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review 2018-01-20 23:30
My Kind of Squad
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure - Doreen Cronin

"The Chicken Squad", by Doreen Cronin, is just hilarious. This book has 10 chapters of comedy due to a scared squirrel named, Tail. The actual chicken squad consists of four short, yellow, and fuzzy chicks that are trying to figure out what the squirrel is so scared of. Eventually, Tail convinces them that there is something lurking outside the coop and the chickens think it is after them! It is up to the squad to figure it out and save the day! If you want a book to engage your students or children and have them laughing, this is a book you want to read. I just recently read "The Chicken Squad" to a second grade class, and they loved every second. This book could be used as an end of the day read after they are packed up, or snack time read as they have a moment to recharge. This book could also be used for a narrative writing prompt about some "misadventures" they have been on and what happened in the end. This is an all around great, hilarious book that I think any elementary grade would enjoy. 

 

Lexile: 560L

ATOS Reading Level: 3.3

Guided Reading: N

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review 2018-01-20 22:51
A Good Case of Be Who You Are
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

I was introduced to this book several years ago and it has been a favorite since the day I read it. "A bad Case of Stripes", by David Shannon, has a wonderful message to send to children about being themselves no matter what others think. Camilla Cream, the main character, is getting ready for school one morning when she looks in the mirror to see herself covered in rainbow stripes! She had no clue why she looked this way and it took lots of doctors, poking, probing, and pills to NOT figure it out! She thought she was doomed to look like this for the rest of her life until a sweet, little, old lady comes to her rescue. Camilla soon figures out that the reason for her stripes is because she is not being true to herself. You will have to read this funny and gut wrenching story to find out what it is that she's trying to hide. This story can be used in any elementary classroom as an activity to spread the word about always being yourself no matter what some people may think. Nothing is more miserable than playing a part in life and not enjoying yourself for who you are!

 

Lexile: AD610L

Reading A-Z: K,P

ATOS Reading Level: 3.8

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review 2018-01-20 22:13
A Good Classic Story
Corduroy - Don Freeman

When I see the book, "Corduroy", I get a nostalgic feeling. It brings back memories of my childhood sitting in the elementary classroom listening to this story while each classmate passed around a stuffed Corduroy bear. I had this book in my personal childhood collection and it remains a staple now. Corduroy is a stuffed animal left on a toy store shelf to wonder when someone will come along and take him home. One little girl comes along and wants to take him home, but her mother says no due to his missing button on his overalls. Corduroy was so sad so he sets off into the mall to find himself a new button! To his disappointment, he doesn't find one, but that doesn't stop a very determined little girl. This story is a sweet reminder that everyone has a place and someone to love them no matter who you are. "Corduroy" can be used at the beginning of the year when students are making new friends and might be a little nervous. This story represents how friends can make us feel special and comfort us.

 

Lexile: 600L

Guided Reading Level: K

Suggested Grades: K-2

 

Link posted for "Corduroy" extensions.

Source: www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/corduroy-extension-activities
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review 2018-01-20 21:21
The Crayon Sequel
The Day the Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

"The Day the Crayons Came Home, the sequel to Daywalt's best seller, "The Day the Crayons Quit, is quite possibly funnier than the first. This time the crayons are writing Duncan on postcards, from various places he has left and forgotten about them, letting him know they are very upset! The humor in this book is so fun to read and makes it easy to get into character. Again, the illustrations are colorful, funny, and some realistic. The children can relate to these illustrations because they are drawn on a young artist's level. Even some of the silly names of crayons are included in the story. This story could be used as an introduction to writing letters and how to address the person they are writing to. I would keep on the shelf for a fun read also! 

 

Lexile: AD550L

Accelerated Reader: 3.3

Guided Reading: M

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review 2018-01-20 20:58
The Day I Fell in Love with this Book!
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

"The Day the Crayons Quit", by Drew Daywalt, is one of many favorite books on my shelf. This book is about a little boy's crayon collection that has had enough! They are fed up with Duncan. The crayons are tired of being used so much, made to color weird things, only used to color boring coloring book pages, and many more funny reasons. This book is not only funny, but the illustrations make it even more fun and definitely kid friendly. They even look like a child drew them! How fun is that? I would keep this book on the shelf for a fun read. You could also read the story and use as a quick writing activity about a time your students got tired of something and what they did to solve their problem. This could also be used with kindergarten and incorporate color activities with it. Any way you use it is sure to be fun and have your students laughing!

 

 

Lexile Reading Level: AD730L

Accelerated Reader Level: 3.8

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