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Nonfiction Spanish Books for ELL Students

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Jun 15, 2017 3:12:00 PM

ELL students in the reading classroom face two important objectives: they must learn how to read in accordance with the Common Core, and they must also learn how to read in a nonnative language.

In efforts to improve English fluency, some ELL classrooms focus their efforts on grammar and language skills. While no one denies that it’s difficult to read English without knowing English, repetitive language exercises prevent young ELL students from gaining knowledge through reading. As they miss out on the real world- and subject-specific knowledge gained through books, the achievement gap between ELL students and native English students widens.

Hameray’s Spanish titles allow ELL students to simultaneously gain content knowledge and improve their English. Mundo Real, Fábulas mundo real, Zoozoo En la selva, and Zoozoo Mundo Animal all feature Spanish nonfiction texts that deepen readers’ knowledge of the world around them.

For example, when Spanish ELL students read about gorillas and doplhins n a familiar language, they can learn important information. Then, by reading the English counterparts from Zoozoo Animal World, their comprehension and understanding of the English language deepens.

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For very young ELL students, Zoozoo En la selva offers simple yet humorous texts. For older ELL students, Mundo Real and Fábulas Mundo Real contain longer, more grade-appropriate information about social studies and science.

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One of the fundamental, often forgotten truths is that ELL students are just as bright, inquisitive, and impressive as any other student. Their unfamiliarity with the English language shouldn’t prevent them from extending their real-world knowledge!

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Click the images below to download information about Hameray's many Spanish series. 

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Topics: Zoozoo Mundo Animal, Spanish, ELL, Nonfiction, Fabulas y el mundo real

Writing Prompts for Kids!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Jun 8, 2017 2:12:00 PM

Writing activities are essential for both the teacher and the student. With creative writing prompts, the student practices language and writing skills while the teacher gets a glimpse into the thoughts of every student, even the shy and quiet ones!

To make sure that writing remains fresh and exciting for children, it’s important to present different writing prompts throughout the year. Kid Writing in the 21st Century, Hameray’s newest professional book, provides a plethora of creative and unique writing prompts for any classroom: 

Kid_Writing_Book_500.jpg1. New Adventure Books. If students don’t know what to write about, encourage them to create new stories about their favorite fictional characters like Mrs. Wishy-Washy or Mickey Mouse!

2. Author Studies. Have students research the author of their favorite book by reading the back flap or looking at the author’s online website. Then, have students compile the information they learned into writing!

3. The Ouch Pouch. If students experience an injury or illness, have them write about their experiences on a paper shaped like a Band-Aid. Place the writing into a bag labeled the Ouch Pouch and allow the student to share their writing with the class.

4. Personal News Stories. Allow each student to make their own newspaper centered on their life: what is good news, bad news, and entertainment news that they think is newsworthy? By creating a multi-article newspaper, children will be writing informational stories about various aspects of their personal life. Journalism also encourages students to think about their audience while writing.

5. Yuck Menu. After reading Mud Soup from the Kaleidoscope Collection, ask each student writes and draws something yucky to add to the soup. Compile their work into one big class book called Yuck Soup!

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

This blog post only features 5 of the countless writing prompts included in Kid Writing in the 21st Century. For more classroom writing ideas, make sure to check out the book!

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Click the left image below to download information about Kid Writing in the 21st Century, a professional book written by Eileen Feldgus, Isabell Cardonick, and Richard Gentry. 

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Topics: Creative Activities, Writing Activity, Kid Writing

Hameray's Middle School Level Books

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Jun 1, 2017 2:12:00 PM

Reluctant readers exist at every grade level, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. While they are plenty of lower-leveled guided reading books in the educational market, it can be difficult to find higher-leveled books. This problem is especially difficult for middle school English teachers, where the school literacy program may not be as robust as their elementary school counterparts.

Hameray offers leveled books from Guided Reading Level A through Y. The two highest-level book series are the Download Series and the Extraordinary Files—together, they make a great combination of nonfiction and fiction books for your classroom! Best of all, every book in the series is clearly leveled, so you never need to guess about the textual complexity of a book.

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Extraordinary Files is a fast-paced fiction series, where two FBI agents tackle various supernatural mysteries. The titles in the series range from Guided Reading Level T–Y, allowing students to continue enjoying the series as their reading skills develop. 

The relationships between characters are complex and contain romantic elements that will appeal to a middle school audience. With 48 pages in each book, the Extraordinary Files series offers a substantive and accessible option for teen students.

