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Read Across America Monthly Resources

To help you plan and make the most out of each of the featured books in our 2018-19 calendar, we’ve put together monthly resources for the entire school year.

These themed text sets, questions for students for discussion or reflective writing, and links to materials for educators are available to provide you with the means of connecting all students to the themes presented in the titles featured in our calendar.


Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Copyright  2018 by Rashin Kheiriyeh. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

As she and her family head to Coney Island for the first time, Rashin remembers when she and her family lived in Iran and the fun and ice cream she shared with her best friend Azadeh during trips to the beach.

As Rashin discovers, making new friends adds flavor to life! Discuss how making friends can be difficult in a new school, new neighborhood, and new country. Have students brainstorm and practice ways to meet and start conversations with people new to their community. As they practice and feel empowered to meet new people, have your class form a welcome team to greet students and families that are new to your community. Students can volunteer to give tours of the school and the neighborhood and introduce new people to different clubs, sports teams, and neighborhood activities. Everyone in the class can contribute to making map of the neighborhood featuring places friends meet -- from the park to the ice cream parlor -- to hand out to new families.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
Here I Am by Patti Kim
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies
The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio
Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser
Sakura's Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston
National Geographic Kids: Explore Countries of the World
Journeys to America: Sharing Stories of Survival and Hope (Rashin Kheiriyeh at minute 26:40)
Friendship on Small Talk from CBC Kids

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How do you feel when you are about to try something for the first time?
How would moving to a new place make you feel? What would you miss?
What are some ways to make someone new to your community feel welcome?
Why are friendships important?
What do you like about your friends that makes it fun to be together?
What are some ways to make friends?

Educator resources:
Teaching Strategy from Teaching Tolerance: Making Connections During Read Aloud
Learning to Give: Friends lesson plan
America, A Home for Every Culture from ArtsEdge


Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. Also available in a Spanish language edition Alma y como obtuvo su nombre.
Copyright 2018 by Juana Martinez-Neal. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press.

Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela thinks that six is way too many names! But as she learns more about how her names connect her to her family, Alma becomes very proud of all her names.

In the author's note for this book, Juana Martinez-Neal shares the history of her name and invites readers to share the story behind their own names. Use this opening for discussion to encourage students to learn more about their own name stories -- how they came to be named, how they chose a nickname, or another story about their names. Ask students to interview family members to find out details about how and why they were given their names or acquired nicknames. Have students share their name stories with each other to further explore how naming is part of larger cultural traditions and how name-giving practices vary from culture to culture.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes,
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Rene Has Two Last Names /  Rene tiene dos apellidos by Rene Colato Lainez
My Name Is Sangoel by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Welcome Dede! An African Naming Ceremony by Ifeoma Onyefulu
Naming Ceremonies by Mandy Ross
Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of First Names
Interview with Juana Martinez-Neal

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
Is a name just another word, or it is something more?
How closely is one's identity connected to one's name?
Is your name connected to your family? How?
What is the purpose of names? Why do we have them?
Does your name help to make you who you are? Why or why not?
Would you ever want to change your name? What new name would you choose?
How would you feel if someone else decided that you would change your name?

Educator resources:
Candlewick's Alma Activity Kit
7 Naming Customs from Around the World from Tesol
Writing a Name Poem from ReadWriteThink
What's in a Name? A Back-to-School Literacy Unit from Scholastic


Finding the Music / En pos de la m by/por Jennifer Torres; illustrated by/illustrado por Renato Alarc; Spanish translation by/traduccion al espanol por Alexis Romay.Text copyright 2015 by Jennifer Torres. Illustrations copyright 2015 Renato Alarc. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Lee & Low Books, Inc.

When Reyna accidentally breaks her grandfather's vihuela, she seeks help in her neighborhood to repair it and discovers his legacy in the community as a mariachi player.

