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As you are teaching your students about research skills, digital citizenship, and content areas, we encourage you to leverage this collection of articles created by an experienced library/media specialist in your instruction. Many of the articles will help you to learn the information and be able to teach it yourself. Plus, discover ways to integrate these skills (research, information literacy, digital citizenship, and more) into what you are doing as you are teaching new skills and information.

New features appear about once per month and include background information, resource suggestions, activities, extension ideas, and correlations to standards. Check back often as we continue to build this collection, ideal for educators and elementary-aged students.

Read and review our newest additions:

Change is Coming - Looking at the Progressive Era in Books

Picking Up The Pieces - Exploring Reconstruction through Literature

How the West Was Won - Using Literature to Enhance the Study of Westward Expansion

Extra, Extra, Read All About It - Looking at Current Events with an Analytical Eye

Generation to Generation - Preserving Our Past with Oral History

A Whole New World - Using books to help teach students about Colonial America

Brother Against Brother - Books to Help Teach Civil War

What a Character! - Using Fictional Characters to Help Students Fall in Love with Reading

The British are Coming! - Using Literature to Bring the American Revolution to Life

Hey! That's Mine! - Putting Ideas into Your Own Words and Avoiding Plagiarism

A Giant Step for Small Feet - Short, Focused Research Projects for the Primary Grades

Adult Summer Reading: Honing Your Craft During the Dog Days of Summer

"DEWEY" KNOW HOW TO FIND INFORMATION - Finding Nonfiction Resources in a Traditional Library Format

Embracing Research - Identifying Reference Resources

Flipping the Script: Providing Quality Literacy Instruction that Moves Between Online and In-Person Instruction

What Do Snowmen Do In Summer? Keeping Students Engaged in Literacy During Summer Vacation

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Nonfiction Text Features to Find Information Efficiently

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? A Project-Based Approach to Learning

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT - Examining Nutrition through Literature


Highlighting Our History: Colonial Times Read-alouds PLUS for the Common Core

Roots of STEM: Books and ideas for real world problem solving in your classroom

Read, Tell, and Sell: CCSS through student book promotions

Powerful Pairings: Read-Alouds for Working with the Common Core

Common Core Connections: The Power of Poetry

Food, Glorious Food! Serving Up Common Core Connections

In a Manner of Speaking: Figurative Language and the Common Core

Questions and Thinking in Common Core - Part 1

Questions and Thinking in Common Core - Part 2

Teachers' Common Core Planning Toolkit

I Want to Know!
Helping students explore a wonder-filled summer

Going Deep with Award Winning Books: Close reading and text-dependent questions

For the Sake of Argument: Another Common Core Shift

The Common Core Shift: Short, Focused Research Projects in Elementary Grades

Civil War Readalouds

Common Core Part 2: Moving Forward with Informational Text

Hook the Boys on Reading!

Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction

Sleuthing and Snooping: Real and Imagined Mysteries

The Scoop on Current Events

Back to School Read-alouds

Meet the Author: It's easier than ever

Poetry Read-alouds

Mining the Riches of History:
Creating Oral Histories

Biography read-alouds

Looking for more book lists and reading suggestions?  See TeachersFirst’s CurriConnects curriculum-related booklists, TogetheRead family literacy themes, and more in our Reading for All pages.