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review 2019-02-04 02:59
The Chocolate Touch
The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Skene Catling,Margot Apple

I love The Chocolate Touch it is fun to read and students can not wait to predict what turns into chocolate next. John Midas lets his greed for chocolate get the best of him and in return chocolate betrays him. A fun activity would be to have students decide if they would love to have everything they touched turned into chocolate or if they would hate it. Then the class would be split into two teams and debate the pros and cons of having everything they touched turned into chocolate, supporting their claims using evidence from the text.


Lexile 770L

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review 2019-02-03 18:56
The Word Collector
The Word Collector - Peter H. Reynolds

The Word Collector is one of my favorite books! Some people collect stamps and baseball cards but not Jerome, he collects WORDS! In my opinion that is cool! This book helps students understand that all words big and small have meaning and impact. A great activity would be a word wall or bulletin board of kindness, this can be done inside the classroom or outside in the hallway. The students are responsible for coming up with the most amazing words they can think of. Also, I would have students draw names and write three to four kind and encouraging words that describe the person they received. This is a great way to create a community in the classroom. I truly do love this book and I can not wait to use it in the classroom!


Lexile 490L

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review 2019-02-03 07:32
Winnie-the-Pooh - Ernest H. Shepard,A.A. Milne

I had to add this book to my list because it is my all time favorite book EVER! Winnie-The-Pooh is a sweet little bear who LOVES honey, it's almost all he thinks about! Pooh also loves to go on adventures with his best friend Christopher Robin, as well as Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Rabbit. Winnie-The-Pooh was actually a story written by A.A Milne for his son, Christopher Robin.He wrote the stories in a way that incorporated his son in them with all of his sons favorite stuffed animals. It quickly reached the public and has been famous ever since. 


How I would use this book in my class:

I will read this book to my students one day in the hopes of getting them excited to read. I will express how this book is my favorite and always puts me in the mood to read! I will tell them that one day they too will find a book that makes them feel that way. I would also use this book in a lesson on famous authors (example being A.A Milne) and have my students do a research project on any of their favorite authors (or I can give them a author if they don't know of any).


DRA: 40

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review 2019-02-03 07:30
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

This is a book about a little four year old boy named Harold and his magical purple crayon. Harold goes throughout the pages drawing fantastic worlds with his magical crayon that come to life. Quickly Harold finds himself in trouble with his purple crayon and has to think quick!


How I would use this book in my classrom:


I would read this book to my students and then do a hands on activity with them. The activity I would like to do is give my students each a sheet of paper and a purple crayon and let them create their own version of a "perfect world". I would as the students to then write what they drew on a piece on another piece of paper and glue it to the back of their drawing. This would be for students grade 1st-4th. 


Lexile: 490L

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review 2019-02-03 07:27
Click Clack Moo Cows That Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

This is a silly fiction book that is popular in today's schools. When farmer Brown isn't meeting his cows needs, they learn to type so they can communicate with him! Before he knows it, the cows are typing farmer Brown letters! Farmer Brown can't believe it, can you? Farmer Brown doesn't like his cows "bossing" him around and refuses to help them. So what do the cows do? They go on strike! 


How would I use this book in my classroom?

I would ask my students to pretend that they are one of farmer Browns cows. I would ask them to write farmer Brown a letter requesting something that they think they will need and why they need it. This would be a fun interactive activity!


Guided Reading: Level M

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