Centered Learning Bags

Curated collections for all users

What are they?

Centered Learning Bags are collections of high quality non-fiction and fiction books on a certain topic. Centered learning bags are ideal for differentiated learning and research in the classroom.


The American Revolution Traveling Haversacks are kits developed by the Saratoga National Historical Park. The kits help students understand what life was life for soldiers during the revolutionary war.


If you have an idea for a centered learning bag, please contact me!

What is available for Primary Grades?

Picture Book Leveled Reading Collection (450046)

A reading collection focusing on Picture Books- Ideally for PREK & Kindergarten. The collection consists of one copy of each of the following titles: 1) Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena 2) See Me Dig by Paul Meisel 3) Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Maltick 4) Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett 5) Nurse Clementine by Simon James 6) Waiting by Kevin Henkes 7) Journey by Aaron Becker 8) The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig 9) Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore 10) Lost Cat by Roger Mader 11) They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel


Children's Biography Collection (450045)

Lexile: RANGE; kit, PI, Junior Library Guild, 2015

A reading collection focusing on Biographies for Children- Ideally for primary & intermediate grades. The collection consists of one copy of each of the following titles: 1)Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z by Alan Schroeder Lexile: 890L 2)Clara and Davie by Patricia Polacco Lexile: 690L 3) Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell Lexile: AD740L 4) Hello, I'm Johnny Cash by Greg Neri Lexile: 1020L 5) Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull & Kathryn Hewitt Lexile: 1050L 6) Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter Lexile: AD640L 7) The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant Lexile: 590L 8) On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albery Einstein by Jennifer Berne Lexile:AD680L 9) Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess Lexile: 970L


Elementary Math Concept Kit (450205)

Math children's books are also great for showing math is all around us! Teaching real world applications of math is a vital part of math education, but doing so in a meaningful way can take A LOT of time. Let these books tell the math story, show the applications, make the math come alive!


Books included: Bad Luck Brad by Gail Herman; A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in it: A Book About Time by Brian P. Cleary; Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott; Monster Musical Chairs by Stewart J. Murphy; Money Madness by David A Adler; How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? By Margaret McNamara; Click, clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure by Doreen Cronin; Tally O’Malley by Stuart J. Murphy; One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by feet book by April Pulley Sayre; The Lion’s Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating it, too by Matthew McElligott; Whole-y Cow! Fractions Are Fun by Taryn Souders.


Centered Learning Bag: Art for Children (450047)

This centered learning bag highlights new and popular nonfiction titles that focus on the arts for children. Centered learning bags have been developed for individual and classroom use.


Titles included: 13 Art Inventions that Children Should Know; 13 Architects Children Should Know; 13 American Artists that Children Should Know; 13 Art Mysteries that Children Should Know; 13 Art Techniques that Children Should Know.

What is available for Middle Grades?

Centered Learning Bag: The Big Bag of Gross Stuff (450007)

This centered learning bag highlights new and popular nonfiction titles that focus on “gross” stuff. Centered learning bags have been developed for individual and classroom use.


Titles included: Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty by Joy Masoff 950L Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah Albee NO LEXILE The Big Book of Gross Stuff by Bart King NO LEXILE Plagues, Pox, And Pestilence by Richard Platt IG930L Medicine Through the Ages: Renaissance Medicine by Nicola Barber 780L Medicine Through the Ages: Medieval Medicine by Nicola Barber 770L.


Centered Learning Bag: Micro Monsters (450008)

This centered learning bag highlights new and popular nonfiction titles that focus on Microscopic Monsters (invisible microbes, yellow fever, parasites, etc). Centered learning bags have been developed for individual and classroom use.


Titles included: Little Monsters: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us by Albert Marrin NO LEXILE The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain 1010L Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy 1200L Kingdom: Micro Monsters by Nam Nguyen IG1110L Medicine Through the Ages: Ancient Medicine by Andrew Langley 940L Medicine Through the Ages: Modern Medicine by Chris Oxlade 970L.


Graphic Novel Reading Collection (450048)

This centered learning bag highlights new and popular graphic novel titles for children and young adults. Centered learning bags have been developed for individual and classroom use.


Titles included: Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland Lexile: HL650L; Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers Lexile: GN420L; Nimona by Noelle Syevenson Lexile: GN350L; Just So Happens by Fumio Obata Lexile: GN360L; Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash Lexile: GN400L; Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina And New Orleans by Don Brown Lexile: GN920L; Little Nemo's Big New Dreams by Josh O'Neill Lexile: GN450L; Terrorist by Henrik Rehr Lexile: GN610L.


Centered Learning Bag: Revolutionary War (450009)

This centered learning bag highlights new and popular nonfiction titles that focus on the Revolutionary War. Centered learning bags have been developed for individual and classroom use.


Titles included: Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan & Joseph D'Agnese 1180L The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin 990L The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive by Marty Rhodes Figley GN410L The Revolutionary War Begins: Would You Join the Fight? by Elaine Landau NO LEXILE Weapons of the Revolutionary War by: Matt Doeden IG720L True Stories of the Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum GN710L.


