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Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco-- Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders. *

Trouble Talk - Friendship and fitting in can be a difficult transition for young girls when they start school and this book is a great resource for kids aged 7 and up to learn about how words can hurt and how to deal with difficult situations.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon -- Newbery Honor Book. Best kids book I've read in awhile. Amazing the lessons you learn from your kids.

FREE!! The End of the DayJar is a great way to end the school day and wonderful for classroom management!

Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared.

Read about some awesome 4th/5th grade books. My kids LOVE these!

Need an idea to end the day? The End of the Day Jar has 24 questions to ask students to get them talking about their school day. This helps build community in the classroom. You can call on students to answer the questions or have them talk with a buddy.

End of the Day Jar- Questions Cards....cool idea for self reflection! :)

Kids on Strike! -- children's labor history Looks like a great book. Never thought about kids going on strike before. Thanks to A Mighty Girl