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Title: Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk’s Storytelling to Life

Authors: Liz Fayer and Joanna Jones

Illustrator: Liz Fayer

Copyright: 2015

Purchase Book: Paperback: 12.95 + 3.95 Shipping and Handling

 

Jones Literature

Pieces of Learning  https://www.piecesoflearning.com/

 

Summary:

Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk‘s Storytelling to Life is 24-Full Color pages recognizing the connection to the patterns of nature that Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota, shared with us in his book Black Elk Speaks (Neihardt, 2000). It is clear from the telling of the story that Black Elk wanted to share his teachings, which encompassed many topics, however this book focuses on his observations that address the powerful and meaningful concepts of science.

“The sun was nearly setting when Black Elk said, ‘There is so much to teach you. What I know was given to me for men and it is true and it is beautiful.’”

Black Elk (1863-1950), the famous Oglala Lakota, was a leader of his people. Through observations of natural events, he told stories that combined actual historical events, Lakota cultural beliefs, and the wisdom he gained over his lifetime. Black Elk is of the past, but his powerful story and scientific observations will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who read his book. Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk’s Storytelling to Life bridges the world of  Black Elk with the importance of today’s science connections to observational science and scientific patterns through an imagined story of a young Lakota boy.


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Title: Circle Boy Teacher’s Edition

Authors: Liz Fayer and Joanna Jones

Illustrator: Liz Fayer

Copyright: 2015

Purchase Book: Spiral-back: 19.95 + 3.95 Shipping and Handling

 

Jones Literature

Pieces of Learning  https://www.piecesoflearning.com/

 

Summary: The Connection between the Story and the Teacher’s Manual

This teacher’s manual is written to accompany the separate book called Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk‘s Storytelling to Life. This story shares the culture and history, as well as the connectedness to nature of the Oglala Lakota, by linking the imagined story of a young boy with the actual words of Black Elk from Black Elk Speaks (Neihardt, 2000). Black Elk’s quotes found at the bottom of each page in the story join Black Elk’s life with that of an imagined Native American boy.

The story, Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk‘s Storytelling to Life is about a young Native American boy who lived long ago. We call him ‘Circle Boy’ because throughout the story he encounters and recognizes the circles found in nature and their power. He is deeply related to nature, as was Black Elk, and views the world through the connections to the circles of power. In Black Elk Speaks, Black Elk states that ‘Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles...”.

Teachers can use the story book and the Teacher’s Manual to create differentiated learning units, which link Native American culture, history, and native science to the Next Generation Science standards (or state science standards) and the English Language Arts Common Core standards through units that are included in this manual. This allows teachers to easily support the teaching of national standards in both science and language arts within the context of Lakota history in the time of Black Elk (1863-1950), which was a time of great change for the Lakota people.


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Title: The Cowboy Story for Kids

Authors: Dr. Meg English and Dr. Joanna Jones

Copyright: 2015

Purchase Book: $29.95 + $3.99 Shipping and Handling

 

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BHSW Inc.  http://www.bhsw.org/

 

Summary: An adaptation of the adult edition of The Cowboy Story, this book came about when these two good friends read that volume to kids and discovered that it was quite informative, but just wasn’t any fun.  Adults don’t pay much attention to really cool things such as trick riders and shooters in the rodeo or which plants make the best toilet paper on a cattle drive. 

 

As a couple of book-lovin’ Grandmas, the authors realized that the cowboy story was extremely valuable for kids. Their version is a charming, informative work that interprets significant historical images using child-friendly narratives.  It also includes a range of activities that might actually keep children engaged for a while without an electronic device in their hands.

       
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Title: Henry’s Adventure at the Franklin Hotel
Authors: Nancy Cartwright and Joanna Jones
Illustrator: Bill Feterl
Copyright: 2011
Purchase Book: Hardback; $18.95 + $3.99 shipping
  • Jones Literature:
    • call 605-450-0121
    • by mail to
      Jones Literature LLC
      10559 West Highway 14
      Spearfish, SD 57783

       
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Summary:  In 1903, the hotel manager’s son, Henry, looses his wooden horse and a hotel room key. As Henry explores the hotel, he learns about respect and responsibility from the many people who work for Mr. Franklin.

On June 4, 1903 the Franklin Hotel opened to the public with an elaborate reception and ball. But what happened the days before the grand inaugural? Go with ten-year-old Henry to explore the historic Franklin Hotel. This exquisite watercolor picture book brings to life the time, manners, and cultural rules of everyday life in the gold boomtown of Deadwood, South Dakota. 

Comments about the book:
“Where’s this hotel? Your book makes me want to visit it.” -Mary Kole, agent for Andrea Brown.

2013-2014 SD Prairie Pasque Book

Accelerated Reader Test #158978

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Teacher Materials to assist in using the book in the classroom.
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Title: Using Literature to Teach Health: A Teacher’s Guide to a HEAP of Books
Authors: Sandra Klarenbeek and Joanna Jones
Copyright: 2009; Council of Chief State School Officers
Purchase book:  $54.95 + $10.50 shipping
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    • call 605-450-0121
    • by mail to
      Jones Literature LLC
      10559 West Highway 14
      Spearfish, SD 57783
  • ToucanEd Inc.
Summary: Created by a dynamic team consisting of a health education specialist and a reading specialist, this resource helps teachers promote both reading literacy and health literacy. This teacher-friendly handbook offers a resource for classroom teachers by identifying specific books to use when planning, teaching, and discussing health content topics and health skills.

Comments about the book:
“Health is the subject in the elementary school that we are encouraged to teach but do not schedule a specific time for it. I like knowing how we can incorporate health into reading. I can easily fit it into story time each day.” -Deb Schnell, elementary teacher, Meade School District.




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