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text 2017-04-04 21:01
If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

Laura Numeroff’s tale If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a classic story of a little girl who tries to accommodate the whims of one demanding little pig. The pig begins with some pancakes, and from there she finds herself in need of syrup. After using the syrup, she gets a little sticky and needs to take a bath. For her bath, she needs some bubbles and bath toys. Many more events take place from here with the pig needing one thing after another. This book’s Lexile reading level is 570L, and it does an excellent job at helping students practice sequencing and predicting. In my classroom, I would use this book to practice reading fluency with my students. There is a printable script that you can download online, so I would allow students to form groups of two to read this script. Each member in the group would draw a fluency stick that has a different voice to use when reading. Students will then practice reading the story in those voices to develop their fluency.

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review 2017-03-30 04:48
The Book With No Pictures
The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures is a fun, expressive story (with no pictures, of course). The point of this book is the tone in which it is read. B.J. Novak, the author, reads this story to young children with such enthusiasm and they are completely in awe and entertained.

 

I would read this story with kindergartners, first or second graders. It would be really awesome to have Novak read it to the whole school, but assuming this would not be easy to do, I would read this story to my class; then, during stations, in the reading center, I would have this book out for students to practice fluency and enthusiasm by reading this story to each other. I would even use this book as a reward for my students to go and read to another class.

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text 2017-03-27 13:14
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan

I read this book in 5th grade and loved it! Set in the Midwestern United States during the late 19th century, Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth several years earlier, finds that taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a bride. Sarah Wheaton, from Maine, answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. The Lexile level is 560L. I would use this in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. I would use this in writing centers and have students write a letter to Sarah from the point of view from Anna and Caleb. Since Sarah, Plain and Tall is so descriptive of nature, another writing activity is to have the students paint a verbal picture of an object or place in nature, using carefully chosen adjectives, especially color and texture words. Students can then read their writings aloud to partners, and partners will attempt to draw the objects or places based on the author's carefully chosen words. This lesson focuses on word choice and sentence fluency.

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review 2017-02-28 04:07
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a classic collection of little poems that children love! Even though this is not a full on story, children can still remember main poems from the book and it can be used as a "if we have some extra time" treat! I plan on having this in my classroom and the activity would have to depend on what poem I am using, for example if I were to use the poem Boa Constrictor I would probably do a lesson on sequencing because it talks about going up the body in order. I also think it would be good to have this in my class to work on fluency, just to have the students to read to themselves to work on the rhythm I think would be great!

 

Reading Level: K-6

Lexile Level: NA

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text 2016-11-19 21:15
Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 367 pages.
Fluency - Jennifer Foehner Wells

I'm not impressed with this so far. When I originally heard about it, it was billed as linguistic science fiction, but that's not really what I'm getting from it. The main character seems to be just sort of naturally linguistically gifted, and the alien's one appearance indicates that it's probably telepathic. Add to that my extreme dislike of the character I think is being set up as the main character's love interest, and the result is disappointment. Here's hoping it improves.

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