Reyna accidently damaging the vihuela leads her to learn more about her grandfather and her community. Inspire students to explore and appreciate how their own families are connected to their neighborhoods. Ask students to brainstorm what makes a community and think about what sights, sounds, and smells make their community special. How do their families contribute to the essence of their neighborhood? Have students interview a family member about what makes the community special and share their findings with the class to compile a chart or illustrated poster about the great things in your community.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:

Quinito's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine
Sweet Music in Harlem by Debbie Taylor
City Green by Diane DiSalvo-Ryan
Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams
Rum-a-Tum-Tum by Angela Shelf Medearis
In My Family/En mi familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
Can We Help? Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities by George Ancona
Mariachi Youth Program: Music from PBS LearningMedia

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
What does it mean to be a neighbor?
What communities do you belong to?
What sounds, tastes, and smells can you find in your community?
What does your community look like?
What do neighbors have in common?
Why is diversity (of appearance, values, interests, jobs, etc.) important in a community?

Educator resources:
Lee & Low's Teacher's Guide
Unity in the Community lessons from Learning to Give
Community lesson plan from the Peace Corps
This Is My Neighborhood lesson plan from Scholastic


Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talkerby Joseph Bruchac; pictures by Liz Amini-Holmes

Text copyright 2018 Joseph Bruchac; Pictures copyright 2018 Liz Amini-Holmes. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Albert Whitman & Company

Forced to attend a missionary boarding school, Betoli was forbidden to speak Navajo and given the English name Chester. Chester adapted as best he could to the forced assimilation but refused to give up his language and heritage--which he and other Navajo soldiers used to create an unbreakable code that was key to ending World War II.

After reading Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code, work as a class to create an "I Am" poem. Challenge students to share their ideas about how they think Chester would complete each part of this structured poem that typically begins I am, I wonder, I feel, I hear, etc. Then challenge students to create their own anonymous "I Am" poems that describe their special, unique qualities and express the way they feel, what they hope, think, dream, etc. Share poems by reading them aloud to the class, highlighting how each student's unique identity makes the community richer and more diverse.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction::
Native Words, Native Warriors from the National Museum of the American Indian
Navajo Code Talkers - Living History Videos
The Unbreakable Code by Sarah Hoagland Hunter
Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume One by Arigon Starr

Additional titles to inspire "I Am" poems:
Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story by S.D. Nelson
Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief, Rosemary Wells
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph became the World by Kathleen Krull
Danza! Amalia Hern by Duncan Tonatiuh
Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say
Jim Thorpe by Joseph Bruchac and S.D. Nelson
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson by Chris Barton

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How is your school similar or different from the boarding school that Chester and other American Indians attended?
How would it feel to have your name changed, your hair cut, and your own clothes taken away?
How would it feel to forced to speak a language that wasn
What do you think life was like for families with children at the boarding school?
Why do you think the boarding schools wanted to eliminate American Indian languages and cultures?
Why is it important to understand and value other cultures?

Educator resources:
Albert Whitman & CompanyChester Nez and the Unbreakable Code Teacher's Guide
Native Knowledge 360 from the National Museum of the American Indian
Unspoken: America's Native American Boarding Schools from KUED
I am Poem project from inspirED


Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) by Thyra Heder

Copyright 2017 by Thyra Heder. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York, NY

Nia is excited to bring home her new turtle named Alfie on her 6th birthday, but eventually loses interest as Alfie doesn't seem to notice all teh effort she makes to include him in her life.  Alfie has noticed though and sets off to do someting special for Nia for her 7th birthday.