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

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The Download Series titles range from levels Q to T. Each title focuses on a high-interest topic, such as Motorcycles (level T) and Basketball (level S). In addition to informational facts, the books also contain fictional stories featuring older characters—the protagonist in Cool Brands (level T) uses aftershave, something that older students can relate to.

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

Other Hameray series like Underwater Encounters and Hameray Biography Series contain titles up to Guided Reading Level S. Look no further for middle school leveld books!

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Click the left image below to download information about Extraordinary Files. Click the right image below to download information about Download

Extraordinary Files Sales sheet  Download Series Highlights

 

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Topics: Leveled Readers, Download, Extraordinary Files, Hi-Lo, Middle School

Compound Word Activities

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 25, 2017 2:12:00 PM

A helpful decoding skill for new vocabulary is to determine whether or not the word is a compound word. If students recognize that some words are made up of two words strung together, it can help them easily pronounce and understand these (often long) and unfamiliar words!

The Common Core State Standards for Grade 2 requires students to “use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g. birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark)” (L.2.4d). Although this standard is for 2nd Grade, recognizing compound words can be very useful for younger grade levels as well.

WHAT IS A COMPOUND WORD?

A compound word is made up of two or more words that, combined, create a new word. For example, the word “baseball” is made up of two discrete words, “base” and “ball.” There are technically three types of compounds: a closed compound, like “baseball,” has no spaces or hyphens between the words. A hyphenated compound, like “merry-go-round,” contains hyphens to create one word. Open compound words, like “ice cream,” contain a space between two words but are considered as one word with one meaning. For the purposes of teaching compounds words at the lower-elementary school and for decoding skills, it’s best to focus on teaching closed compound words.

COMPOUND WORD ACTIVITIES

The best way for students to understand the concept of a compound word is to expose them to many examples. Write individual words, such as “book” and “day,” on different index cards. Place them in two columns on the white board and ask students to make compound words out of the individual words. For example:

  • Can you add note and book together to make “notebook”?
  • Can you add note and day together to make “noteday”? (no)
  • What about “eye” and “glass”? What about “eye” and “day”?

After this activity, read Miniboy’s Travels from the Joy Cowley Collection. Have students identify all the compound words in the book:

  • Is Miniboy’s name a compound word? Which two words make up his name?
  • Why do you think “Miniboy” is named the way he is?
  • Is “strawberry” a compound word? Why do you think “berry” is combined with “straw”? [The Oxford Dictionary speculates that "straw" either refers to the stalk of the strawberry or the yellow straw-like spots on the berry.]
  • Is "bushes" a compound word? Although "bushes" can be divided into "bush" and "es," which makes the word plural, emphasize that it is not a compound word because "es" is not an individual word on its own. 

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Knowledge of compound words wil help students decode new words, leading to improved pronunciation and reading comprehension!

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Click the left image below to download information about Joy Cowley Collection, which features various titles about Miniboy

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Common Core, Compound Words, Reading

This Sunday: #rrchat with Hameray Authors!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 19, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Do you know about #rrchat? The Reading Recovery National Council of America, which provides effective intervention for struggling readers in first grade, has developed an ongoing Twitter Chat series. Focusing on topics such as "Teaching Reading and Writing Vocabulary" and "Leveraging Deeper Professional Development," these forums allow you to discuss important literary issues with fellow educators... without having to leave your couch!

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This Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm EST, Adria Klein and Allison Briceno will be joining Reading Recovery's Twitter Chat as special guests and leaders of the discussion "Language and Literacy: Partners in Learning." Dr. Briceno is a co-author of Hameray's Oral Language Development Series, while Dr. Klein has participated in the Hameray Biography series and our Family Literacy Workshops book. Both authors have dozens of experience on literacy and language development, and we're so excited for them to be sharing their knowledge with you!
 
To participate in the discussion, all you need to do is follow @rrcna_org on your Twitter account, where Reading Recovery will post questions related to the topic. Make sure to use the hashtag #rrchat to contribute to the discussion.
 
Mark your calendar for this Sunday, May 21—don't miss this opportunity to speak with our Hameray authors!
 
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To download information about the Oral Language Development Series, which Dr. Briceno co-authored, click the image below.

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Topics: Adria Klein, Reluctant Readers, Reading Recovery, Allison Briceno

Identifying Character Perspectives with Joy Cowley Books

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 11, 2017 3:44:00 PM

An essential literacy skill for reading fiction is the comprehension of character perspectives. In order for students to fully understand what is happening in the story, they must recognize that different characters are collectively contributing to the plot. Two Common Core Reading Standards relate to character perspectives: “Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text” (RL.1.6) and “Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories” (RL.1.10). 

