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review 2017-04-06 03:36
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book is about a little girl named Chrysanthemum being made fun of at school because of her name. Every time she gets bullied at school, she goes home to get comforted by her mother and she starts to feel like her name is beautiful again. When the teacher finds out about the bullying, the teacher shares with the class that her name is based off of a flower also. The class then starts to tell Chrysanthemum how much they love her name and that they want the same name as a flower. This book is about bullying and acceptance. I would use this in my classroom as a way to bring up bullying and to show the students to love themselves.


Lexile Measure: 460L

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review 2017-02-22 03:48
Chrysanthemum -Lexile level 460L
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum, written by Kevin Henkes, is about a little girl who is named after her grandmother. Chrysanthemum loves her name in the beginning, but as she goes to school all the other children start bullying her about her name. She starts to believe that her name is not as beautiful as she thought it was, and she starts to hate school because all the other kids do is make fun of her name. One day the teacher makes a startling revelation about long names and names of flowers, the teacher says her name is also a long name and the name of a flower. After the teacher tells the class this Chrysanthemum loves her name again and the whole class decides they love her name to. I believe that this book is a great book to help children understand emotions. The main character in this book has a lot of the same feelings occur throughout the book, and she has trouble deciding how she feels about her name based on other people's opinion. This would be a great book to help children to understand their emotions and how it is okay for them to change. You could also do a writing activity where you have them write about a time where they might have really loved something and then someone else had a different opinion about it, and they were confused on how to feel about it after. I would use this for grades first through third. 

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review 2017-02-14 04:06
Olivia -Lexile level AD270L
Olivia (Board Book) - Ian Falconer

Olivia, by Ian Falconer, is about a very adventurous and enthusiastic little girl who is good at many things. She's good at dancing, singing, and very good at changing her clothes to fit her personality/mood. Olivia goes on a trip to the art museum with her family and decides that she can be an artist. So Olivia goes home to become the artist she knows she can. Olivia is a great book to use for many activities, you can set up different activities that have to do with the activities that Olivia did in her story, or you can make the book about knowing that you can do anything if you just believe in yourself. Olivia believes in herself, so she accomplishes everything she wants to do. If you use this book to show children that they can do what Olivia does by believing in themselves like her, than you can make this into a self-esteem lesson. This book can be used for grades kindergarten through third grade. It might not have a lot of words, but the message is very clear and will get across to the students. You can also use this book as a creative writing lesson where you can get your students to write about something they are good at. 

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review 2017-02-11 18:47
Love Monster -Lexile level AD270L
Love Monster - Rachel Bright

Love Monster, by Rachel Bright, is a phenomenal book that teaches you that being different doesn't mean you won't find someone who loves you for who you are. The love monster doesn't seem to fit into his town of cute and cuddly creatures, and he yearns to find someone to love him for who he is. The love monster searches for someone throughout the book, until finally he gives up and decides to go back home. When he gives up is when he finally meets someone to love, and that is just like him who wants to love him for who he is. I believe that the love monster can be used from kindergarten through third grade. You can use this book during Valentines day as a shared reading, and then let them do some activities following the reading. Their are two activities that I would do, one would include the love monster print out where the students get to make their own love monster and decorate/color him/her how they want to. The second activity would have them trace their hand on a piece o construction paper and then cut it out. Then, I would give each student a heart to place in the center of their hand and on the heart they will write one thing that they love about the person who loves them for who they are. After they write what they love about their person they will then glue down the two middle fingers of their hand and make it look like the word love in sign language. They can take their love monsters home for themselves and give their hand to the person who loves them for who they are as a Valentine. I believe that this is a great book to do for shared reading because you can also incorporate the lesson of how important it is to love yourself for who you are, and by loving yourself for who you are other people will do the same. 

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text 2016-11-12 02:46
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

This is a story about an unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig. Wilbur and Charlotte become the best of friends after Charlotte begins to write letters in her web, drawing an incredible amount of attention to Wilbur. Using this story as a way to introduce diversity is a great idea. This will help students understand that although everyone is different, there is a way to celebrate those differences. Have students come up with three words of their own to describe someone else in the class, and this could be used as a self esteem exercise in the class as well.

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