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text 2017-10-15 14:24
DNF at 87%
The Mystery of Hollow Oak (The Green Beans, 1) - Gabriel Gadget

 

 

I was going to use this one for Amateur Sleuth, but no attempt at solving the potential mystery even started until after 50%.

It was almost all about Little League and the most cliche 10 year olds and suburban homes on the planet.

 

When the kids finally head out, there's no build up - there go tearing through the woods about 11pm and meet bigfoots cousin who wants them to help save the woods.

 

Nope, done.

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review 2017-04-08 04:01
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

The book Bully B.E.A.N.S. is the story of a class standing up to bullying using their bully beans. This book has really good illustrations and gives great details about real life bullying scenarios. I would rate this book a four and half stars out of five and it is listed as currently unavailable. An activity I would do with my students would be to complete an activity sheet that has number of ways to stop and prevent bullying. I will have my students list the ways and draw bully beans alongside them. This will be a cute and simple way to begin discussing bullying and ways to prevent it. Having students list them themselves is a good way to review the message from the book rather than just a verbal discussion.

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review 2017-04-08 03:36
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is a cute story about a young girl named Camilla

who loves lima beans. She refuses to eat them because her friends dislike them and suddenly she ends up with a bad case of stripes. The doctors run tests and studies on her but nothing seems to work. She seems to just be getting worse until she eats lima beans as the cure and is back to normal. I would have my students complete an activity sheet with visualizations from the book. The students will draw two pictures of what Camilla looked like at different times in the book and then write a paragraph describing her for each time. I would ask my students to be very descriptive with their details of Camilla. I would rate this book a four and a half stars out of five and it is listed as AD540L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-03-08 16:29
Full of Beans Book Review
Full of Beans - Jennifer L. Holm

The audio book for this was fantastic. I loved that it was set during the great depression. The characters are fun and quirky and very enjoyable to read about. This really reminds me a bit of A Year Down Yonder (it's just as good). I think its one kids will love. And if you need a book that's a fun listen as well for a road trip, choose Full of Beans, the whole family will love it. 

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review 2017-01-21 04:39
Bully B.E.A.N.S
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

This book really impressed me. The story itself is about a bully tormenting her classmates and her classmates learning to stand up for themselves and their peers. When a student goes to her mother looking for advice, the mother comes up with a genius plan. Magic "Bully Beans".....special jelly beans that give you the courage and confidence to stand up to a bully.  The book offers great advice on how to handle bullies and good strategies to come to a good outcome.  It also asks thought provoking questions asking why the child is being a bully. I would use this book in grades K thru 4th. This book I would incorporate into the reading section of the day. In the lower grades I would work through the book as a whole group breaking it down into KWL. In the upper grades I would break it down into literacy centers. 

Reading Level: K thru 5th

ATOS reading level: 3.60

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