Book lovers rejoice this time of year, as the best of children’s and young adult literature receive special awards. Last week, NCTE announced the winners of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.
This week the the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners. To celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, members of IRA’s Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group have provided reviews of past winners in two parts: 1938–1971 and 1972–2012. Find other timely classroom activities and ReadWriteThink calendar entries below.
- Get ready for Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week. Celebrate in the classroom the week of February 3rd.
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- Digital Learning Day is Wednesday, February 6. We have dozens of ideas to explore digital learning.
- On-demand professional development:
- Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning presented by Scott Filkins and Cara Gutzmer
- Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts presented by Doug Buehl
- Looking for mobile apps? Check out the Word Mover and the Trading Cards Mobile Apps.
- Will we see you at the IRA Convention in San Antonio? Join us there!
From the Calendar
- January 27: Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. After reading one of Carroll's chapters, students plan an unbirthday party and do activities and preparation for the event. (For grades 3–6)
- January 28: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986. Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003 . (For grades 3–12)
- January 28: Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners. Students research different awards given by the ALA and do an activity based on one of the awards. (For grades 3–12)
- January 29: Poe’s “The Raven” was published in 1845. As Poe’s “The Raven” is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues. (For grades 7–12)
- January 31: Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919. Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society. (For grades 7–12)
- February 1: Take part in the African American Read-In! Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results. (For grades K–12)
- February 1: Langston Hughes was born in 1902. Students examine the poem “Dreams” and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams. (For grades 7–12)
- February 2: Groundhog Day is February 2. A celebration is held for Groundhog day where students engage in a shadow-watching activity, make predictions, and listen to news reports to compare what happens with Punxsutawney Phil. (For grades K–5)
- In February, find lesson plans and activities on the 100th Day of School, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and more!
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