A children’s choice award is most effective when librarians and teachers of all subjects work together to help children become familiar with the books, to make informed choices in their voting, and to address numerous Maine Learning Results. This class is for teachers and librarians interested in learning how to incorporate the books nominated for Maine’s Chickadee Award into their classroom or library programs. All of the books on each year’s list provide opportunities for children to investigate authors, illustrators, stories, art, genres, formats, and curricular connections. In this class, participants will explore ways to use the annual Chickadee List to promote a common language and sense of community within a school. Although only K-4 students are allowed to vote for their favorite books, these ten books can be used to extend and support research and to model reading strategies at any grade level. The books on the list are so much more than good readalouds, and participants in this course will create ways to incorporate the books and the Chickadee Project across the curriculum and even throughout an entire school.
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