Some Neat New Books in the Educational Materials Area

by TeachersPet@evpl on Friday, February 11 2011, 1:53pm. Viewed 1,204 times.

We have several in a new series called Travel Through (country): come on a journey of discovery.  The subjects we just received are the British Isles, the Caribbean, France, India, Japan, Russia, and Spain.  Each title includes a locator map and essential statics, activity pages, and diary extracts, poscards, and e-mails written from a child's perspective.  Lots of attractive color photos.

Also new is American Folklore, Legends, and Tall Tales for Readers Theatre.  Grades 4-8.  23 scripts, in chapters titled:  Heroes and Heroines; Tall Tales and Large Lies; Rascals and Ruffians; Magic and Myth; and Ballads and Songs.  The beginning of each chapter includes information about the overall time in history and information about the specific tale included.  Includes instructions on how to manage readers theatre, including staging directions and four pages of more teacher resources.

And more books about American history:  Two are from the Native Americans Resource Library: Ready-to-Use Activities and Materials on Desert Indians: a complete sourcebook for Teachers K-8, and Woodland Indians.  Includes information, crafts to do, and reproducible activities, with recommendations for lower, middle, and upper grades.  Gateways to Westward Expansion:  using literature and primary sources to enhance reading instruction and historical understanding, for grades 4-12, covers ten topics, with bibliographies and reproducibles.  The ten chapters:  The Lewis and Clark Expedition; The Santa Fe Trail; The Alamo; The Oregon Trail; The Transcontinental Railroad; The Buffalo Soldiers; Indian Boarding Schools; Cowboys and Longhorns; The Orphan Trains, and The Women of the Westward Movement.  Each chapter includes historical background, primary source documents, and a graphic organizer.  The fourth new one is States and Capitals for grades 4-5, which includes tips for writing a state report.  Lots of different activities and memory prompts to help students learn state names, locations, and capitals. 

If you are using a specific book or author in your classroom, be sure to go to our website and in the catalog search box type in "A Guide for Using",  "Literature Circle Guide" and "Teaching with Favorite" as titles - and you will be amazed of books we have that can help you!  Today we added A Guide for using The Mitten in the Classroom  and A Guide for Using The Tale of Despereaux in the Classroom.

Other new books include The Parents' Guide to Baby Signs: early communication with your infant - this is a very practical guide.   Get Up and Move with Nonfiction, for grades 4-8, covers Science; Mathematics; Geography; and U.S. History.  Includes over 100 kinesthetic activities.  A Core Collection for Young Adults: second edition, part of the Teens @ the Library series, covers many annotated core collections such as Adventure Tales, Cautionary Novels, Historical Fiction, and many more.   Each book listed includes suggested grade levels and a summary paragraph.  Also includes several appendixes and a cd.    417 pages.

And I saved the best for last:  kidsram Tales Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle.  Grades 2-6.  Contains adapted tales from around the world, which can be told by the teacher or performed by the students.  Roles include storytellers, tangram artists, and chorus members.    Line drawings show how each tangram piece should be placed, not just the overall outline.  Includes reproducible tangram patterns and figures.

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