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text 2017-03-25 17:11
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis,Laura Cornell

Reading Level: K-2 and Lexile Level: 250L

 

This book book is about a little girl who encounter different emotions. I think this is a great book for children because it teaches them about the different emotions people deal with daily and it also shows them the proper way to handle each emotion. In my future classroom I would probably do a read aloud to my students. I would have them draw themselves showing an emotion and then ask them to explain to me in a few sentences how they felt when they had that emotion. 

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review 2017-03-20 19:45
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

This book is a story about a girl named Harriet and her trouble with empathy. The girl genuinely cannot feel this emotion. She gets into some trouble when misplaces her notebook. Within this notebook is her feelings and thoughts about everyone she comes into contact with. Which some of what is written would be considered unkind. The reason why she gets into some trouble is because her friends find her notebook and they read what she has written about them. Although she is forced to apologize and tell everyone that she did not mean what she wrote about them, her apology was completely insincere. She did not think she had done anything wrong because her thoughts and feelings are her own. She later learns that it is okay to feel and thing they way you do. However, sometimes it is best to keep it to yourself because it may cause conflicts. This book is a little controversial for me. Children learn that they have to be nice to their peers. However, they are not taught what to do if they genuinely think negative things about a particular person. They are taught to tell the truth. The controversy arises when the truth is negative towards a person. I think this book would be great to have as recreational reading for the classroom. However, it would be a great sample to read for emotions and what are appropriate ways to handle them. The lexile reading level for this book is 760L so it should be used around the 6th grade.

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review 2017-02-25 21:04
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis,Laura Cornell

Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis is a cute book about a little girl and all of the different moods that she has. It is bright and colorful and at the end of the story it has a picture of the girls face and then little dials that allow the reader to change her facial expressions/moods. This was one of my all time favorite stories when I was little because of how fun the story was! I think this is a great book for children because it teaches them about the different emotions people deal with daily and it also shows them the proper way to handle each emotion. If I were to use this book in my future classroom I would probably do a read aloud to my students and have them show me which emotion the little girl is feeling with different emojis I have given them. After that I would have them draw themselves showing a particular emotion and then ask them to explain to me in a few sentences how they felt when they had that emotion. 

 

Reading Level: K-2

Lexile Level: 250L

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review 2017-02-22 03:48
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum, written by Kevin Henkes, is about a little girl who is named after her grandmother. Chrysanthemum loves her name in the beginning of the story, but as she goes to school all the other children start bullying her about her name. She starts to believe that her name is not as beautiful as she thought it was, and she starts to hate school because all the other kids do is make fun of her name. One day the teacher makes a startling revelation about long names and names of flowers, the teacher says her name is also a long name and the name of a flower. After the teacher tells the class this Chrysanthemum loves her name again and the whole class decides they love her name to. I believe that this book is a great book to help children understand emotions. The main character in this book has a lot of the same feelings occur throughout the book, and she has trouble deciding how she feels about her name based on other people's opinion. This would be a great book to help children to understand their emotions and how it is okay for them to change. You could also do a writing activity where you have them write about a time where they might have really loved something and then someone else had a different opinion about it and they were confused on how to feel about it after. I would use this for grades first through third. 

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review 2017-01-19 21:07
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School - Deborah Diesen

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School is on a 2.9 AR level, but could undoubtedly be enjoyed by readers of many ages. The Pout-Pout Fish finds himself in many classes that are challenging for him and he starts to get upset. He is even to the devastating point of wanting to give up. However, Miss Hewitt informs him that his class is with her and they are in fact going to learn all of the things that he thought were "too hard" eventually. With Miss Hewitt, the Pout-Pout Fish has a wonderful day. I would like to read this book in my classroom at the beginning of the year. I would like to make a bulletin board using the quote from the book, "Fact One: You are smart. Fact Two: You can get it. Fact Three: You belong. So Four: Don't forget it!" I would have a class picture posted with the quote and also allow each student to sign their name to the board. I think this would be a great reminder for myself and the students to refer to throughout the school year. 

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