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Five Must Have Literacy Books to Add to Your Shelf

“A child who can read will be an adult who thinks.” By Sasha Salmina

The goal of literacy instruction is to build students confidence, ability and skills in reading and writing. There are numerous engaging, effective strategies to get students to think about, write about, read about, and talk about content. Below are five of my favorite books (in no particular order) to help improve literacy instruction.

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  1. Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge, Grades 1-8 by Gravity Goldberg
  2. Who’s Doing the Work?: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris 
  3. Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration by Pernille Ripp
  4. The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers by Jennifer Serravallo – She also recently came out with

    The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers and I have heard great reviews but have not personally read it yet.

  5. From Pencils to Podcasts: Digital Tools for Tansforming K-6 Literacy Practices- A Teachers Guide for Embedding Technology Into Curriculum by Katie Stover Kelly and Lindsey Yearta

If there is a literacy book you think that should be added to this list, please add it in the comments section, as I am always wanting to build my toolkit and book list.

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Growth Mindset Books for Students

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” By Dale Carnegie

The beginning of the year is a great time to introduce the idea of having a growth mindset to your classroom. I complied a list of 20 great growth mindset themed books that you can put in your classroom libraries and have for read alouds.

Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Not a Box and Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan 

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain Stretch It, Shape It by  JoAnn Deak Ph.D. 

Making A Splash: A Growth Mindset Children’s Book by Carol E Reiley

What Do You Do With a Problem?  and What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

The DotIshGoing Places by Peter Reynolds

Other growth mindset blog posts I have written:

Musing on Mindset

Tools to Help Students Build a Growth Mindset

I am always looking for more great growth mindset themed books to add to my library so please share in the comments.

 

 

Incorporating New Literacies

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” By Vera Nazarian

New literacies refers to literacy through digital technology.  In todays classrooms literacy needs to look a little different because our students are learning  with different tools and for a different type of world. New literacies still focuses on reading skills, strategies, and ideas but through multi-media digital tools. For example, we still need to teach close reading but not just with reading an article online but also with tools such as podcasts and blogs etc. Below are some good resources  for you to explore and try integrating into your classroom. 

Article: 

Infusing Technology into the Balanced Literacy Classroom Jennifer W. Shettel, Ed.D. and Kevin Bower, M.Ed.

Sites:

Literature Map: Students can put in their favorite author and literature map displays other authors that are similar that they might like.

Newspaper Map: Bring any place in the worlds Newspaper to your students finger tips. Click on a location and then on the image icon to pull up the newspaper from that part of the world. Need it translated into your native language, it will translate it for you.

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International Children’s Digital Library:  Find books from all over the world at the on this free site. It doesn’t read the books aloud, but students can read them independently.

Film Canon Project: Films, screen plays and more to add a different type of literacy to your classroom.

Podcasts for Students: Here are curated podcasts that students enjoy and teachers use in the classroom.

News ELA: Find non-fiction articles based on your students levels.

US Digital Literacy: Chalk full of resources and ideas!

Books:

The Reading Strategies BookYour Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers By Jennifer Serravallo Practical strategies to help improve your reading instruction

Smuggling Writing: Strategies That Get Students to Write Every Day, in Every Content Area, Grades 3-12 by Karen D. (Dutson) Wood, David Bruce Taylor, Katie Stover 

My Summer Reading List 2015

“The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”  by Pablo Neruda

With another school year coming to a close; I have created my book list for my summer reading.  Below are the books I will be reading this summer in no particular order:

Geared more toward administration/leadership:

1. The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan

2. Coaching for Change by John L. Bennett and Mary Wayne Bush

3. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Geared more toward teachers:

1. Ditch that Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom by Matt Miller

2. Student Voice: The Instrument of Change by Russell J. Quaglia and Michael J. Corso

3. Unleashing Student Superpowers: Practical Teaching Strategies for 21st Century Students by Kristen Swanson and Hadley J. Ferguson

I also recommend to educators Learn Like a Pirate and Teach Like a Pirate if you have not read these books yet. I would love to hear any other books you recommend to read this summer, please share in the comments.

Making a Difference: The 40 Book Project

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” By Vera Nazarian

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I recently met an amazing educator, Dave Hartzell! He is a third grade teacher and also the founder of The 40 Book Project. The projects mission is to help build a love for reading in all children by providing high-interest home libraries of at least 40 books to as many students as possible. Children who grow up with books in their homes have an immediate and long-lasting advantage in education over those who do not.

