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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Natalie Rompella  

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Born: in Waukegan, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Rompella was born in Waukegan and now lives in Libertyville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rompella spent several years teaching elementary and middle school and now writes full time.


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Titles At Your Library

Don't Squash That Bug!: The Curious Kid's Guide to Insects (Lobster Learners)
ISBN: 189707350X

Lobster Press. 2007

This fun book introduces young readers to the insect world, presenting fundamental information alongside interesting, little-known facts. Bold, bright, and packed with colorful photos, fascinating sidebars, a helpful glossary, and tips for where to find bugs, this a must-have for curious backyard explorers. Once kids discover how amazing insects can be, they’ll go from squashing bugs to studying them up close! Content evaluated by Zack Lemann, Staff Entomologist with the Audubon Nature Institute, and Steve Sullivan, curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Notebaert Nature Museum.

Famous Firsts: The Trendsetters, Groundbreakers, and Risk-Takers Who Got America Moving! (My America)
ISBN: 1897073550

Lobster Press. 2007

(ages 9 - 12)

After learning about groundbreaking Americans whose ideas turned into international sports trends, readers will be inspired to get moving! Famous Firsts covers diverse activities such as skateboarding, frisbee, cheerleading, trampolining, and inline skating. The book's dynamic design features color photos of and personal stories from American athletes including skateboard legends Tony Hawk and Alan 'Ollie' Gelfand, BMX pros Mat Hoffman and Cory Coffey, University of Maryland cheerleader and Survivor cast member Penny Ramsey, pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, and Libby Riddles, the first woman to ever win the Iditarod.

Ecosystems (Science Fair Projects)
ISBN: 1403479151

Heinemann. 2007

Projects in this book include: My Personal Ecosystem

I’m Crowded!

Rain Down on Me

Invaders!

Water Cleaned with Dirt?!

What was for Lunch?

The Disappearing Apple

Puddle and Pond pH

No Good Water.

Chemistry (Science Fair Projects)
ISBN: 1403479143

Heinemann. 2007

Projects in this book include: Remember to Brush Your Teeth

Pink Orange Juice and Purple Water?

The Best Cookie Recipe

Mystery Mixture

Time to Change the Diaper

It’s Freezing in Here!

Why is the Statue of Liberty Green?

What a Gas!

A Sour Saver.

The Girls
ISBN: 1933831162

Blooming Tree Press. 2008

The Girls is a collection of five short stories about friendship, life and surviving it together. 1. Sunflower Summer by Sundee T. Frazier. 2. Trick-or-Treat on Ravine Street by Natalie Rompella. 3. The Girls by Caroline Downs. 4. The Emily Explosion by Cynthia Reeg. 5. Proof of Angels by Tracy Holczer.

Science Projects: Pack B of 6
ISBN: 0431040516

Heinemann Library. 2008

This series shows readers how to research and create their own science projects with examples building in complexity.Each title provides an overview of the scientific method with tips as to how a student can best create a science project. Each experiment includes planning, preparation, skill level, materials needed, cost and details of the project with a list of print and digital resources for background research. This title addresses the analysis and interpretation of experiments and the importance of safety. All experiments highlight the importance of scientific enquiry and the scientific method.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)
ISBN: 0810857782

Scarecrow Press. 2009

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder strikes one in fifty adults. However, the disorder often remains untreated in young adults, despite advances in diagnostics. Though so many people suffer from OCD, very few seek professional help. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide helps teens understand OCD in greater detail. The guide explains different forms of OCD (checking, cleaning, scrupulosity) and related disorders (such as Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and Asperger's Disorder).

Author Natalie Rompella voices many common concerns teens have when confronted with OCD, including how to deal with school, work, and friends. The book also discusses uncomfortable topics, such as obsessions with sexuality and other unwanted thoughts. The book features insights from teens who suffer from OCD, letting others know they are not alone. The book also encourages teens to seek help through treatment and provides details of different treatment options.

