March 2011

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Sand to Stone, Quiet Eggs, Kakapo Rescues, and More…

March 27, 2011

This week in the Book Room, we take a look at a few more of the many and varied forms of informational text for K-5 readers. SAND TO STONE AND BACK AGAIN, by Nancy Bo Flood, photographs by Tony Kuyper is a stunning introduction to a unit on rocks and minerals and to the larger […]

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AN EGG IS QUIET and A SEED IS SLEEPY by Dianna Hutts Aston

March 27, 2011

The following guide created by Chronicle Books combines activities created for Dianna Hutts Aston’s charming AN EGG IS QUIET and A SEED IS SLEEPY. You may access the innovative activity guide created for children ages K – 5 by clicking HERE. This guide presents multi-level, age appropriate science, language arts, creative writing, reading, and art activities complete with […]

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SAND TO STONE AND BACK AGAIN, by Nancy Bo Flood

March 27, 2011

Click HERE to download a rich, multi-sensory Teacher Guide to compliment Nancy Bo Flood’s dramatic Sand to Stone and Back Again. Desert landforms such as hoodoos and slot canyons, buttes, and mineral jackets are artistically replicated as the child creates sand paintings, sculptures, and plaster-crafted sedimentary rock casts. Vocabulary skills are enhanced as the child engages in a […]

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True Stories: The Mysterious and Amazing

March 20, 2011

Two intriguing and satisfying tastes in nonfiction are books that present culture and – very different – an “arm-chair” experience of natural disasters, past and current. MIRACLE: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture by Gail Karwoski. Readers may feel a bit seasick while reading about the storm that almost sunk the […]

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Welcome Special Guest, Phyllis Root!

March 16, 2011

“If you come to the Big Bog, you might think you have come to the loneliest, quietest place on earth.” But the bog is not as quiet one might imagine. There are surprises bubbling just under its surface. Pitcher plant mosquitoes, “butterflies that flit from bog flower to bog flower.” Tamaracks and black spruce, “the […]

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Phyllis’s Story

March 16, 2011

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be? If I weren’t a writer, I might be a farmer, or a naturalist, or a singer (if I could carry a tune).  Maybe an explorer, or a dancer (if I didn’t trip over my own feet).  So many possibilities!  What I love about being […]

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Your Friend, Phyllis

March 16, 2011

Dear Reader, I’m so glad to have this chance to write to you, reader to reader.  Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do.  My dad told me once that when I was still in a high chair I was reading, but I think he may have been exaggerating.  He liked to […]

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