Friday, January 24, 2014

Read, Give, and Share with We Give Books!


I just found an amazing free resource and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!
When you go to, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are many familiar titles. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.
On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. During the fall, We Give Books focused on early childhood literacy across the United States and supported great causes like Jumpstart for young children. This winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.
We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

ReadyGEN Workshop - Session 3

I recently attended a Pearson ReadyGEN workshop.  The presenter was awesome and I finally found out how to access the End-of-Unit assessments through the Teachability website,  I have created a first grade concept board very similar to the concept boards in the pictures.  Take a look at my sample Concept Board at the bottom of this post.  You can download the headers for free, just click on the TpT link for my store.

FREE Concept Board Headers




Welcome to The Chalk. My name is Janine Massey Eckles. I am a wife and mother of two sons with over 18 years of teaching experience in New York City. I am dedicated to creating and sharing engaging educational resources.