Watch Odd Dot’s Virtual Teacher Event + Download Free Worksheets!

Looking for hands-on activity ideas that reinforce curriculum concepts? Watch our Virtual Teacher Event to learn how you can use TinkerActive Workbooks in your classroom! Plus, hear about more great books for kids that encourage project-based learning!

Important Timestamps:
1:45 – Odd Dot’s Editorial Director Nathalie LeDu introduces TinkerActive Workbooks
11:35 – Author Megan Hewes Butler presents classroom activity ideas
29:10 – Nathalie LeDu buzzes about more Odd Dot books!

TinkerActive Workbooks are the perfect primers for young learners from kindergarten through second grade. Pre-K workbooks will be available in December 2020!

Kids will learn math, science, and ELA concepts through curriculum-based exercises and hands-on activities. These exercises can be easily incorporated into lesson plans and TinkerActive Workbooks also make ideal supplemental resources for at-home learning. Parents looking for fun after-school activities will love these simple and creative lessons!

Vetted by award-winning educators, each lesson is aligned to meet the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, building foundational knowledge while encouraging students to think outside the box.

Keep reading to download free, printable worksheets + check our handy reference guide to find CCSS alignments for each activity!

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Teacher’s Guide: Welcome to the New World

Welcome to the New World tells the Aldabaans’ story. Resettled in Connecticut with little English, few friends, and even less money, the family of seven strive to create something like home. As a blur of language classes, job-training programs, and the fearsome first days of high school (with hijab) give way to normalcy, the Aldabaans are lulled into a sense of security. A white van cruising slowly past the house prompts some unease, which erupts into full terror when the family receives a death threat and is forced to flee and start all over yet again. The America in which the Aldabaans must make their way is by turns kind and ignorant, generous and cruel, uplifting and heartbreaking.

Download the teacher’s guide here →

Teacher’s Guide: True or False

In True or False, former CIA analyst Cindy Otis will take readers through the history and impact of misinformation over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. Then, she shares lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, perhaps most importantly, how to understand and see past our own information biases, so that we can think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.

Download the teacher’s guide here →

Activity Kit: Randy, The Badly Drawn Horse

Randy knows he’s a beautiful horse—everyone says so. From his silky coat to his perfect smile to his very name, reserved only for the most special of creatures, Randy is beyond compare.

This laugh-out-loud picture book plays with expectations and takes you inside a child’s imaginary world, through construction-paper mountains, popsicle-stick forests, and sandpaper deserts. Readers are sure to fall for this maybe-not-so-beautiful but wholly endearing character.

Download the activity kit here →

Check out TLA’s Summer of Learning, featuring author panels and more resources!

Texas librarians! You can keep learning all summer long with new sessions & resources from the Texas Library Association. TLA launched its first-ever Summer of Learning – an extension of the TLA 2020 Virtual Conference.

Don’t miss author panels with Anna-Marie McLemore, Ngozi Ukazu, Christian McKay Heidicker, Echo Brown, and Karen Blumenthal. These pre-recorded sessions will be available for registrants to watch on demand through August 31. These sessions are free to those who already registered for the TLA Virtual Conference. Register or log-in here.

Plus, mark your calendar for their final live events on August 4, featuring a Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu about her new YA fantasy, Skyhunter!

Find more event details here →