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Teaching kids cause and effect develops critical thinking skills important for all ages of children. We hope these books guide kids into many thoughtful conversations that spill over into decision-making in their daily lives.
Since nonfiction comprises a large bulk of middle school and high school reading, it’s essential we help them learn specific nonfiction reading comprehension strategies.
Download and print this free Educator’s Guide filled with discussion questions and activities that help students explore themes like empathy, compassion, and inclusion through middle grade stories.
With short sentence repetition and picture clues, these books are accessible for new readers and also have big shelf appeal for a range of ages.
Use these Llama Llama-inspired strategies and activities to dive deeper into Anna Dewdney’s series and expand your students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and emotional development.
Use these books in the classroom to help explain and give compelling examples of how real (and fictional!) scientists ask questions, hypothesize, design experiments, overcome obstacles, and communicate their findings.
In one way or another, I have worked in the world of kids’ books for more than two decades now — yet, it wasn’t until I began my job as a librarian four years ago that I truly realized how much books connect and create community.
If we want to pass a love of reading to the next generation, we have to allow them to have joy when they read. This sometimes means reading books with fart jokes, books with wizards that defeat evil, graphic novels, series, and books that speak truths that resonate with kids. Unfortunately, these books are often banned.
Persuasive writing is an increasingly common requirement for the primary grades, but many kids don’t have much experience with it. If your students are stuck on the same formats or could use a wider set of stylistic moves to be more convincing, check out these useful titles.