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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-08 04:11
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park is a very engaging book for young readers where students can relate to the main character Junie B. Jones. Junie B. has her first day of Kindergarten and has to ride the school bus to school, which Junie B. does not enjoy.  At the end of the day, instead of going home on the bus, Junie B. hides in the school causing lots of chaos.  Junie B. eventually agrees to ride the school bus if she gets to be with a friend.  Julie B. Jones is very clever, but still has many lessons to learn.  This book would go well with teaching the importance of rules, especially those enforced at school.  Using Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, teachers could have students help make classroom rules and specifically point out dismissal rules at the end of the day.  The Fountas and Pinnell text level for Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is Level M (Grades 3 and 4).  

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review 2017-04-04 23:07
David Goes To School - David Shannon

This book is about David going to school and not following any of the rules. He gets an after school punishment and when he finally finishes he gets a gold star and is able to go home. This would be good to use for classroom management and an example of how not to act at school. This book is leveled BR.

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review 2017-04-04 22:09
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

This book is all about the Bear Family who forgot their manners one afternoon. Mama bear created a family politeness plan and made everyone follow along. They realized things went better when everyone minded their manners. This would be great for the middle of the year "blues" or just one day when the class needed to be reminded to use their manners. A class politeness plan would be great to follow this activity up with. I would use this for third grade. It is leveled 620 L.

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text 2017-03-28 23:56
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy was written by Christopher Paul Curtis and is the story of a little boy trying to find his place in a world where he does not know his own father. His mother died when he was younger, but he never knew his father at all. Bud grew up in the foster care system, bouncing from one foster home to the next. To Bud, it seemed as though no one would ever want him. However, this little boy has got some wits about him to be so young. He is sent to a new foster family that ends up locking him in their shed for the night. Bud’s imagination gets the best of him when he thinks there might be vampires in there, and he ends up swinging a bat at a hornet’s nest. He finds a way to bust out of the shed, torn up by multiple hornet stings, and runs away to go on his own adventure. It is quite dangerous for Bud to be striking out on his own, but he sets off on a journey to find his father. This book’s Lexile reading level is 950L, and it is recommended for students in higher grades such as fourth or fifth. One of the things that Bud constantly talks about throughout the novel is his “Rules and Things for a Funner Life”. I would want my students to brainstorm some ideas and create a list for this. However, instead of doing “Rules and Things for a Funner Life”, we could do “Rules and Things for a Funner [Classroom]”. I would read this book at the beginning of the school year with my students and we could create our classroom rules for the year based on these lists.

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review 2017-03-27 02:29
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed - Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Chodos-Irvine Margaret

I read this story about a year ago for a class presentation. To be honest, it is a cute story, but I think this is more of a "read at home" story. Ella Sarah does teach us to have a fun sense of style and to be ourselves, but some children reading this story would probably get the idea that it is okay to whine and scream until they get their way.


If I were to read this story in my classroom, I would probably read this aloud on one of the first days of Kindergarten. It is a funny read, and at the end I would imply that this is not how we are to act, then discuss classroom behavior rules.


Reading level: 1-2 grade

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