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A Frindle of an Invention!

A Frindle of an Invention!

Frindle is the first novel by award-winning author, Andrew Clements. 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.

Nick is a fifth-grader who is full of creative ideas but isn’t the best at executing them in the most appropriate ways. He’s a student that many kids can relate to and the book has a great lesson about how you can use your creativity for good to lead you to great success.

From the Book Jacket:

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it. 

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Frindle 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.

Frindle explores the question of how language is created, used, and changed. It shows how even a fifth-grader can influence how we use language. I encourage you to introduce your students to Nick and the almighty Frindle! You will love where it takes you!



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It’s a Bad Beginning of a Series of Unfortunate Events with Lemony Snicket

It’s a Bad Beginning of a Series of Unfortunate Events with Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning is the first book in Lemony Snicket’s, A Series of Unfortunate Events. This series is a quirky tale that many students will be drawn to. 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.

The Bad Beginning was first published in 1999 and has since been made into a film and a Netflix series. The book is narrated by Lemony Snicket who tells the tale of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, three orphans who have some really bad luck! Lemony Snicket starts the tale by warning his reader to not read the book:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

 

What better way to make students want to read more than by telling them not to! I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Bad Beginning 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 Bad Beginning is a great novel to hook students into wanting more. The quirkiness and mystery are enough to engage even the most reluctant of readers. There are twelve additional books in the series for students to read on their own.

 



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Dream with Stargirl

Dream with Stargirl

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli explores the power of individuality. 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.

Stargirl was first published in 2000. Stargirl showcases nonconformity vs. the tense and emotional desire to be popular. It drives the messages that popularity is fleeting and cruel, and it’s always better to stay true to yourself to succeed.

Summary of Stargirl:

*From the book jacket

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. 

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Stargirl 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.

 

Stargirl is a great novel to use to help early adolescents understand that the drive to be “popular” isn’t worth betraying yourself. What makes you special is what makes you great.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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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.



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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.



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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.



Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!

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