Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

David A. Adler makes some of the most accessible nonfiction books for young children. Include this book in your classroom library for an independent read for kids about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I Have a Dream (full speech)


Watch & discuss!

Funky Fonts May Help Students Learn

Funky Fonts May Help Students Learn | Typography, education and memory | Comic Sans | LiveScience

If you want to remember something you've read, this article suggests that perhaps you'd better read it in a 'funky font' like Comic Sans...


Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin's Big Words


Lesson Plan idea (for use with Kidspiration):
After reading the book or watching the film of Martin's Big Words, you should complete the Kidspiration template called Martin's Words 2. This is an extension of that activity. Have each student identify four BIG words that describe their beliefs or dreams. Next, go to the outline mode and put the words in order for a paragraph. Write detailed sentences for each word and include a topic sentence too. Finally transfer the writing to Word or a web-based word processor for a completed project.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?


by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

This very sweet book is perfect for the preschool - 1st grade crowd.  It uses rhyming phrases to narrate a question & answer session between mother and daughter about what princesses are REALLY like.

Are you a princess, dear reader? Look inside [yourself] and see!

Help Your Kids Be Non-Smokers


On this day in history, the Surgeon General made the first official government report that smoking cigarettes may be dangerous to one's health.  The best way to encourage your children to not smoke is to lead by example.

Enjoy images from posters created by NYC schoolchildren, K-12, about why it is important not to smoke in this book compiled by Andrew Tobias.