As if “The Giving Tree” wasn’t enough for us, Mr. Silverstein blessed us with his poetry books as well and this is just one of my favorites. I can remember as a child recitating “Where the sidewalk ends” in front of my class and feeling so proud. This book is full of all the most amazing poems that your classroom isnaure to love. Poetry has a way into everyone’s hearts but especially kids. I had the opportunity to witness poetry in use in the classroom in my lab placements this past semester in the form of what my CT called “poetry cafe”. The students had it every Friday and they would find a poem on Monday, the teacher would make copies and give back to them Tuesday and they had till Friday to memorize it by themselves or with a partner and perform it Friday. I will MOST DEFINITELY do this in my classroom. So many wonderful things that are coming out of this each week such as speech practice, fluency, expression, etc. As well as allowing the students to dress up or use props to show their creativity.
Giided Reading Level: Q
Honestly I feel unworthy to even give this book a review because I feel it is a blanket understanding that this book is the greatest book ever written. Ever. How one book can move even the most stubborn hearts and oldest souls, as well and melt the hearts of the young who it was written for I have no idea. If you haven’t read it, go now and take tissues. A great story that reminds us love is the best gift of all. And although I would like to use this book in lessons as well, I thought about doing something a little different in my room and having our own class giving tree but instead of the tree giving away it’s leavea, we as a class throughout the year build our tree up with compliments to each other as well as me giving compliments out to individual students. The compliment and student’s name will go on the leaf and they get to hang their leaf on the tree where they would like. A great positive visual in the classroom to promote a giving heart.
Guided Reading Level: N