Summer Specials

Britannica Illustrated Science Library: Plants, Algae and Fungi
from Encyclopaedia Britannica
ECB9781593398033 (Intermediate, Middle School)
Plants, Algae, and Fungi, is one book in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series that is correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-8. The Britannica Illustrated Science Library is a visually compelling set that covers earth science, life science, and physical science in 16 volumes. Created for ages 10 and up, each volume provides an overview on a subject and thoroughly explains it through detailed and powerful graphics-more than 1,000 per volume-that turn complex subjects into information that students can grasp. Each volume contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary help and an index.
Grades: 5 - 8

Strategies That Work! Fiction Writing, Grades 5-8
from Teacher Created Resources
TCR8056 (Intermediate, Middle School)
Develop effective fiction writing skills with strategies that work! 38 lessons offer practical guidance on writing narratives and stories. Each lesson includes an explanation of the skill being addressed, followed by a variety of exercises.
In Strategies That Work: Fiction Writing, students will practice the following skills:
  • choosing titles
  • using all the senses
  • creating characters
  • selecting a point of view
  • structuring
  • using metaphors, similes, and clich233s
  • creating atmosphere
  • much more
The activities are aligned with national standards and benchmarks. Answers are provided where appropriate.

Grades: 5 - 8

from Chicago Review Press
CRP9781556528385 (Intermediate, Middle School)
In this stellar activity book, kids delve into the rich history of space exploration, where telescopes, satellites, probes, landers, and human missions lead to amazing discoveries. Updated to include the recent discovery of Eris which, along with Pluto, has been newly classified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union, this cosmic adventure challenges kids to explore the planets and other celestial bodies for themselves through activities such as building a model of a comet using soil, molasses, dry ice, and window cleaner; or creating their own reentry vehicle to safely return an egg to Earth’s surface. With biographies of more than 20 space pioneers, specific mission details, a 20-page field guide to the solar system, and plenty of suggestions for further research, this is the ultimate guidebook to exploring the solar system.
Grades: 4 - 8

Instructional Coaches and Classroom Teachers: Sharing the Road to Success
from Shell Education
SED50332 (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School)
Coaches and teachers alike will benefit from the research-based, classroom-tested coaching model discussed in this book. This unique look at instructional coaching as a team approach will give both coaches and teachers the tools they need to create a successful partnership and improve classroom instruction.
Grades: K - 6
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