage princess of a future-world Canadian superpower, where royal children are held hostage to keep their countries from waging war, falls in love with an American prince who rebels against the brutal rules governing their existences.

Manners & Mutiny - Gail Carriger
Alternate England, 1851. Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious. Sophronia would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she's not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? A large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster-- in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.

These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly
A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.

Winter - Marissa Meyer
Princess Winter, admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, teams up with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, to defeat Queen Levana and find their happily ever afters

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.