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review 2017-04-02 00:34
The Boy with Pink Hair
The Boy With Pink Hair - Perez Hilton,Jenn Hill

I found this book while I was bargain shopping one day. At first glance, I thought this book would not be very good just because the topic seemed so crazy to me at the time. After I read the book, I definitely changed my mind.  I literally judged a book by it's cover. This happens to be the same ideal the story focuses on. I think that this book would be great for third and fourth graders. It has an ATOS level of 3.7. It covers the topic of bullying, peer pressure, and gender stereotyping in a light hearted way while also using more advanced language. It would be a great way to open the door to a discussion about gender equality and even teamwork. Wits program.ca has a great activity to use an extension to this book. The teacher could pair students with partners of the opposite sex. Each pair could discuss talents or things that make their partner unique. The students could write three to five sentences about things that make their partner unique and illustrate them. They could share these with the class and also display them on a bulletin board. This could promote a loving environment for all students in the class.

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review 2017-04-02 00:09
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This book has always been one of my favorites. The illustrations and the story are so appealing and easy to connect with. It also has a comical aspect to it. I think this would be a good book to use with second and third graders. The exile level of this book is AD540L. When I was in a third grade classroom, I noticed that the students were being introduced to peer pressure. I believe that this book goes hand in hand with this topic. On teacherspayteachers.com, there are some great activity sheets that review cause and effect using this book. I think these activity sheets would be a great way to get students thinking about how Camilla felt and about peer pressure. On Pinterest, there was another activity that I think could fit well with a lesson on peer pressure. The students colored a self portrait that had rainbow stripes just like Camilla. Then the students wrote three to five sentences about a time they felt embarrassed. Each idea would open the door to having a discussion about peer pressure.

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review 2017-04-01 23:51
Bully B.E.A.N.S.
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

This book could introduce the topic of bullying to students. I really like how relatable this book is to younger students. So I would read this book to younger students mostly. This book has an ATOS level of 3.6. I would read this book to my class during the first week of school. I saw two cool ideas on Pinterest that involved using this book. After reading this book, each student could get their very own bean cut out from construction paper and write ways to stand up to bullying on it. The teacher could make a banner that has a jar on it and a cute phrase about the book and bullying. All of the beans could go on the jar banner. I liked this idea because having the visual could be a good reminder to students throughout the school year. The teacher could even take it a step further and explain the difference in tattling and reporting bullying with the next idea. A teacher had two jars, a tattling jar and a reporting jar. As the teacher read scenarios, the students placed a bean in the jar that they thought described it. This would be a great way to eliminant tattling in the classroom. I also think it would be a good idea to compare and contrast how the bully of the book felt at the beginning, middle, and end of the book so that students put themselves in her shoes. They could do this using an activity sheet. 

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review 2017-04-01 23:30
The Juice Box Bully
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

I really like this book. This book is a great way to introduce the topic of bullying to students. I think this book would be more beneficial for second and third graders. The language in it and the situation seems to fit better with those grades in my opinion. In class we talked about asking students to be up standers instead of bystanders of bullying. So I think it would be fun and beneficial to have students color their own juice box and write what kind of things an up stander to bullying would do on them. The juice boxes could be taped to the door or the bulletin board. The students could pledge the promise in the back of the book or even create their own as a class. This promise could be placed with the juice boxes as well. 

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review 2017-04-01 23:09
Penny and Jelly
Penny & Jelly: The School Show - Maria Gianferrari,Thyra Heder

I found this book one day while I was bargain shopping and fell in love with it. There are so many children out there who feel they do not have a talent. This book speaks right to those children. I would read this book to any grade but the ATOS level is 2.3. I came across one of those first few days of school activities on Pinterest where students wrote a little paper booklet about things they were good at. I believe this activity would be a wonderful extension to do after reading this book. Students could write the following phrase on each page of their booklet and illustrate it: "I am good at ___________." This would be a great way to show students that they are all talented in different ways and each are important. After all of the booklets are made, students could have a book reading party where each got to share their talents.

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