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Literacy: Reading & Response

  • Ban the Book Report

    Promoting frequent and enthusiastic reading

    Teachers recognize that frequent independent reading increases student knowledge on a wide range of topics, enhances vocabulary, and improves comprehension. How can we then nurture and deepen these reading experiences for our students?

    This passionate book argues that the main purpose of reading assignments is to encourage rather than discourage reading. It inspires us to go beyond the narrow and analytical view of book reports by exploring the potential of oral and visual activities. It offers response assignments that are more closely aligned with the reasons people read -- to explore personal interests, to make emotional connections, and to enjoy themselves.

    This remarkable resource offers more than 20 specific assignments that will engage students, and persuade them to respond to their reading in innovative ways, including book talks, alternate covers, talk-show interviews, diary entries for characters, letters to authors, and more. Each assignment includes its own rubric written in student-friendly language, along with student response exemplars from real classrooms. Tips to help teachers launch and manage an independent reading program complement this timely book.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 112
    Publication Date: 2012
    ISBN: 9781551382647

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Construction Zone, The

    Building scaffolds for readers and writers

    Instructional scaffolding is an essential part of teaching literacy. But what is scaffolding exactly? What does it look like in the classroom, and how can we improve the ways we use it?

    In essence, scaffolding is the idea of supporting students as they build independence. The Construction Zone identifies four critical processes to deepen your understanding and improve your practice of instructional scaffolding: finding and maintaining focus; practicing flexibility in instruction; giving constructive feedback; and monitoring to ensure responsibility. It provides procedures and techniques to help you establish and maintain strong scaffolds throughout the instructional day. Discover how to embrace your role in the scaffolding process, while staying mindful of the needs of your students.

    On Twitter: #constructionzone


    Author(s):

    Pages: 216
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781571108692

    Price: $ 33.95 $ 17.50
  • Good Choice!

    Supporting reading and response, K-6

    The book outlines components that foster successful independent reading in grades K–6, and examines practices that establish independent reading and borrowing routines; provide adequate resources for independent reading; support children in selecting a wide range of appropriate texts; and offer opportunities for children to respond to their reading. With examples appropriate to emergent readers in grades K through 2, as well as more seasoned readers in grades 3 through 6, the book provides a comprehensive plan for integrating independent reading throughout the day. The book offers systems for organizing the class library and checking books in and out, lessons on book selection and responding to text, advice on supporting children and parents in home reading, guidance on conferring with students, and an array of helpful appendix materials that include graphic organizers, questionnaires, and assessment and monitoring rubrics.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 264
    Publication Date: 2008
    ISBN: 9781571107329

    Price: $ 36.95 $ 18.50
  • In Defense of Read-Aloud

    Sustaining best practice

    Researchers and practitioners stand together: the practice of reading aloud throughout the grades is not only viable, it's also best practice. This passionate book reinforces readers' confidence to continue the practice of reading aloud and presents the research base to defend the practice in grades K-12. It also offers significant practical insights to strengthen instructional practice — answering the questions of why and how we should read aloud. Thoughtful and thorough, the book provides advice about how to use read-alouds most effectively, along with recommendations for books to share with children. It gives you everything you need to support, sustain, and celebrate the power of reading aloud.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 192
    Publication Date: 2015
    ISBN: 9781625310408

    Price: $ 31.95 $ 16.00
  • Reading Edge, The

    Using phonics strategically to teach reading

    Looking for concrete ways to help your students begin to recognize patterns in language, and better understand how printed words and letters fit together? The Reading Edge offers all the tools you need to help children become knowledgeable, enthusiastic readers, including:

    • blending, word family, rhyming, and onset and rime strategies
    • word-attack skills that help children understand how the printed word works
    • assessment tips that help identify student strengths, weaknesses, and knowledge gaps
    • suggestions for adapting for ESL and special needs programs

    Poignant classroom vignettes throughout the book put literacy, phonics, and learning into context. Ready-to-use tools include assessment and tracking sheets, playful activities, and mini-worksheets.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 126
    Publication Date: 2006
    ISBN: 9781551381862

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Reading Teacher's Handbook, The



    This handbook includes creative ways to use talking, writing, drama, and visual arts to engage students in purposeful reading. A vibrant combination of background information and workable activities will guide students to more successful reading experiences. From using context clues and spelling patterns to phonics and word recognition skills, this book will help students build their confidence in reading. Also included are reproducible pages that will save classroom time and ready-to-copy assessment tools to facilitate classroom practices.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 88
    Publication Date: 2002
    ISBN: 9781551381459

