Camilla Cream is young girl who has a love for lima beans. However this is a huge secret of hers. Due to her worrying she wakes up on the first day of school covered in rainbow stripes. Throughout the book Camilla goes through several changes because of nerves and others opinions. Leveling System The Lexile, Reading Level AD610L. The teacher can bring a basket full of veggies that the student are not allergic to. The students can taste test these vegetables and rank them from their favorite to least favorite than the class can have open discussions.
This book is about a ten year old girl named Opal who is abandoned by her mother at a young age. She moves with her father, who is also a preacher, to a small town in Florida. Opal is lonely and missing her old friends, but is soon happy to find companionship with a rambunctious little dog she names Winn-Dixie, after finding him in that store. With Winn-Dixie's help she befriends many different townsfolk, and she even begins mending her relationship with her father. A class activity would be for students to write about a mistake they have made on their own paper bottles, and then place all the bottles on a tree in the classroom to show that everyone makes mistakes and that it is ok. Then have a class discussion why Gloria might have done this in the story.
Chrysanthemum thinks she has a perfect name until she attends her first day of school, where other students start to ridicule her. This book can be used to teach students about acceptance. It is on a 570L Lexile reading level, which is a 3rd grade equivalent. When reading this story to students, the teacher can have a large heart cut out at the front of the room. Every time someone says something mean to chrysanthemum, a student can come up front and crinkle a portion of the heart. Afterwards, students will take turns trying to smooth out the heart. This is to show students that even after something unkind is said, the person may still feel upset by it. It shows students that it hurts someone’s heart, when people are being unkind to them.
This is the story of a young fruit bat who becomes separated from her mother and lands in a nest of baby birds, becoming an adoptive member of the bird family. The baby bat learns to act like a baby bird but struggles to completely fit in with the family. Eventually she is able to regain her identity as a bat, and she and her bird friends wonder together about friendship and being alike and different at the same time. A class activity for this book is to let students complete a character's point of view chart about 3 of the main characters and write about how each feel about eating bugs, sleeping, and flying at night.
Lexile: AD 550L