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Books are categorized and then listed alphabetically by title. New ones are added as they are reviewed so check back often!

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    Multiage Education-General Information

 Children at the Center: Implementing the Multiage Classroom by Bruce A. Miller.

 Exploring Multiage by Anne Bingham et al, 1995. I just got this book and it's great. Anne was a multiage teacher for many years and her coauthors, Molly McCloskey and Peggy Dorta are experienced and articulate. John Tapper  

Multi-age and More by Coleen Politano and Anne Davis, Peguis Publishers. This book is full of specific ideas and strategies for multiage programs. The authors have also included a number of helpful blackline masters in the appendix. R. Yates

The Multiage Classroom: A Collection, ed. by Robin Fogarty, 1993. This book presents a variety of ideas and opinions. R. Yates

The Multiage Handbook: A Comprehensive Resource For Multiage Practices, compiled by Jim Grant and Irv Richardson, edited by Aldene Fredenburg, 1996. I just got this great book on multiage classrooms. It is packed full of articles, info and ideas. Michele Staples.

Multiage Portraits by Charles Rathbone and others.

Multiage Q&A: 101 Practical Answers To Your Most Pressing Questions by Jim Grant, Bob Johnson, and Irv Richardson, Crystal Springs Books, 1996. This book is one of the best background books for those just beginning a multiage program. R. Yates

Nongradedness: Helping it to Happen by Robert H. Anderson and Barbara Nelson Pavan, 1993. This is a great book dealing with nongraded education. I highly recommend it if you are headed in that direction. R. Yates

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    Intermediate Multiage-General Information

 Creating the Multi-Age Classroom by Janet Banks, 1995. Much of my own multiage classroom is based on what is covered in this guidebook. It is full of rationale, strategies, and tips on everything from assessment to classroom management and organization. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the details of running a multiage classroom. R. Yates


A Multiage Classroom: Choice and Possibility by Maureen McCann Miletta, 1996. This short book describes a successful multiage program for intermediate age children in grades 3, 4, and 5. The emphasis on choice throughout the program is highlighted and its description helps set it apart from the primary classrooms presented in many books. R. Yates

 Teaching and Learning in the Intermediate Multiage Classroom by Alice Leeds and David Marshak, 2002. This book is one of the latest and one of the best sources available on multiage educational practices for intermediate school classrooms. I highly recommend it. R. Yates

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 Primary Multiage-General Information

   A Room with a Different View by Jill Ostrow, 1995. This excellent book provides a picture of what a nongraded multiage classroom can be. I found it both exciting and informative, one of my top picks. R. Yates
Choosing to Learn: Ownership and Responsibility in a Primary Multiage Classroom by Penelle Chase and Jane Doan, 1996. The authors of this companion volume to Full Circle give an excellent account of how choice and responsibility are important ingredients in student learning and achievement. R. Yates

   Creating the Multiage Classroom by Sandra Stone, 1996. This very complete and practical book is a great resource for the primary multiage classroom. R. Yates

Full Circle: A New Look at Multiage Education by Penelle Chase and Jane Doan, 1994. This excellent book describing a primary multiage program is the first one I read about multiage education, and it remains one of my favorites. R. Yates

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 Classroom Management

 How to Manage Your Multi-Age Classroom: K-2 by Sandra Merrick, 1996. Like its companion book (below), this one is full of practical ideas. Its focus on the youngest students shows up clearly thoughout and it is obvious that it was written by an educator with first hand knowledge. R. Yates

How to Manage Your Multi Age Classroom: 3-5 by Angela B. Bolton, 1997. This book is full of practical ideas and usable blackline masters. It is one of the books I refer to most often. R. Yates

Managing a Diverse Classroom by Carol Cummings, 1995. Here is another great book for multiage educators. Sections of the book include: planning for diversity, thematic units, reading, writing, learning centers, and authentic assessment. R. Yates

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 Language Arts / Writing


 6 + 1 Traits of Writing by Ruth Culham, 2003. If you teach children to write and you haven't yet begun using the 6 Trait writing model, or if you have already begun using this model but are looking for more support, then this is the book for you. Multiage teachers worldwide teach the 6 Traits of writing and many of them see this book as one of the best. R. Yates

 Picture Books: An Annotated Bibliography with Activities for Teaching Writing (6th ed.) by Ruth Culham (Author) and Peter Bellamy (Editor), 2005. This is an excellent resource for 6 Trait lessons that combine the use of specific examples from children's picture books and student writing practice. In addition to recommending picture books that provide strong examples of each trait, the lesson plans are easy to implement. Both the lessons and the bibliography are organized by writing trait. R. Yates

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  Multiage-Friendly Math

  The Math Workshop (Grades 1-4) curriculum materials by Roseanna Gonzales, Shelly Hartman, and John Moritz (2004). If you have been frustrated with your district's math curriculum, whether it skims across the surface of mathematics in order to cover everything on the standardized test, or it simply doesn't address the individual needs of your students, then you need to take a very close look at The Math Workshop.

Roseanna, Shelly, and John have put together a comprehensive math program designed to supplement your existing curriculum. The beauty of what they have created is that it is truly differentiated and will enhance the positive multiage community you have worked so hard to create, no more artificially separating children by grade level just for math!