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Reality Checks

    Teaching reading comprehension with nonfiction, K-5

    This insightful book outlines practical concepts, skills, and strategies that enhance children's understanding of and engagement with text, and help them navigate nonfiction with success. Bestselling author Tony Stead covers all the bases — from extracting and interpreting information to making connections and inferences to learning to differentiate between fact and opinion. The book also includes tips on working with visual information, pre- and post-assessment strategies, monitoring progress, curriculum planning, and guided reading.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 264
    Publication Date: 2005
    ISBN: 9781571103642

    Price: $ 36.95 $ 18.50
  • Socratic Circles

    Fostering critical and creative thinking in middle and high school

    With real-world examples and answers to frequent questions, this book becomes a coaching guide for both the teacher new to Socratic seminars and the experienced teacher looking to maximize the benefits of this powerful strategy. Socratic seminars enhance reading comprehension, listening and speaking skills, and build better classroom community and conflict resolution skills. Students will gain ownership over classroom discussions, bolstering independence and motivation to learn and explore further. Socratic Circles shows teachers familiar with literature circles the many ways in which these two practices complement and extend each other, enriching the classroom experience for both student and teacher.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 176
    Publication Date: 2005
    ISBN: 9781571103949

    Price: $ 28.95 $ 14.50
  • Talking, Writing & Thinking About Books

    101 ready-to-use classroom activities

    Focus on reading with this wealth of single-page literacy activities that explore students` understanding of what they`re reading, and encourage inventive and in-depth response from all students. Each activity uses a key aspect of literacy, from talk and oral reading to drama and the visual arts to writing and research, to examine the elements of any book, in any genre. With activities suitable for individuals, partners, and groups, the book will show you how to help children reflect on and think about what they`ve read, and become more deeply involved with their reading and response.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2005
    ISBN: 9781551381831

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50

Author Spotlight: David Booth!

  • Even Hockey Players Read

    Boys, Literacy and Learning

    This comprehensive overview of the challenging issues around boys and reading includes strategies and practical solutions for helping struggling readers. Interviews by the author reveal the literacy challenges, struggles, tastes, and values of boys and men. These "real" voices provide valuable insights into how we can support boys in their journey towards becoming successful readers and writers. David Booth offers a wealth of techniques for promoting an alternative culture of literacy in school and home settings in order that: boys who can`t read are helped, boys who don`t read become motivated, and boys who do read find enrichment. Essential reading for teachers who want to guide boys to a love of reading.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 136
    Publication Date: 2002
    ISBN: 9781551381473

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Exploding the Reading

    Building a world of responses from one story/50 interactive strategies for increasing comprehension

    One 200-year-old folk tale, 30 teachers, and 1,000 students. Ride along with literacy guru David Booth as he takes the same story to a wide variety of classrooms, from kindergarten all the way through grade 12, and be amazed by the learning generated.

    David argues that "it takes two to read a book". He reasons that sharing responses and bouncing ideas off others guides students to deeper thinking, and challenges them to reconsider their views and increase their understanding. This intriguing book also shows teachers how to help students discover the world outside the text: the origins, connections, place, values, and the different perceptions that readers have. It illustrates ways to transpose that original text into other forms that let students look at the text with different eyes, to ponder what might have been, to challenge what they read, and to add their new learning to the construct of the world. Throughout the book, authentic student samples and actual transcripts present students experiencing the featured story in a multitude of ways -- from poems and retellings, to visuals and arts, to conversation and blogs -- that will "explode" your definitions of comprehension, response, and engagement, and have you looking at classroom literacy in a whole new way!


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2014
    ISBN: 9781551382999

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Poetry Goes to School

    From Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein

    This comprehensive resource is a must-have for teachers who want to fill their classrooms with poetry. With descriptions of poetic genres, lessons and teaching tools, sample poems, and ideas for sharing and exploration, this book will inspire, inform, and entertain. Select from a wide range of response activities that will involve children in reading, writing, role playing, and the arts. Assessment techniques for supporting the poetry program complement this highly readable volume. Stimulate creativity and imagination and learn to create a "culture of poetry" that demonstrates the power of words and strengthens the language lives of children.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381619

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Story Works

    How teachers can use shared stories in the new curriculum

    This comprehensive resouce deals with all aspects of story:

    • what kinds of stories to choose, whether the children`s own or from literature
    • how to present them
    • ways to integrate stories with the rest of the curriculum
    • tools for effectively dealing with all forms of evaluation.

    Child-tested and ready for easy integration into any curriculum, the book explores how to nurture the sense of story and intellect in the imagination of children. Learn effective ways to encourage children to use ideas, values, and language from their reading in their own stories and how to encourage children to listen to each other, respond, and build on their collective responses


    Author(s):

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2000
    ISBN: 9781551381251

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50

Literacy: Writing & Response

  • Breathe, Stretch, Write

    Learning to write with everything you've got

    Designed to spark the imagination and enhance creativity, the guided exercises and fun-filled suggestions in this innovative book integrate elements of writing with simple movements and yoga principles to create a safe and joyful learning experience. The book combines writing tasks with basic physical movements that are easy to incorporate into classroom instruction. Useful and inspiring for students and teachers alike, the book is committed to getting kids writing and playing with words and ideas. It challenges teachers to refresh their teaching of writing, inspire students, and find the fun in everyday learning.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 112
    Publication Date: 2011
    ISBN: 9781551382562

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Exploring Writing in the Content Areas

    Practical ways to support writing in any subject area

    Teachers of any subject, from English to science to social studies, will learn new and innovative ways they can help their students become better, more capable writers. They will learn how to take students through all the steps involved in producing written documents — from generating ideas to researching to revising and editing — along with practical tips for supporting and encouraging student work. The book also includes tips on providing constructive feedback and demonstrates how assessment can guide effective teaching practice and help plan more successful instruction.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2005
    ISBN: 9781551381886

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Get Writing!

    Creative book-making projects for children

    Writing your own book can be a magical experience, one that takes the sting out of writing challenges. This fun-filled book offers over 100 new ideas for book-making projects that will inspire any student. From writing a fairy tale on pages shaped like a castle to creating a pop-up card for a family member to building a puzzle book filled with games and stories, this book provides something for every student.

    The book includes step-by-step instructions for planning, drafting, and construction, and book forms and folding guides for each project. Get Writing! provides unique opportunities for developing important writing and numeracy skills that link to all areas of the curriculum and give students a new confidence and pride in their written work.

    Don`t miss a great companion to Get Writing!, Making Books.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 64
    Publication Date: 2006
    ISBN: 9781551382012

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Reclaiming Reluctant Writers

    How to encourage students to face their fears and master the essential traits of good writing

    A wealth of new ways to encourage students to face their fears and master the essential traits of good writing. Practical and insightful, the book features a number of classroom-tested activities that take students from isolated skills to a deep and rich understanding of the form and function of language. The focus is on inspiring young writers to view writing not as a chore, but as a purposeful, pleasurable, and satisfying experience. With all the tools you need to create an environment that celebrates personal meaning making and nourishes students as valued members of a writing community.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2007
    ISBN: 9781551382203

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Response Journals Revisited

    Maximizing learning through reading, writing, viewing, discussing

    Everything teachers need to successfully incorporate response journals into their teaching, including a step-by-step explanation of what response journals are, why and how they are used, the skills they develop and how they are formally and summatively evaluated. This detailed handbook offers a comprehensive catalog of questions to cue personal response on everything from books and read-alouds to television, movies, and media. Sample student responses, guidelines, and rubrics that will save teachers valuable classroom time; ready-to-use checklists; and evaluation forms for students and teachers complement this invaluable resource.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2001
    ISBN: 9781551381312

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Revising & Editing

    Using models and checklists to promote successful writing experiences

    A host of effective ways to motivate young writers to improve their work. Using a wealth of models, checklists, and guidelines, you`ll find the information needed to promote successful writing, including:

    • activities that encourage students to rethink the writing process from concept to final product
    • a toolkit of reproducibles on a wide range of skills: word choice, paragraph and sentence structure, grammar and punctuation
    • tips for promoting collaborative learning with effective peer conferences, student-teacher conferences, and parental involvement
    • a series of student models that illustrate prose, narrative, essays, poems, and more
    • a thorough discussion of the role of drafting in the computer age

    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2001
    ISBN: 9781551381305

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Writing Circle, The



    Discover a powerful classroom structure that supports writers and promotes peer interaction — from brainstorming and sharing drafts to finding their unique voices and becoming successful writers. Writing circles empower students with a cooperative learning environment. They provide teachers with opportunities to observe, advise, learn, teach, and take part in discussion. This exciting new book offers everything you need to know about forming writing circles, including sample lessons, learning goals, revision techniques, and tips for encouraging the use of reference tools.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2007
    ISBN: 9781551382173

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Write Voice, The

    Using rich prompts to help student writing come alive

    A comprehensive approach to teaching writing that deals not only with style, but with the writer's inspiration and the tools and strategies that young writers need to write well. The book includes a series of rich, engaging writing prompts that teachers can use to help even the most mechanical writer begin to write with pizzazz and flair. The Write Voice is organized around seven strategies with appropriate prompts to help students seek and recognize inspiration.

