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Hurry Home, Hedgehog!: A Bilingual Book of Sounds by Belle Yang is such a cute little book (F and RT). It has Chinese translations on every page, making it great for English Language Learners. It encompasses UDL Principle 1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information, if this is made into a readers theater script. It also has ESOL Strategy 24: Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum.
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gnewman A good resource that provides different levels of story maps is from https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=49532&of_id=9. Each level of story maps gets slightly harder, which is great for customizing lessons for all kinds of students. 7mo
alexandracarpenter This book looks so cute, and the bilingual aspect of it sounds really interesting. I also loved the link to story maps that you provided. 7mo
hkeiger I love that! I have really never seen a Chinese/English book for children! Definitely something that would be cool to keep in a classroom library. 7mo
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Ms.Bursey This book is so good, and very handy in the classroom library. 7mo
C.Austin @gnewman I loved the readers theatre performance you did with this book! I looked through the book when you passed it around and it was such a unique book! Good choice! Great job! 7mo
DrSpalding Your readers theater! 7mo
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Good Rhymes, Good Times | Lee Bennett Hopkins
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The rhyming poems in Good Rhymes, Good Times (P and SR) are so fun to read! The illustrations are so inclusive of all kinds of people, and the poems are truly cute. I believe that this book incorporates UDL Principles 7.1: Optimize individual choice and autonomy and 7.2: Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity.
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gnewman It also falls under ESOL Strategy 11: Place language in meaningful context. In addition, www.readingrockets.org/strategies/rhyming_games has a number of resources that students can use as they learn how to rhyme. For example, it contains a word family chart, a couple of videos, and many other awesome activities. 7mo
DrSpalding Reading rockets is an excellent resource! Continue to use this in future lessons please. 7mo
DrSpalding Make sure you explicitly state the genre in your post. 7mo
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Shel Silverstein is a master of poetry! I enjoyed reading his anthology of poems in Don't Bump the Glump! (P and RA), especially because they are so wacky! I can see kids laughing and wanting to listen to/ read more as they went through this book. I think it encompasses UDL Principles 5.3: Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance and 2.5: Illustrate through multiple media.
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gnewman It also supports ESOL Strategy 16: Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities, because poetry can be expressed in all of those means! Poetry is truly versatile. In addition, a wonderful resource for this book comes from Shel Silverstein's website. It contains a description of the book, tells you where you can buy it, and includes three videos of some of the characters. The link is www.shelsilverstein.com/books/dont-bump-glump/ 7mo
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (HF, Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King, National Book, and Scott O'Dell, AS) is an absolutely excellent book, as you can see by the countless awards that it has won, for students to read! Do the three girls end up finding their mom? Read it to find out! I think this book alligns nicely with UDL Principle 3.2: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships.
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gnewman This novel also encompasses ESOL Strategy 11: Place language in meaningful context, as the book has such a meaningful storyline. A resource that I found for this book is once again from Reading is Fundamental. They have so many different supplementary activities that are so amazing for teachers, and I always find myself falling back on them! This one specifically has some discussion questions and extension activites for students to complete. 7mo
Mmw2478 The storyline is a good one. I like the resource you chose. 7mo
Ms.Bursey The storyline was AMAZING . And very details. Good pick ! 7mo
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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (HF, Newbery, and IR) is a novel about a girl who realizes what is beginning to happen during World War II. This is definitely for upper elementary students, but I believe that all elementary schoolers should be exposed to this kind of literature. It is truly impactful. It encompasses UDL Principles 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge and 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies. #LAE3414sp19

gnewman This novel also incorporates ESOL Strategy 4: Link lesson topic to students' prior knowledge. In addition, Reading is Fundamental has some really amazing resources to go along with this book. The website is https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/number-stars 7mo
kennedimartin This looks like a great HF book to read with kids when discussion WWII. The resources you linked look great, thanks for sharing! 7mo
WoodsKatie I also did a different Lawrey book and they are so intense and wonderful all at once. Using this in addition to a history lesson would make it more interesting than a textbook. Great find, great post! (edited) 7mo
DrSpalding Reading is fundamental is an excellent resource. You have utilized high quality resources. 7mo
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time (SF, Newbery Honor, and RA) was one of my favorite reads this semester! The astral travelers are my favorite part, and it was awesome to watch the 2018 film to go along with the novel. This goes along with UDL Principles 1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information (if you show the movie in the class) and 5.1: Use multiple media for communication. It also encompasses ESOL Strategy 13: Use preview/review activities.

