Top Ten School Freebies

  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme supported by the blog The Broke and the Bookish that is so brilliant that I am both jealous and in new of it every time I come across it!  It involves two of my favorite things.  Books and lists that delude me into thinking that I have everything under control.

           This week it is Top Ten School Freebies, which I am interpreting as Top Ten Books that supplement the subject. Brace yourself for teacher nerdiness.  Not even joking.  One of my goals this school year is to list a list of books to complement each of the subject’s unit.  I didn't limit myself to ten books because  I am the boss of this blog.  


Science Bootcamp: We use standardized methods to understand natural phenomena and communicate our knowledge about it accurately.

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A Wrinkle in Time 
by Madeleine L'Engle

I can't say anything about this book that hasn't been said before.  It is possible that this book contains about 95% of all my knowledge of Physics and has ensured that "tessering" is something that I secret want to do.


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Every Soul a Star
by Wendy Mass

Never has a solar eclipse been so  full of life lessons.


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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate 
by Jacqueline Kelly

This is an odd book and I am still torn about it.  I really liked the writing and I loved Calpurnia but I struggled with the plot.  Was something supposed to happen? 


English Language and Literature

Persuasion/You CAN always get what you want: Using appropriate structures and supports will help you persuade others.

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Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan

A group of students learn to write their own stories to show and understand who they are.



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Same Sun Here 
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

The roots of activism and how understanding others leads us to understanding ourselves.  Beautiful.



Fractions, Decimals & Percentages: We use a standardized system to quantify objects and order them based on the perceived value

What Can(t) wait

What Can't Wait 
by Ashley Hope Pérez




An abundance of katherines

An Abundance of Catherines 
by John Green

Is is me or is the real question this book poses, "Why has this 17 year old had 19 girlfriends?"


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Mazerunner and Who Dat?

Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

         These were pretty much no brainers. While I am not a huge fan of the series, middle schoolers LURV them.  I had one boy who came to my bookclub every week and no matter what topic we were talking about brought up these books.  

Languages/ ELA

What makes us or breaks us?: An individual’s attitude and/or actions can make a difference in a community, a society, and in the world.

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The Language Inside 
by Holly Thompson

There aren't a lot of YA books dealing with Ex-Pat life but this novel in verse shows the disconnect that some third culture kids experience with themselves and their home countries.



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by Naomi Shihab Nye





Physical and Heath Education

Fitness: Physical change requires balanced choices

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The Running Dream 
by Wendelin Van Draanen

What does sport mean to you?



Knights of Hill County

Knights of Hill County 
by Tim Tharp

Football and the decline of the American male.


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by Walter Dean Myers

You really can't go wrong with Walter Dean Myers




Individuals and Societies: 

Hungry for Change: Big change comes from small changes

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Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food Love and War 
by Annia Ciezadlo

I want to be friends and travel the world with this woman.  This is a charming manifesto that sets out to prove that food is culture and that sharing is brings even unlikely people together.


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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World 
by Michael Pollan



MAD- Music, Art, Drama

The Beatles: Musical expression can be used to identify the particular features that define individuals

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This Song Will Save Your Life
by Leila Sales

Leila Sales is pretty hit and miss with me.  I was charmed by Past Perfect but underwhelmed by Tonight the Streets are Ours.  This Song Will Save Your Life highlights all of the things that I love about this author and also explores the power that music can have in your everyday life.


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If I Stay and Where She Went 
by Gayle Forman

I will auto buy and devour anything and everything that Gayle Forman writes.  These are some of the most sensitive books about identifying yourself and living as a musician that I have read.  Also?  All the tears.  



by Jennifer Donnelly

Words cannot express how much I love this book. I love Andi in all her sad anger.  I love the Paris setting which takes you past the postcard perfect images.  A Christmas setting, mysterious boy, and a link to the French Revolution?  Sign me up.  Never has music been so much of a character.   To the point where I went online to find the playlist and individually downloaded each song from iTunes.  


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If I Ever Get Out of Here 
by Eric Gansworth

Buffalo/Western New York (holla!), the Blizzard of '77 (is this something that people outside Buffalo even remember), and a boy from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation (whose voice is spot on to my reading) blend into an emotional, funny, and heartfelt book. And yes, music is a big part of Shoe's story. More people should read this book!