Saturday, June 3, 2017

Numbers and Operations

Here are some of the books I use to introduce first graders to addition, subtraction, and skip counting.  

(counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s)


Mother's Day Diagrams

My students have been drawing diagrams all year in Engineering Lab, so it was natural that we would draw and label our moms for Mother's Day, too.  Here are some of their creations.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Community Helper Books

In the spring, first graders learn all about community helpers, the people who do jobs that make our neighborhoods healthy and happy places to live.  Here are some of the books that I use to teach kids about different jobs.

The story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to become a doctor.

Step by step, how the houses we live in are constructed.  Great introduction to the building trades!

From drawing the blueprints to constructing each story and painting every wall, this is the perfect explanation of how a tall structure can be so strong and stable.  Introduces many, many building professions clearly, in kid-friendly language.

A charming guide to careers.

The story of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.  Bilingual text: English/Spanish.

How reading books shaped Sonia Sotomayor's life and her understanding of what is possible to achieve.

How Temple Grandin used her observations of cattle to build a structure that would give her just the right amount of pressure to feel calm and secure.

 Finding the heroes in our families, schools, and neighborhoods.

This book details how the wife of a bedridden engineer taught herself the engineering skills she needed in order to oversee the construction of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

As a New York City librarian, Pura Belpré brought Puerto Rican stories and culture to the children who visited her library, so they could see themselves reflected in the books they read.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Starting the Year Off Right

Here are books that celebrate feelings, working together, friendship, honesty, and the bravery that kids show when they enter a new classroom.

the folly of wanting to be someone else

the courage to tell the truth, even when it's scary

standing up for others

feelings come and feelings go

how to find and nurture a friendship, 
just like you would grow a plant

When things are scary, how do we become brave?

the little things that add up to make life interesting

terrible days come and terrible days go

even punctuation marks have feelings

taking a risk helps us grow

great introduction to creative problem solving

kids who may look or act different than you, and what makes each one special... written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has diabetes