Dave understands that empowering students with great books can change their lives and inspire them. He recently lent me a book, A Long Walk to Water and warned me I would not put it down and he was right. I read it in a few hours and was inspired, it is a MUST read if you have not read it.

Dave and the book he lent inspired me and for this holiday season and I want to help out through the best way I could think of – social media! We (yes blog, Twitter and Facebook followers, you) can be the change and make a difference in a child’s life and education. My goal is 800 books – to help out 20 students! If you donate, please fill out this form so I can keep track of how many books we have collected! I will update this daily!

 

How can you help?

– Collect any new or gently used books
–  Collect games, puzzles, or art supplies
– Donate: Checks written out to Dave Hartzell with The 40 Book Project in memo. Dave can then either send the receipt or share a picture of all the books with what you donated! Checks can be mailed to Shamrock address below.

Supplies can be dropped off or sent to Dave’s school:

Attention Dave Hartzell/The 40 Book Project
Shamrock Garden Elementary
3301 Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205

Need a service learning project for your classroom, let this be your cause! Why not get your whole school or department involved!  Please help out Dave’s dream by spreading the word about The 40 Book Project! Also make sure to follow them on Twitter and on Facebook!

Read more about The 40 Book Project:

Teacher Creates Home Libraries for Kids

Charlotte book project aims to teach kids love of reading

Using Booktrack in the Classroom

“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.” By Maurice Sendak

Booktrack aims to improve student literacy through encompassing technology and Common Core Standards. It can be used two different ways: One is students can read stories, poems and other texts that are associated with a ‘movie-style’ soundtrack or two, students can create Booktracks, using their own writing.

How does it work?

You choose a book. As you read, you’ll see an arrow going down the right-hand margin of the page. This arrow moves down the page as you read so that your reading speed goes with the soundtrack. If the arrow moves too fast or slow, use the plus and minus icons at the bottom of the page to change the speed.

If you want students to create their own book, they can do so in a few easy steps:

1. Click on the icon create

2. Type the story

3. Add the sound track by highlighting the text you want to each part of the story from the library of over 20,000 sound clips.

4. Preview and then publish!

Here are my ten reasons why I like Booktrack:

1. FREE

2. Lesson plan library created by teachers, for teachers

3.  It is easy to create a class account. To enroll your students into your class add their name and select add or just upload a CSV file – Booktrack will set them up for you.

4. Books for all levels of students elementary, middle and high.

5. If you have any questions or need assistance just click on “Help” in the upper right hand corner. There are video tutorials to help guide you as well, which makes it very user-friendly.

6. Works on all devices! (Great for BYOT classrooms)

7. The books are all labeled with genre, type, language and ratings.

 

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8. Students can create their own books and publish them so others can read as well.

9.  The sound track can distract some students but you can mute it and read it just like a regular e-book.

10. Teachers can use the books as their read alouds; modeling on an eReader can help promote 21st century digital literacy skills.

Articles about Booktrack:

Booktrack Raises $3M To Add Soundtracks To E-Books, Launches Classroom Version

Booktrack – Create and Listen to Soundtracks for Books

 

No Summer Slide Using these Resources

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” By Sherman Alexie

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What happens when young minds sit idle for three months…it’s known as the “summer slide”. How can we prevent the summer slide with our students? By informing our parents about what it is and giving them resources like the ones below to help them. 

Reading Lists:

Scholastic Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long: Book List By Age

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading List for Kids

Teacher Vision Summer Reading List

Summer Reading Logs:

http://www.reading-rewards.com
https://www.biblionasium.com
https://readingglue.com

You could also use Google Docs and the students nor parents would need an account. What you can do is create a Google Form, then make the spreadsheet public with link- to do this you click the box at the end of the form that says make public for all. They could see what others filled out plus themselves. You could also make it into a competition and see who reads the most books, pages and/or genres etc.

Other helpful resources:

Ink Think Tank (Great free non-fiction!)

Collaborative Summer Library Program (Libraries nationwide)

What Can Families Do to Keep Children Reading Over the Summer?

Summer Reading Tips From Librarians

 How to Make Summer Reading Effective

Please share any sites that you use with your students or parents to prevent the summer slide.

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