Most Popular Lesson Plan Pages, October 2013

By , November 1, 2013

Here’s a list of the most popular pages on this site during October 2013:

  1. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  2. homographs (theme page – beta)
  3. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  4. The Landlady by Roald Dahl
  5. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  6. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope and Will Osborne
  7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  8. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  9. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
  10. Catching Fire (Hunger Games trilogy)
  11. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  12. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street by Rod Serling
  13. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
  14. The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
  15. The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  16. Henry And Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
  17. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
  18. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude C Warner
  19. The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
  20. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R Stockton
  21. The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
  22. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
  23. Cam Jansen (series)
  24. Junie B Jones by Barbara Park




The Teachers Are Back At Work!

By , August 20, 2012

I’m weeks behind schedule on my update to, but of course classroom teachers can’t ignore the calendar so easily: traffic at has surged by 60% in the past two weeks. Welcome back!

Banned from Google AdWords — for being useful

By , August 14, 2012

Google AdWords Support has confirmed: if any pages on my web site include affiliate links, my entire site is banned from using AdWords. They “recommend” that I decimate the usefulness of my directory web site if I want to advertise through AdWords.

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What Impact from Kindergarten entry delays & reduced cohort sizes?

By , August 10, 2012

I noticed that several states have begun “rolling back” kindergarten enrollments, so that this year and in each of the next few years, students will need to be 1 month older to enter kindergarten. What impact will the flow of these smaller cohorts have on our schools?

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Web Site Design and What Do You Think?

By , June 8, 2012

On my personal/professional blog, I posted an entry asking what other web developers and designers think of the web site. Click here to see that article.


14 Free ELA Common Core Webinars (Pre-Recorded)

By , May 17, 2012

Free: 14 Pre-Recorded Webinars related to ELA Common Core State Standards (Sponsored by Pearson and hosted on Pearson’s BrainShark site; requires registration but no confirmation — so if you don’t want to receive emails or other solicitations, you can register with garbage info). Read more »

45 Free Videos from the Google “Education on Air” Conference

By , May 12, 2012

Free! Videos of all 45 sessions of the Google “Education on Air” Conference are now online:

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Read for Free: Seven Stenhouse/Pembroke Books for Teachers

By , May 12, 2012

Free! Stenhouse Publishers is offering “free previews” for the following seven Pembroke titles. You can read the entire text of the books online, for free (registration isn’t even required). Read more »

Most Popular Lesson Plan Pages at

By , March 22, 2012

Here’s an updated list of the 500 most popular pages at this site, ranked for the current school year (from August 7, 2011 through March 17, 2012). The number in parentheses is the change in rank compared to the earlier period from January 1, 2011 through August 27, 2011.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (unchanged)
  2. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (+7)
  3. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope and Will Osborne (+60)
  4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (+87)
  5. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (-1)
  6. Fudge, Double Fudge, Fudge-A-Mania, Superfudge by Judy Blume (-6)
  7. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (+105)
  8. The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R Stockton (+29)
  9. Cam Jansen (+34)
  10. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street by Rod Serling (+2) Read more »

Traffic Update

By , March 22, 2012

It’s kind of fun to look at the graph of weekly traffic at since August, viewed as a proxy for “lesson planning activity.”


You can see quite clearly what happened during the holiday season: there’s a sharp drop for Thanksgiving, and a bigger plunge during the Christmas/New Year’s break. (Note that the baseline for this graph is not zero.)

Update May 24: I’ve replaced the earlier graph with one that extends from September through mid-May. You can see “spring break” and the overall decline as the end of the school year approaches.

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