Check here for updated book recommendations! This book-- Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil--connects to both student interests and social studies curriculum. Watch the review for more information.
Reading Incentives & Resources
In order to inspire reading and--hopefully--encourage life long literacy, below are some wonderful resources that offer ideas and free resources.
Book Taco - "Book Taco is a highly engaging, interactive program where teachers can administer, assess and motivate student independent reading. Looking for an alternative to Accelerated Reader®? You’ve come to the right place!"
Brightly - "At Brightly, we believe reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives. But we also know how hard it can be to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow. We want to make it a little easier, and a lot more fun, for parents and educators to raise children who love to read."
Select the image, right, for more information on available inquiry guides.
If you have a project or research assignment in your class that would benefit from an inquiry guide, please contact Ms. Westermeyer at email@example.com or extension 1210 to discuss options, ideas, and format.
Ancient Earth Globe
See what the Earth looked like 20 million, 100 million--even 600 million--years ago with this interactive map (left). This site has options to navigate to the first multi-cellular life, the first insects, even all the way to Cretaceous period before dinosaur extinction.
A perfect resource for students learning about Pangea and earth shifts!
Social Studies Resources
Ben's Guide, right, is "designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program."
The site offers sections for ages 4-8, 9-13, and 14+ with topics ranging from the branches of government to symbols to the election process.
"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
– Roald Dahl