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review 2017-04-08 03:17
The Witches - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

The book The Witches by Roald Dahl is about a group of witches who hide in secret and are sought to be defeated by a young boy.He devises a plan to take down the grand high witch which succeeds and the boy-turned mouse saves the day. I remember reading this story when I was in about the fourth grade and I really enjoyed it. An activity i would do with my class regarding this book would be to have my students write a "how to" text about how to recognize a witch. Once the text is written accurately, I would have them draw a picture below of a witch like the ones from the book. I would give this book a three and a half stars out of five and is listed as a 740L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-04-08 02:33
Matilda - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

The book Matilda by Roald Dahl is a story about a young girl with secret magical powers who lives with a horrible adoptive family who don't care for her much because she is different from them. Matilda is very intelligent and succeeds academically and has a maturity level well beyond her age. She seeks out to gain more knowledge through books as well as school. Her teacher, Ms. Honey, helps her in any way she can. Eventually Matilda gets her happy ending away from her awful family and lives with Ms. Honey. This book is great to have on any book shelf and I would recommend reading this to over elementary school children. I would rate this book a four out of five stars and it is an 840L on the Lexile scale. An activity I would use with this book would be with writing a text about supernatural powers such as the ones Matilda has from the book. What powers might you have? How would you use your powers? other questions to follow regarding this fun activity.

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review 2017-04-07 00:43
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Lexile Level: 810L

This book is about a young boy named Charlie who grew up with less. One day, there is a contest to find a golden ticket in a chocolate bar made by a famous chocolatier, Mr. Willy Wonka. Charlie finds a ticket, visits the factory, and is given the prize of a lifetime. I would use this book as a read-aloud to my students during free time.

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review 2017-03-29 00:17
BFG- Best Fictional Gift
The BFG - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This well known book is a favorite of many- and I know why. Roald Dahl is an amazing author and his work really shows through this book. It tells the story of a young orphan named Sophie who meets the BFG- Big Friendly Giant. He is the only giant that isn't nasty or a children eater. Instead, he and Sophie come up with a plan to save future children from being eaten- by telling the Queen of England and having her lock the other mean giants up. This book is perfect for all sorts of activities in the classroom. A quick search of "BFG" on pinterest pulls up many fun activities that engage the children while allowing them to learn new things. One of the best ideas I saw was incorporating "The BFG" into STEM activities (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-BFG-by-Roald-Dahl-STEM-Challenge-2538071). Students are asked to dream up then construct a fork that the BFG could use to eat his food. This can be taken to the next level, though. Students could fictitiously design tools, utensils, and other important items for people with disabilities. Not only would this put their STEM minds to use, but would also get students to think about other people who don't necessarily have that easy of a life and that "simple" tasks can be hard for other people. 


Guided Reading: U

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Lexile: 720L


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url 2017-03-22 02:05
Going Solo
Going Solo - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

I have mixed feelings about this book.  I love the author and always will.  He is a brilliant writer.  That's what kept me reading this one.  But... 


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Happy reading


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