    • Sensory Statements: using the five senses to help the reader create a mental image
    • Emotional Cues: using emotional connections to build mood
    • Wordsmithing: building vocabulary and encouraging risktaking
    • Developing Characters: setting the stage for action by creating interesting characters with voices of their own
    • Perspectives: understanding that the person telling the story is as important as the story itself
    • Personality: allowing the author's passion and creativity to shine through
    • Style: helping students understand writing conventions as a way of strengthening voice and not distracting from it

    The book illustrates countless effective ways students can experiment with their own writers' voice, engage in dialogue about their writing and the writing of their peers, and set personal goals as writers. It also addresses the importance of mentoring, setting success criteria, and consistent and ongoing peer and teacher feedback.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2011
    ISBN: 9781551382685

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Writing Every Day

    Reading, writing, and conferencing using student-led language experiences

    Story-sharing is a fun and compelling way to motivate children and encourage cooperative learning. Writing letters every day is an effective method for organizing language instruction, and creating a classroom community that welcomes every student, regardless of ability. Children's own stories will become the catalyst for literacy experiences that involve reading, writing, and all forms of communication. With ideas based in real classrooms, this comprehensive handbook shows how daily writing can be the ideal way to cope with a room full of students with diverse needs, interests, and abilities. Real-life examples illustrate the power of using their own life experiences to engage children in authentic, self-directed reading and writing.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381695

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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  • Writing Maniac

    How I grew up to be a writer (and you can too!)

    Award-winning author, Sheree Fitch, shares her experiences in life and as a writer! From her early memories of her father reciting poetry to her, through encouragement from her teachers to have fun with words, to her life as a published writer and mother, Sheree draws readers into her passion for writing and invites us all to come along. Vivid memories, "snapshot" descriptions of moments of inspiration and lists of "stuff to try" help readers see the magic in life and in writing. From getting the creative juices flowing and finding original topics to to creating a whole new vocabulary, the book also focuses on the fun of language. A must for any kid or adult who ever wanted to know the story behind the stories.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2000
    ISBN: 9781551381213

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Writing Teacher's Handbook, The



    Looking to produce a classroom full of writers? This book explores a wealth of ideas for nurturing student writers and developing their talents. This comprehensive handbook will help you build on the experience, knowledge, and ideas that kids bring to the classroom. It shows you how to support students through the writing process from first draft through revisions to final copy. Learn to respond to children`s writing in ways that encourage, rather than frustrate. Organized for the busy classroom teacher, the book includes suggestions for managing the classroom, developing a writing schedule, and motivating students. Useful tools for assessment and record-keeping complement this exceptional book.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 80
    Publication Date: 2002
    ISBN: 9781551381428

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50

Literacy: Grammar & Language

  • Grammar Matters

    Lessons, tips, and conversations using mentor texts, K-6

    The classroom-tested tools you need to not only engage kids in, but get them excited about, learning grammar! Divided into 4 parts -- Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, Opinion Writing, and Grammar Conversations -- this handy reference provides practical teaching tips, assessment ideas, grammar definitions, and specific mentor texts to help students learn about parts of speech, idioms, usage issues, and punctuation. Through drafting, revision, and editing exercises, as well as conversations and conferences, students will learn not only specific concepts but also how to reflect upon and transfer what they've learned to other writing tasks, across the content areas.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 248
    Publication Date: 2014
    ISBN: 9781571109910

    Price: $ 36.95 $ 18.50
  • Grammarama!

    Innovative exercises, creative activities, models from reading, sentence combining, updated rules, and more!

    Stuck debating how best to teach effective grammar in your classroom?