Joy Cowley’s books offer two ways for you to teach character perspectives to your students: 1) through dialogue and 2) unconventional points of view.

1) DIALOGUE

Many of Joy Cowley’s books contain dialogue between different characters. Wishy-Washy Mirror, part of the Joy Cowley Early Birds series, features the characters Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the cow, the pig, and the duck. On page 3, 4, and 5, ask students to identify who is talking and how they can tell. Emphasize quotation marks and words like “said” as markers for character’s speech, which gives the reader insight into the character’s perspective.

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Ask the students: why did the cow, the pig, and the duck see different things in the mirror? This comprehension question requires students to recognize that each character has its own perception—because mirrors reflect the things in front of it, each animal sees itself!

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

 

2) POINT OF VIEW

The Joy Cowley Collection includes three books called A Book for Pet Cats, A Book for Pet Dogs, and A Book for Pet Parrots. Each of these books contains advice for the reader to be an ideal pet—the narrator begins with “If you are a parrot and you want to be a pet, this is a book for you” (2).

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The second person “you” point of view implies that the reader is a parrot. This narrative frame requires the child to adopt the perspective of a parrot who wants to become a pet, not a pet owner (which would be a more familiar perspective). With this experience, the reader takes on the shoes of someone else and learns to dive deeply into a fictional character’s perspective.

 >> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

This blog post only mentions 4 books, but all of Joy Cowley’s books are stellar titles for teaching students about character perspectives!

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To download information about Joy Cowley Early Birds, click the left image below. To download highlights about The Joy Cowley Collection, click the right image below.

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Joy Cowley, Joy Cowley Early Birds, Literature, Point of View

FREE Zoozoo Into the Wild Teacher's Guide!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 9, 2017 3:56:00 PM

Long-time fans of Zoozoo Into the Wild will be elated to learn about a FREE Teacher’s Guide for the series! The comprehensive guide offers various classroom activities for the nonfiction, fiction, wordless books, and poetry cards that are included in the Zoozoo Into the Wild series. 

The series features eight different animals: Elephant, Frog, Giraffe, Hippo, Lion, Orangutan, Tiger, and Zebra. Each animal has a narrative, informational, and wordless book in which they are featured. By using these titles together, students can learn how to distinguish nonfiction from fictional texts, making them critical and active readers.

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The poetry cards include illustrations and a famous poem about animals. For example, the hippo poetry card features “One Hippo, Two Hippo” by Daniel Williams. The Teacher’s Guide suggest the following ways to introduce poetry into your literacy classroom:

“Listen to the Poem:

  • Read the poem to the children without showing the illustrations.
  • Ask them to listen carefully and try to picture what the hippos are doing in the poem.
  • Read the poem twice. Then ask the children to retell the poem in their own words.
  • Display the poetry card to the group and read the poem again” (12)

Reading the poem aloud allows the children to really focus on the semantic meanings of the words and boosts their visualization skills. After listening, the children can “Hear the Poem”:

  • “Read the first two lines of the hippo pome. Ask the children to identify any words that rhyme.
  • Reread the first two lines, leaving out one of the rhyming words. Ask the children to fill in the blanks.
  • Repeat this with the last two lines of the poem.
  • Read the whole poem to the group, leaving out some of the rhyming words. Ask the children to fill in the blanks” (12)

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For more tips on how to teach poetry and use Zoozoo Into the Wild with your students, look through the Flipbook and download the Zoozoo Into the Wild Teacher’s Guide for FREE!

 

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View the FREE Teacher's Guide at this link. To download information about Zoozoo Into the Wild, click the image below.

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Topics: Zoozoo Into the Wild, Poetry, Teacher's Guides

Hi-Lo Books for Movie Fanatics

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 4, 2017 4:17:00 PM

Books have a lot of competition in the modern day—children are increasingly turning to TV, video games, and the internet as their preferred form of entertainment. Many reluctant readers love watching movies, but find books to be stuffy or boring. Different media don’t have to exist in isolation to each other, though. Why not capture your reluctant reader’s interest with books about movies?

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Behind the Scenes: Special Effects, from the Download series, discusses the various cinematic features included in movies. Readers learn about stop-motion animation, stuntmen, CGI, and more! The book showcases many pivotal moments in moviemaking history, such as the first movie with special effects and the first IMAX film. Any movie buff will be thrilled to read about the work that goes into moviemaking. Best of all, the book is filled with photographs from famous movie franchises such as King Kong and Spiderman.

