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  • Item #: 006728
    ISBN: 9781888344165
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    Do you want a reading program without a reading curriculum? Or maybe a reading program in which the kids enjoy the "great" books, discuss them at the dinner table, and don't even realize they're in a reading "program"? If either answer is yes, this book is for you. And I do mean for you. Reading Strands is designed for the teacher to use. It shows you how to teach your children to appreciate fiction. Author Dave Marks wants our children to develop a love for reading, first and foremost. Reading should be fun for a child, something he/she eagerly looks forward to. They need to share their reading experience and enjoyment with others, also. Those around them need to express an interest in what they're reading and their opinion of what they've read. Through oral discussion, Dave shows us how to help our children get more out of reading and begin to read for deeper understanding. Reading Strands contains simple Socratic dialogue samples, based on Bloom's taxonomy, showing you how to discuss fiction with your children based on their age level. Literary components and terms are explained so that you can, at appropriate age levels, discuss these intelligently with your children. Mr. Marks also cautions us that, to some extent, "you are what you read." He wants us to become serious about selecting the types of reading materials we want our children to "consume" based on what kind of people we want them to become. To aid us in selecting books, Reading Strands contains numerous reading lists: suggested books based on grade level, a graded list of books popular with reading teachers, a listing of children's favorite books, Coretta Scott King Award Books, Caldecott Medal winners, Newbery Medal winners, Children's Library recommendations, and a list of Great Classics. Whew! Even if you didn't use this approach as your basic reading program, employing the ideas contained in Reading Strands would greatly enhance your children's overall enjoyment and understanding of literature. 138 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 067723
    ISBN: 9781683440185
    Retail: $34.99
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    Designed for grades 2 3 as a one-year course. Students will learn basic principles of reading and writing, including spelling and structure; demonstrate the meaning and usage of adjectives, nouns, pronouns, and commas; and assess learning through a writing skills mastery list utilized throughout the courses. Literature lessons include main idea, characters, characters actions, character appearances, developed characters, protagonist/antagonist, cause/effect, foils, personification, drawing conclusions, physical appearance, character motivation, character consistency, and character comparisons. 231 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 067724
    ISBN: 9781683440192
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    Designed for grades 3-7 as a one-year course. Focuses on foundational skills, written exercises, and the overall writing process. Students will learn how to effectively master using sentences and writing paragraphs, main/supporting ideas, point of view, the process of rewriting, and creating characters; apply the skill of planning and writing a short story; organize objects so their placement can be understood; understand that all people do not see the same things in the same ways; and demonstrate the ability to connect complicated sentences to make a story. Literature lessons include discerning setting from a Biblical passage; identifying cultural aspects of literature, and how this can help in better understanding biblical passages; explaining how to search for setting clues, the setting and mood of a story, symbolism, and illustrating how one can use setting clues to understand characters and their actions. 267 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 067721
    ISBN: 9781683440628
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    Designed for students who have completed Writing Strands Intermediate 2 or who are in grades 9 or 10. Focuses on advanced skills such as persuasive writing, reports, and developing characters. Students will recognize the three points of view writers use, describe what has been seen over a period of days and writing reports; understand the organization of an explanatory exposition; and develop effective characters and conflict in creative writing. Literature lessons include identifying common literary devices in the Bible; understanding why literary devices are used (allusion, imagery, symbolism, personification, metaphor, simile, metonymy, synecdoche, puns/wordplay, irony, hyperbole, sonic devices/meter, parallelism, anaphora, repetition, and polysyndeton). 318 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 067726
    ISBN: 9781683440611
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    Designed for students who have completed Writing Strands Intermediate 1 or are in grades 5 – 9, depending on skill level. Focuses on skills such as organization, narration, and argumentation. Students will identify and create attitudes in narrative voice; recognize the points of an argument and writing a successful argument; develop a narrative voice for fiction writing; punctuate dialogue and create speech patterns for characters; organize a description by seeing objects as groups of parts; and write concise, insightful business letters. Literature lessons include basic literary elements, themes, genres, point of view (limited, objective, omniscient, third person, first person, tense, participant, observer, plural/singular, and second person), dialogue, tone, foreshadowing, and mood. 284 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 067725
    ISBN: 9781683440604
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     Designed for students who have completed Writing Strands Beginning 2 or are in grades 4 – 9, depending on skill level. Focuses on skills such as organization, description, and paragraphing. Students will understand that ideas in sentences are connected, and flow from one sentence to the next; list the main points in the summary of a story; understand that there is a voice which speaks to the reader; realize the structure of description, and start descriptions with general statements; use past tense, present tense, and future tense; and recognize a character’s physical positions and realize how position controls what characters know. Literature lessons include plot (sequence of events, cause/effect, character, driving forces, exposition, complication, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, putting it all together, and conflict among individuals, society, setting, and internally. 279 pgs. pb.

