February 2, 2018  •  In This Issue:

1.  Now available: Number Sense Routines for grades 3‑5
2.  Is reading graphic novels "real" reading?
3.  Communication strategies for partnering with parents

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1) Now available: Number Sense Routines for grades 3‑5
Number Sense Routines for Grades 3-5, by Jessica Shumway Jessica's breadth of experience with these routines, her easy-to-follow writing style, the clarity and specificity with which she writes are designed to assist every upper-grade elementary teacher—no matter how new or experienced—to awaken students to the beauty and power of mathematics.
—Lucy West

Jessica Shumway's first Number Sense Routines book has proven to be an indispensable resource for thousands of K-3 teachers. In her new book, Number Sense Routines: Developing Mathematical Understanding Every Day in Grades 3‑5, Jessica shows how the routines can be adapted for older students. Like its predecessor, the 3‑5 book is about tapping into every child's innate sense of number and providing daily, connected experiences that are responsive to children's learning needs.

Through five-, ten-, or fifteen-minute warm-up routines, Jessica offers both beginner and veteran teachers easy and effective ways to build and solidify students' number sense foundations. No matter how familiar the routine, Jessica infuses each with joy, depth, and life. She reveals the careful thinking and planning that goes into each routine and provides detailed vignettes and dialogues of how they unfold in real classrooms. She gives teachers a clear view into her nuanced facilitation.

Each routine becomes an exciting opportunity to see where students are in their understanding and to help them articulate and extend their mathematical thinking.

Preview the entire book online:

Number Sense Routines
Building Mathematical Understanding Every Day in Grades 3‑5
Jessica Shumway
Foreword by Lucy West
Grades 3‑5 • 152 pp/paper • $25.00 • Available late February

Jessica Shumway Watch Jessica talk about why number sense is important in making mathematics meaningful:

Get more information about Number Sense Routines for grades K‑3.


2) Is reading graphic novels "real" reading?
Terry Thompson "Not many things centered around reading break my heart more than hearing about a young reader being told they can't read a graphic novel because it isn't real reading," says Colby Sharp in the beginning of this great conversation with Terry Thompson, author of Adventures in Graphica and The Construction Zone.

Watch Terry cite the growing community around graphic novels, the research that says kids may actually read more often if allowed to read graphic novels, and the enthusiasm of students when they encounter these books as reasons why reading them is indeed real reading:


3) Communication strategies for partnering with parents
Elementary principal Matt Renwick is back on the Stenhouse Blog this week, talking about how his school leverages technologies to communicate with families, with a special focus on reading and writing in the classroom: Literacy Essentials, by Regie Routman

Preview pages 19‑23 of Regie Routman's new book, Literacy Essentials, for her list of strategies to make parents into partners:


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