gnewman This may be a new concept for students to tackle (especially if it is related to science lessons), so making sure that everyone fully understands what is going on before moving along is key for comprehending this book at a high level. In addition, and excellent resource comes straight from Madeleine L'Engle's website. 7mo
gnewman She includes a ton of resources for teachers, including curriculum and study guides, how to perform it with your students, and a great video! The link is https://www.madeleinelengle.com/for-educators/wrinkle-in-time-teacher-resources/
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kennedimartin This looks like a great book! The resource you linked looks great and very useful if you were to read this book in the classroom! Thanks for sharing! 7mo
DrSpalding There has been a resurgence of students reading this book due to the movie. Nice job utilizing the authors website. 7mo
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games (SF and IR) is a thrilling novel turned movie! I know it was one of my all time favorite books when it came out, and I'm sure an elementary schooler would have an awesome time reading it! It falls under UDL Principle 2.5: Illustrate through multiple media, since it was made into a film and ESOL Strategy 5: Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts.
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gnewman Some great resources and support materials I found are from https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/hunger-games 7mo
JessicaRosell I loved the books! The movies were great too. Your website has some great activities to go with the book! I enjoyed looking through the games and discussion questions. Great choice! 7mo
kelseymccormick @gnewman I loved reading the Hunger Games series when I was younger. The Reading Is Fundamental website is a high quality resource. I enjoyed playing along with the word search activity. This would be a fun activity for students! Great job. 7mo
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kennedimartin I LOVE the Hunger Games Series! I don‘t think I would have ever thought to use it in classroom but your resource shows how to make it enjoyable and educational! Thanks for sharing :) 7mo
kkimmelman This is a great series that has grown so much over time. So may people love these books. I also love the activities you mentioned, they would flow nicely with the book. 7mo
MGrace15 Awesome pick! I loved the movies so I can only imagine the books are 10 times better! There are so many lessons to be learned/taught in the series. 7mo
DrSpalding This is such an excellent series. Remember that it is more appropriate for middle school 7mo
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Retold by Louise Betts, Cinderella (TL and S) is a classic tale that almost every child has heard of! It was one of my absolute favorites growing up, so I was excited to be able to re-read it with a more mature eye. The evil step mother and sisters are still terrible... In this story, UDL Principle 2.5: Illustrate through multiple media, perfectly illustrates it.
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gnewman ESOL Strategy 14: Simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant, would work great for this book. Also, an incredible resource for this story is from ReadWriteThink, and it compares and contrasts different versions of the Cinderella story, uses graphic organizers to identify story elements, and so much more! The link for the lesson is www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/behind-scenes-with-cinderella-261.html?tab=4#tabs 8mo
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The Wall | Eve Bunting
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The Wall by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Holler (RF and RA) is a great story that tells about a son and grandson of a veteran who was killed in the Vietnam War. They go pay their respects at the wall, and it is very heart-warming. It can be used to connect to other subjects, such as history, and it encompasses UDL Principles 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge and 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies.#LAE3414sp19

gnewman As for ESOL Strategies, a teacher could incorporate 49: Give students pre-lexicon assignments when introducing new topics and 13: Use preview/review activities. In addition, a great reference comes from scholastic, and it outlines American symbols over a two day period. The link is https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/the-wall-by-eve-bunting/hickleberrypun... 8mo
Mmw2478 I‘m so glad you read this book. I loved it too and plan on using it in my classroom. 8mo
ha_kaye I am a sucker for books that integrate history into the content! Your UDL is perfect because students need to understand the time period to fully comprehend the text (: 7mo
DrSpalding I am thrilled you read this book and I am hoping that Michelle exposed you to this and you decided to read it. This makes me happy! 7mo
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This is Not My Hat | Jon Klassen
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This Is Not My Hat (F, Caldecott and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, and RA) was such a well-illustrated and adorable story of a fish who stole another fish's hat. He thought he would get away with it... What do you think will happen? This picture book deals with UDL Principles 9.3: Develop self-assessment and reflection and 2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols. #LAE3414sp19

gnewman As for an ESOL Strategy, 42: Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information, aligns perfectly with this book. Also, an amazing resource for this book is http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763655988.kit.2.pdf #LAE3414sp19 8mo
DrSpalding Candlewick has excellent resources! Nice alignment. 7mo
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Three Little Pigs | Public Domain
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The classic tale of The Three Little Pigs (TL and RT) and their encounters with the big bad wolf was a fun book to rediscover! It encompasses the UDL Principles 1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information, 4.1: Vary the methods for response and navigation, and 5.2: Use multiple tools for construction and composition. Disclaimer: The book tagged is not the one I read. Litsy did not have mine documented, but mine is illustrated by Erik Blegvad.