  • Item #: 067722
    ISBN: 9781683440635
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     Designed for students who have completed Writing Strands Advanced 1 or who are in grades 9 or 10. Focuses on advanced skills such as research and writing, scientific reports, effective argumentation, and developing point of view. Literature lessons include Pilgrim’s Progress book study (genre, characters, setting, theme, plot, dialogue, point of view, imagery, metaphor, simile, tone, mood, interactions, and symbolism); writing a literary analysis essay; and writing your own allegory. 333 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 034942
    ISBN: 9780794519858
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    A book that young children will pick up for the pictures, and older children will enjoy for both the photos and the text, this is an amazing and attractive guide to some of science's most fascinating topics! Nine chapters cover topics such as atoms, matter, materials, energy, motion, electricity, light, technology, and the human body. Although reading the topics may make you yawn, simply crack open this book to any topic, and you'll quickly see how cool science can really be! Each page includes awesome photos, many of which have been taken from electron microscopes, or at least at very high magnification, which shows how awesome some of these "hard-to-imagine" things are, like viruses, spider spinnerets, strands of nylon, cables, cells, and more! Also notable are the detailed diagrams, photos, and images of other, larger items. Each page features general information about the topic, followed by more specific information on subtopics in a smaller font. The section on the internet includes some general information on the internet, and how it is used today, followed by some short sections on internet connections being included on common household appliances, how faster Internet connections are designed, internet communications to outer space, and cyber criminals. Most pages also feature a link to a cool website (through Usborne's own site, so that they can be continually updated), which allows kids to access interactive websites that feature a related activity or additional information. Incorporating the newest technology with some of the neatest concepts in science, this volume is sure to grab - and hold - kids' attention, even ones that don't think they're interested in "science." 96 pgs, sturdy softcover. - Jess

  • Item #: 010518
    ISBN: 9780399501487
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    During a nuclear war, a mixed group of proper and civilized British boys are stranded on a jungle island. They struggle to establish order and rules within their little world, but the result is chaos and death.

  • Item #: 027251
    ISBN: 9780062073501
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    By renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie, this is one of the many featuring her clever detective character Hercule Poirot. Hercule is on a train bound for Paris, the Orient Express. There are around fifteen other passengers, and one of them is of particular interest. He is found murdered in his compartment on the same night the train is stopped in its tracks by a snow drift. Unable to continue, the train and its occupants are stranded for an unknown period of time, during which Hercule investigates the crime and interviews his fellow passengers, for it is clear that the murderer has not left the train. 315 pgs.

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    Item #: 007684
    ISBN: 9780440416630
    Retail: $6.99
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    A young boy comes of age while shipwrecked, blinded and stranded on an island with a black man named Timothy. Despite being instilled with racial prejudices, he learns to overcome them and even admire Timothy's wisdom and survival skills.

