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Listen to Episodes 37 – 48

Episode 37 LitCentric Radio

March 2, 2020

Me…Jane, by Patrick McDonnell, brings biography down to size in a totally approachable way. You’ll root for Jane and her dream coming true – and that’s only the beginning of the story! Students will explore how to determine importance when sequencing to create a timeline of Dr. Jane Goodall’s impressive and inspiring accomplishments.

Episode 38 LitCentric Radio

March 9, 2020

Dear Bear, by Joanna Harrison, taps into common experiences and feelings your students have likely had. I also love it for how it exposes students to the many purposes behind writing a letter. From making requests, to asking questions, to extending an invitation – letters are an important form of communication our students need to master.

Episode 39 LitCentric Radio

March 16, 2020

Humphrey the Lost Whale, by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama, is a captivating and compelling true story of a humpback whale who ended up in fresh-water riverbed – in my backyard! Students will be in awe of this nonfiction narrative and you’ll all be rooting for Humphrey to get back home.

Episode 40 LitCentric Radio

March 23, 2020

Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, uses the power of poetry, rhyme, and Rose the Riveter to spin an uplifting tale of creativity, innovation, and perseverance. As Rosie listens to powerful words she learns of her own power within.

Episode 41 LitCentric Radio

March 30, 2020

The King of Kindergarten, by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, is such a confidence booster. It’s easy to see why it makes a great read aloud for the beginning of the school year, but this text is magnificent any time. Pull up a seat at the round table and give it the royal treatment!

Episode 42 LitCentric Radio

April 6, 2020

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, offers a unique story with beautiful simplicity. The plot structure is interesting but it’s the responses of the main character that are worthy of analysis.

Episode 43 LitCentric Radio

April 13, 2020

Balloons Over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet, is a well-paced biography about a famous man you’ve never heard about before. Your students will be fascinated by his accomplishments and will be inspired to write and create works of their own.

Episode 44 LitCentric Radio

April 20, 2020

Gentle Giant Octopus, by Karen Wallace, illustrated by Mike Bostock, is a beautiful example of narrative nonfiction that switches seamlessly between the two genres. A stunning book full of challenging language students need to master, and a lesson to help them do it!

Episode 45 LitCentric Radio

April 27, 2020

The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton, shines a light on experiences we’ve all had feeling invisible, and demonstrates how small acts of kindness pay off in big, big ways. We’ll focus students on analyzing plot events and exercising empathy to generate positive changes in the world.

Episode 46 LitCentric Radio

May 4, 2020

Just in Case You Want to Fly, by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson, takes ordinary things you and I might dismiss and elevates their importance, giving them a new life. We can use a similar approach to create a class poem that stretches our imaginations.

Episode 47 LitCentric Radio

May 11, 2020

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, checks all the boxes for an adorable read aloud that students can totally relate to. You’ll fall in love with Frances the singing badger, and with how the text’s logical plot and timeless topic support students in making evidence-based predictions.

Episode 48 LitCentric Radio

May 18, 2020

Just Like Rube Goldberg, by Sarah Aronson, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, shares so many interesting facts about this incredible artist. Did you know he survived the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906? Listen and learn about Rube Goldberg and get students inspired to try out ideas of their own – it won’t be difficult!

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