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text 2017-03-28 23:57
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein wrote a vast collection of poems comprised in his book Where the Sidewalk Ends. There is no main plot line for the whole book, only that there are many different poems to read. The book’s Lexile reading level is classified as NP, or non-prose. It has this classification simply because the book is comprised mainly of poems, and most of the text in the book is never in complete sentences. This book is a childhood classic for many students, so I feel like it has great benefits when added to the classroom setting. In my classroom, we could read one poem at the beginning of each day. Students could analyze that poem to figure out what type of poem it is and what its meaning might be. This would be something we could enjoy doing throughout the school year! From this, students could also practice writing their own poems in their writing journals.

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text 2017-03-28 23:54
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is a classic book by Shel Silverstein about a little boy who befriends a tree. The tree loved him so much that she was willing to give him anything he wanted. As the little boy is young and still growing up, he spends so much time with the tree. However, the older he gets, the less time he spends with it. Eventually, the only time that he visits the tree is because he needs something. The tree is always willing to give him whatever it is he needs. This book tells the powerful story of how people tend to take things for granted. We ask and ask for things in the world to try and make ourselves happy, but in the end, it is the simple things that matter the most. This book’s Lexile reading level is 530L, and I believe it can be read in any elementary school grades. Different age groups will develop a different understanding for the book, which is always interesting to listen to. In my classroom, I would want us to create our own giving tree. The students will each be given at least two leaves. On one leaf, they must write the characteristics of a giving person. On the other leaf, they can write the name of a person in their life that has always been giving to them. They must also write at least one example of how that person is giving. These leaves will be used to decorate our class tree, and it will serve as a reminder for my class to always be a giving person.

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review 2016-11-05 22:32
Falling Up - Shel Silverstein

This book can truly be utilized for all grades.  However, it is an excellent resource for fourth and fifth grades. The poems are not lengthy and still maintain simple verbiage.  I recently used several of the poems for an inference lesson.  Truly, this book and Where the Sidewalk Ends are wonderful literary tools in the classroom when teaching poetry. 

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text 2016-11-05 19:38
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

I love the versatility of this book.  It can be used for all elementary grades.  I recently used it to teach a theme lesson to fifth graders.  They loved the poem.  This book contains something for every teacher and every class.

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