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review 2016-03-18 18:14
Motivating!
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream - Deloris Jordan,Kadir Nelson,Roslyn M. Jordan

I recently used this book with a boy I was tutoring and we both loved it. He wanted to read it over and over again. I take that as a good sign. Salt in His Shoes is a book about Michael Jordan when he was young and had a dream to play basketball. Michael becomes discouraged when he misses the winning basket during a game with his brothers. Michael decides to stop playing with his brothers until he is tall enough to make every goal. Later, Michael realizes that it takes a lot of hard-work and patience to achieve your dreams. This is a phenomenal book that teaches students that nothing comes easy. It teaches them that they should dream, but that they also need to work hard to make those dreams come true.

 

Use in the classroom: I would have this as a whole group read or something to offer for independent reading. It would also be a good book to use during research week!

 

Target grade: 3rd-5th 

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review 2016-03-16 02:33
Empowering!
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

Bully B.E.A.N.S is a fantastic book that empowers students to stand up to bullies. In the story, a group of kids are handed some 'magic' beans. The 'magic' beans are very special because they give the kids the courage they need to stand up to the school bully, Bobbette. They take the beans and team up to stop Bobbette from hurting anyone else. There must be something about those beans! This book teaches students to not be bystanders, but to stand together and take action. This is a must read in your classroom if you want your students to be proactive about bullying!

 

Use in the classroom: I would read this at the beginning of the year to teach my students that they need to be proactive about bullying and to empower them to take a stand if they ever encounter one. I would also have a bag of jelly beans for each student to have and tell them that if they ever need the courage to stand up to a bully, they just need to eat one of the beans. 

 

Target grade: kindergarten-4th

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