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review 2018-02-04 19:26
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Dear Mr. Henshaw - Paul O. Zelinsky,Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw was one of the first chapter books that I remember reading. I was captivated by the story and re-read the book numerous times. The story dives into heavy situations, such as divorce, bullying, and moving to a new school. I loved that the main character would write to his favorite author. I think that I would have students do the same!  Because this book is for older readers, I would ask them to decipher the setting and draw or write about it. I would love to incorporate this book into a science or stem lesson. Just like in the story, I would ask students to design their own lunchbox alarm.


Guided Reading - Q

Lexile - 910L

DRA - 40

AR - 4.9

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review 2018-01-29 01:21
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell,David Catrow

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is a delightful story of a unique young girl. Molly Lou has many unusual attributes, and she learns how to use them with the help of her grandmother. When Molly Lou encounters a bully, she knows just what to do. I would love to use this book at the beginning of the school year to help students raise their self-esteem and teach them how to cope with bullies. 


AR - 3.5

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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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