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review 2017-03-21 23:44
Ben Rides On (To the Top of My List)
Ben Rides On - Matt Davies

This wonderful and beautifully illustrated book tells of a boy named Ben who has a super cool, brand new bike that the school bully steals from him. After school, Ben finds his banged up bike, but also sees the bully hanging on a branch over a cliff about to fall off. After much deliberation, Ben makes the right choice to help the bully even though he has been mean to him, making this book a great one for teaching manners and character to young (and old) students. I would personally use this in the classroom for many different reasons. It opens up a discussion for bullying, for making good decisions, and for safety. Bicycles in general offer up a lot of learning opportunities: physics, rotational motion, STEM activities, inclined planes, etc. A teacher could also do some sort of typical "after-reading" book activity like summarizing, sequencing, etc, but change it to incorporate a bicycle into the worksheet/activity. 

 

A.R. Level 3.6

Lexile Level: AD730L

I personally recommended: Ages 2-10+

 

I love this!

In the front of the book on the info page, it says "In books, kids do crazy things, like... ride a bicycle without protecting their heads. In real life, you should always remember to wear your helmet when riding your bike"

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review 2017-03-19 22:57
Hooray For Reading Day!
Hooray for Reading Day! - Margery Cuyler,Arthur Howard

This story is about a young girl who seems to not have the confidence she needs. She is not excellent at reading and she gets nervous when reading aloud to her peers. She worked and practiced at night. She would practice by reading to her dog at home. Finally the day came for her to read in front of her classmates. She did great! This book will show the students what constant practice will do for one's reading capabilities. This book could also be used to build students knowledge of an encouraging environment. Students could learn knew ways to support and encourage one another. They could learn knew ways to build people up rather than breaking them down. I would say this book will work great for 2nd to 6th grade. The older grades would might need to focus more on the confidence building rather than the text itself. The text could act as a guide.

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review 2017-03-14 20:04
Bryan Left Me Cryin'
The Invisible Boy - Trudy Ludwig,Patrice Barton

The book "The Invisible Boy" by Patrice Barton is a about a boy named Bryan who feels invisible because the other kids in his class don't ever notice him. When a new kid comes to school, they become friends and everything brightens up for both Bryan and the new kid. The only problem I had with the book was that the problem was solved a little too abruptly. This book has amazing pictures that show the development of the "invisible boy" who slowly gains his colors back. In the back of the book, there are discussion questions for teachers to use with their classrooms. It also includes recommended readings on the same page. For this reason and many more, I highly recommend this book to teachers and students alike! 

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review 2017-03-02 16:44
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

Leveling System and Reading Level: ATOS reading level is 3.6

 

This book is about a little girl who is getting bullied. Her mother gives her "bullying beans" to eat when she is being bullied to stand up to the bully. She does and gives some to her friends and they stand up to the bully. The bully ask for some and to stand up to her sibling.

 

I would use this book for the being of school to give the children a good foundation on bullying. I would let them know right away what we are not going to be doing in this classroom. 

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review 2017-02-25 23:10
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is a very colorful and fun book! This story is about a little girl who loves lima beans but then does not eat them because nobody else likes them. She then goes through a bunch of health problems and doctors don't know what is causing them. This story is one that children love because of all the different problems the girl has and also how bright and fun it is! This story teaches the important lesson that you do not need to conform to being like your friends, just be yourself and you will be happy! If I were to use this book in my classroom I could see myself doing a sequencing lesson/activity where they put what happens to her in order. I could also get them to write a paragraph about why being different is good! 

 

Reading Level: K-2

Lexile Level: 540L

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