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Scholastic Learn At Home
Read Alouds & Prompts
A condensed list of resources shared by author Kate Messener.
- Author Jason Reynolds shares a read-aloud from his novel, GHOST. In this chapter, the main character talks about world records, so after the read-aloud, check out this page from the Guiness Book of World Records, with some records you can try to break at home!
- Author Kate Messner shares a read-aloud excerpt from TRACKING PYTHONS: THE QUEST TO CATCH AN INVASIVE PREDATOR AND SAVE AN ECOSYSTEM. After the read-aloud, you can learn more about invasive species from National Geographic and the National Wildlife Foundation. Also check out this article from New York State Conservationist Kids!
- Author Carole Lindstrom shares a read-aloud of WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS.
- Author Jo Knowles reads from the first chapter of her novel WHERE THE HEART IS and offers students a fun writing exercise! For more about Jo and her books, or for teachers/book group guides that go along with her books, visit her website.
- Author Nikki Grimes shares poetry selections from WORDS WITH WINGS. Writing challenge: Try writing your own poem today, in the style of one of Nikki’s read-alouds!
- Author Ann Braden shares a read-aloud excerpt from THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS. Note: the octopus is a pretty amazing creature, so after the read-aloud, read up on them at this page from National Geographic Kids!
- Author Kate Messner shares a read-aloud of UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. After the read-aloud, read more about helpful insects here and check out these garden activities from KidsGarden!
- Middle grade and Young adult author, Paula Chase offers a mini-writing exercise to help students build stories around their unique traits.
- Author & illustrator Grace Lin shares the first story from her early reader, “Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!”
- Author & illustrator Jess Keating shares some thoughts on where ideas for stories come from!
- Poet Charles Waters shares poetry from DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD (by Charles Waters and Irene Latham)
- Want to see even more author & illustrator videos? Check out the Authors Everywhere YouTube channel, created by Susan Tan!
- Check out STEM Tuesday from The Mixed of Files of MG Authors blog for weekly book lists, interviews, and activities.
- If you’re stuck at home, it’s a great time to start a writer’s notebook! Author & Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has a whole collection of posts from different writers, called “Sharing Our Notebooks.” Check it out -so many ideas here!
- Author Madelyn Rosenberg shares a collection of writing prompts here.
- Author & poet Laura Shovan shares a collection of poetry mini-lessons on her website!
Brooklyn Public Library Resources
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Coding & Design
Craft & DIY
- Teen BookCloud: fiction and non-fiction eBooks and other online resources for MS and HS.