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The Hameray Biography Series highlights the life of Walt Disney, one of the most famous moviemakers of all time. The biography traces Walt Disney’s path to fame with Steamboat Willie and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Today, Walt Disney’s name still makes any child perk up with excitement; even your most reluctant reader will be drawn to this high-interest book!

Specifically written for students reading below their grade, Behind the Scenes: Special Effects and Walt Disney are perfect high-interest, low-level books. Your students will realize that books are just as entertaining as movies … and some books can even make movie-watching more interesting!

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To download information about Download Series, click the left image below. To download a free Teacher's Guide for Walt Disney, click the right image below.

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Topics: Biography Series, Download, Reluctant Readers, Hi-Lo, Movie

Brand-New Letter Buddies Teacher's Guide!

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on May 2, 2017 2:16:00 PM

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Hameray is excited to announce "Letter Learning with the Letter Buddies," our brand-new Letter Buddies Teacher's Guide! This free guide provides ideas to boost your students' alphabetic knowledge with the Letter Buddies

The Teacher's Guide covers every product from the extensive Letter Buddies series:

The skills chart, included in the Teacher's Guide, matches Letter Buddies products to different alphabetic skills. For example, if your teaching goal is to have students identify beginning letters and sounds with accompanying pictures, the skills chart says that you can use the LetterMats, Alphabet Booksand Letter Books. Look no further than the skills chart to decide which product will best suit your students!
 
Libby Larrabee, the author of the Letter Buddies series, offers a multitude of alphabetic activities that you can use in the classroom. The Letter Buddies Alphabet Books are large and lap-sized, lending them well for whole-classroom or small-group settings. Students draw upon their vocabulary knowledge of common settings, such as the store and the classroom. Using these familiar environments, students learn to recognize and identify letter sounds and shapes. 
 
Larrabee offers many ideas for using Alphabet Books in the classroom:
  • "Talk about the features of the lowercase and uppercase versions of each letter.

  • Finger-trace the letters to demonstrate formation using verbal directions from the Child Talk Table (see pages 3–4).

  • Name the letters and give students practice naming the letters.

  • Talk about how certain letters are grouped together to form a word. Explain that there is a word under each picture naming what the object is.

  • Show that the letter at the top of the page is the same as the rst letter in the word below.

  • Demonstrate and practice alphabetical order using the picture glossary.

  • Engage in storytelling and conversation while playing the I-Spy game included" (5)

For more ideas and information about the other Letter Buddies products, read through the free "Letter Learning with the Letter Buddies" at our website!
 
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To download information about each Letter Buddies product, click the images below.

Letter Buddies Letter Books Sales Sheet Letter Buddies Blends Sales Sheet Letter Buddies Best Friends Sales Sheet Letter Buddies Starters Sales Sheet Letter Buddies Alphabet Books Sales Sheet

 
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Topics: Letter Buddies, Letter Learning, Teacher's Guides

Visualizing Relative Words with Low-Leveled Books

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Apr 27, 2017 3:28:00 PM

Why is it so important to directly teach vocabulary to children? Children have an amazing ability to soak up new words every day from their environment without being explicitly taught. Many words in our English vocabulary, however, are relative and abstract in their meaning. With informational texts, you can teach your students about the meaning of relative words!

 

Directional words, such as “up” and “down,” are dependent upon the position of the speaker and the listener. The meanings of directional words are difficult to grasp without concrete visual aids. Going Up and Down, a new level B reader from the Kaleidoscope Collection, offers images of common activities such as sliding down a playground slide and climbing up a rock-climbing wall. The familiar images help the reader become situated and understand the spatial meanings of “up” and “down.” 

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If you want to add a science twist to teaching the vocabulary, read Up and Down from the My World Series. Leveled at Guided Reading level E, the book features plants that grow up from the ground (like a sunflower) and plants that grow down underground (like a carrot).

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Big and Little (Level D) from the Kaleidoscope Collection also uses adjectives with relative meanings. The meaning of the words “big” and “little” only make sense if the reader knows what the object is being compared to. The boy’s shirt is big compared to Baby’s shirt. Baby’s pants are little compared to her brother’s pants. Ask your students: Would the boy’s shirt be big compared to his dad’s? Would Baby’s pants be little compared to a doll’s pants?

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Using photographs for reference will help your students distinguish between these relative words that are understood through context. Their vocabulary skills will go up, up, and up!

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Click the left image below to download information about Kaleidoscope Collection. Click the right image below to download information about My World.

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Topics: Informational Text, Early Childhood, Kaleidoscope Collection, My World, Pictures

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