Monday, September 8, 2008

Resource updates

Bookwink

"Bookwink's mission is to inspire kids to read. Through podcasting and web video, we hope to connect kids in Grades 3 through 8 with books that will make them excited about reading. The videos are approximately 3 minutes long and are updated monthly. Each video booktalk is about a different topic, and additional read-alikes can be found on the Bookwink website. You can look for books by subject, grade level, author or title. We are constantly updating the booklists with our newest favorite books."

This week's Big Fresh Newsletter from Choice Literacy is about making small group instruction successful. The issue includes Part II of the interview with Debbie Miller who gives advice on the importance of waiting before grouping early in the year, especially if you are using criteria beyond levels for groups.
"Long before young children learn to read, they are practicing critical pre-reading skills: discovering the world of print, holding a book and turning its pages, recognition of letters and the sounds of speech, rhyming, word play, and "scribble" writing. To learn more about how to help emergent readers master these skills, visit Reading Rockets' comprehensive collection of preschool resources, for parents, preschool teachers, and caregivers."

NoveList School News" from Ebscohost:

"Our goal this month at NoveList School News is to provide resources and role models for meeting the various challenges posed by reluctant readers. We begin by shining our Spotlight on different kinds of reluctant readers and discussing how NoveList K-8 can provide "one-stop shopping" for helping these children. Best Practices features an interview with Marian Creamer, a retired school librarian from Portland, Oregon whose nonprofit foundation, Children's Literature Alive!, empowers low income children to read and express themselves through the use of distinguished children's literature. Additionally, NoveList Strategies demonstrates how NoveList K-8 can help you use Lexile ratings - a scientific measure of how difficult a book is to read - to connect books with struggling young readers.If you've been motivated to pick up a book after seeing the related film, then you know from experience that movies bring books and kids together, a fact substantiated by research. Silver Screen presents City of Ember, an upcoming October film that has been heralded as the most-anticipated movie of the year according to movie-fanatic.com. If you're ready to participate in the literacy debate about whether or not what kids and teens do online constitutes reading, then check out In the News. Professional Resources highlights two outstanding tools - Guys Read and Gotcha for Guys! -- for motivating boys to read. Since nonfiction is often the literary choice for males, Awards discusses the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. Finally, In Case You're Wondering leads newsletter subscribers to back issues that include articles related to reluctant readers.

Curriculum Connections from School Library Journal and TeachingBook.net:

"Classmates with superpowers? Vampires in the halls? In this month's issue of Curriculum Connections, Joyce Adams Burner selects some unusual Back-To-School stories for young adults. Other, not-to-be-missed features include Jenny Brown's conversation with paper artists and engineers, Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, and a review of Must-See Web Sites for Busy Teachers, an up-to-date resource that should be on every educator's bookshelf.As you look forward to the November election, roam America with an assortment of outstanding picture books that will take you and your students coast to coast with amusing facts and poetry on state birds, names, and sites. And don't forget to indulge in the variety of available online resources that support a reading of Judith St. George's wacky and wonderful So You Want To Be President?"

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