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Using Christmas Literature To Teach Academic Skills

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Texts That Help Struggling Readers

thumb-3Timeless Classics Low Level: A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781612479620
Timeless Classics—designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. These classic novels will grab a student’s attention from the first page. Included are eight pages of end-of-book activities to enhance the reading experience. Scrooge is downright mean and cold-hearted— the stingiest man in all of London. Could anything on earth transform him into a kind and caring human being? Probably not. But the spirit of Christmas is very powerful— more powerful by far than anything on earth.

Teach Students About Now and Long Ago

thumb-4A Visual Dictionary of Christmas Long Ago
by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
Read Now Bookshelf
ISBN: 9781427194749
This illustrated dictionary introduces readers to early celebrations of Christmas in North America and around the world. Beautiful illustrations focus on Christmas customs and traditions in the Victorian era, especially those practiced by the early settlers in North America.

Read Aloud Books Are Excellent For The Listening Center

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Christmas

Many of the sights and sounds of Christmas are demonstrated in this holiday book.

This text is perfect for beginning readers. This title offers the read aloud format in which students can push an icon and the words can be read to them.

 

Titles That Teach Valuable Academic Skills

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to introduce explanatory writing. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

 

 

Educating Children About Gift Giving

Teaching Kids About Making Gift Lists,

Creating Handmade Gifts,

Giving Gifts To Others,

And Donating Gifts To The Needy

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 12.52.24 PMKids and teens can practice their writing skills by makings lists, and writing cards and stories. They can also create a plan to help charities and others during the holiday season.

Create Lists

This text picture was taken from List-O-Mania by Harriet Ziefert.

Students can make a list of their holiday wishes.

Writing Ideas List

  • List of holiday wishes
  • Gift giving list
  • List of things that we can do for others
  • Recipe lists
  • Shopping list (use this to save money)
  • Gratitude list

 

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List-O-Mania
by Harriet Ziefert (author), Simms Taback (illustrator) © 2011
ISBN: 9781609052232
What kid wouldn’t be interested in a book that’s all about everything they like, wish for, think about, do, dream, fear, aspire to, etc. Less demanding and more fun than a journal, this is a catalyst for self-discovery, a means of expanding writing proficiency and a terrific gift. Discover, explore, comment, rate, remember, wish, plan – and make lists!

Families Can Create Handmade Gifts

Making gifts by hand saves money and inspires creativity! Families can spend precious bonding time together creating projects that can be given for presents. These crafty titles help to turn trash into treasure.

thumbCool Paper Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash into Treasure
by Pam Scheunemann (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781614802518
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Paper Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday paper items to reuse in a fun new way. From woven paper bookmarks to scrap paper curtains, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment.

thumb-1Cool Odds and Ends Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash into Treasure
by Pam Scheunemann (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781614802501
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Odds and Ends Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday items to reuse in a fun new way. From swirly CD art to game piece jewelry, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment.

thumb-2Cool Fabric Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash into Treasure
by Pam Scheunemann (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781614802471
Get crafty and help save the planet too! With easy step-by-step instructions Cool Fabric Projects offers kids a chance to get creative by turning their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday fabric items to reuse in a fun new way. From earbud wire covers to cool coiled baskets, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment.

Books That Teach About Giving And Inspire Gratitude

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories of giving and gratitude. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s moral values as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-4Priceless Gifts
by Martha Hamilton (author), Mitch Weiss (author), John Kanzler (illustrator) © 2007
ISBN: 9780874837889
A humorous retelling of an Italian tale in which a Genoese merchant, richly rewarded for solving an irritating problem for the king of the Spice Islands, causes a greedy rival to try and gain a fortune in the same way.Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

freeclipart appleThe Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Teaching Kids About Holidays All Over The World

 Developing Global Students

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Eager learners benefit from reading about different cultures and places around the world.  Literature books and online texts can help students to develop a global perspective. Teaching kids about holidays around the world in conjunction with instruction on maps leads to academic success.

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Tales of Holidays
by Pleasant DeSpain (author) © 2002
ISBN: 9780874836677
These nine short folktales feature stories about traditional holidays celebrated from Czechoslovakia, Russia, France, the United States, and other parts of the world.

