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A cross-curricular book study about the book Nightly News with Safa. Topics include: media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section.
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Book Study Freebie – Nightly News with Safa

For those of you who have read and enjoyed Nightly News with Safa, here is a free book study package for you and your students/kids!  This is a cross-curricular book study and includes topics such as media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section. Here are some snapshots of just some of the 13 pages in this package: If you like this package, please share it with friends, parents and colleagues.  Also, feel free to submit some student sample work for a shout out on our Instagram and Facebook page! Happy Reading!  

The best list of the top 10 children's story books that are hilarious! Each book has a summary listed. Your kids/students will love these!
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10 Children’s Story Books That Are Hilarious!

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* When the school day was winding down, my students would anxiously wait for their favorite part of the day: read aloud time! They would inch close on the carpet and excitedly strain their necks trying to catch a glimpse of our newest read.  Even now, my daughter runs towards me with full force when I say the words “story time”!  Kid’s absolutely love a creative book, especially if it can appeal to their silly imaginative side and relieve some tension from their busy day.  Here are 10 children’s story books that are hilarious and will have your students or kids roaring with laughter and thoroughly entertained. MustacheContinue reading

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Yasmine’s Belly Button Book Review and Lesson Ideas

Summary Yasmine’s Belly Button is an endearing story is about a young girl named Yasmine, as she gets ready for her first day of school.  As she feels butterflies in her stomach about her first day, Yasmine notices her belly button.  She begins to wonder why it’s there and embarks on a series of discoveries about the significance of her belly button. Yasmine’s mom tells her all about their connection as mother and daughter, and soon Yasmine realizes that everyone has a belly button in common! Thoughts This book is as much of a tale for mothers as it is for young kids.  It will definitely pull on any parent’s heartstrings as it recounts much ofContinue reading

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Book Review: Ish by Peter Reynolds (with Activity Ideas)

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* If you’re looking for a book to uplift and inspire young students, then Ish by: Peter Reynolds will do just that! Summary: Ish is a story about a boy named Ramon who loves to draw.  One day his brother catches a glimpse of one of his sketches and mocks his work.  This causes Ramon to feel a sort of dread, which eventually causes him to give up on artistry!  But, all of his self-doubt comes to an end when he notices that his little sister has created a gallery of all his crumpled up art papers.  He realizes that his work is a unique representation of the world aroundContinue reading

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Book Review: Bismillah Soup (with Lesson Ideas!)

I recently had the pleasure of reading “Bismillah Soup” the first of two books to be released by emerging children’s author Asmaa Hussein of Ruqaya’s Bookshelf. Bismillah Soup is a book with many dimensions. It tells the tale of a young Somali boy named Hasan, who lives a humble life in a rural town. His family is struggling to put food on the table, so Hasan dotes an optimistic attitude and takes matters into his own hands! He promises his mom a fantastic dinner. Hasan can’t do it alone though, so he gets some much needed help from his local Imam and community members. Everyone chips in and contributes to what becomes a town feast.Continue reading

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My Mouth Is A Volcano – Activity Ideas

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* There are some books out there that are worth the time and attention of your class.  My Mouth Is A Volcano is one of them! It has some wonderful lessons for your students, which will set them up for future success.  Take a look at some of these My Mouth Is A Volcano activities: Art – Word Depiction: If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that it is filled with wonderful words, that come alive on the page.  Wouldn’t it be great to use this as an art lesson for your students?  Show students how they can bring their creative artistry to portray words and their meaningsContinue reading

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Inspirational Class Books – These are must-haves!

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* Story time is an amazing way to wind down at the end of a lesson, or at the end of the day.  Students have a chance to listen to a thoughtful story, and teachers have a chance to engage their students in a deep conversation that may not otherwise flourish.  Here are a list of inspirational class books that will spark imagination in any classroom, and get students excited about books. Ish – By: Peter A Reynolds   This book is about a budding artist, who loves to create artwork!  The character gets discouraged when their artwork comes under some scrutiny, but then receives the inspiration toContinue reading

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Book Review: The Very Cranky Bear (With Cross-Curricular Lesson Ideas)

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* The first time I picked up The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, it was by chance.  My daughter and I were browsing through book store shelves, when the book caught our eyes.  I was SO pleasantly surprised with how fun this book is! Summary: This book is about four little animal friends, each possessing their own unique qualities, who run into a cranky bear and come up with creative solutions to cheer him up. Thoughts: What I love about this book is that it allows you to pause a draw various lessons from it.  There is a wonderful attention to language, which really displays the effective use ofContinue reading