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Listen to Episode 61 – 70
January 18, 2021
Miss Nelson is Missing, by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall, combines humor and mystery in a delightful way. This story fits our theme for Season 6: “Classroom Classics”. It’s a time-honored text that the next generation of students will love as they explore the contrasting teachers and their voices.
February 1, 2021
The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, will get kids gigging right off the bat. This highly interactive book engages kids in a dialogue between text and reader – and all without pictures! In today’s episode we’ll explore how the author uses text presentation to guide readers and convey meaning, and learn how students can do this too.
February 15, 2021
A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams, offers us a touching tale that draws students right in. In today’s episode we’ll learn how the family’s tragedy turns to triumph in its own sweet way, and we get a chance to flashback in time to understand their story.
March 1, 2021
Going Up!, by Sherry J. Lee, illustrated by Charlene Chua, has a predictable structure that hides some fun surprises. We’ll accompany Sophie and her dad to a birthday party and explore the genre of invitations in the process. Want to know what the research says about genre study? Stay tuned!
March 15, 2021
Arthur’s Eyes, by Marc Brown, is a serious classroom classic hailing from 1979. In it, we’re introduced to Arthur for the first time, and his poor vision that ends up causing lots of problems. It’s a great text for exploring cause and effect, and for making this text structure clearer for students.
March 29, 2021
Super Sloth, by Robert Starling, is such a fun, clever book it will make you laugh out loud. In it we’re introduced to Sloth who desperately wants to become a superhero, however unrealistic that may be. In today’s episode we’ll talk about the unlikely hero and how that relates to a narrative plot.
April 12, 2021
Gregory, the Terrible Eater, by Mitchell Sharmat, is a classroom classic if there ever was one. It’s a funny book full of irony, which isn’t a topic that many of us discuss in elementary school. But why not? Listen in and discover a lesson that will definitely get kids writing!
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