 

thumb-3Reading Maps
by Rolf Sandvold (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789765
Reading Maps explain how to look at maps properly and make sense of them, allowing them to be read quickly and efficiently. Colorful illustrations encourage interest and knowledge in this vital subject.

 

 

 

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories around the world. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s global perspective as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

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What Do Maps Show?
by John Serrano (author), Kathleen Kuchera (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781607194194 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
Some maps can show small places, and some maps can show you the whole world! Lets read some maps.

 

thumb-2My Maps
by John Serrano (author), Kathleen Kuchera (illustrator) © 2009
ISBN: 9781607190479 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
Some maps can show small places, and some maps can show you the whole world! Let’s read some maps.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Classroom Economics-A Lesson in Classroom Management

The topic of classroom economics has fascinated me and many of you might already be familiar with this type of classroom management.  Students receive positive reinforcement through”money” for their good behaviors.  This behavior could include turning in homework on time or being “nice” on the playground.  Students must “pay” for negative behavior.  At the end of a pay period, usually monthly, students will be allowed to use their “cash”.  At the surface, this seems pretty straight forward.  However, I have researched some logistics to help you as you implement a micro economy in your own classrooms.

First, teaching basic money management.  Students need to understand the value of money.  By using resources you can teach a basic lessons such as supply and demand or barter system.  This background knowledge will help students as they embark on this journey with you.

Next, give students jobs to earn extra cash.  Students not only earn money for behavior but for helping other students and classroom.  Students can have jobs that range from the garbage collector to tutor or typist.  As a classroom discuss jobs and pay. This way students feel involved in the process.

Lastly, decide on a way you would like to manage the money.  I have seen copied paper dollar bills to a credit/debit system.  Find a system that will work for you.  Letting the students have ownership over their behavior and money will also save you time.  Recently, I saw some great ideas that work well in a classroom.  First, students need a place to keep their money safe.   How about a 3 x 5 card holder as a a wallet!  The next idea I have seen work in one classroom, is to have students bring the items to auctioned off.  The students earn money from their auctioned items as well!  This keeps money in your own personal wallet and is a great lesson on inflation, too!

Try these resources with this integrated social studies lesson in your classroom.

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by Penny Dowdy (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9780778790228
This book is filled with full color artworks and images, introducing the young reader to the concepts of currency. Money explains the many concepts of money to primary readers, including understanding the value of unique coins and bills, counting money, and checks.

Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.17.36 AMManaging Money Handbook

by Nan Bostic (author)       © 2012  ISBN: 9781612473475
Combining practical content with visual appeal, the 21st Century Lifeskills handbooks read more like a magazine than a book. Highly readable with full-color photographs, a smaller trim size and an eye-popping layout, these 120-page handbooks are great for teaching life skills to a twenty-first century population. The 10 handbooks in this series will provide readers a thorough and non-threatening introduction to the multi-dimensional competencies, concepts, and vocabulary they need to achieve independences—including community resources, job searching, money management, job etiquette, health, moving and more. Used along or in conjunction with the 21st Century Lifeskills worktexts, these handbooks offer students a unique and visual way to achieve real-world literacy.

Strategies To Keep Families Healthy and Happy During The Holidays

TIPS TO KEEP FAMILIES HEALTHY, FIT AND HAPPY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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Families can get moving!  The holiday season is an excellent time to start a family exercise routine. Children enjoy seeing holiday lights and decorations. Walking around a different street each night offers children an opportunity to observe the illumination of holiday lights and the ornamentation of family friendly neighborhoods. Families can implement a nightly 30 minute brisk walk during the holidays season that they can keep as a habit well into the new year. Children look forward to the sparkles and glimmer that adorn the neighborhood during the holidays. Families that walk together, talk together!

BOOKS CAN TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT

HEALTHY FOODS AND GOOD EATING HABITS


Fabulous food is a part of almost every holiday celebration. Parents can encourage good eating habits by including a variety of dishes that include fruits and vegetables at every meal. Families can integrate reading, math and health into their holiday season by reading recipe books and cooking dishes together. Children can write down the recipes on self decorated holiday paper and display it next to the dish when it is served. One author even found a way to make fruit filled cookies a hit in the book, Cool Cookies. Parents can choose to make cookies with fruit ingredients such as banana-apple cookies.

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Cool Cookies by Marilyn LaPenta (author)

Grab your apron and get ready for some fun and easy baking! Young chefs can choose from delicious recipes that include classic favorites, such as chocolate-chip cookies and lemon bars, and healthy treats, like banana-apple cookies and granola bars. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. Best of all, it’s lots of fun!

Teach Children About Staying Clean And How To Prevent The Spread Of Germs

Children should be advised to learn good health habits at a young age. Good teeth brushing habits are one way children can learn to become squeaky clean. The Squeaky Clean Club, teaches about the benefits of keeping clean. Winter brings the cold and flu season. Teaching children how to help prevent the spread of viruses by washing their hands,  helps empower them to make healthy friendly habits at a young age.

Educators and families can teach kids about the importance of hand washing by reading and singing…

thumb-3Clean Hands, Dirty Hands
by Jo Cleland (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103444
Sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat, this book teaches yound readers the importance of personal hygiene and keeping your hands clean

Books That Help Keep Families Happy and Healthy

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about health and wellness. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s knowledge of health and fitness  as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

I Can Move
by Caroline Hutchinson (author), NA (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781607192947 AR: / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
You move your body and get exercise in many ways. See how people move their bodies!

medium-1Stretch it Yoga
by Kyla Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427197542
Stretch it Yoga describes how this ancient exercise has become a popular way to keep fit for people around the world. Photos demonstrate stretches, and simple text teaches children about the different styles of yoga, which poses affect which parts of the body, and the important elements of breathing and meditation.

Feast on Some Good Reads

Do you have a favorite book you could read over and over again?  If you are like me, when you find a great book you just have to share.  Today, I want to share with you some of my favorites and hope you will pass them along to your students.  Enjoy your reading feast!

Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.35.26 AMMagic Pot

by Pleasant DeSpain (author), Tom Wrenn (illustrator)       © 2007  ISBN: 9780874838275
This is one of my favorite folktales.  You could definitely use this in a math lesson as well. In this story from China, when a woodcutter finds a magic pot that makes two of everything that he puts inside of it, he thinks all of his troubles have disappeared! Or have his troubles merely doubled?

Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.42.54 AMI’m Allergic to School!

by Robert Pottle (author), Mike & Carl Gordon (illustrator)       © 2007 ISBN: 9781416929475
I love poetry and humor! I’m Allergic to School! is the first solo project by Giggle Poet Robert Pottle, and it depicts everyday events only a former teacher could capture. It contains 18 hilarious poems and songs about the funnier-than-fiction misadventures that occur at school. The 4-color illustrations are equally entertaining and giggle-packed.

Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.42.29 AMHow & Why Stories

by Martha; Weiss Hamilton (author)       © 1999  ISBN: 9780874835618
This collection of delightful tales from around the world and through the ages explains why an animal, plant, or natural object looks or acts the way it does.

Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.51.36 AMOliver Twist

by Charles Dickens (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9781602918221
Oliver Twist is a penniless orphan. What chance has he got on the dangerous streets of 19th century London? Before long, he’s taken in by a gang of thieves. The boy’s future looks grim indeed, until a few kindly souls enter the picture.

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by Bruce Lansky (author)       © 1998  ISBN: 9780671577049    ISBN: 9780689822117

Newfangled Fairy Tales is a critically acclaimed series containing collections of ten contemporary fairy tales in each book, they put a delightful, new spin on classic stories and themes.

  • Michelle Koszlowski desperately wants to be a princess until her wish comes true and she discovers what a pain royal life can be.
  • The Little Tailor brags to everyone about his bravery until a giant comes along and teaches him a lesson.
  • Rapunzel is held captive in a high-rise apartment by an urban witch who owns a pizza parlor.
  • King Midas is a workaholic banker who’d rather play with his money than attend his son’s Little League baseball games.
  • The Big Bad Wolf is running a successful scam on Little Red’s grandma until Little Red catches him in the act.
  • The Three Bears invade Goldy’s house because their forest home is being stripped to build a superhighway.

Counting Down to…Christmas

Families Can Teach Valuable Mathematical Skills During The Holiday Season

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Families can document Christmas memories by making crafts, creating holiday cards together and filling their Christmas with joyful memories. Parents can help children gain beneficial literacy literacy skills by making reading holiday literature a tradition in their family. Mathematics can help the holidays to be an exciting event!

Practice Counting Skills

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Students can eagerly countdown to Christmas.  Families can use a calendar.

