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It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith

Book Overview: It’s Complicated is the first book in the Status Updates which follows the story of Claire, Hannah, Palmer, and Kat, new freshman college roommates. The four friends learn to pull together as they navigate through life changing circumstances. Positive Content: Ms. Smith deftly portrays four very different girls, as they tell their stories–both […]

Glass Girl by Laura A. Kurk (2013 edition)

Book Overview: Glass Girl (2013 edition) is the story of Meg and Henry–the first part of their story. Meg is the new girl in town, but she’s keeping a secret–her big brother died in a violent encounter that shattered her family.  Henry longs to comfort the grief he can sense in Meg, and as they draw […]

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

  May B. Caroline Starr Rose Schwartz & Wade Date:  January 12, 2012 240 pages ISBN-10: 158246393X ISBN-13: 978-1582463933 Lexile : 680L Book Overview: May B., by Caroline Rose Starr, is an inspiring story about 12-year-old Mavis Elizabeth Betts, a girl with dyslexia who dreams of being a teacher someday. Written entirely in verse, the 240-page book is […]

Educational Uses for Book Trailers

Educators use book trailers for two main reasons:
1) To create student interest in books by using an engaging method of presentation.
2) To enhance student comprehension and retention by creating their own book trailers about the books they read.

An Overview of Interactive Whiteboard Choices for Home School and Classroom

The SMART Board was by far my favorite tool in my Reading/ESL classroom. However, two downsides to the SMART Board (or similar products) are portability and expense. I wanted to find smaller, more portable, solutions that are less expensive.