Nia didn't perceive how much Alfie appreciated her, but when the story shifts to Alfie's point of view, it's clear how much Nia means to Alfie. Give students a chance to appreciate one another and show how even small gestures can make a difference. Share the things you notice and appreciate students doing to model the idea of appreciating others. Then ask students to write positive messages, notes of thanks, or messages of appreciation or encouragement to fellow students as they notice the things their classmates say and do to support each other every day. Have a special box available to collect their writing and make time to regularly read them aloud at the end of the school day.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Mossy by Jan Brett
Emma by Eve Bunting
Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk
I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp
Best Friends (Owen And Mzee) by Isabella and Craig Hatkoff
Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser
Explore LiveCams
Turtle Time text set from Newsela

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How can you learn about the perspective of someone else?
How can you learn about the perspective of an animal?
What can help you better understand different points of view?
What happens when you step into someone else
Was there ever a time where you saw something one way and someone in your family or a friend saw it differently?
What makes you feel appreciated by your friends and your family?
How do you like to show appreciation and gratitude to others?

Educator resources:
Librarian's Quest: A Conversation with Thyra Heder
Project Wild from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Imagine Walking in Our Paws: A Collection of Poems by Animals at Storybird


Do Not Lick this Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost; scanning electron microscope images by Linnea Rundgren

Text copyright 2017 by Idan Ben-Barak. Illustrations copyright 2017 by Julian Frost. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings LP

Min is a microbe that lives in this book! Go on an adventure with Min to meet other microbes and get a very up-close look at the world.

Do Not Lick this Book is an ideal launching point for exploring the importance of hygiene with your class! This interactive title teaches kids what germs are and how easy it is to pick them up. After reading, reinforce that point by choosing several students to 'share' some 'germs'. Have these students put lotion on their hands then sprinkle glitter into their palms. Spread these 'germs' have gone. Talk about what students can do to prevent germs from spreading, discuss good hand washing techniques, and then have everyone wash up!

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home by Claire Eamer
It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy
National Geographic Kids: Awesome 8 Things Living On, In, and with You
Earth's worst extinction may have been caused by a tiny microbe by Los Angeles Times, adapted by Newsela
Fruits, vegetables by Chicago Tribune, adapted by Newsela
Smithsonian Channel: The Microbes We're Made Of

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
Where are some places that microbes live?
Why do you think microbes come in different shapes?
What do microbes do?
How do microbes help us?
What would your life look like without microbes?

Educator resources:
Do Not Lick this Book Activity Guide from Roaring Brook Press
Teacher Tips for Do Not Lick this Book from Allen & Unwin
K-12 Microbiology Lesson Plans from the American Society for Microbiology
American Museum of Natural History: Microbiology Stuff


Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann; illustrated by London Ladd

Text copyright 2018 by Janet Halfmann. Illustrations copyright 2018 by London Ladd. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Lee & Low Books.

Born into slavery, Lilly Ann secretly learned to read and write from her master's chilrden -- and then read everything she could get her hands on. Wishing to share her knowledge with others, she secretly taught hundreds of other enslaved people despite the great risks.

A pioneer in education, Lilly Ann Granderson faced many challenges to her efforts to teach and to encourage others to pursue education. Have students discuss what education meant to Lilly Ann and to the people who learned from her, then get students thinking about what education means to them. How do they feel about their own educational experiences? Who do they think is responsible for helping them get a good education? Have students write a letter or tribute to a teacher or someone in their lives who has helped them learn, sharing how having that knowledge has affected their lives.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Share more books featuring life-changing teachers:
The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco
My Teacher by James Ransome
The Upside Down Boy/El nino de Cabeza by Juan Felipe Herrera
Armando and the Blue Tarp School by Edith Hope Fine
Mary McLeod Bethune by Eloise Greenfield
Light in the Darkness: A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator by Eric Braun
Mother Mathilda Beasley: Educator of Slave Children
"I was not sent to schol -- never" The Pursuit of Learning by African Americans before the Civil War *Selections from 19th- and 20th-century narratives

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
What kind of learning opportunities do you think are important?
What is your idea of a good education?
What are the most important things for a school to have?
How important is access to a good education?
Where else can you go to learn?
How does education make a difference in life?
Why is it important to protect people

Educator resources:
Teacher for Midnight Teacher from Lee & Low Books
The Making of African America Identity, Volume I, 1500-1865: Education from the National Humanities Center
Documenting the American South from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai; illustrated by Kerasco

