Suggested Literature Circle Format (docx)
Literature Circle Assessment Options (doc)
Novels listed by Author & Reading Level (doc)
Recommended novels with theme notes (doc)
Recommended Read-Alouds (doc)
Please feel free to ask for book recommendations for grade levels or themes by writing to Elaine Jaltema at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can help this to be a continually expanding resource by sending your own resources (questions, tests with answers, and/or summaries) to be posted for use by other teachers. Send them to email@example.com. Also please let us know if you cannot open any files or you have additional resources, e.g. more summaries, questions, or activity ideas to add to any of the titles we have already posted.
Community-building tips (doc)
Community-building games (doc)
Lessons learned from Geese (docx)
Weekly class meeting (docx)
Weekly review (doc)
Homework Notice (pdf)
Home Communication (pdf)
Daily Physical Activity (pdf)
Why Healthy Kids Matter (ppt)
Fractions and Decimals and Percents. Oh my! (pdf)
Master of Disaster
Hazard Cards (pdf)
Competency Posters (pdf)
The myPITA and Start-Up Wiki Space
As part of their ongoing goal to support new and developing teachers, Start-Up and myPITA have a joint Wiki Space page with many wonderful ideas, lesson plans, and events. Take some time to browse through the various sections to invigorate your lesson planning!
Our Novel Resources make it easy to do oral conferences with students by asking the student what book they have read and asking them questions from the books included in our list. These books are easy to use for literature circles, read-alouds, and whole class novel studies. For some titles, you might need to scroll through chapter summaries before you find test questions at the end.
To keep the questions and answers out of the hands of students, you need the password to access them. Membership in PITA is required to access the password protected area of our website. The password is provided to teachers when they become a member of PITA by attending a workshop or conference or by joining online. If you are a member and have forgotten your password, then contact our Membership Chair. If you are not a member, you can join through the BCTF.
For those members visiting our new website for the first time, please note that the password to our Novel Resources remains the same.
Members may access our password protected page for uploading contributions to our newsletter, novel and teaching resources, or other content for our website.