During School Library Month this April, Discovery Education joins teachers, students, parents, and communities in celebrating the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.
In honor of school librarians and their programs, we share favorite literature series and resources in the Discovery Education media library as we thank librarians for their critical role in instilling a love for literature at all ages.
Publisher Weston Woods creates short films based on well-known books for children, including Caldecott Honor and other award-winning books and authors. Favorites include James Marshall-illustrated Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. Emily’s First 100 Days of School, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, Where the Wild Things Are, and so many more come to life in animated and live-action versions with read-aloud text. Find the complete series here.
Instructional Idea: Use SOS: Get a Clue and have students analyze a video and its transcript as they match context clues to content.
The Great Books series by Discovery Education features dozens of texts, including The Great Gatsby, The Jungle, Lord of the Flies, The Red Badge of Courage, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, and more. Each video explores literary themes, author’s experiences and influences, historical context, modern impact, and discusses why we study these works today. Find the complete series here.
Instructional Idea: Use SOS: Step Inside and have students consider content from multiple perspectives, such as author, historic/contemporary reader, and modern reader.
Shmoop’s learning guides are fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials that use current events and pop culture to help students see how topics, authors, and literary works are relevant today. Available guides include Frankenstein, 1984, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, A Wrinkle in Time, and authors Harper Lee, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, and Edgar Allan Poe. Find the complete series here.
Instructional Idea: Use SOS: 25 Things You Didn’t Know to have students identify new information from the resources and in order to create a collaborative list of facts.
The beloved and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series Reading Rainbow connects children’s literature to the real world through thematic exploration and recommended book readings. Titles include Boxing for Katje, Watch the Stars Come Out, Show Way, and The Tin Forest. See the complete series here.
Instructional Idea: Use SOS: Paper Slide to have students create Reading Rainbow-style (“But don’t take my word for it!”) book trailers, focusing on key details and logical sequencing.
With more than 100 full length audiobooks from Scholastic Audio, thriving and struggling readers alike can partake in favorite titles like Goosebumps, The Hunger Games, Ever, The Book of Time, as well as audiobooks for beginning readers. Find the complete series here.
Instructional Idea: Use SOS: Surround Sound to encourage students to focus on only the sound playing in the room. Students use their auditory sense to interpret information and visualize the events that are occurring.