Math learners can count by:

  • Ones
  • Twos
  • Fives
  • Odd numbers
  • Even numbers

Teach Critical Math Skills Using Holiday Advertisements

Educators can also use literature books to teach addition, subtraction and money skills during the holidays. Pupils can add the number of Christmas presents in the books. Teachers can bring in store advertisements to teach students how to calculate costs and use money.

Christmas Books For Students of All Ages

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational and narrative texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to build students reading and comprehension skills. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

thumbDown Through the Chimney
by Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), R.W. Alley (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781599227757
The magic of Christmas comes alive as a little boy watches Santa eat the cookies left out for him, then sees Santa wink to him before climbing back up the chimney. This cute rhyme is sure to become every child’s favorite!

 

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by Molly Aloian (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789864 AR: Book Level 4.5 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 126488
Come inside and learn all about this popular seasonal celebration, from its ancient Christian roots to the holiday extravaganza it has become today. Young readers will learn all about Christmas, including its beliefs and customs.

 

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by Rebecca Pettiford (author) © 2014
ISBN: 9781624961953 AR: Book Level 0.9
In Christmas, early readers will learn about the Christian holiday of Christmas and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.

A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Christmas, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Christmas online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Christmas also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Christmas is part of Jump!’s Holidays series.

Connecting To The Common Core Stfreeclipart appleate Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Would you like more information on books and music that focus on Christmas? Visit

http://blog.biguniverse.com/tag/christmas-books-on-big-universe-learning/

Creating Meaningful Assessments

When you deconstruct your standards you will need to create assessments. As educators you are constantly assessing students either formally and informally. All of these key data points will help you get a better picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each student.  As you approach the end of unit or end of skill your assessments will be more in depth.  Creating meaningful assessments will need to have higher level thinking skills.  Be care not to rely solely on basic comprehension level questions.  Making the authentic assessments gives your students opportunities to experience productivity tools.

  • First, you can use the quick “take quiz” option with a lot of the books within Big Universe.  This gives you an idea of where you students by content.  Big Universe has helped you by making it easy to see  concept and skills areas.
  • Second, by using the writing module you can create meaningful assessment. This writing feature allows students to “create”; a higher level thinking skill.  By allowing students to use their knowledge and share that knowledge with you, the class, or the world.  Refer to the writing content standards for more in depth use of the program.
  • Lastly, don’t reinvent the wheel!  There are plenty of resources available. Try these resources with your students.

Science Fair Success!

by Kristen Larson (author)       © 2014  ISBN: 9781627179799

Science fairs can be a timely assignment, but they can also be fun, rewarding, and sometimes help you to earn scholarships and prizes, too! The recipe for a great science fair or engineering project has just a couple of simple ingredients: a topic you care about and a question you can test. Learn every step of how to make your next science fair or engineering project a winner by following the detailed instructions, helpful hints, and design information in this title. So, dont be scared, be prepared, and you are sure to have science fair success! This book allows students to understand how knowledge of relevant scientific concepts and research findings is important in engineering.

I can write a book about butterflies

by Bobbie Aloian (author)       © 2012  ISBN: 9781427179937

This fun book teaches children concepts, or big ideas, about butterflies, including metamorphosis, migration, symmetry, and pollination. Children are encouraged to draw their own butterflies, take photographs, or find butterfly photos on the Internet. The text styles taught in this book include informational text, using headings and different fonts, boxed info, and creative writing.

Teaching Kids and Teens to Express Gratitude

Teaching Kids Respect, Gratitude and Appreciation Builds Character

Being thankful is important. Expressing gratitude promotes positive relationships. Showing appreciation for acts of kindness and generosity is something that should be taught to children.

Books That Inspire Gratitude

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about stories of gratitude. These books offer a great opportunity to build student’s moral values as well as enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts at www.biguniverse.com

Teach children to appreciate things using these texts…

thumb-4Keep Your Chin Up
by Colleen Hord (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104366
Calypson Cat is having a hard time with all the other cats on the ship. They always complained and were not grateful for the place they had to live, or the fish they had to eat, or the mice they had to chase. After calling a meeting to remind them how lucky they are, the other cats have a change of attitude and come to appreciate what they have.

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by Daniel Wakeman (illustrator), Dirk Van Stralen (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781551433844
Take a wetsuit on this trip!

