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review 2019-02-01 23:51
"Growing Up"
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! - Mo Willems,Laurie Keller,Mo Willems,Laurie Keller




Walt is worried about how he is not growing as tall or he is not the curliest. This book is a great book for a first grade classroom to help the students understand that it is ok to not be the tallest or the smallest in the class. This book explains that everyone is special in their own way and that is how I would use it in my classroom. This book is also a fun way to teach your students about plant growth and how things grow.  


Leveling System:

Lexile- 270L


Classroom Activity:

I would use this to incorporate a science lesson. I would create a classroom garden and the students would get to watch and document, in their science notebooks, about the growth of each plant and the length over time it took it to grow.


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text 2018-10-10 18:40
Baby trees -- but I don't need another hobby!
Bonsai Basics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing, Training & General Care - Christian Pessey,Remy Samson
Bonsai: Illustrated Guide to an Ancient Art - Sunset Books,Buff Bradley

I'm not sure when I bought these books, but it was probably around 2002 or 2003.  They've been in a box out in the workshop, untouched since at least 2006.  They may never have been opened or read.


Believe it or not, one of the reasons in favor of my staying in Arizona is that I don't want to leave my ironwood tree, especially after it bloomed so spectacularly last spring.  I had to leave a magnificent white oak tree when we moved from Indiana, and I'm just not sure I can uproot myself -- pun intended -- from another beloved tree.


It's possible, from what I've seen online, to grow desert ironwood trees as bonsai.  I think I can still find some seeds in the yard, but I'm not sure how well they sprout.  I haven't seen any seedlings in the yard, though we've had quite a bit of rain lately that has other little plants shooting up.


So, I gotta think about this.

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review 2018-09-10 05:49
My Mouth is a Volcano
My Mouth Is a Volcano Activity and Idea Book - Julia Cook,Carrie Hartman

"All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano!" This book can be used in the classroom to introduce classroom rules, expectations and routines. It can lead to a discussion on what should be appropriate to ask the teacher and what the student should ask a peer. The book is a great engaging materials that allow students to learn how to follow procedures.




Level J

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review 2018-09-10 05:43
When sophie gets really really angry
When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry - Molly Bang

When sophie gets really really angry  illustrates a girl named Sophie who gets angry and runs away. This book would be great to introduce emotions in the classroom. Anger can be very upsetting for some children, therefore this book displays that everybody gets angry sometimes. The discussion can also lead to what you can do to deal with anger. This book can also be read to the class while introducing routines and expectations. 




Grade PreK-2

Level K 

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review 2018-09-10 05:36
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This book is about a young girl who wakes up with colorful stripes. She changes colors to match whatever is happening around her. She stand out and find what is to be herself. This book could be used in the classroom to introduce a discussion about trying new things. It can also be used to discuss the importance of being unique and beautiful. The students could also write a brief journal entry of what makes them unique and stand out from the crowd.



Grade 1-5

Level P 


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