Barbara Mariconda (Ten for Me, Fall 2010, and Sort it Out!) is one of those people who �has done it all!� An educator (K-6), a mentor teacher, an adjunct professor of Children's Literature and Process Writing, Barbara has also written a wide variety of musicals, songs, and books. She has worked with Children's Television Workshop and Cherry Lane music on the creative staff of the Sesame Street Music Magazine. In addition to writing workbooks and beginning readers, her middle grade novel, Turn the Cup Around, was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best children's mystery. She has also published numerous professional books for teachers, frequently speaks on the topic of writing for and with children, and provides professional development for teachers at seminars across the country. She is a partner in the educational seminar/consulting firm, Empowering Writers, LLC., and is a member of SCBWI.
Sort it Out!by Barbara Mariconda, Sherry Rogers
Packy the Packrat's mother has had enough! It's time that he sorts through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and puts them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process by categorizing Packy's piles of things according to like characteristics and attributes. The story promotes and reinforces analogous thinkinga critical thinking skill in math, science, and life. In the “For Creative Minds” education section at the back of the book, the reader can explore even more attributes and characteristics of objects, including color, size, texture, shape, and material.
- Sylvan Dell Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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This is a very unique book, and I just loved it. Packy the Pack Rat has many collections. Mom has had enough of the messy house, so she orders Packy to sort his collections and put them all away. What kinds of collections does Packy have? Will he obey his mom, organize them, and then put them away? Or, will the Packrat household remain in disarray forever? You'll just have to read this really cute book to find out! Author Barbara Mariconda does a great job telling this charming story in rhyme in such a fun way that it invites readers to participate by guessing the next rhyming word. The illustrations are so cheerful and bright. If you look carefully at the illustrations, you may spot Packy's sister up to some very interesting antics. I give this book a high five for fun while teaching your child critical thinking skills that will help them later in life for math, science and life skills and for the plot, the very unique collections highlighted, and for the sub-plot illustrations. This book is a keeper! The author specifically wrote this book because when she was teaching second grade, she wanted to use books that made math and science fun. There were so few at the time, she decided to write them herself to share with her second graders and fellow teachers. I'm so glad she did! As with all Sylvan Dell books, the end of the book contains a section called For Creative Minds that is also available online. In this section is: 'Hidden Picture', 'Sorting, Categorizing, and Classifying', 'Scientists Sort Things Into Groups Too!' (contains a graph), 'Packy's Sorting Cards' and 'Writing Connection'. Gayle Jacobson-Huset ¿ Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine