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review 2018-03-17 22:32
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison is a genius! I can not wait to provide this text to young readers in my future classroom. This book showcases powerful women of color. This is truly a text deserving of awards and accolades. The illustrations are gorgeous and the content is powerful. I could see myself using this book for Social Studies and and English Language Arts!

 

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review 2018-03-09 04:14
Pink and Say
Pink and Say - Patricia Polacco

You better bring some tissues when you sit down to read this text, because you are going to need them! Patricia Polacco is the author and illustrator of this profound piece of children's literature. Polacco introduces us to the true story of two young soldiers. Many of Polacco's works are based on true stories, and this one packs a punch. This text is perfect for lessons about the civil war. I recently used this text to write my own lesson plan; I required students to read the text and research their state's role in the civil war. The students were then asked to write a persuasive piece detailing why they would or why they would not live in their state during the civil war.

 

 

Guided Reading - V

Lexile - 600L

DRA - 50

AR - 3.8

 

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review 2018-02-27 02:10
Will You Help Someone in Need?
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

In Lois Lowry's book, Number the Stars, the main character helps protect her best friend by pretending she a part of the family. The setting of the book is during World War II and the Holocaust. I would use the book ,in conjunction with The Diary of Anne Frank, to provide insight into the life of hiding and the fight to live. Teachers could have their students create culture quilts to show the many aspects of their cultures. A piece of paper is folding into sixths and the students will draw or write the aspects of their culture. This activity shows students that everyone has one thing in common. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile 670L

 

Grades: 3-6th 

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review 2018-02-27 01:54
A Mouse is the President
Woodrow the White House Mouse - Peter Barnes,Cheryl Shaw Barnes

Woodrow, the White House Mouse shows students what is like to be the President of the United States. This story also shows students where the president lives and the president's many jobs. This is a great book to read before taking a field trip to American Village. I would use this book to help with comparing fiction and nonfiction texts; I would use a text that pertains to the White House.

 

Reading Level: Lexile NP (non-prose)

 

Grades: PreK-3

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text 2017-04-08 02:12
The Name Jar
The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi

AD290L

K-2

Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name.  I would love to use this in my classroom to encourage inclusion.  People from different cultures are interesting and not weird.  We should want to get to know them and their culture to better understand them.

5 Stars 

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