gnewman It also encorporates ESOL Strategies 3: Encourage self-talk (positive thinking) and 43: Have students underline or highlight key words or important facts in written assignments. As for a great resource, I found one that students could use as props during their performance for their RT. The link is https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/role-play-2/masks/three-little-pigs-stick-pup... #LAE3414sp19 8mo
ha_kaye I loved your storytelling of this book! I could see students getting a kick out of either listening to you tell the story or participating in a RT! 7mo
DrSpalding You have selected good examples of traditional literature with this story and Cinderella. 7mo
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This picture book (B, Caldecott, Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Picture Books, and Coretta Scott King Honor) by Doreen Rappaport shares the remarkable story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for peace. I believe this would be a great book for a RA. Also, this book encompasses UDL Principles 8.1: Heighten salience of goals and objectives, 6.1: Guide appropriate goal-setting, and 6.3: Facilitate mamaging information and resources.

gnewman In addition, this book supports ESOL Strategies 26: Maintain a library of supplementary books and workshops written in simple English, which offer additional illustrations for problems and 28: Provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries. I also found a variety of high quality resources on Reading is Fundamental. The link to all of them is https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/martins-big-words #LAE3414sp19 8mo
DrSpalding Reading is fundamental is an excellent resource. Nice job aligning your strategies and principles and being thoughtful about your summaries! ❤️📚 8mo
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Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography (B and IR) is a tough book for students to read. Even though it is a Graphic Novel, this book touches upon many difficult topics and can be a hard read. I would recommend it to upper level fifth grade students. This touches upon UDL Principle 5.3: Buid fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance. #LAE3414sp19

gnewman This novel also incorporates ESOL Strategy 11: Place language in meaningful context. The deep, heart-wrenching material that is explained throughout this book has really touched me. And, as I looked for high quality resources, I found that they were non-existent for this book. So, as a result, I found a connecting resource for teaching about the Diary of Anne Frank. The website is https://mchekc.org/library/teachingannefrank 8mo
DrSpalding I agree that this must be used with upper elementary if not middle school students. She was such a courageous child and what she endured was horrific! Helpful resource. You are thoughtfully aligning your English learner and universal design principles. 8mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Night by Elie Wiesel is heart-breaking and eye-opening NF novel about a teenager who survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. His memories are retold in this book, and it is truly remarkable. I think this book would be best used in the classroom as a PR. The intense nature of this book is probably best read in partners so that the students can give each other support if needed. #LAE3414sp19

gnewman Thus, this book encompasses UDL Principles 2.4: Promote understanding across languages, 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies, and 2.3: Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols. As for ESOL Strategies, the students will benefit from 23: Structure advanced organizers consisting of new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed. 8mo
gnewman www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/pdf/night.pdf has many written response questions and graphic organizers for the students to fill out as they read. I think this is a wonderful resource for this novel. 8mo
DrSpalding This is definitely not an elementary school read. However, Dr. Kelley just cited this as one of her very favorite books of all time. Excellent choice and excellent job aligning your English learner strategies and universal design principles. 8mo
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The Crossover | Kwame Alexander
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (P, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King) was such an amazing novel to read. I think this would work best as a LC because students can really dive in and immerse themselves into the little details that this book holds. The style is unique, and I think students could benefit from talking in literature circles so that they are better able to comprehend the novel.

gnewman In addition, this book encompasses UDL Principles 7.2: Optimize individual choice and autonomy, 8.3: Foster collaboration and community, 6.1: Guide appropriate goal-setting, and 6.4: Enhance capacity for monitoring progress. This is also great for ESOL Strategies 1: Teach questioning for clarification and 2: Promote cooperation (small groups). 8mo
gnewman A teacher resource that corresponds to the book and related standards is https://www.teachervision.com/novels/crossover-educators-guide #LAE3414sp19 8mo
DrSpalding I agree that this book would make for an excellent literature circle. Knowing that you have read this as your independent LC choice, you will be able to discuss this next week. 8mo
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Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (F, Caldecott, * New York Times Best Seller, and RA) is a cute picture book about a couple of cows who keep leaving Farmer Brown notes. Read the book to find out what will happen next! This book is great to show UDL Principles 7.1: Optimize individual choice and autonomy, 2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols, and 1.3: Offer alternatives for visual information.

gnewman In an interactive read aloud, I will make sure that the EL students have enough wait time to respond to the questions that will be asked. This will allow them to be a part of the whole group and have a fun time as they dive into the story. In addition, I found a great instructional plan for grades k-2 to go along with the read aloud. It teaches about word families. 9mo
DrSpalding I love this book. Make sure your hyper link works and that you identify the universal design principles by number and strategies by number as well. (edited) 9mo
gnewman The link is www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/learning-about-word-families-847.html?tab=4#tabs
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gnewman Specifically for the ESOL students, I have listed Strategy 22 above. 8mo
MGrace15 These books are so cute and definitely work as an interactive read aloud! 7mo
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Extra Yarn | Mac Barnett
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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, is a warming story about a little girl who found a box with a never ending supply of yarn (F, Caldecott Honor, *New York Times Best Seller, and RA). The twist? It was only available to her! I can see this picture book using the UDL principle 5.1: Use multiple tools for construction and composition. As for an EL strategy, I feel a though this is a great book to encourage positive self-talk.