    This joyful guide offers both a meaningful classroom context and practical strategies to help students cope with all aspects of grammar and language. With fun and engaging activities, sentence-combining challenges, examples from professional writing, up-to-date details of the evolution of grammar and language, and much, much more, Grammarama! gives you everything you need to help your students make a lasting connection with language. Detailed teacher guidelines and handy suggestions for group work and assessment complement this valuable classroom tool.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 112
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381718

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • How Bullets Saved My Life

    Fun ways to teach some serious writing skills

    Discover a wealth of activities and tips to help student writers get motivated, organized, and focused. This book explores the elements of good writing (content) and the mechanics of writing, including punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. It shows how special tools (like bullets!) can help writers add material without overburdening the reader. The book offers original insights into all aspects of the writing process, and explores how young writers can use the best books as models, with samples from some of Canada's most popular children's authors.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2010
    ISBN: 9781551382555

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Making Words Stick

    Strategies that build vocabulary and reading comprehension in the elementary grades

    Move beyond spelling lists and memorization and make words meaningful and memorable for your students. Building on the strong connection between vocabulary and comprehension, the book guides teachers in their most important task — forging a strong literacy foundation. From the role of semantics and syntax to original, classroom-tested activities, this imaginative guide will help teachers give their students the lifelong gift of words and language.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381749

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Spelling Teacher's Handbook, The



    A vibrant mix of the basics of spelling along with classroom suggestions for making spelling instruction interesting, enjoyable, and effective. This book explores the skills students need as well as proven techniques for creating a climate of spelling learning. The handbook includes four important spelling patterns children should learn; a repertoire of spelling activities that include word-collecting, word-building, and special investigations; and spelling lists that include word family lists, prompts lists, reference lists, and core vocabulary. The book also includes tips for helping students with proofreading and encouraging them to use a dictionary.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 72
    Publication Date: 2001
    ISBN: 9781551381381

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • When Spelling Matters

    Developing writers who can spell and understand language

    As students think, compose, and explore a topic, spelling may not matter; when clear communication is needed and when the work will be shared with others, spelling matters.

    When Spelling Matters shows teachers how to nurture writers and build student confidence in their ability to write and spell. It argues that children learn to spell by investigating how words work and by recognizing the unique structure and patterns of words. Based on the belief that children need multiple strategies to help them spell, this practical book offers a series of explicit lessons that address the developmental nature of spelling and encourage students to apply their growing word knowledge to their own writing and editing.

    This thoughtful and straightforward book is committed to encouraging students to love words, be inspired by metaphors and word origins, and see language as a valuable resource to be mined deeply. This love of language will enable students to have something to say when they write, and they will produce pieces of writing that are worth editing, reading, and sharing.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2012
    ISBN: 9781551382777

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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Early Literacy

  • Cornerstones to Early Literacy, The



    How can we build a strong literacy foundation for children?

    This book argues that learning and language development start with the play episodes, oral language practices, word play, and print encounters and events that children engage in during the early years of life. Filled with rich language experiences, the book illustrates ways to maximize these cornerstones to learning with meaningful events that allow children to discover print and use literacy in the play environment, culture, and local community they grow up in.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 168
    Publication Date: 2010
    ISBN: 9781551382579

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Early Literacy Fundamentals

    A balanced approach to language, listening & literacy skills, ages 3-6

    Explore seven best practices for teaching rudimentary literacy skills in the foundation years with this exceptional guide. From early reading and writing to talk, music, and drama, the book examines methods of introducing young children to the world of sounds, letters, and print in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. With a strong focus on the importance of oral language and storybook reading, the book also provides practical advice on how kids can transfer their learning into self-initiated activities. Give your youngest students the building blocks to literacy that will kick-start the rest of their school years.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2005
    ISBN: 9781551381848

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Guided Reading Basics

    Organizing, managing and implementing a balanced language program in K—3

    This innovative new handbook provides a model for Guided Reading that can help you meet the needs of your K–3 students. You will find practical, classroom-tested methods for organizing, managing, and implementing effective Guided Reading strategies in the early years. The book lays the groundwork for the program and shows you how to fit Guided Reading into a balanced literacy program, organize the class for independent learning, create flexible reading groups, select the best reading materials, assess and monitor student learning, and much more.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2003
    ISBN: 9781551381602

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required



    The play-based learning and individualized strategies in this practical book build on the wide range of literacy skills present in the kindergarten classroom. This valuable resource explores simple ways to use traditional learning centres to provide children with real and authentic reasons to listen, speak, read, write, and view. Teachers will find a wealth of resources for creating meaningful learning experiences, including:

    • answers to often-asked questions
    • milestones to inform teaching instruction
    • activities and games for both individuals and groups
    • literacy extensions that involve children with quality literature, authentic artifacts, and recordings

    This highly readable book will support teachers as they move beyond worksheets and nurture students on their journey to lifelong literacy.