If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth, where do you think you would end up? In this wordless picturebook, pictures tell Ben’s story of a midnight journey through the center of the earth and the surprising journey home. Ben’s mother has dropped him off for a visit with his grandmother, a woman with a penchant for baking. Ben feels lost and lonely until he discovers a chest full of mining gear. He embarks on an adventure that will make him grateful for the hundreds of pies stacked in his grandmother’s kitchen.

Teach children to value the work of others while reading…

thumb-5Thanks, NASA!
by Tom Greve (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618103802
This Book Explores The Tremendous Contribution That NASA Has Made Over The Last Half Century. Detailed Timelines About Space Exploration And The Development Of The Space Program Are All Discussed In Detail. Also Gives Detailed Information About Astronauts And Their Explorations.

Teach children about the value of sharing while reading…

thumb-8Thanks for Sharing, Tommy
by Julia Giachetti (author), Marc Mons (illustrator) © 2014
ISBN: 9781478804666 AR: Book Level 0.0 / Points 0.0 / Quiz NA
I Get Along with Others

 

Teach children about the importance of using good manners while reading…

thumbThe Magic of Manners
by Tracy Maurer (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780983340782
A fun look at manners. Children will learn the meaning of thank you, please, and being kind.

 

Want To Create Grateful and Appreciative Children and Teens?

Try These Tips…

Have Students Create an A to Z  Gratitude List

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Educating students about the power of thankfulness can help them to build positive lifelong relationships. Gratitude can strengthen bonds between others. It can better communities, schools and classrooms. Kids can create an A to Z  list of things that they are grateful for.

Write a Thank You Note Everyday For One Week

Students can write thank you notes to people that have given them gifts or have helped them. They can write one note per day, everyday for one week. Pupils can write notes to:

  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • The Post Man or Woman
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Coaches
  • The Principal
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Siblings
  • Babysitters
  • Anyone that they want to thank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deconstructing Standards to Create Meaningful Lessons

With the introduction of common core, there is an increased emphasis on curriculum. This emphasis allows educators the opportunity to reflect on their teaching units and ask themselves: What is the expected outcome of this lesson and why is it important my students learn this content? Deconstructing means you are taking those common core standards or state standards and developing teachable units and lesson plans. Through this process, you will also be adding the essential questions and vocabulary that is necessary for students to have prior background knowledge. This process of deconstructing your standards takes time! Big Universe has helped you by providing resources and lesson plans already aligned to local and national standards.

Helpful Resources and Curriculum Guides.  Limiting your search to ” Reference and Study Aides” will allow you to see these and other helpful resources.

Research for Writing: Doing Primary Research

by Valerie Bodden (author)       © 2013 ISBN: 9781566601481
A narrative guide to conducting primary research, complete with an overview of methodologies, tips for collecting and applying qualitative and quantitative data, and helpful resources.

Reading Nonfiction 1

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9781612471587
The reproducible lessons in this series were designed for students who still have trouble understanding what they read. All lessons (16 in each reproducible) feature a two-page reading selection followed by four pages of correlated exercises. The emphasis is on variety for maximum interest and involvement—covers traditional reading comprehension skills, language arts skills (e.g. vocabulary, syllabication, variant word forms, etc.) and critical thinking skills.

Using Technology, Information, and Media-Book T

by Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)       © 2011  ISBN: 9781612473338
Thirty-six activities and lessons (Lessons 37-72) teach students information literacy, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. Includes: Defining Types of Information; Sharing Information; Defining Media; Creating Newsletters; Defining Technology; Blogging. 16 graphic organizers & assessments.

Building Vocabulary Skills and Strategies Level 8

by Elliott Quinley (author)       © 2004  ISBN: 9781602911277
Here’s a great vocabulary program that is equally appropriate for younger students working at grade level and older students who have “forgotten” or never mastered the basics. The friendly look and tone of this series belies the comprehensive sweep of the instructional sequence. Every topic—from primary level phonics to the specialized terminology of essay tests—is developed “from the ground up.” Includes answer key, 144-pages.
Add your filter of CCSS or quiz content will also return results that will help you in your classroom.
Lastly, using the writing module includes lesson plans and downloadable resources aligned to your curriculum standards.  When deconstructing your standards, don’t forget to use the resources available to you from Big Universe.com!

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