Included with the program is a comprehensive teacher's guide, a thick binder full of reproducible materials, and a folder with just about all of the bulletin board materials you will need all year. All of the materials are organized into ten cycles or "Rotations." These cycles are each designed to last approximately four weeks. Within each cycle are embedded 12 strands: algebra, brainteasers, calendar, estimation, fractions, geometry, graphing, measurement, money, number operations, puzzles and shapes, and time. Each of these strands have learning activities that are differentiated, allowing students to access the same concept but at appropriately different levels of difficulty. Once you get the program started at the beginning of the school year, students can work independently on the activities allowing teachers to work with small groups and/or individuals.

If you are looking for a way to effectively differentiate math in your multiage classroom, I strongly recommend that you try out The Math Workshop.

R. Yates 

Note: Unlike the other items found on this page, The Math Workshop is ordered directly from the publisher. By following the links above you will find specific ordering information on their website.


 Essential Learnings of Mathematics: What Students Should Know and be Able To Do (Grades 3-6). by Janet C. Banks, 1996. This is an excellent guide on how to teach math in a multiage setting. The book provides an organizational framework, allowing you to still use the text and materials your school already has. It includes continuums for five strands of math and samples of the type of work students should be doing. I found it invaluable in helping me transition my math program from a grade-based to a multiage-based approach. R. Yates

 Math Mysteries (Grades 2-5) by Jack Silbert, 1995. Using humorous stories to engage students in mathematical problem-solving, this book is excellent for small heterogeneous math groups. The students in my classroom always love it when we get to "do a math mystery." R. Yates

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    Reading Instruction & Resources for Multiage Classrooms


7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! by Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins, 2003. This great book explains in an easy to read and straightforward manner, how to help kids learn to really understand what they read. It is written for parents as well as teachers and is a great companion to Mosaic of Thought. I have featured it with my class' parent book club and it was a big hit. R. Yates
 Analytical Reading Inventory by Mary Lynn Woods and Alden J. Moe, 1998. I use Woods' and Moe's reading inventory to assess my intermediate elementary students quarterly. The information I gain not only helps to inform my instruction, it also gives context to my students' academic progress. This is an excellent tool. R. Yates


Beyond Leveled Books: Supporting Transitional Readers in Grades 2-5 by Karen Szymusiak and Franki Sibberson, 2001. This book answers the question, "What do I do to best help students who have become competent with basic decoding and comprehension strategies?" It includes mini-lessons, grouping strategies, samples of student work, and even book suggestions for instruction. I found this book a great help as I refined reading instruction in my intermediate multiage classroom. R. Yates

 Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann, 1997. This is the book that is revolutionizing reading instruction in the U.S. and elsewhere. Not only does it present a way to teach reading that is very multiage-friendly, it also gives a solid foundation to something that really wokrs! I'm well along the path of using the ideas presented in this book and am excited by what I see with the progress that my students are making. R. Yates

 Multi-Age Reading Games by Connie Madsen, 1999. If you are searching for ways to teach your youngest students specific reading skills, this book is for you. Included are over 26 games complete with instructions and blackline masters that not only target specific beginning reading skills, but also integrate math skills as well. This book is great for K/1 or even K/1/2 classrooms. R. Yates

 Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in grades 3-8 by Stephanie Harvey, 1998. This book helps teachers to successfully show students how to easily read, understand, and even write all sorts of nonfiction. A great book and companion to Mosaic of Thought and Strategies that Work. R. Yates

 Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, 2000. Where Mosaic of Thought gave me the foundation, Strategies That Work gave me the details that I needed to comprehensively implement a truly successful reading program. This is one of the books I have relied on most to transform how I teach reading. R. Yates

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     Creativity, Differentiation, Homework, Team-Teaching, & other Miscellaneous Information

 Creative Teachers, Creative Students by John Baer, 1997. This book is an excellent introductory resource on engendering creativity in your classroom. There are many techniques and structures you can use that will help your students employ creativity in their learning activities; this book will help guide the way. Note: Although Creative Teachers, Creative Students has recently gone out of print, ordering it will enable you to find a used copy. R. Yates


 The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson, 1999. All classrooms are full of diverse groups of students. Tomlinson's book gives us both the why's and the how's of helping all students be successful learners. This is one of the most thoughtful and practical education books I have read. R. Yates

Empowering the Child: Nurturing the Hungry Mind by Raymond H. Hartjen, 1994. This thought-provoking book advocates self-initiated learning and provides arguments that support many elements of nongraded education. The author draws on a unique set of resources which I found to be both convincing and refreshing. R. Yates

 Homework for Thinkers : A Year's Worth of Creative Assignments to Stimulate Critical Thinking by Laura Maben, 1995. This book is one of the few I have found in which nearly all of the assignments can be used with a diverse group of students. It has been a life-saver for me at those times when I just couldn't come up with relevant, meaningful, and useful homework on my own. R. Yates

 Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom by Susan Winebrenner, 2000. This book could just as easily be titled "Teaching Kids in the Multiage Classroom."

The strategies used by effective single-grade teachers to meet the needs of talented and gifted students are almost exactly what multiage teachers use to meet the needs of all of their students. This book is full of easy-to-use practical strategies that will help you meet the needs of the older and more talented children in your classroom while not neglecting the rest of your students. R. Yates

 Team Teaching by The Northern Nevada Writing Project Teacher-Researcher Group, 1996. Many multiage programs use team teaching as a strategy to help meet the needs of their diverse classrooms. This book can help you plan for everything from finding a team teaching partner to explaining the strategy to parents and administrators. R. Yates

Note about the selections above:

In addition to the books I have read, there are several that other multiage educators have recommended. When possible I have included their comments. If you have read a book that you would like to recommend that is not listed here please E-mail me with the details.

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