    *To order Journey to Literacy in French, click here to visit Groupe Modulo.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2011
    ISBN: 9781551382616

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
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    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)

Drama & the Arts

  • Adventures in Graphica

    Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension, 2-6

    Learn how to use graphic texts to motivate and engage some of your most reluctant readers who often shun traditional texts. This book uses comics and graphic novels to teach comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency by exploring how skills for reading visual information can be transferred to text. The book shows teachers how to hook students onto reading using graphic novels across the content areas. Sample graphic books and student work complement this book.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 200
    Publication Date: 2008
    ISBN: 9781571107121

    Price: $ 29.95 $ 15.00
  • Get Graphic!

    Using storyboards to write and draw picture books, graphic novels, or comic strips

    This lively new book introduces the power of the storyboard in the creative process — from brainstorming ideas to developing, revising, and finalizing stories. It describes an eight-stage process that shows, step-by-step, how students can create unique, action-filled pages for their stories and books. Get Graphic! describes the principles of design, and explores artistic techniques such as perspective and grounding, light and shadow, layout and spatial relationships, and more. Organized for easy classroom use, planning suggestions, glossaries of visual terms, and ready-to-copy storyboards are all a part of the active process described.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2010
    ISBN: 9781551382524

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Speaking Rules!

    Classroom games, exercises, and acitivities for creating masterful speakers and presenters

    A wonderful collection of ideas to help students overcome their fear of public speaking and flourish in front of an audience. Teachers will find a wealth of classroom-tested games, including step-by-step suggestions for writing a captivating speech, tips for selecting a great story to tell and learning to tell it well, ready-to-copy sheets for teacher assessment, and simple prompts for teacher reflection. The first section of the book focuses on oral communication with specific suggestions for imagining, remembering, developing rapport with the audience, and using body language. The second section deals with performance, especially developing content, coaching student performers, and evaluating oral communication.

    *To order Speaking Rules in French, click here to visit Cheneliere Education.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2001
    ISBN: 9781551381329

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Story Presentations

    How to turn a story, report or school project into something amazing

    Bright ideas, great designs, and exciting presentations for stories, reports, and other school projects. The easy, step-by-step instructions and illustrations will help kids decide whether to turn a book report into a poster, a geography project into a pyramid, or make a science presentation that`s the best pop-up in the class. Twenty ideas are presented simply on a single page with tips for creating a pyramid, sleeve, wheel, and even a primitive, attention-grabbing slide show from everyday materials.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 48
    Publication Date: 1989
    ISBN: 9781551380827

    Price: $ 8.95 $ 4.50
  • Telling Stories Your Way

    Storytelling and reading aloud in the classroom

    Storyteller extraordinaire Bob Barton shows classroom teachers how to discover their own unique way of telling stories. Teachers will learn easy and effective ways to:

    • develop their own method and style
    • handle fears about remembering a story or being self-conscious
    • find stories they want to tell
    • use storytelling and reading aloud to foster a love of reading.

    This comprehensive guide offers practical approaches to all forms of story — folktales, picture books, poems, novels, and more. New and experienced teachers alike will find the tools they need to explore the art of storytelling, from unusual places to find stories through tips for effective evaluation.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2000
    ISBN: 9781551381190

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • This book is not about Drama...

    It's about new ways to inspire students

    Part food for thought, part instruction manual, part stories and scripts to explore, and part encouragement to recharge, this practical book offers a comprehensive approach to using role play and discussion to build meaningful language experiences. It explores issues around storytelling, silent speech, writing, and imagination and shows teachers how to be effective observers and support the deeper meaning that comes from working inside and outside the text.

    This authoritative resource is full of simple strategies and texts that have been chosen for their ability to engage students, get them out of their chairs, and let them learn actively and socially. The strategies begin with simple games, and evolve into more complex learning opportunities. The model texts give teachers a great place to start, and anecdotes from real classrooms put them into context. These classroom glimpses illustrate the real power that students can bring to their learning as they share within groups and find ways to involve their audience.

