The life expectancy of the current generation of kids is less than that of their parents, something that last happened 200 years ago. The reason? Obesity.
Ask what the qualities of a successful learner are and increasingly the answer will include empathy. Whether or not empathy can be taught is the subject of much debate.
Title: One Thousand Tracings Author: Lita Judge Publisher: Hyperion Books Type: Nonfiction Level: Elementary Will Rogers said, “A stranger is a friend you just haven’t met yet.” Do your students agree with that statement? Why or why not? Showing just the cover of the beautifully illustrated One Thousand Tracings by Lita Judge, ask students to […]
Title: The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Authors: Sean Covey and Stacy Curtis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Type: Self-Help Level: Elementary Is leadership a job? Or is it, as author Sean Covey claims, a choice? Is there an age restriction on becoming a leader? In The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, written by […]
This irreverent guide to grantwriting will feel like a friend when you’re done. Author Jonathan O’Brien’s conversational style is easy to follow and makes readers feel they’re capable of securing funding. The aim is not to turn readers into great grantwriters (he’d be out of a job if that happened) but to make them think […]
Title: The Golden Rule Authors: Ilene Cooper Publisher: Abrams Books Type: Picture Book Level: Elementary The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper is a precious tale about how different cultures through the ages have used the same good-neighbor rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.A grandfather and his grandson spot a billboard that […]
Title: Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming Authors: Jean Davies Okimoto Publisher: Sasquatch Books Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 I’ve often heard it said, “What you encourage, you teach. What you permit, you promote.” I found a great example of this in this motivational story. Winston, the adorable polar bear of […]
Title: Knitting Nell Authors: Julie Jerslid Roth Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Two years ago, a knitting mentor at our school brought me this treasure for my “Books That Teach” collection. She thought of me, she said, because the book’s heroine reminded her of the third graders in our […]
Title: Lucy Goosey Takes Responsibility Authors: Katherine CIriello Clark Publisher: High Pitched Hum Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 28 As elementary students learn how to manage responsibilities, sometimes they can’t keep up. This sweet book by CC! teacher Katherine Ciriello Clark is a wonderful way to help students take responsibility for their actions […]
Many of you know Barbara Gruener from her inspirational book reviews that usually form the content for this section. Barbara has been a counselor for eight years at Westwood Elementary in Friendswood, Texas, which has celebrated CC! Week every year since 2000. We asked Barbara to give us insight into her program that has won […]