gnewman This shows positive self-talk because the little girl has so much of an impact on her entire town. Teaching EL learners that they too can have an impact on their community is a great lesson to come out of this story. As a resource, students can put their new-found knowledge to the test in a memory matching game. This multi-modal approach can help all students express what they had just heard as the teacher read the story aloud to them. 9mo
DrSpalding I love the idea of a memory matching game. Awesome choice. 7mo
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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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El Deafo by Cece Bell (NF, LC, *New York Times Best Seller and Newbery Honor) was one of the most heart warming and enjoyable books that I have read in a long time. The graphic novel format made it feel fun, while the actual meaning behind the story was empowering, making it a great book to be read all cuddled up in a blanket. How Cece used her ailment to her benefit in a comical way, instead of letting it bring her down, was so nice to see.

gnewman This Newbery Honor would be great to talk about in a literature circle. Having another person's perspective on the story is always nice to hear, especially if they have an eye for the details in the graphics. Sometimes, the graphics tell a small story themselves. Thus, the literature circle style leads me to the UDL Principles that this book uncovers. They are Self Regulation, Sustaining Effort & Persistance, and Comprehension. 9mo
gnewman This also goes along with the EL strategy of teaching think, pair, and share techniques in cooperative groups. Often, giving the EL a safe outlet to express themselves will aid them in their English development and comprehension. In addition, I can envision students getting a much better understanding of this book from their literature circles. As a group, they can complete a crossword puzzle to solidify their comprehension of the book. 9mo
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gnewman To be more specific with the UDL Principles, within Self Regulation, students will be learn 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies and 9.3: Develop self-assessment and reflection. Within the Sustaining Effort & Persistance category, students will be exposed to 8.1: Heighten salience of goals and objectives, 8.3: Foster collaboration and community, and 8.4: Increase mastery-oriented feedback. 8mo
gnewman Finally, within Comprehension, students will be able to 3.1: Activate background knowledge, 3.2: Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships, 3.3: Guide information processing and visualization, and 3.4: Maximize transfer and generalization. 8mo
DrSpalding Remember that this is a memoir which means it is what genre? You have noted non-fiction on your table of contents… Close but not quite. 7mo
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The Word Collector | Peter H. Reynolds
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Have you ever had an obsession with collecting your favorite items? I know I have! In The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds (RF, RA, and *), Jerome has an obsession with collecting words. This cute picture book is great for a read aloud, especially for kindergarten students. During the read aloud, students are exposed to many new words, and they get to see how sharing can benefit others.

gnewman This book beautifully illustrations many different words that exist, and it shows the students that words can be used in a number of different ways in order to enhance their contexts and to make them more meaningful. In order to demonstrate this idea, I have found a great activity for the class to participate in after a read aloud has been done. It comes from the publisher's website, and it demonstrates the impact a single word can make. 7mo
gnewman This leads me to UDL Principles 2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols, 2.2: Clarify syntax and structure, and 1.2: Offer alternatives for auditory information. As for an ESOL Strategy, it encompasses 11: Place language in meaningful context. #LAE3414sp19 7mo
gnewman The activity that I want to highlight is called I Spy Words, and the link is https://www.wordcollector.org/schoolresources 7mo
DrSpalding Engaging post. Love the image with your picture word cards. 7mo
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Dingoes at Dinnertime | Mary Pope Osborne
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I did not want to put Dingoes at Dinnertime written by Mary Pope Osbourne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca down (F, IR). I read this book in elementary school, and it was thrilling to reread it as if it was my first time. Being able to visualize Jack and Annie on their quest in Australia transported me into the book. I'm glad that they were able to complete their mission in time!

gnewman This book is great for independent reading. The format is appealing to students, and it is engaging. This can lead students to the following UDL Principles; 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge, 7.2: Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity, 7.3: Minimize threats and distractions, and 2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols. Also, an ESOL strategy that this independent reading can encompass is to continually monitor their comprehension. 8mo
gnewman By giving them assignments to complete throughout their reading, you can see if they are in fact comprehending the text. The following link is an example of one of the assignments that the students can complete throughout their reading. It would be great with a science lesson too!
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gnewman The ESOL strategy stated above is number 6 on the list. 8mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
DrSpalding Your students will feel the same way about this series! Be sure to have many available in your elementary classroom. Random house is an excellent resource. 7mo
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