Teachers' Guides: Professionally-written teachers' guides available as free downloads. Each guide provides a book summary and age-appropriate discussion questions; some also include curriculum connections, lists of and lessons about relevant vocabulary, literary devices and grammar points, and more.
Resource Guides: Orca's Resource Guides include a full collection of teachers' guides bundled into one convenient document, as well as additional content to enable classroom integration of popular titles. Including sections on reading levels, book discussion groups, literacy circles, assessment and follow-up activities, Orca Resource Guides enable a teacher to implement the Orca series as part of a comprehensive independent reading and literacy unit.
Common Core Correlations: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Orca has correlated books in the Orca Footprints series, with more correlations to be added soon.
Best Books for Reluctant Readers: Orca series for reluctant readers are high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for students reading below grade leve. All books are Accelerated Reader/Lexile selections.
Audiobook Club: A new audiobook mp3 at a special discounted price every month.
Regular audiobook price: $19.99. Audiobook Club price: $9.99. Free sample chapters too!
Classroom Projects: English Language Arts projects that can be adapted for use in your classroom. Downloads provided where needed.
Research for Educators: Trying to set up a balanced reading program in your classroom? Need to learn more about Lit Circles? How about finding fiction for reluctant readers? Get the answers here.
Text2Reader: Orca's monthly stand-alone resource for grades 6 to 8 English Language Arts (ELA) teachers. Text2Reader offers high-quality reading selections from award-winning books and engaging activities to help your students make meaning from what they read with relevant passages that connect to their own lives. View samples from our latest issues.
Reading Levels:Learn more about the many systems of leveling fiction, including Fry Reading Levels, Lexile Levels, and the Guided Reading method.
Accelerated Reader Quizzes: AR quizzes are available from Renaissance Learning. See the full list of quiz numbers for titles from Orca Book Publishers and our distributed publishers.
Readers Theater: Tips for developing your own Readers Theater scripts and creating a Readers Theater in your classroom.