Book Bridges
Workshop Descriptor
for Grades 1-3
Presenter: Suzy Red
Title: Book Bridges
Descriptor and focus: 
     Great books provide a sound academic and social foundation for young, inquisitive minds.   Tapping into children's laughter and wonder, this literature builds enthusiasm for building academic skills, character development, and social strength.
    Characters, settings, and situations in the twenty Mockingbird Books and the twenty 2X2 Books will provide a myriad of opportunity for laughter, projects, reading, writing, science, math, and music while exposing children to other cultures and developing a deep appreciation of the American traditions.   These forty books that cross every genre will become the catalysts for interactive problem solving skills, laughter, character development, and interdisciplinary foundational academic skills.
     Let them lead your students into an active, integrated curriculum that is rich in character, reading and math skills, science, social studies, research, problem solving, internet projects, and FUN...with the creative TAKS-prep practice. Our book units contain exciting activities such as crossword puzzles with word banks, art projects, recipes, songs, readers' theater scripts, TAKS-formatted comprehension, math challenges, and writing guides.
      Participants will receive a professional guide filled with unique, active ideas--excellent for literary circles as well as for individual and whole class interaction.  Join us for a breath of fresh curriculum that includes laughter, songs, character building, and problem solving through literature. 
 

Participants will ~
     ...receive 6 hours of gifted and talented credit
     ...be familiar with the content and possibilities of the 2003-2004 Mockingbird Books and the 2004 2X2 books.
     ...participate in extension activities for the books.
     ...explore ways to integrate the curriculum around literature and library resources that enable students to grow excited and skillful in research and project building.
     ...understand the importance of their role in weaving respect and character into every aspect of a child's life.

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