Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Wild About Books

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful fall weather during our long weekend!

I know that last week's newsletter was a long one, so this week I thought I would collect some of my favorite recent book lists and recommendations. I am a book lover who is always looking for new titles to add to my Amazon cart! I hope reading this newsletter doesn't become too expensive for you!

Happy Reading!


Here is a link to last week's close reading newsletter,if you haven't had the chance to check it out yet:
Check out this post on the Nerdy Book Club:Top 10 Lessons Elephant and Piggie Taught Us.

You will love it! Elephant and Piggie texts are perfect for teaching lessons at the K-2 level, but I know students in grades 3-5 would still enjoy the humor and digging for the themes in these texts. Grace and I have quite a collection of Elephant and Piggie books, if you would like to check them out!

Book Recommendations

I will admit it - I am addicted to picture books! Here are some links to book lists of new titles that would be an excellent addition to any classroom library!

Mock Newberry Award in Grades 3-5

Katherine Sokolowski (one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter!) posted her book list for top middle grade novels this week. You can use her booklist to run your own 2016 Mock Newberry Award in your upper elementary classroom. It's a great way to encourage students to explore new titles! I am more than willing to help you gather texts or make suggestions, if you would like to organize a Mock Newberry Award vote with your students.

Incredible Anchor Charts Sites

I am always looking for new resources or ideas for anchor charts and environmental print. Here are a few links to excellent charts that connect to literacy strategies and elements. These charts can be used in classrooms in grades K-5, so there is something for everyone. Enjoy!

Ideas for Vocabulary Activities, Anchor Charts and Word Walls

Incredible Literacy Anchor Charts for K-5 focused on Vocabulary, Reading, Parts of Speech, Read Aloud, Figurative Language and More (Thank you to Amanda Levesque for sharing this site with me. She has a few of these awesome charts hanging in her classroom to support her students!)

21 Anchor Charts for Close Reading K-5

Two Apps to Add to Your Personal iPad

The Daily Wonder App is a fun way to get a quote of the day that is appropriate to share with students. Many of these quotes would be excellent for quick writes in the upper grades. For those of you who have read the book Wonder, these quotes are connected to the daily precepts. I enjoy checking out these daily motivational quotes!

The Heinemann Teacher Tip App is a great way to get a short instructional tip each day!

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Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School