Edgar, Allan, and Poe, and the Tell-Tale Beets
ISBN: 1897550170

Lobster Press. 2009

Mother has one unbreakable rule: "No dessert until you finish your dinner." But how can Edgar, Allan, and Poe possibly clear their plates when there are Brussels sprouts to be swallowed, liver to be chewed and, worst of all, beets to be bitten? There must be a way to get rid of dinner without having to gobble up this foul food. Perhaps the loose floorboard under Poe's chair is the answer! This clever twist on Edgar Allan Poe's The Beating of the Tell-Tale Heart will resonate with anyone who has ever wished that certain foods could just disappear.

Natalie Rompella's children's books include Don't Squash that Bug: The Curious Kid's Guide to Insects. Natalie lives just outside of Chicago, Illinois.

The whimsical work of internationally renowned illustrator Francois Ruyer has been featured in over 200 children's books.

Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 1: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
ISBN: 1483811247

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2014

Common Core Science 4 Today: Daily Skill Practice provides the perfect standards-based activities for each day of the week. Reinforce science topics and the math and language arts Common Core State Standards all year long in only 10 minutes a day! Weeks are separated by science topic so they may be completed in the order that best complements your science curriculum. Review essential skills during a four-day period and assess on the fifth day for easy progress monitoring. Common Core Science 4 Today series for kindergarten through fifth grade covers 40 weeks of science topics with engaging, cross-curricular activities. Common Core Science 4 Today includes a Common Core Standards Alignment Matrix, and shows the standards covered on the assessment for the week for easy planning and documentation. Common Core Science 4 Today will make integrating science practice into daily classroom instruction a breeze!

We Need More Trees
ISBN: 0736255745

National Geographic. 2010

A persuasive text to help children understand why trees are important. They provide people and animals with things they need to grow and change.

Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 2: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
ISBN: 1483811255

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2014

Common Core Science 4 Today: Daily Skill Practice provides the perfect standards-based activities for each day of the week. Reinforce science topics and the math and language arts Common Core State Standards all year long in only 10 minutes a day! Weeks are separated by science topic so they may be completed in the order that best complements your science curriculum. Review essential skills during a four-day period and assess on the fifth day for easy progress monitoring. Common Core Science 4 Today series for kindergarten through fifth grade covers 40 weeks of science topics with engaging, cross-curricular activities. Common Core Science 4 Today includes a Common Core Standards Alignment Matrix, and shows the standards covered on the assessment for the week for easy planning and documentation. Common Core Science 4 Today will make integrating science practice into daily classroom instruction a breeze!

Experiments in Light and Sound with Toys and Everyday Stuff (Fun Science)
ISBN: 1491450738

Capstone Press. 2015

Engaging experiments using simple toys and everyday stuff teach curious young minds all about light and sound. Readers can take an up-close look at how sound vibrations work, what pitch is, how reflection and refraction are related, and so much more. With low-level text and step-by-step photos, connecting young readers with science concepts and supporting the Next Generation Science Standards has never been simpler!

Experiments in Material and Matter with Toys and Everyday Stuff (Fun Science)
ISBN: 1491450746

Capstone Press. 2015

Engaging experiments using simple toys and everyday stuff teach curious young minds all about material and matter. Readers can take an up-close look at the different types of matter, properties of each type, and so much more. With low-level text and step-by-step photos, connecting young readers with science concepts and supporting the Next Generation Science Standards has never been simpler!

STEM, Grade 1 (Applying the Standards)
ISBN: 1483815722

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2015

Applying the Standards: STEM for grade 1 offers 64 pages of highly engaging STEM tasks. It includes a problem-solving rubric and guided pages that walk students through completing each step of the STEM process. First graders will complete tasks in areas such as chemical reactions, building structures, domino physics, weather, and sound technology. The Applying the Standards: STEM series emphasizes creativity and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math. This is a series of six 64-page books for students in kindergarten to grade 5. A variety of topics are covered with 30 engaging tasks, and a culminating reflection question for each task encourages students to think about and apply their newfound learning and knowledge.

