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review 2017-01-22 07:00
Charolette's Web
Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams,E.B. White,Kate DiCamillo

This book is a definite heart jerker. It's about a little girl, Fern, and a runt piglet she saves from her dad. Fern raises the piglet she names Wilbur until her father forces him out to the barn where is care is then taken over by a very ambitious spider. Together with the help of a rat, they do amazing things to ensure Wilbur gets to live a long and healthy life. I would recommend this book for 3rd grade and up. There are so many fun ways to use this book in the classroom. Depending on the grade level, I would love to use this book to do things like an indepth group book analysis (age appropriate) or individual book reports or even have the students use mixed media to create their own word web. 

Reading Level: 2nd grade to 6th grade 

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review 2017-01-22 06:55
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson,Donna Diamond

This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is about the budding friendship between Jess and Leslie. Though they are different and come from very different backgrounds, they take on the challenge of being friends. They create a magical world together in the woods where they reign as king and queen. In their kingdom the only limits are their imaginations. A dramatic twist forces Jess to finally realize Leslie has given him more than just friendship. This book would be best for 3rd grade and up. A good lesson would be to put a spin on a Venn Diagram by having the students create "Bridges".  The students would begin by drawing two boxes with an empty space between. Then, the students would connect those boxes by drawing a bridge. The next step would be to have the students fill in each box with a different character and list all their traits for that one character. In the empty space under the bridge the students would then list the similarities between the two characters. 

Reading Level: grades 3rd through 7th grade

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