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review 2018-09-09 20:50
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes is an ideal text to read to students on the first day of school. It's Pete the Cat's first day of school, but he is fully confident to conquer the day in his special shoes. He encounters all of the different places in the school in his awesome shoes. After reading this text, teachers could take their students on a tour of their new school so they can become familiar with all of the new places. They can have a checklist as they go throughout the school and mark off each location when they see it. 


Lexile level: 430L

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text 2018-09-09 16:57
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum has a very unique name. Her peers makes fun of her for having a unique name. At one point she she wanted to change her name but  the support of her parents and her teacher made her more confident with her name. This book could be used to teach students to accept things about themselves that they can not change and that everyone is different and unique! I can have the students talk about one special characteristic about themselves and discuss it with the class.



5 stars

Lexile 570L

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review 2018-09-08 19:38
Wonder - R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has kept him from going to a regular school, util now. He is starting fifth grade and is very nervous about people accepting him and making friends. Auggie wants to be treated as an ordinary kid but some classmates cannot look past his facial deformity. This book discusses Auggie's life, how he meets friends, the challenges he faces, and how he overcomes each one with confidence. 

This book can be used for many activities. Students can learn about cause and effect, character education, inside and outside traits, and bullying. 

Lexile: 790L

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review 2018-09-08 19:31
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is proud of her name. She loves how unique it is, until kindergarten started. All the other children have regular names and make fun of her name and that she was named after a flower. Then she meets her new teacher, which has a very unique name as well. Chrysanthemum is beaming with happiness and cannot contain her excitement when she finds out that Mrs. Twinkle wants to name her daughter Chrysanthemum. All the other children wish they were named after a flower and Chrysanthemum is beaming with excitement yet again. 

With this book, students can research their name and find everything that is unique about their name. 

Lexile: 570L

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-07 22:56
She Persisted
She Persisted - Chelsea Clinton,Alexandra Boiger

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton is a picture book that discusses the issue of women being told that they cannot do something based on their sex.  The story shows thirteen famous and influential women who were pushed down and told they could not do something, and they all went through a struggle, but stayed persistent and changed the world.  The book ends by telling the reader to keep dreaming and making changes to the world even when others try to bring you down.  She Persisted is great for young girls because it can boost their confidence and make girls believe in themselves.  The book also gives great details about the thirteen women in history.  An activity that could be done with this book is to do a writing activity about a time each student has persisted through a struggle.   According to the Developmental Reading Assessment leveling system, She Persisted has a DRA of 30 (Grade 3-4). 

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