Book Review for Teachers

Book Review for Teachers: Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”

This was an incredible book! The humour that the author uses was engaging and the subject matter was enthralling. This book follows a year in the life of a young teen that leaves his school on the rez and goes to a school in a neighbouring community. It talks about some of what he experiences. This includes making friends in a new school, racism, and the death of multiple loved ones.


5 Simple Ways to Help Build Vocabulary During a Novel Study: Grade 4-6

Teaching vocabulary to our students can sometimes be a challenge. Each student has their own vocabulary and helping each student learn new words can be tricky because of this, particularly when teaching a class-wide novel study. Here are 5 simple ways to help all students grow their vocabulary as you progress through a class-wide novel study. 

Book Review for Teachers

Book Review for Teachers: Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon”

This is such a good book. In a small village, once a year, the youngest infant of the village is left in the woods by the town Elders. The village believes the child is left for a witch and this sacrifice enables their village to survive in the harsh swamp that surrounds them. The Elders don’t believe there is a witch and instead leave the children there knowing they will perish. Little do the Elders know, however, that there is actually a witch who is puzzled that this village leaves this child in the woods. Each year she gathers the child and finds a family for them at a nearby city away from the swamplands.