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review 2017-04-06 22:43
Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are written by Maurice Sendak is a 3.4 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. The story is about a young boy who travels to a land of monsters at night. He has fun, stays up late, and doesn't have to follow rules. In the end, he realizes that home is where he belong and is where he wants to be. This book could be used in the classroom at the beginning of the year to help students realize that rules are there for a good reason. This book could also be used in a fantasy unit for young readers. 

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text 2017-03-28 23:42
Are You My Mother? - P.D. Eastman

Are You My Mother? is another classic story by P.D. Eastman that tells about a baby bird who hatches out of its egg, only to find its mother nowhere in sight. It must venture out of its nest, into a world that it does not know at all, to reunite with its mother. The baby bird goes up to every creature and object that comes into its contact and asks the simple question: are you my mother? Of course, all the responses are no. To any other baby bird, this might get incredibly discouraging. However, this baby bird never gives up hope on finding whoever its mother may be! This book’s Lexile reading level is 80L, and it would mainly be considered for beginning readers. Most of the words in the book are simple sight words, and students could easily look at the pictures to do a retell of the story if they struggled to read. One thing this book would be great in teaching is sequencing. Students could figure out the order of who the baby bird asks first is its mother, and make a list from there. You could also create an anchor chart to compare and contrast things that the baby bird might or might not have in common with each creature or object it encounters. This could turn into a wonderful science lesson for students to learn about birds!

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text 2017-03-28 23:39
Go, Dog. Go! - P.D. Eastman

Go, Dog. Go! is a classic tale by P.D. Eastman. It is the story of multiple dogs who do different things, such as drive a car, ride on scooters, and wear different hats. They are also in different places, such as a house, at work, or in a tree. There is really no main plot to this story, but there are so many different teaching elements to it. The book’s Lexile reading level is simply BR because it is for beginning readers. The words are simple sight words that are talked about in preschool and mainly kindergarten. A perfect way to use this book would be when teaching prepositions and prepositional phrases. There are many different examples throughout the book that the teacher could point out to students. This would also be a great book to use to teach setting. This book has multiple settings throughout each page, so this would give students a chance to see how the setting in a book can frequently change. I would have students do a scavenger hunt within the book to identify prepositions with their prepositional phrases, and also the multiple settings. For beginning readers, you could teach students about their colors and numbers, especially with the first few pages of this book.

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review 2017-02-15 22:43
Old Hat New Hat
Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Books(R)) - Stan Berenstain,Jan Berenstain

Old Hat New Hat by Stan Berenstain is a 1.5 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system.  It is a silly story about a bear that is considering buying a new hat. He looks at many different options, but there always seems to be something wrong with each of them. Some are too itchy and some are too lumpy. In the end, the bear decides to keep his old hat because it is perfect. I would use this book with beginning readers or as a lesson in second grade rhyming. 

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review 2016-11-06 23:01
Go, Dog. Go! - P.D. Eastman

This book is fun and great for young and beginning readers. It contains quite a bit of three letter words which is what makes it so great for beginning readers but also makes it fun with animals and the pictures show the rest of the story. This book is great for kindergarten and 1st grade and would be great to use at a reading and listening center. This is also great for a small group lesson for reading since its great for beginning readers.

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