Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language to second through sixth graders in Yilan, Taiwan as a Fulbright Fellow. She went on to become a literacy teacher for third grade in San Jose, CA as a Teach for America corps member. She is certified in Project Glad instruction to promote English language acquisition and academic achievement. In her column she offers teaching and literacy tips for educators.
Grab a flashlight, bug repellent, and binoculars…
Each week this summer, we are pairing Lee & Low titles to your favorite summer destinations with fun activities!
Your summer outing: national or state parks!
Questions during reading:
- How have humans affected the habitat or animal species in the book?
- What suggestions does this book offer to take care of the world around us?
For the last installment in our series on Sensational Summer Read Alouds, literacy expert Jaclyn DeForge shares one final title that has a high student-interest level, can be used to hit multiple Common Core learning standards, and is super rich in terms of content, just like A Full Moon is Rising and Silent Star.
Today’s Pick: Balarama: A Royal Elephant
For the next installment in our series on Sensational Summer Read Alouds, here’s another title that has a high student-interest level, can be used to hit multiple Common Core learning standards, and is super rich in terms of content.
Today’s Pick: A Full Moon is Rising
Written and Illustrated by: Marilyn Singer
Genre: poetry & informational text
Hook: Your homework: stay up late and look up at the night sky.
It’s almost as if Marilyn Singer anticipated the Common Core when she wrote this collection, which is probably why Book Links named it one of their 2011 Lasting Connections titles. The poetry can definitely be used to teach some key literature standards, but the content is so clearly science and social studies related! She also includes amazing maps and an incredibly informative “About the Poems” section that gives further information about the content covered in each poem.
In the first in our new series, resident literacy expert Jaclyn DeForge shares her tips for educators on reading comprehension, the Common Core, and much more! Prior to joining Lee & Low, Jaclyn taught first and second grade in the South Bronx, worked in teacher support and development, and wrote English Language Arts curriculum as a literacy coach.
July is *just* around the corner, and for many, it conjures images of fireworks, barbeques and lazy days at the beach. But for many of our struggling students and dedicated educators, July means something very different: the start of summer school.
I’ve taught summer school several times over the years and keeping my students engaged and learning was sometimes a challenge, as little minds wandered and the gorgeous weather outside beckoned. As summer school programs across the country kick into high gear, I’ve compiled a list of Sensational Summer School Read Alouds that really go the distance: 1) the topics have a high student-interest level 2) they can be used to hit multiple Common Core learning standards, and 3) they’re super rich in terms of content.
Today’s pick: Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy