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literature circles
Classroom organizational strategy designed to facilitate in-depth conversations about literature among students. Literature circles are characterized by student-centered responses to literature, collaborative exploration of a text's themes, and higher-order thinking as students pursue and explore questions and insights about literature.
exceptional children
Designation for students who have different educational needs than the average child. Many children in exceptional children's (EC) programs have physical, mental, or social disabilities, but in North Carolina academically gifted children are also classified as EC.

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Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Students will examine language in three different versions of the traditional "Gruff" tale. These will be compared and contrasted through Venn diagrams. Each text will be introduced, examined, and contrasted in a different lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Doyle.
Justifying inclusion
In Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, page 4
The following books, databases, and websites will help you justify including a work in your collection according to developmental needs and critical review. Books Nilsen, A. P. (2001). Stages of literary appreciation....
Format: article
By Will Cross and Kimberly Hirsh.
This activity is a fun, interactive lesson that integrates children's literature with math (a great way to integrate author studies). This activity allows students to be involved in four learning styles (visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic).
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Stephanie Hatcher.
Counting fun
This is a lesson on counting that takes 30 minutes. It is a good whole group activity for beginning counting, (forwards and backwards), and numeral recognition 1-10 to use early in the year. It is also good for math in literature. The activity can be extended as a counting game to use individually or small group during work stations.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Karen McNeely.
Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Communicating with parents
To communicate successfully with parents, be caring, professional, open, and organized.
By Kathleen Casson.
Story map: The gingerbread manhunt
The purpose of this lesson is to present a fun, memorable way for students to learn where the secretary, principal, nurse, janitor, cafeteria, playground, and other grade levels are located while matching a face and job with each of these locations and its importance to the functioning of the school.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Social Studies)
By Tina Baker.
Polar bears: Keeping warm at the Arctic
Students will learn about the polar bear's body coverings and how they help it to survive in the Arctic climate. The activities include a trip to the North Carolina Zoological park and a hands-on experiment to facilitate this goal, followed by reflection on and communication of what they have learned using a variety of media including art and literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Science)
By Sandy Hardin.
Teaching mathematics through literature
This lesson is a collaborative pair learning activity which uses the book Jumanji to teach Probability.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Brenda Davis.
Digital literature
Electronic books offer numerous benefits: They're usually searchable, they can be made instantly accessible to the visually impaired, they're often free, and, perhaps best of all, they're accessible right now. This list compiles some of the best sources for finding great works of literature on the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
"Mice" in the Media Center
This lesson plan will foster literature appreciation in the Elementary School through sharing a variety of books (fiction and non-fiction) poems, puppets or models, focusing on a mouse or mice as a main character or characters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills)
The Sign of the Beaver real estate advertisement
Having read The Sign of the Beaver and the Sunday Real Estate section of the newspaper, create a slide show designed to sell Matt's cabin to buyers in early America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By CarrieAnne Blocker.
Fun with division
Students will learn division concepts through the use of The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and a poem entitled "Dividing up Bugs." Students will be involved in hands on activities in order to gain an understanding of division. This lesson plan integrates communication skills, math, and technology.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Grace Blythe.
Word-processing valentines
This lesson combines the need to practice keyboarding skills, completion of rhymes, a popular children's book, and the motivational aspects of the Valentine holiday.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Kay Harrison.
The wolf in children's books
Students will explore the ways wolves are represented in children's stories. They will decide if the wolf is a protagonist or an antagonist in the story. They will also attempt to determine if these representations are scientifically accurate. The first in a two-part lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Vanessa Olson.
Philosophy resources
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 2.2
This page provides a variety of resources related to elementary philosophy instruction.
Format: bibliography
Soup's on!
This lesson integrates children's literature and math. The students will listen to "Stone Soup" by Marcia Brown and bring items from home to make "First Grade Soup." The children will use the items to create a graph and share information about their graphs.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Vicki Rivenbark.
Reading biographies and autobiographies
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.3
How good is that biography your students are reading? Here's how to make sure they get the most out of their reading and research.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Storytellers in the Mountains of North Carolina
Students will study five famous North Carolina storytellers: Jackie Torrence, Ray Hicks, Donald Davis, David Holt, and Sheila Kay Adams. They will research how their stories were collected and how they developed their storytelling styles that distinguish them from other tellers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Martha Hayes.