I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite readings of the month, whether tweets, blogs, or full on novels.
Lots and lots of friends on Facebook and Twitter sent in their favorite books to use with gifted kids. Enjoy!
A reader was looking for examples of high-quality books for gifted/talented 4th and 5th graders, but she was constrained to a lexile range of 900-1000. Here are the recs I received…
Many readers sent in recommendations for sci-fi and fantasy stories for gifted readers. I’ve gathered these together here as a growing collection.
With Halloween approaching, it’s a great time to expose students to some spooky classics. Lucky for us, many of these stories are in the public domain and freely available in many formats.
I received a copy of the second book in the School For Gifted Potentials series: Revelations. This is a great book for kids, blending an interesting sci-fi world with an educational journey through the social emotional needs of gifted students.
There’s a type of gifted kid who is simply filled to the brim with “did you know” trivia. If you know a student like this, then have I got a book recommendation for you! “The Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things” explains how objects, customs, and sayings got their start.
My friends Kathryn Haydon and Gina Danley recently authored a book along with Joan Smutny and Olivia Bolaños, titled Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students. As someone who taught in Southern California, I’m glad to see them addressing this need.
The public domain is a rich collection of creative works whose copyrights have expired. More than ever we have incredible access to this art and literature. Public domain images and writings add depth to lessons and expose students to classic works.
A few years ago, my young niece picked up interesting coloring book while we vacationed in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This is no “stay within the lines” book, however. Titled Scribbles, this book is filled with nearly 400 creative, divergent, and open-ended thinking tasks.