STEM, Grade 3 (Applying the Standards)
ISBN: 1483815749

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2015

Applying the Standards: STEM for grade 3 offers 64 pages of highly engaging STEM tasks. It includes a problem-solving rubric and guided pages that walk students through completing each step of the STEM process. Third graders will complete tasks in areas such as bubble geometry, engineering towers, inventions, and space physics. The Applying the Standards: STEM series emphasizes creativity and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math. This is a series of six 64-page books for students in kindergarten to grade 5. A variety of topics are covered with 30 engaging tasks, and a culminating reflection question for each task encourages students to think about and apply their newfound learning and knowledge.

Science, Grade 2 (Interactive Notebooks)
ISBN: 1483831221

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2016

Interactive Notebooks: Science for grade 2 is a fun way to teach and reinforce effective note taking for students. Students become a part of the learning process with activities about plant and animal needs, life cycles, matter, sound, the moon, the water cycle, and more!

This book is an essential resource that will guide you through setting up, creating, and maintaining interactive notebooks for skill retention in the classroom. High-interest and hands-on, interactive notebooks effectively engage students in learning new concepts. Students are encouraged to personalize interactive notebooks to fit their specific learning needs by creating fun, colorful pages for each topic. With this note-taking process, students will learn organization, color coding, summarizing, and other important skills while creating personalized portfolios of their individual learning that they can reference throughout the year.

Spanning grades kindergarten to grade 8, the Interactive Notebooks series focuses on grade-specific math, language arts, or science skills. Aligned to meet current state standards, every 96-page book in this series offers lesson plans to keep the process focused. Reproducibles are included to create notebook pages on a variety of topics, making this series a fun, one-of-a-kind learning experience.

Science, Grade 3 (Interactive Notebooks)
ISBN: 148383123X

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2016

Interactive Notebooks: Science for grade 3 is a fun way to teach and reinforce effective note taking for students. Students become a part of the learning process with activities about plant and animal adaptations, the human body, matter, force and motion, simple machines, the solar system, and more!

This book is an essential resource that will guide you through setting up, creating, and maintaining interactive notebooks for skill retention in the classroom. High-interest and hands-on, interactive notebooks effectively engage students in learning new concepts. Students are encouraged to personalize interactive notebooks to fit their specific learning needs by creating fun, colorful pages for each topic. With this note-taking process, students will learn organization, color coding, summarizing, and other important skills while creating personalized portfolios of their individual learning that they can reference throughout the year.

Spanning grades kindergarten to grade 8, the Interactive Notebooks series focuses on grade-specific math, language arts, or science skills. Aligned to meet current state standards, every 96-page book in this series offers lesson plans to keep the process focused. Reproducibles are included to create notebook pages on a variety of topics, making this series a fun, one-of-a-kind learning experience.

Ready to Go Guided Reading: Question, Grades 1 - 2
ISBN: 1483836045

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2017

Strengthen comprehension skills with Guided Reading: Question for first and second grades. A simple way to enhance guided reading lesson plans, this resource book contains six sets of informational readers―two each for below-, on-, and above-level student readers.

Ready to Go Guided Reading: Question is an effective reading program for first and second grades. This reading comprehension resource book includes:

-discussion guides

-prompts to encourage students to work with the text and text features

-leveled readers that cover high-interest topics

-graphic organizers and an observation sheet

The readers are separated into below-, on-, and above-level reading skills. This resource book features callout boxes to direct students to apply guided reading strategies to the texts, such as scanning for meaning or word work. Each reader concludes with a writing prompt so students can show what they learned.

The 12-book Ready to Go: Guided Reading series for grades 1–6 provides the elements you need for your guided reading group. Each 80-page book contains 36 total readers, six discussion guides, and three reproducible pages. The series features four books for each grade span and focuses on the following comprehension strategies:

-Infer

-Question

-Summarize

-Connect

The readers contain short nonfiction texts and text features such as callout boxes, charts, maps, and photographs.

Instant Assessments for Data Tracking, Grade 4: Math
ISBN: 1483836126

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2017

With Instant Assessments for Data Tracking: Language Arts for fourth grade, showing proof of progress is easier than ever. This book includes language arts assessments on topics such as:

-parts of speech

-theme

-fluency

-decoding words

Simplify data tracking with this all-in-one teacher resource.

