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review 2018-02-06 06:05
Interstellar Cinderella
Interstellar Cinderella - Deborah Underwood,Meg Hunt

I had so much fun reading this text, and I know that young readers will, too! This text takes the classic story of Cinderella and tosses it into outer space - literally! Although there are several elements that are very similar to the original, Underwood adds her own spin and leaves the reader with a plot twist ending. I have found so many activities to accompany this story. Students could construct their own spaceship to integrate this text into a steam lesson, write about an imaginary planet, or make a text to text connection with The Rough-Face Girl. Students could also recreate and act out the story!




Guided Reading: M

Lexile: AD500L

DRA: 24

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review 2017-11-15 04:17
I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan
I Wore My Blackest Hair - Carlina Duan

I honestly don't really understand a lot of poetry and I was hoping this book would be different, because I really do like poetry and want to "get it" better, if that makes sense.

There was pain and beauty in some of the poems, but could not get the meaning behind most of them. Maybe I'm not meant to? Poetry is very personal to the writer. If I related more to Carlina's life, would I understand them better? The writing style was different from how I see a lot of poems, very interesting, but might have been one of the factors in making it hard for me to understand.

Despite not getting most of the poems, I still really enjoyed reading this book. I like that it challenged my brain and made me think.

**Disclaimer, I won an ebook copy through a Goodreads giveaway.**


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review 2017-04-07 06:44
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This has been one of my favorite books since 3rd Grade when my teacher read it to me. This book tells the story of how a young girl has to show and love the person she is by accepting herself. This book is perfect for students to hear during shared reading to understand accepting others and theirselves for what they like. I think that 3rd grade was the perfect age to read this to, and could be used for shared reading and even for an arts and craft project to understand ROYGBV. The Lexile Level is AD540L. Great read for students dealing with loving themselves. 

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review 2017-04-01 00:58
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

I have had this book read to me, read the book myself, and had it read again in college! It is such a great read at any age to remind us that we are all individually unique and special. The book tells of a little girl named Chrysanthemum, who is happy as can be until she begins getting picked on for her name. All it takes for Chrysanthemum to overcome this is her kind music teacher named Mrs. Twinkle. It is because of her that Chrysanthemum is able to realize her true quality and how special she really is. This book is a great option for carpet reading and could be used in K-2nd grades. The lexile level of this book is 460L. I would read the story to my students then have a discussion about how we are all unique in our own individual ways. I think it would be neat to have an activity where I give them a cutout flower and they write down character traits and qualities they each possess. I would let the students color them and share if they wanted to do so. I could also hang these on the wall in the classroom or in the hall for the other parents and students to see. 

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review 2017-01-25 05:24
Carla's Sandwich
Carla's Sandwich - Debbie Herman

This book was truly a demonstration of creativity and individuality everyone has. I think this is the perfect book for 2nd and 3rd grade students who are beginning to learn more about themselves and making friends. Not everyone is going to be the same and its okay to add in your own individuality! I would use this to promote students creativity in their own ideas in class! I did not find a lexile level for this book, but it has an ATOS reading level of 3.

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