    This book is not about Drama... is a must-read guide that shows teachers how to inspire students to experience, reflect, and express their ideas with confidence.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2012
    ISBN: 9781551382692

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Ultimate Guide to Classroom Publishing, The



    A smorgasboard of exciting ideas for helping children create their own books, from inspiration to finished product. This special book features:

    • fresh literacy-building activities that link children to the production of their own books
    • practical suggestions for guiding students through all aspects of classroom publishing: writing, editing, illustration, and design
    • an inside glimpse into the creative process with insights from the works of authors and illustrators such as Barbara Reid, Robert Munsch, Beverly Cleary, and Gordon Kormon
    • simple ways of using author studies to help students model the writing process in their own work.

    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 1999
    ISBN: 9781551381121

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)

Math & STEM

  • The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner

    Effective teaching and assessment strategies to help students think differently about mathematics

    This timely book builds on our current understanding of how to effectively teach mathematics, and borrows from the successful frameworks used to teach literacy. It introduces a numeracy framework— sense maker, skill user, thought communicator, and critical interpreter—that supports an integrated approach to math instruction. It considers the mathematical practices students need to learn to construct number knowledge, become mathematicians, and simply “do math”. The goal is to provide multiple entry points into the world of math instruction—a new way of thinking and learning where learners engage in critical thinking about numeracy and act on their knowledge.

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    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2016
    ISBN: 9781551383118

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Math Exchanges

    Guiding young mathematicians in small-group meetings

    This timely book uses small-group instruction as the centrepiece of a math workshop approach, engaging all students in rigorous "math exchanges." The key characteristics of these mathematical conversations is that they are:

    1. short, focused sessions that bring all mathematical minds together
    2. responsive to the needs of the specific group
    3. designed for meaningful, guided reflection

    As in reading and writing workshop, students become self-directed and independent while participating in a classroom community of learners. Through the math exchanges, students focus on number sense and the big ideas in math. Teachers mediate talk and thinking as students share problem-solving strategies, discuss "how math works," and move toward more effective and efficient approaches to mathematical understanding.

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    Author(s):

    Pages: 216
    Publication Date: 2011
    ISBN: 9781571108265

    Price: $ 36.95 $ 18.50
  • Math Memories You Can Count On

    A literature-based approach to teaching mathematics in primary classrooms

    Rooted in real-life math experiences, the book explores innovative ways you can teach math principles using the best children`s books. This simple book shows teachers how to select, organize, and use literature to connect children with real-world math. Committed to creating long-lasting positive math memories, it goes beyond reading about math and encourages linking text with relevant manipulatives in a hands-on, minds-on, problem-solving environment. The book is organized around the five math strands — number sense and numeration; measurement; geometry and spatial sense; patterning and algebra; and data management and probability. It offers a wealth of activities rooted in children`s literature that deal with concepts including problem solving, reasoning, communication, making connections, and representing math in a variety of ways. Book lists, reproducible activities, and assessment strategies support this remarkable book.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2009
    ISBN: 9781551382272

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Math Sense

    The look, sound, and feel of effective math instruction

    How is it that you can walk into a classroom and almost instantly gain an overall sense of the quality of math instruction taking place there? What contributes to getting that sense? This thoughtful book explores some of the components that comprise the looks, sound, and feel of effective teaching and learning. Does the landscape of the classroom feature such items as student work samples, a math literature collection, and a number line? Do lessons include wait time, checks for understanding, and written feedback? Do you feel a spirit of collaboration, risk taking, and pride?

    Math Sense provides a series of self-assessment rubrics to help you identify the earmarks of a vibrant mathematics community that will help inform and refine your practice. This practical guide offers a roadmap for taking stock of your teaching, and building a stronger mathematics community for both you and your students.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 136
    Publication Date: 2012
    ISBN: 9781571109422

    Price: $ 28.95 $ 14.50
  • Literature & Science Breakthroughs

    Connecting language & science skills in the elementary classroom

    How to use the best children`s books to teach science skills in elementary classrooms. Strategies for using fiction and non-fiction, big books, novels, storybooks, pop-ups, poetry, and discovery books to bring all aspects of science to life for children in elementary classrooms. Organized around the the major science strands, the book looks at using literature to achieve science outcomes in:

    • life systems
    • matter and materials
    • energy and control
    • structure and mechanics
    • earth and space systems

    Teachers will learn wonderful ways to make real world connections using children`s literature. Background information, webs, skill charts, tools for evaluation, and a bibliography are also included.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 120
    Publication Date: 2000
    ISBN: 9781551381268

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Canadian Scientists & Inventors, 2nd Edition

    Biographies of people who shaped our world

    This remarkable book tells the compelling story of 45 distinguished Canadians. From Nobel Prize winners to inventors who died in obscurity, their lives reflect the challenge and excitement that has made a difference to our daily lives.

