Posts tagged ‘United States’

My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis.

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My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis.

In post-Taliban Afghanistan, American soldiers have just imprisoned a teenage girl. But who is she? Why was she found wandering alone in a bombed-out school? Could she be a terrorist?

The girl is held on an American military base and interrogated. Yet she does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days.  The only clue to her identity is tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people name Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan- and Parvana.

March 4, 2013 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

National Parks Guide U.S.A. by Sarah Wassner Flynn.

You´ll discover the wonder and amazement of U. S. A. majestic  national parks in this fun, informative, and adventure-filled new book! This guide has all you need to make our visit to these treasured parks an experience you will never forget!

Games, photos and more at: National Geographic for Kids website!

September 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

An Inside Look at the U. S. Navy SEALs by Joe Funk.

They operate mostly at night, undercover, and often in water, and they are considered to be the top tier of the United States´vast military arsenal. These mysterious and mighty warriors are unsung heroes in combat. Devastatingly effective, they are the fittest members int he military and are quipped with an array of weapons, tools, watercraft, aircraft, vehicles, and even dogs. They follow a diet and training regimen that ensures that only the physically strongest and mentally toughest survive, and they conduct operations anywhere in the world on a moment´s notice. Elite and super stealthy, these amphibious armed forces represent the best that America ha to offer.

March 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Jess by Mary Casanova.

With her first step off the airplane and into bright tropical sunlight, ten-year-old Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize. It’s Jess’s first time out of the United States. It’s her first time being home-schooled. And it’s her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. But Jess is excited to explore a new place all on her own. She’s ready for adventure and anxious to discover just who Jess is. When Jess meets a new friend and is invited on an Eco-adventure, she makes some real discoveries-about the dangers in the Belizean jungle, about the people who have lived there since long ago, and about herself.

Activities for teachers, available at Home School Literature.

March 8, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think & How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner.

In this sequel of his acclaimed Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner focuses on how ill´suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to current educational materials, practices and institutions, and makes and eloquent case for restructuring our schools.

Watch a lecture of his book: “Five Minds for the Future”:

Updated information at his website.

December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements In Teaching and Learning by Mike Schmoker.

“Mike Schmoker presents the brutal facts about the quality of instruction across the curriculum. He argues convincingly that if student achievement is to improve, especially in the higher-order proficiencies, instruction will necessarily have to change and improve simultaneously. This book should be required reading for everyone in educational leadership and anyone concerned about the quality of teaching and learning.” Richard Allington

Read some of his articles at his we site: http://mikeschmoker.com/

November 2, 2011 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

Heroes of the environment by Harriet Rohmer.

12 true stories of people from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Heroes are of a variety of ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds, and the stories feature plenty of visuals – both photos and illustration. From Goodreads.

Book trailer SJSU MLIS Program:

October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

It’s 1962, and it seems that everyone is living in fear. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, and can feel the fear of the nation in the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amid the pervading threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits into her family, and learn to look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it’s going to be a life-changing week.

Visit the Book site or the author site.

October 18, 2011 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Understanding September 11th by Mitch Frank.

What happened on September 11th?

Who were the hijackers?

What is terrorism?

What is Islam?

Why does the Middle East matter to us?

Why did the terrorists target the United States?

Why did we go after Afghanistan?

Who are the Taliban?

What is Islamism?

Who was Osama bin Laden?

How has America changed since September 11th?

On September 11th, America was attacked. But while we know what happened on that tragic day, many of us don’t understand why it happened. In Understanding September 11th, Time magazine reporter Mitch Frank clearly explains why and answers these essential questions. Filled with pictures, maps, and straightforward explanations, this is the book that will enable young people to understand the events of 9/11.

Enrichment activities, here. Looking for more? Beyond September 11th.

See some after September 11th pictures at 911 Digital Archive.

Understanding September 11th project class video:

October 18, 2011 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman.

This remarkably moving picture book follows first-grader Hassan through his first few days at school. Hassan has only recently arrived in the United States after he and his family were forced to flee Somalia, and he deeply misses the colorful landscape of his former home in Africa. But with the help of his parents, an understanding teacher, and a school art project, Hassan finds that by painting a picture of his old home and sharing his story, his homesickness and the trauma of leaving a war-torn country are lessened. And he finds that there are many things to like about his new home in America. By Goodreads.

A nice animation of the story created by the Year 3 children of Jessop Primary School:

More about the author at her website.

October 5, 2011 at 9:29 am Leave a comment


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