  • Item #: 071863
    Retail: $39.00
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  • Item #: 044932
    ISBN: 9781602680111
    Retail: $13.99
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    Or, in home school language: a literature-based unit study. This one uses some of my very favorite children's picture books (see list below). For each of the 18 books, there's a story summary and a "before the story", "during the story" and "after the story" suggestion. A helpful shaded box points out themes, skills, vocabulary, and related books. This is followed by "connections" to curriculum areas including: language arts, math, science, problem-solving and social skills, fine motor, gross motor, visual discrimination, art, and creative dramatics. Reproducible activity pages are provided for some of these. This is great for preschool, as you can center one or several days around these books, themes and activities – even an entire week if you integrate the related literature selections. As an example, for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, emphasized themes are: being a good host, patience, real and fantasy. Skills focused on are making predictions, alphabet, counting, biology, and manners. Special vocabulary is carried away, comfortable, finished, mustache, remind. Related books include If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Before reading the book, you ask your child to predict what might happen if they gave a mouse a cookie and relate that to what they do when they get a cookie. During the story, you take advantage of the many "cliffhangers" in the book, allowing children to guess at the sentence endings before turning the page. After the story, the author suggests additional readings (this is because children have such fun with the outlandish turns of events – most stories have other activities in this section). There are two Language Arts Connections; one is playing with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (related to the drawn red letters and cookies on the book cover); the other is to make alphabet cookies (sounds yummy!). For a math activity, there's a reproducible page for children to match the chocolate chip cookies with the same number of chips. Science Connections have you researching what mice really eat. If you have access to a mouse, the book suggests experimenting with various foods. If not, you'll have to settle for using another book, using the internet, or visiting a pet store. In Problem-Solving and Social Skills Connections, children practice being good hosts or hostesses. You can play the mouse and let your child entertain you (tea party, anyone)? Then, as the mouse does in the story, children practice fine motor skills by drawing pictures of a scene from the book or of their family as the mouse does. Children practice writing their names (using tracing paper), tape it to the artwork, and then to the refrigerator, just like mouse. For Gross Motor Connections, you again mimic the mouse, this time in sweeping and cleaning (remember, the mouse got carried away and swept the entire house!). The book suggests supplementing with a little house-sweeping music of your choice. In Art Connections, children construct Barbershop Portraits as you reread the book, paying special attention to the part where mouse trims his hair. Children paste long strands of yarn to self-portraits for hair (deliberately making the hair in need of a trim). After the glue dries, children use safety scissors to "cut" their hair to a desired length. In Creative Dramatics Connections children practice proper mealtime manners. After rereading the section of the book where mouse asks for a straw and a napkin with his cookie snack, you provide yourself and your child(ren) with paper plates, empty cups and straws, and napkins. Then you pretend to be a group of mice, eating cookies and drinking milk, demonstrating how to eat a cookie over your plate, use your napkin and drink properly with a straw. If children do well, follow through with real cookies and milk then show children how to clean up after the meal. A final reproducible page has children color the pictures that show how someone in the family takes care of them (also great as a discussion starter).

  • Item #: 024764
    ISBN: 9780890090572
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     This book contains 37 complete and unabridged short stories and one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This collection of stories about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, were originally published between 1891 and 1905 in the British magazine “The Strand.” The stories are reprinted as an exact facsimile to the original, and even the original 356 black & white illustrations by Sidney Paget are included. Most of the stories in this collection have become true classics, and are fascinating to read. Please note that this reprint does contain small print as well as illustrations that look somewhat dark or muddy. 636 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 019336
    ISBN: 9780547248295
    Retail: $7.99
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    While most farmers get up at dawn to tend to their animals and land, William A. Bentley got up to photograph early morning dew dripping form leaves and hanging from the delicate strands of a spider web. But most of his life was spent photographing another form of moisture - snow. From the time Bentley was a young boy until his death, he was fascinated with snow. Although most of his friends and neighbors thought he was wasting time, he devoted most of his time and money to studying snowflakes. He experimented over and over again to find a way to photograph snowflakes before they melted or evaporated so that people could appreciate them. It is he who first took note of the snowflakes' unique hexagonal shape, as well as the fact that no two are the same - the reason for which he also discovered. This book of his life and work reads like a storybook, but tells the true story of a man who had a passion for his work. Additional facts about Bentley are shared in the margins to complete the picture of the man now known simply as "Snowflake Bentley." hc.