Packed with ready-to-go language arts assessments that cover the skills and standards for fourth grade, this teacher resource book will help you create a data tracking binder to help gather accurate information on a student’s or a class’s skill level in a variety of ways, including:

-traditional tests

-prompt cards for one-on-one assessments

-unit tests

-exit tickets

Tracking student growth in language arts will be easier and more organized than ever with Instant Assessments for Data Tracking. Designed to help you stay ahead, this series makes it easy for you to monitor and prove progress―one assessment at a time.

Cookie Cutters & Sled Runners
ISBN: 1510717714

Sky Pony Press. 2017

Most kids would dread the start of middle school and the year-long Explorations project that comes with it, but Ana knows that her + her best friend Lily + their plan to write and sell their own cookbook is a recipe for success. Lily’s not just the perfect partner in culinary crime―she’s also the only person in the world who understands Ana’s need to wash her hands five times before picking up a spatula, and would never make fun of her for it.

But Ana and Lily’s plan for edible entrepreneurship turns into one big baking disaster when they’re assigned to different partners for their projects. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Lily seems more excited to get to know her new partner than bummed about being separated, Lily and her new friend plan to use the cookbook idea for themselves―and they didn’t even ask! Worse, Ana’s partner is Dasher, the strange new girl from Alaska, and she wants to do their project on the weirdest thing imaginable: sled dog racing.

Dasher’s dogs are scary, slobbery, and decidedly not germ-free, but Ana thinks she’s found a loophole when she agrees to bake pancakes for spectators while Dasher mushes in a local race. That is, until Dasher sprains her ankle and has to drop out of the running. Can Ana learn to mush―and overcome her anxiety―in time to save her friendships, finish her project, and compete in the big race?

Ready to Go Guided Reading: Determine Importance, Grades 3 - 4
ISBN: 1483839796

Carson-Dellosa Publishing. 2018

Guided Reading: Determine Importance for third and fourth grades features 36 readers―six sets of two each for below-, on-, and above-level student readers. Filled with compelling photos and charts, this nonfiction resource features informational text about bees, robots, and more.

Guided Reading: Determine Importance provides you with a comprehensive reading program. Perfect for differentiated reading, each teaching resource for reading comprehension includes:

-discussion guides

-prompts to encourage students to work with the text and text features

-leveled readers with intriguing topics

-graphic organizers and an observation sheet

Separated into three readability levels, informational readers capture students’ attention with graphic charts, captivating photos, and more. Students are encouraged to apply guided reading strategies to the text and complete writing prompts to show comprehension.

Available for grades 1–6, the 12-book Ready to Go: Guided Reading series makes guided reading organization easy with an all-in-one set. Each of these 80-page reading comprehension resource books feature three reproducible pages, six discussion guides, and 36 readers. Each grade span includes four books, focusing on the following comprehension strategies:

-Analyze

-Determine Importance

-Synthesize

-Visualize

These Lexile (R) leveled readers contain short nonfiction texts and text features such as photographs, charts, maps, and vocabulary boxes to keep students engaged.

The World Never Sleeps (Tilbury House Nature Book)
ISBN: 0884485617

Tilbury House Publishers. 2018

Midnight. Stars speckle the darkness with bits of light.

A cockroach skitters across the kitchen floor to snatch a forgotten breadcrumb. In the backyard, a spider weaves an intricate design on the fence. Winged insects dance and flicker in the porch light.

Day and night, small creatures are busy working, eating, hunting, hiding.

This nonfiction picture book reveals the hidden lives of insects and other small creatures from one midnight to the next. The world may appear to be sleeping in the dead of night, but it is not. As moonflowers open and stars shine, nature goes about her business. The world never sleeps.

Natalie Rompella’s lyrical text is vividly complemented by Carol Schwartz’s watercolors. A cat roams through the illustrations―silent witness, in the house and in the yard, to the myriad lives of night and day. A sense of mystery pervades all―even the backmatter natural-history portraits of the animals met in the book. This nature book invites children into a parallel universe, one that teems with life while they sleep.

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