    More than 200 years of profiles and discoveries that range from apples to BlackBerrys, from steamships to jet engines, from vaccines to lasers are covered. They reflect the significant milestones in 5 major areas — communication, discovery, electronics, health, and transportation. Original portraits of each person profiled complete this highly readable book.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 200
    Publication Date: 2008
    ISBN: 9781551382227

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)

Classroom Management

  • From Literature Circles to Blogs

    Activities for engaging professional learning communities

    Explore the possibilities of teacher-learning communities with this inspiring book that provides both a useful framework and workable strategies that support and guide reflection, cooperation, and collaboration. The book offers everything teachers need — from the intricacies of initiating a collaborative group to setting a purpose and encouraging widespread participation. It also supplies specific ideas for making the transition from busy teacher to open and eager learner.

    Each chapter focuses on a particular type of learning experience, and includes examples of how to apply said experience, suggestions for incorporating technology, and a discussion of classroom implications. This flexible resource offers various entry points and can be easily adapted to individual needs. It gives both new and experienced teachers activities to build trust and rapport, and expand the possibilities of self-directed learning.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2009
    ISBN: 9781551382449

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Literacy Techniques, 2nd Edition

    For building successful readers and writers

    This revised handbook is even more helpful to elementary teachers who want to explore the best techniques for teaching reading and writing. This virtual encyclopaedia of traditional and contemporary approaches to literacy will help teachers reflect on teaching style and select the best approach for meeting the needs of every student. With checklists and guidelines, this flexible resource is also useful for supply teachers and other education partners — buddies, volunteers, and parents.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381732

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Show Me How to Learn

    Key strategies and powerful techniques that promote cooperative learning

    This user-friendly resource is a practical, easy-to-read exploration of the best classroom practice in grades 3–8. Practical and comprehensive, the book offers new ideas, frameworks, and guidelines to help teachers challenge students and create a positive classroom environment. A wealth of reproducible pages explore a full range of techniques for teaching and working with language. The book will help teachers empower students to become active participants in their own learning.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381787

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Spaces & Places

    Designing classrooms for literacy

    In this book you'll find a wealth of full-colour photos from all sorts of classroom spaces from kindergarten to grade five, including well-organized areas for whole group and small group reading instruction, classroom libraries, literacy work stations, teacher desks, storage areas, and more. You'll love the "before" and "after" pictures and the step-by-step processes outlined for organizing your furniture and cabinets, setting up your room space by space, and using your walls thoughtfully.

    This unique visual reference answers tough questions educators ask, such as: What do I really need in my room and what's the best way to set it up? How does my physical classroom impact student learning? How can I find the space I need to teach more effectively? What can I get rid of and how? Where do I put all my stuff?


    Author(s):

    Pages: 240
    Publication Date: 2008
    ISBN: 9781571107220

    Price: $ 44.95 $ 22.50
  • Speak, Listen, and Learn

    Building speaking, discussion, and presentation skills in every classroom

    This remarkable book explores all aspects of oral language with innovative strategies that address the true nature of collaborative inquiry. The activities encourage students to "think out loud", considering not only what they are thinking, but also why they are thinking it as they explore the dynamics of speaking and listening. In this strategic guide, teachers will find practical methods to help students understand the subtle but significant aspects of our language, such as justification, implied meaning, opinion, persuasion, and argument. The easy-to-use activities all include a purpose, simple guidelines for implementation, ideas for extension, and recommendations for reflection.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2004
    ISBN: 9781551381770

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
  • Writing Triangle: Planning, Revision, and Assessment, The

    A fresh look at your tired writing process

    Writing improves when students learn good planning, revision, and assessment strategies that specifically apply to different writing forms -- Description, Narration, Lyric Poetry, Exposition, Persuasion/Deliberative Inquiry Research, Business Letters, and Exploratory Writing. Each of these forms is thoroughly discussed in this book, with suggestions for exploring key features, planning strategies, specific revision criteria, and assessment techniques. This bold book represents a complete makeover for tired textbooks about the writing process. It illustrates effective ways teachers can guide their students to become inspired, and turn ordinary writing into something extraordinary.


    Author(s):

    Pages: 96
    Publication Date: 2010
    ISBN: 9781551382593

    Price: $ 24.95 $ 12.50
    Price: $ 21.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 34.95 (Paper + eBook)
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