Make Cycles

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We will read, discuss, and make things based on the children’s books we’re reading. You can find the “weekly work” for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Currents Community

We will share most of our work in a Currents Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here. (Instructions for joining on the Assignments page.)

Supplemental Links

Supplemental Links

Ways to find book suggestions for kids (and grown-ups):

Watch. Connect. Read. Mr. Schu, a teacher-librarian for k-5, creates book trailers.

American Library Association (ALA) award winners:

Find diverse books for all grades


Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer) blog

Nerdy Book Club (My favorite place to find book recommendations)

Common Sense Media

Fairy Tale Sites and Resources:

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Surlalune (beautiful site with images, version of tales, links)

Interview with Guillermo Del Toro on Fresh Air (discusses Pan’s Labyrinth and the role of fairytales)

Aesop’s Fables

Great student created Fairy Tale resource

Poetry Resources:

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation Children’s poetry resources

Comic Resources:

Reading With Pictures

Make Beliefs Comix

Comics in the Classroom

Remixing the Sunday Comics by Kevin Hodgson

Teaching Reading:

National Writing Project’s resources for teaching reading

The Book Whisperer

The Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop 

Readicide book

Great resource from The Current about kids’ book talks