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From: Jen in DE (
Subject:         9 Writing and Lit Books - Fantastic Resources
Date: March 4, 2014 at 11:52 am PST

9 Writing and Literature Books for kindergarten through 2nd or 3rd
grade, depending on your student for $35 including shipping. Please
email Jen at with any questions and for pictures.
Thanks for looking!

Creating Young Writers: Using the Six Traits to Enrich Writing Process
in Primary Classrooms
by Vicki Spandel 260 pages. Great for teaching writing for kids in K-3.
Loaded with lesson ideas that helps teachers understand how to teach
writing to beginning writers. Samples of actual student work, both text
and art, offer teachers a clear understanding of how to recognize
strengths and growth in student work. Specific examples of how to model
writing for students. Samples of student portfolios. Explanation of how
revision looks/works at beginning levels which gives teachers in-depth
understanding of what revision is and how to teach it. Step by step
review of the publishing process. Recommended books for teaching key
traits of writing at primary level reinforce the link between reading
and writing. This book was invaluable in helping me learn to teach my
young writers!

Read It Again - Preparing Children for Inclusion Grades K-3
124 pp. by Sharon Vaughn and Liz Rothlein. Helps children become more
sensitive to others with disabilities. Activities using 14 children's
book whose main characters are in some way exceptional - physically
handicapped, behavior disorded, learning disabiled.. Increases awareness
and acceptance. Uses thinking activities and literature to help children
understand others. Incudes an introductory unit on exceptional children,
book summaries, ideas for introducing the books, lists of key vocabulary
words, discussion questions to foster higher-level thinking skills and
reproducible activity sheets. Example: How would your life change is
suddenly you were not able to hear? (Discussion question) Think of all
the sounds that you hear. Some are sounds you like, others are not. Draw
the things that make sounds you like in one column and draw the things
that you don't like in the other. If I were deaf, the sould I'd miss
most is..... One sound I wouldn't miss hearing is.......

Four Square: Writing in the Content Areas
Grades 1-4 Another great resource packed with reproducibles - how to do
the four square method with any subject - state reports, course
brochures, performance brochures, poem planning, paragraphs, book
reviews, all using the four square method of writing.

Teacher Created Materials Connecting Holidays and Literature for Primary
– 144 page resource book for integration holiday activities with more
than 30 children's literature selections. Many holidays are covered -
both traditional (such a Thanksgiving and Hanaukkah) and ethnic (such as
Cinco de Mayo and Kwanzaa). Other fun celebrations are included such as
Sandwich Day and Teddy Bear Picnic. All four seasons are covered. Lots
of activities and reproducibles. Example: Martin Luther King day
includes materials to make a mini-book of famous African Americans and a
time line of the life of Martin Luther King. St. Patrick's Day includes
Lucky Learning cards and a board game to make. (small crease in back
cover, otherwise excellent condition)

Calendar Companions for Fall by Susanne Glover and Georgeann Grewe
name on inside cover and a few notes on title page in pencil - Lots of
patterns for bulletin boards, but we used them for creative writing,
vocabulary, handwriting. Games, poems, math worksheets, finger puppets,

October from The Mailbox - A month of ideas for Grades 1-3. 96pp.
Subjects include spiders, Fire Safety, Columbus Day, Pizza, Popcorn,
Harvest, Germany, Halloween. Patterns, information, teaching tips.
Another great resource.

Suppose the Wolf Were An Octopus - k to 2
by Royal Fireworks Press (same people who put out MCT) New condition .
128 pp. Another favorite of ours is this series. This guide to creative
questioning is very helpful if you are sick of the read and spit back
mentality of other literature books. I was on a quest for THOUGHTFUL
questions. Designed to develop critical and creative thinking through
elementary-grade literature, this series is based on Blooms Taxonomy
with multiple questions for each level. This volume covers 50 stories
with a brief overview of the story and appropriate questions for the 6
levels of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and
The K to 2 book has three questions at each level.
For each story the book title, author, publication information, and a
synopsis are included, followed by the questions. For example, in the
lesson on The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, a comprehension
question would be "why did the elephants choose Babar as their king?"
while more complex questions would be: "compare and contrast Babar's
life in the jungle as a baby with his new life as King of the Elephants"
(analysis), "Suppose that Babar didn't meet the old lady. Tell a new
story about his adventures in town." (synthesis), or "judge whether the
hunter had the right to kill Babar's mother. Explain your answer"

Read It Again - More Book 1 k-2
128 pp. by Terri Christman and Liz Rothlein. Here are 15 more suggested
read-aloud books including Make Way for Ducklings and Tikki Tikki Tembo.
This is an activity book brimming with activities and questions which
are all correlated to Bloom's Taxonomy.Fantastic series. One of my
favorites! A little shelf wear, but overall in very good condition.

Read It Again - Multicultural Grades K-3
136 pp. by Liz Rothlein and Terri Christman Wild. Celebrates our rich
literary and cultural diversity with imaginative ideas and activities
for 12 multicultural children's books. Books about African, Asian,
Hispanic and Native Americans help children appreciate the similarities
as well as differences amoung cultures. Includes and introductory unit
on diversity, book summaries, ideas for introducing books, lists of key
vocabulary words, discussion questions to foster higher-level thinking
and reproducible activity sheets. Example: Many things change from the
beginning of this story to the end. Draw pictures in the boxes below to
tell about some of these changes - This is what the widow's house looked
like at the beginning of the story.
Some things could happen in real life. Some things could not. Decide
which events could really happen and which ones could not. Put an X in
the right box. Really great activities.

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