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It’s Time For a Lemonade War!

It’s Time For a Lemonade War!

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is the story of sibling rivalry and the road to entrepreneurship at its finest. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies. It’s easy to incorporate economics lessons into Language arts with this fun, easy to relate to book.

The Lemonade War was first published in 2007 by Jacqueline Davies. It has won multiple awards and branched off an entire series. It pits brother, Evan, who is “people smart” against his sister, Jessie, who is “book smart”. Which “smart” will win the war?

From the Book Jacket:

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. 

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Lemonade War for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

The Lemonade War does a clever job of introducing marketing tips for any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems while exploring the depths of true sibling rivalry and respect. It’s a great multi-curricular novel to bring into your classroom.


On the Run with Maniac Magee

On the Run with Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli explores the themes of racism and homelessness in an engaging, humorous, and interesting way. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Maniac Magee was first published in 1990. Among the many awards bestowed upon the novel, it won the acclaimed Newbery Medal in 1991, has been named one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the NEA, and was ranked #40 of the all-time best children’s novels by the School Library Journal.

Summary of Maniac Magee:

*From the book jacket

Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a trolley accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run- and not just run away, but run. And this is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Maniac Magee for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

 

Maniac Magee is a great novel to use as a scholarly tool to address racial and class issues with young students in a poignant and humorous way.


There is No Greater Joy In Children’s Literature than Harry Potter

There is No Greater Joy In Children’s Literature than Harry Potter

It’s not even a contest on what my favorite book series, children or adult is, no question, it is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Since I first opened up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone published in 1997, I was entranced. The writing, the imagination, it took me to another world. A world I wanted to be a part of and a world that I wanted to share with my own children and students.

 

 

J.K Rowling followed up with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 1998, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2000, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2003, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2005, and the finale of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007.


All of the Harry Potter books have been made into famous films that were heavily controlled by Rowling to maintain the integrity of the story. You can even visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios in Florida and California, along with attractions in the United Kingdom. I’ve been to the Florida attractions and they are well worth the time to immerse yourself into the Wizarding World.

There’s a reason that the Harry Potter series is one of the best selling series of all time and that J.K. Rowling has been awarded with a multitude of awards for her work. The world that J.K. Rowling created within her storytelling is absolutely amazing and wildly loved by children worldwide. These books will hook the most reluctant of readers.

 

 

I offer complete novel studies (click on covers below) to accompany each of the Harry Potter books for use in the classroom or homeschool. You can also buy the entire series of novel studies bundled together for a discount. Each unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom and follows a similar layout as shown in the video for Sorcerer’s Stone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harry Potter series will be loved by all of your students and the theme of good vs. evil can be applied and discussed in a multitude of topics throughout the curriculum and in discussions of current events. I can’t recommend this series enough. It is my all-time favorite to share with students. I have read the entire series aloud to my own children twice and they’ve each read them on their own as they were able to. There is a reason that this series and J.K. Rowling has earned the acclaim that they have. It is earned and well worth the read.


The Wonderment of Tuck Everlasting

The Wonderment of Tuck Everlasting

Would you choose to live forever if you had the option? That is the key question in Natalie Babbitt’s novel, Tuck Everlasting. At first thought, we all think, of course, but this novel will make you think twice about what living forever would really mean. Would you still jump at the chance? Will Winnie? Should Winnie?

Tuck Everlasting was first published in 1975 and has been made into two film versions over the years. It leaves the reader with the question, is immortality a blessing or a curse?

Summary of Tuck Everlasting:

*From the book jacket

Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never growing older.

But then Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret-and whether or not to join them on their neverending journey.

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Tuck Everlasting for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

This is a very thought-provoking novel that will be sure to create lots of deep thinking and dialogue within your students. Wonderful class discussions and debates will erupt over whether it’s better to live forever or to live as intended.


National Therapy Animal Day is Approaching!

National Therapy Animal Day is Approaching!

 

National Therapy Animal Day is on April 30, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Therapy animals are used more and more often as we discover how much value they can add to healing and learning for people of all ages. Check here to read current news stories that exhibit the miracles that these animals can bring to us.

I am a huge animal lover and am/have been owned by several pets. Around my son’s 3rd birthday we were concerned about his speech development. He wasn’t much of a talker, but he was an expert at getting his needs met using other methods. He reminded me of the rabbit in the Frosty the Snowman special with all his non-verbal communication. He didn’t see a need to talk! Around that same time we got a new golden retriever puppy, Katy. Katy saw Sam as another puppy playmate and as she was growing she could get a little rambunctious with Sam and sometimes knock him over.

 

Of course, we worked with training Katy, she’s now a proud graduate of the Canine Good Citizenship program, but part of it was also teaching Sam to use the commands of sit, off, and down in a strong voice. Sam very quickly learned that talking and using his voice served a great purpose and he started using it more and more, not just with Katy, but with all of us. There was many a morning I would wake up to find Sam laying next to Katy’s bed chattering away telling her all about his adventures, hopes, and dreams. It was such a touching sight to see.

 

 

Katy is an extremely tolerant dog and she loves anyone and everyone! She would make an ideal therapy dog and in fact, we went through some training to lead to it. Unfortunately, the program we were working with ended their classes and Katy ended up having a series of knee surgeries to correct joint issues in both of her knees and a fight with osteosarcoma which resulted in her front leg needing to be amputated so her career as a therapy dog has never been realized.

 

 

Katy spends hours at home providing us constant unconditional love and “therapy” though. One of the things she loves more than anything is to lay with us and be read to! She’s sat through the entire Harry Potter series twice!

I’ve seen the value that the love and attention of a pet can bring to the mental well-being of the people around them. They really can be miracle workers! I would love to see the use of reading dogs in schools increase!

As part of my Wonder Novel Study, I created a reading informational activity about therapy dogs. I offer it outside of the novel study as a free download in my store. It is a wonderful activity to explore the use and benefits of therapy animals. This is a great activity to celebrate all the animal heroes in our life for National Therapy Animal Day!

Click on the picture to go to the FREE download.

I am sad to report that Katy’s osteosarcoma returned in her lungs and spine. We sadly had to release her from the pain. Katy was such an important member of our family and is the dog of my children’s childhoods. She will be deeply missed and loved always.

Katy 1/24/08-2/5/19

 

 

In honor of Katy, and all the wonderful therapy animals out there, Happy National Therapy Animal Day!