Category Archive: Nonfiction

Using Memoirs in the Secondary Classroom

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If I could have one lasting impact on the world, it would be to spread a deep understanding of others, which I believe would undoubtedly grow compassion. If we understood every aspect of… Continue reading

School’s Out…Now What?

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So, we have all made it through another school year. Classroom learning may have stopped for our kids, but we should never stop learning, right? I believe that the outdoors are a great… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Procedural Texts

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Phew! Our Classroom Services department has been B-U-S-Y these last few months!  It has been great to brainstorm with so many teachers, curriculum leaders, and librarians on how to find the best classroom… Continue reading

How You Play The Game(s)

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Not long ago, fellow blogger Anna featured some videogame-centric titles in this post.  While reading that entry, it really got me thinking about some of the great memories I also experienced as a… Continue reading

New Elementary Science and Math Titles

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Though I didn’t always like science classes when I was in school, I’ve always loved science books—maybe because I don’t get tested on them any longer? I devoured books on human anatomy, medicine,… Continue reading

It’s About “Time”

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I was born in 1985…the year that Marty McFly got Doc Brown’s time-traveling Delorean up to 88 mph. My Dad was born in 1955…the year that Marty’s parents must be set on the… Continue reading

Review: One Child

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In One Child, Mei Fong, a journalist, compiled a compelling investigation into the impact of the one child policy implemented in China had on the future of the country and the rest of… Continue reading

The Weaker Sex? Not These Women!

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A couple weeks ago Leslie posted an article on women’s struggle to gain their rights, especially the right to vote—a struggle that it is important for us to remember at least once a… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading