Stories Change the World

Natasha Deen‘s books include Burned from Orca’s Retribution series, Sleight of Hand and Across the Floor. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. The following is a post written by her. Stories change the world. I’m proof of this. My family immigrated from Guyana, South America to Canada, inspired by stories of what could be accomplished for those who called this land home. And Canada welcomed us with open arms because the old stories—that minorities weren’t worth as much as Caucasians—were no longer valid. Everyone in Canada was of equal value, and all had a right to […]






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Word Match

sticky note sight words

Do your students or children need a little extra practice with reading over the holidays? Try this great word matching exercise: What you’ll need: A whiteboard (or a large sheet of paper to write on) Sticky notes (colorful are great!) A marker What to do: Write out words the child is struggling with on both the whiteboard and sticky notes, making sure the two sets are not laid out in the same order Have the child move the sticky note words to the same word on the whiteboard, reading each aloud as he / she […]






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Close Reading Toolbox

Close Reading Toolbox

Today’s world is fast paced. Answers load instantaneously at the click of a button, and with phones, we always have access to information and people. Well, we have a close reading toolbox for you, teachers and caregivers, to get your students and kids to slow down and focus on what they’re reading. First off, we have some great new titles for them to hunker down with–either at their desk or in front of the fire over the holiday season. For those who love a mystery, there’s A Murder for Max, a short novel that centers […]






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Spelling is Hard

Spelling in sand

Spelling is hard. And English words rarely sound as they spell which makes it even more complicated. But we have an easy-to-make and on-the-run way for teachers and caregivers to get kids to practice their spelling. 3 things are required for it: Sand — it can be kinetic sand, which is more easily malleable and stays in place better. An old pencil case Flashcards with words for kids to spell. Making this fun practice tool is easy. Simply put the sand in the bottom of the pencil case. Kids practice spelling and reading the words […]






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Audio Books as a Literacy Tool

Reading aloud to children is widely accepted as the single most important activity in language acquisition. But not all kids get this at home. As teachers, you have no power over what your students are exposed to before they land in your classroom. What you can do is provide them with activities that will replicate the benefits of read aloud in early childhood. One activity that provides these benefits and more is listening to an audio book. Listening to an audio book can be an experience shared by all of your students regardless of reading […]






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#GreenTeacher: Petitions for a Greener World

Your students are already thinking about the environment. You’ve taught them about waste reduction and other sustainability issues, and your class likely has a green project underway. Good for you. But your students may need your help taking their green initiatives beyond the classroom. Kids who learn early that their voices deserve to be heard in the world are more likely to work toward positive change later in life. Today’s technology and government processes make that easier than ever. Petitions are one of the best ways for kids to effect positive change. A great example […]






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