Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece

Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece

In this inspiring true story, beloved artist Patricia Polacco conquers her fear of public speaking, allowing her to discover her remarkable voice. A wonderful companion to Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Art of Miss Chew, it celebrates the lifelong impact of a great teacher. Speaking in front of an audience terrifies Trisha. Ending up in Mr. Wayne’s drama class is the last thing she wants! But Mr. Wayne gives her a backstage role painting scenery for the winter play. As she paints, she listens to the cast rehearse, memorizing their lines without even realizing it. Then, days before opening night, the lead actress suddenly moves away, and Trisha is the only other person who knows her part. Will the play have to be canceled? It won’t be an easy road—when Trisha tries to recite the lines in front of the cast, nothing comes out! But Mr. Wayne won’t let her give up, and with his coaching, Trisha is able to become one of his true masterpieces.

An A From Miss Keller

An A From Miss Keller

How did Patricia Polacco become a writer? A perfect companion to the classic Thank You, Mr. Falker, The Art of Miss Chew, and Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece, this book celebrates a teacher who inspired a young Patricia Polacco to become the writer and storyteller she is today. Trisha is nervous about being chosen for Miss Keller’s writing class. “Killer Keller” demands that her students dazzle her with their writing, and rumor has it that she has never given an A. The rumors turn out to be all too true—there’s just no pleasing Miss Keller. Then an unexpected loss leaves Trisha heartbroken. Thoughts of teachers and grades forgotten, she pours out her soul in a personal narrative. And when Miss Keller reads it, she tells Trisha, “You’ve given your words wings.”

Powerful Understanding

Helping students explore, question, and transform their thinking about themselves and the world around them

Powerful Understanding

Powerful Understanding explores effective ways to build social-emotional skills and help students make connections, question what they read, and reflect on their learning as they develop into stronger readers and learners. Lessons based in both strategic and critical thinking revolve around core anchor books that help integrate inquiry into everything you teach — from social responsibility, to immigration, to life cycles. This highly readable book includes a wealth of classroom examples and extensive hands-on activities designed to help students to think more deeply, learn more widely, and develop a more powerful understanding of what it means to be a responsible and compassionate person.

Summer Bridge Explorations, Grades 2 - 3

Summer Bridge Explorations, Grades 2 - 3

Summer Bridge Explorations prepares your second-grade graduate for third grade through progressive lessons and project-based learning. This dynamic workbook strengthens cross-curricular skills with a focus on arithmetic, grammar, and comprehension. Summer Bridge Explorations keeps the learning going. --With this dynamic series, students entering grades 1 to 4 prepare for the new year through project-based learning. Grade-level workbooks are divided into three progressive sections, one for each month of summer, and each of these sections is built around a theme-based activity that connects real-world learning with summer fun. Your child will apply new skills in fun ways, all while enjoying everything summer has to offer. Lessons and activities span the curriculum, supporting growth in math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and the arts.

Summer Bridge Activities¨, Grades 2 - 3

Summer Bridge Activities¨, Grades 2 - 3

Give your soon-to-be third grader a head start on their upcoming school year with Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades 2-3. With daily, 15-minute exercises kids can review skip-counting and using adjectives and learn new skills like rounding numbers and writing compound sentences. This workbook series prevents summer learning loss and paves the way to a successful new school year. --And this is no average workbookÑSummer Bridge Activities keeps the fun and the sun in summer break! Designed to prevent a summer learning gap and keep kids mentally and physically active, the hands-on exercises can be done anywhere. These standards-based activities help kids set goals, develop character, practice fitness, and explore the outdoors. With 12 weeks of creative learning, Summer Bridge Activities keeps skills sharp all summer long!

The Athenaeum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama

The Athenaeum