Givaway for August 2010

Evolution of Calpurnia TateThe August giveaway is a wonderfully written book by Jacqueline Kelly, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. The book is winner of several awards, including the prestigious Newbery  Award given by the American Library Association. The book is suited for 9-12 year old readers.

A little about the book

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Enter to win a copy

Using the form below, enter a reading instruction idea, tip, or activity that you have found helpful in the classroom or at home.  The winner will be selected from submissions the first week following the end of the contest. Here are a few examples:

  • Creative way to use a word wall during the holidays
  • A fun reading game that encourages a reluctant reader
  • Technique for encouraging reading at home
  • Fun ways to do “read alouds” with kids
  • An effective use of literacy centers in classrooms
  • An activity surrounding a particular book

Winning ideas will be posted on  If multiple entries are chosen, each person will receive that month’s giveaway.

Enter your reading idea/tip here:

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