Storymatic KIDS presents a forum for engaging children in lively story-telling. It’s old-fashioned fun that promotes verbal and social skills often lacking in technology fixated youngsters.
A Sweet Smell of Roses follows two African-American sisters as they sneak out of their house to join the March on Washington in the summer of 1963.
Words of A Feature Flock Together is a group game that focuses on different syllable types.
Paper Wishes follows a young Japanese-American girl, Manami, as she is uprooted from her life on Bainbridge Island to be interned with her family in Manzanar during World War II.
By all means, go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC. But Kadir Nelson’s book must be installed on your coffee table as well. Heart and Soul is a tour de force.
Use the scenes from In My Family to spark students to tell their own family stories. The intricate illustrations provide a model to emulate when describing a scene in words.
Blurt! is a raucous game of verbal fluency. At heart it’s about word retrieval, but it also works to develop vocabulary and increase familiarity with the abstract language of definitions.
Syllable Set is a two-person game for developing efficiency in finding syllables. I’ve taken the procedure for the visual perception game SET and adapted it for word work. In pairs, each student tries to be the first to find a set of three word cards with either a matching first, medial, or final syllable. Students love the fast-paced competitive nature of it.
NEW: A ready-made Syllables Set game is available on Teachers Pay Teachers under my seller name, On Your Mark.
In 1888, William Hoy became the first deaf outfielder to play major league baseball. Silent Star is an engaging account of the obstacles he encountered and the achievements he garnered in his career.