Text, cover art, and illustrations copyright 2017 by Salarzai Limited. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Malala writes that she hopes that readers will realize that every pencil can be magic because the real magic is "in you, in your words, in your voice."  Children need opportunities to talk about issues that concern them and to be involved in broader issues that affect them. Talk to students about what it means to speak up for something you believe in. Encourage discussion about issues that affect them and let students brainstorm ways they can effectively share their insights and ideas and use their voices to be heard. If there is something they wish to speak out about, help them find ways to add their voice and to connect with others who share their concerns.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family by Duncan Tonatiuh
I Dissentby Debbie Levy
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black Historyby Vashti Harrison
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland
Thatby Carmen Tafolla and Sharyll Tenayuca
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Malala Yousafzai Biography video from
"An Ordinary Hero": video from the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
Do you believe in magic?
What are some different meanings of the word
What are human rights?
How do human rights work?
What are some opportunities for you to speak up and make a difference?

Educator resources:
Malala: Teaching Guide from Penguin UK
One Person Makes a Difference lesson plan from Teach Peace Now
Social Justice Lesson Plans from NEA
Foster student voice with low-stakes writing assignments from Edutopia


Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Petr Horacek

Text copyright 2016 by Nicola Davies. Illustrations copyright 2016 by Peter Horacek. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press.

On large pages filled with lush mixed-media illustrations, descriptive poems reveal fascinating facts about wildlife from around the world, generating appreciation for animals of every size, color, and shape.

Animals are everywhere and Song of the Wild will get students thinking about the staggering variety of wildlife diversity on this planet. But what do they know about the wildlife in their own community? Take students on a walking field trip to a park or plan a visit to a nearby natural area to observe and identify local wildlife. Ask students to brainstorm and write about what they think could be helpful or harmful to the animals and their environment. Invite a local naturalist or park ranger to review and discuss their ideas and share some examples of what students could do to help wild creatures in their community.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander
Animal Poems of the Iguaz by Francisco Alarc
Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis
Animal Poems by Valerie Worth
Animology: Animal Analogies by Marianne Berkes
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
Animals: Poems for Kids from the American Academy of Poets
"Chorus of Creatures" written and performed by Kwame Alexander
"Mariposa" animated poem read by Andy Garcia

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How are animals alike and different from each other?
How are the places animals live alike and difference from each other?
How are the places animals live alike different from places people live?
Why is it important to have many different kinds of animals in the world?
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? What would your ideal habitat look like?

Educator resources:
Literature-Based Teaching in Science: Poetry Walks from Reading Rockets
Animals Around Us from Mpala Live!
Wildlife Lesson Plans at NEA
Biocubes: Exploring Biodiversity from National Museum of Natural History


They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Copyright 2018 by Jillian Tamaki. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York, NY.

Follow a young girl through a year or a day as she explores and examines the world around her and shares her questions and imaginative thoughts.

Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Sharing books such as They Say Blue encourages kids to observe, ask questions, use their imaginations, and seek information. Help students experience the joys of wonder, possibility, exploration, and discovery. Encourage them to generate ideas for a passion project--something they want to know more about, learn how to do, or create. Guide them to resources and give them the time to develop their project and feel confident in their new knowledge so they can present their learning journey and products to peers and parents.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
What If... by Samantha Berger
Shadow by Suzy Lee
How To by Julie Morstad
My Pen by Christopher Myers
The Branch by Mireille Messier
Things To Do by Elaine Magliar
A River by Marc Martin
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
Explore with Curious Kids videos

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
What is color?
What is silence?
What do you wonder about?
What do you pay attention to when you walk outside?
How can you get answers to your questions?
What would life be like if no one asked questions?

