What’s New in Overdrive – May Edition

We have added some great new titles for you in Overdrive this month. We hope that you will check them out.

Rock and Roll Literacy

First, we added Sigmund Brouwer’s Rock and Roll Literacy.

Bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write. Armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills.

If you have attended any of Sigmund’s sessions or plan on having a student in our Author in Residence program next year, this would be a great resource for you! And while you are at it check out the many titles we have available for your students by Sigmund!

Next, check out the Worst Case Scenario books based on a recommendation of one of our parents.

Worst Case Scenario Amazon

We have added Amazon: You Decide how to Survive

A new thrill ride begins in the Amazon rainforest with the latest novel in the Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure series! Join an expedition of students exploring the Amazon jungle and face real dangers and decisions. Your choices will determine your fate. Will you survive your encounters with piranhas, tarantulas, mosquitoes, monkeys, and jaguars? Or will you be forced to return home early? Only you can decide how to survive. There are twenty-two possible endings to this adventure, but only ONE leads to ultimate success! Featuring dynamic comic book style illustrations, and based on real, true-life facts about the Amazon, this story will be a surefire hit with anyone craving a fun, highly visual reading experience.

We have also added  Deadly Seas, Everest and Mars.

Producing Fish

We have added some resource based books for Grade 5 including Life in a Mining Community and The Technology of Farming: Producing Fish.

These two titles would be great reference books for your older students learning about world hunger and population growth:

Avoiding Hunger

Avoiding World Hunger and Finding Water by Andrew Langley

This book shows how the production and distribution of food and clean water is uneven across the globe, leading to hunger and poverty for many. How can more food reach people who need it?

Population Growth

Coping with Population Growth by Nicola Barber

This book looks at patterns of population growth – and decline – in a wide range of countries, comparing the situation in many less-economically developed countries with the gradually aging population in more economically developed ones. How many people can Earth support?

World in a drop of water

For the Grade 6 Diversity of Life Outcomes – the book A World in a Drop of Water by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein is a great addition to our Overdrive library.

This inexpensive volume showcases an array of curious creatures: a blob-like amoeba; a slipper-shaped paramecium and its mortal enemy, the suctorian; and many others. The authors recount the feeding, reproductive, and defensive strategies employed by these animals in easy-to-understand language that opens the door to a wonderful world of discovery. 37 illustrations.

Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

Finally, if you have a student with Dyslexia the new addition in Overdrive of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss would be a great read for you.

Finally, a groundbreaking book that reveals what your dyslexic child is experiencing–and what you can do so that he or she will thrive

More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic–a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.

While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics’ innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.

After years of battling with a school system that did not understand his dyslexia and the shame that accompanied it, renowned activist and entrepreneur Ben Foss is not only open about his dyslexia, he is proud of it. In The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan he shares his personal triumphs and failures so that you can learn from his experiences, and provides a three-step approach for success:

• Identify your child’s profile: By mapping your child’s strengths and weaknesses and assisting her to better understand who she is, you can help your child move away from shame and feelings of inadequacy and move toward creating a powerful program for learning.
• Help your child help himself: Coach your child to become his own best advocate by developing resiliency, confidence, and self-awareness, and focusing on achievable goals in areas that matter most to him.
• Create community: Dyslexic children are not broken, but too often the system designed to educate them is. Dare to change your school so that your child has the resources to thrive. Understanding your rights and finding allies will make you and your child feel connected and no longer alone.

Packed with practical ideas and strategies dyslexic children need for excelling in school and in life, this empowering guide provides the framework for charting a future for your child that is bright with hope and unlimited potential.

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