American Revolution: Traveling Haversack Kit (051776)

kit, I, SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

This kit is designed to introduce the life of a soldier at the time of the War for American Independence.


The haversack contains reproductions of items that would provide sustenance or comfort. Laminated cards accompany each of the items with quotes from original sources. There is a glossary of terms for each bag as well as a list of questions for students to answer. Each kit contains six discovery bags and each bag contains two laminated Discovery Card describing the contents of each bag. Bag 1: Women in the Army: Sewing kit: spool of thread, spool of shoemaker thread, scissors, wooden thimble, pin case with pins and needles, spare buttons. Bag 2: Drink: Tin Cup. Bag 3: Food: Wooden bowl and wooden spoon. Bag 4: Cleanliness: Horn comb, shaving brush, and shaving block with soap. Bag 5: Pay and Money: Laminated Continental Currency, and reproduced coins. Bag 6: Gambling: One deck of playing cards (52 cards) and three wooden dice.


New York State Multiple Book Collection (450010)

This is a collection of nine different titles covering different aspects of New York State history. The topics covered are New York State Native Americans (Indians, Iroquois)- New York history, Fort Ticonderoga, and The Battle of Saratoga. Titles include: New York State History by Mark Stewart; The Battle of Saratoga by Wendy Vierow; The New York Colony by Bob Italia; Fort Ticonderoga by Charles W. Maynard; The Iroquois of New York by Greg Roza; Iroqois by Richard M. Gaines; New York by Anne Welsbacher; The Iroquois League by Joanne Randolph; Iroquois Indians by Caryn Yacowitz.

Other kits that may be of interest!

Shakespeare Side-By-Side Box (450204)

William Shakespeare; kit, FOLLETT LIBRARY RESOURCES,

Now you can introduce Shakespeare to students of all ability levels—and help even reluctant readers learn to love his wit and dramatic expertise. To help your students more easily understand what's happening in the play, Side by Side editions present a modernized version on the page facing Shakespeare's original text. Once your students understand the plot, they can look into Shakespeare's original text to perform a deeper analysis of its symbolism, figurative language, character development, themes, etc. Kit includes 10 copies each of Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar & Macbeth.


Poetry? Yuck! (450203)

kit, P, Teacher Created Materials,

Act out the story of two boys who have to write poems for school. With the help of their siblings, these boys discover that poetry isn't always "yucky". Poetry can also be fun, smart, silly, and funny! This script features roles written to match different reading levels, supporting differentiation and English language learner strategies. By utilizing these strategies, teachers can assign specific roles to their readers based on everyone's current reading level. This feature allows all students to get involved in the same activity and feel successful! While performing with others, students will practice performance, interacting cooperatively, reading aloud, and using expressive voices and gestures to better tell the story. This script also features an accompanying poem and song to give readers additional fluency practice. This dynamic, colorful script is the perfect tool for a classroom of varied readers. This 6-Pack includes six copies of this title, a lesson plan, and an audio CD.


Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Fables Kit (450200)

kit, P, Teacher Created Materials,

This kit includes eight scripts with leveled roles written at multiple reading levels, making it easy to implement differentiation strategies included in the Teacher's Guide. This feature allows teachers to assign roles to students in a way that best accommodates their individual reading levels. This encourages all students to participate and engage in the same activity, regardless of their current reading ability. Titles Included: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, The Grasshopper and the Ants, The Lion and the Mouse, The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse, The Fox and the Crow, The North Wind and the Sun, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Fables kit includes: 8 scripts, 6 copies each, 16-24 pages per book in print and digital formats Teacher's Guide Poems and songs in digital and transparency formats Professionally recorded audio of scripts, songs, and poems.


Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Folk and Fairy Tales Kit (450201)

kit, I, Teacher Created Materials,

This kit includes eight scripts with leveled roles written at multiple reading levels, making it easy to implement differentiation strategies included in the Teacher's Guide. This feature allows teachers to assign roles to students in a way that best accommodates their individual reading levels. This encourages all students to participate and engage in the same activity, regardless of their current reading ability. Titles Included: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Red Hen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, and The Three Little Pigs. Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: Fables kit includes: 8 scripts, 6 copies each, 16-24 pages per book in print and digital formats Teacher's Guide Poems and songs in digital and transparency formats Professionally recorded audio of scripts, songs, and poems.


Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: William Shakespeare Kit (450202)

kit, I, Teacher Created Materials,

Make William Shakespeare's famous plays easy for young readers to understand by having them act out these colorful, leveled scripts. This kit includes eight scripts adapted from William Shakespeare's greatest works with roles written at multiple reading levels, supporting differentiation strategies that are detailed in the Teacher's Guide. This feature allows teachers to assign specific roles to students, accommodating individual reading levels and encouraging all students to participate and engage in the activity, regardless of their current reading ability. Titles included: Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew. Building Fluency through Reader's Theater: William Shakespeare kit includes: 8 scripts, 6 copies each, 24-32 pages per book in print and digital formats Teacher's Guide Poems and songs in digital and transparency formats Professionally recorded audio of scripts, songs, and poems.

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