Educator resources:
Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind from Edutopia
Mystery Bags to Develop Observation and Inference Skills from Scholastic
Learn more about the Genius Hour movement to get students to explore their own passions


Julin Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Copyright 2018 by Jessica Love. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press

After seeing three women spectacularly dressed up as mermaids, Julian makes his own mermaid costume from Abuela's curtain and potted fern. What will she think of the mess--and of Julian the mermaid?

The joy of pretend and dress up activates imaginations and exercises language skills. When kids pretend to be other people, they are experimenting with new ideas and behaviors and exploring the elements of identify. This can be a strong lesson in empathy. Have students talk about the expression "walking in someone else's shoes" Ask students to think about how they can use their imaginations to learn about and understand the experiences of others. Have them generate a list of "shoes to walk in" research a related issue, and come up with ways they can communicate their new understanding.

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Hat by Paul Hoppe
Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman
Lucby Cynthia Leonor Garza
Jamela's Dress by Niki Daly
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell
Marisol McDonald Doesn by Monica Brown
My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo by Maya Christina Gonzalez
What I Am from Sesame Street and Will.I.Am

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How would you describe yourself? What makes you you?
What makes you happy: What do you do? Who are you with? How do you feel?
How do you like to or want to express yourself?
Does what other people say about how you express yourself effect how you express yourself?
How do you feel when you make your own choices without wondering what others will say?
Do you have a special friend who you feel comfortable just "being yourself" around? What
are some of the things you like to do together?
How do you describe yourself? How do your friends and family describe you?

Educator resources:
Jessica Love on The Children
I Can Do Anything lesson plan from Scholastic
Identity Self-Portraits activity from Teaching Tolerance
Our Selves, Our Classroom, Our Families video from the Teaching Channel


Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illustrated by Jason Chin

Text copyright 2018 by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard. Illustrations copyright 2018 by Jason Chin. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings LP

Good friends share food, fun, and of course, pie, at a memorable fourth of July picnic.

Encourage students to think about what they could share to help celebrate the fourth of July with families that are new to your community. Picnics and fireworks are fun, but you can really bring some zing to America

More texts and multimedia to engage students, inspire further content exploration, and differentiate instruction:
Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas
Uncle Chente's Picnic/El Picnic De Tio Chente by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
The Flag We Love by Pam Mu
Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong
Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw
Hats off for the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert
Auntie Yang by Ginnie Lo
Interview with Janet S. Wong about Apple Pie 4th of July from Reading Rockets
Fourth of July Day from the

Questions for discussion or reflective writing:
How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
Who do you celebrate with? Where do you celebrate?
Are there any special foods you always eat for the 4th of July?
What traditions do you like celebrating on the 4th of July?
What ideas do you have for new traditions?

Educator resources:
It's Independence Day! Or is it? from ReadWriteThink
Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations from Colorin Colorado
Celebrate Juneteenth! Compare Juneteenth celebrations to Fourth of July celebrations from ReadWriteThink






Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Illinois Education Matters
Illinois Education Matters is a network for all practitioners in education - IEA members and non-members. This effort is designed to serve as a repository for professional development, tools, resources, and information on grants, conferences / workshops, etc. Imagine this as your one stop for all connections. If you have joined our group, please message me - letting me know that you joined. I do not get any information telling me you joined. Our membership is so large, it takes me forever to go through and see our new members. Thanks for your help. You can also join other active groups on edCommunities. Several IEA members are facilitators for edCommunities. Check out and join their groups, if interested. Mary Ann Rivera - Illinois ESPs Mary Jane Morris - Illinois Education Matters IEA Jillian Huber - Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th Jim Grimes - Higher Education Amy Kappele - Early Childhood Development & Education

Secondary Literacy
Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Join us at the Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th group to share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

School Integrated Pest Management
This group will provide information and resources for integrated pest management training and advice for all educators and school districts . Pest management is important, but often overlooked, part of school safety. Pests can cause stings and bites, and can trigger allergies. In addition, some pests pose health threats by spreading germs and filth. Un-managed pest problems can result in damage to school property, unsightly landscapes, and other unsafe conditions.

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