Author, homeschooler, mother. Activities have been classroom tested with positive results.
How Alligator Got His Smile Back is tied directly to K-3 pacing guides and Florida curriculum standards, which are consistent with current Common Core recommendations. Specifically, the back matter activities ask students to compare and contrast the two species in the book using textual clues to discern information. The book also explains coastal habitats and has a habitat activity. The non-fiction activities were developed through discussions with K-3 teachers in two separate school systems, and tested in classrooms with positive teacher feedback.
Book review: "As a second grade teacher, I am always looking to find non-fiction books that will keep my students attention. Jayne Moraski's book, How Alligator Got His Smile Back, is a perfect combination of non-fiction and African folktale. It includes enough facts without losing the meaning of the story. The illustrations by award winning, Carl Kocich, show the relationship between a big alligator and a tiny tadpole frog. I recommend this book for K-3rd grades. Jayne carefully crafted the book to match the Common Core standards. She has put together a free science packet found on Teachers Pay Teachers to go along with it." By: Elizabeth Jacobbe P.K. Yonge Developmental School Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing ISBN: 9781616335090 [e-book ISBN is 9781616335083] Publication Date: June 2014
I lived in Kiev, Ukraine from January through May of 2014 during their ongoing revolution. I homeschooled my 2nd and 5th grade daughters using a combination of art and literature incorporated into our lessons. I have written public relations and travel articles for the Florida tourism industry, academic publications in non-profit management, and several children’s magazines stories. My first picture book, How Alligator Got His Smile Back, was published in July 2014 with Guardian Angel Publishing.
Additional reviews: From Attentionology's (a teacher's website describing the science and art of catching and keeping every kid's attention to curriculum support and classroom management) book review, "One of the joys of an educator’s journey is the discovery along the way of new and wonderful teaching resources…I was recently introduced to a picture book that does just that. It tells a delightful modern myth as it also delivers K – 2 science lessons on species classification and coastal habitats. How Alligator Got His Smile Back by Jayne Moraski, illustrated by Carl Kocich (Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.), begins “when the earth was very young and animals looked very different,” as they do today. But how and why do animals look and live differently? The lessons begin…"