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review 2019-02-02 07:11
The Three Billy Goat Gruff
The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Stephen Carpenter

The Three Billy Goat Gruff is about three brother goats that eat all the grass on their hill. They decide to take a adventure to another hill that is full of grass, but are fearful of a troll that lives under the bridge that they would have to cross. Little Billy Goat Gruff as well as Middle Billy Goat Gruff trick the troll using their smart brains in order to get over the bridge. Bigger Billy Goat Gruff uses his strength to overcome the troll so he can get over the bridge. This book shows that no matter what your strengths are, you are always able to overcome any fears or obstacles that may enter your path! 


How I would use this book in my classroom:


I would use this book in my classroom during a character analysis lesson! I would have my students compare/contrast the goats to each other as well as describe the traits of the troll (since a page in the book goes into great detail about the trolls appearance and personality).


Lexile level: 650L

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review 2019-01-23 21:46
A Bad case of the Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because the other kids in her school don't like them. Camilla is very worried about what other people thank about her, but at the very moment she most wants to fit in, she becomes completely covered in strips and stands out. She searches for anyone who can help her remember what it means to be herself. A great first week of school activity to go along with this book is to have students draw lines across a cut out of Camilla's head to be filled in with stripes with things that make them unique written on them. Be sure to encourage students to share things that others would not know or they might be shy to share. 


 Lexile: AD 610L

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review 2018-09-09 20:50
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes is an ideal text to read to students on the first day of school. It's Pete the Cat's first day of school, but he is fully confident to conquer the day in his special shoes. He encounters all of the different places in the school in his awesome shoes. After reading this text, teachers could take their students on a tour of their new school so they can become familiar with all of the new places. They can have a checklist as they go throughout the school and mark off each location when they see it. 


Lexile level: 430L

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text 2018-09-09 16:57
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum has a very unique name. Her peers makes fun of her for having a unique name. At one point she she wanted to change her name but  the support of her parents and her teacher made her more confident with her name. This book could be used to teach students to accept things about themselves that they can not change and that everyone is different and unique! I can have the students talk about one special characteristic about themselves and discuss it with the class.



5 stars

Lexile 570L

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review 2018-09-08 19:38
Wonder - R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has kept him from going to a regular school, util now. He is starting fifth grade and is very nervous about people accepting him and making friends. Auggie wants to be treated as an ordinary kid but some classmates cannot look past his facial deformity. This book discusses Auggie's life, how he meets friends, the challenges he faces, and how he overcomes each one with confidence. 

This book can be used for many activities. Students can learn about cause and effect, character education, inside and outside traits, and bullying. 

Lexile: 790L

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