Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems

Marvelous Math by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a playful look at the sometimes surprising ways math is part of our daily’s life. The poems cover a vast range of topics from multiplication, division, and fractions to time, counting and measurement, but all relate math to our everyday world. The book is illustrated in full color…

Idaho’s students are ready for higher academic expectations

by Tom Luna As students across Idaho are heading back to school, the results from last year are in — and it’s great news. Our schools continue to exceed expectations. This is the second year of the Five-Star Rating System, a system of increased accountability that uses multiple measures to evaluate the hard work of…

Strategies for the ACT English Test

 It’s that time of year again. College applications are flowing out of high school students and parents are getting nervous. testing is a huge part of the formula, so here are some suggestions and resources  to help keep nerves calm: Barron’s ACT English, Reading, and Writing Workbook by Linda Carnevale gives college-bound students extensive practice…

Mastering Basic Grammar and Usage for the ACT

As you’ve probably already gathered, the English Test will never explicitly ask you to name a grammatical error, reads SparkNotes.  “But in order to identify and fix errors, you should know what they are. While you’ll often be able to rely on your ear to detect errors, many of the questions will ask you to…

Books by Michael Strickland That Celebrate the African American Experience

Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience Family relationships are explored and affirmed in this joyful anthology of poems celebrating the diversity of African American families. Michael Strickland, has collaborated with his mother, noted educator Dorothy Strickland, to bring us this warm collection. Rich and powerful poems by Eloise Greenfield, Lucille Clifton, and others are…

350 Fabulous Writing Prompts: Thought-Provoking Springboards For Creative, Expository, and Journal Writing

350 Fabulous Writing Prompts: Thought-Provoking Springboards For Creative, Expository, and Journal Writing Paperback by Jacqueline Sweeney highlights creative, engaging, thought-provoking prompts for every day of the school year! More than 300 ways to motivate even your most reluctant writers. Topics include feelings, ethics, “imagineering,” quotations, humor, problem-solving, school situations, and so much more. For use…