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review 2019-01-28 00:00
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. Once you’ve given him the cookie, you don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into! This catchy story is on a AD410L Lexile Reading Level. It is equivalent to a 2nd grade reading level. After reading through the story once, the teacher can go back through the story for students to label the causes and effects in the story. 

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review 2019-01-27 23:53
Quite the Catepillar Here!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

One very hungry caterpillar eats his way through many different foods, until he finally falls asleep! This book is on a AD460L Lexile reading level and is equivalent to a 2nd grade reading level. Students can work on retelling the story by completing a craft, where they place the events in the story in order. They will place these events in order, in the shape of a catepillar. 

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review 2019-01-17 22:34
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is on a 2.6 reading level (2nd grade, 6 month). The Giving Tree can be used to teach students about friendships. The Giving Tree focuses on a boy and a tree who both give gifts to each other (not always physical ones) and sacrifice their time or some other attribute in order for their friendship to work. Students can retell/summarize the story to show comprehension by filling in a timeline with the changes that the tree went through, as the book progresses. 

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review 2018-02-24 21:28
A Children's Classic!
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

A classic children's book that presents imagination and creativity to children. It has illustrations that grow bigger and bigger as Max's imagination grows bigger and bigger until he is lost in his own world. Students can really benefit from its descriptive characteristics and its relatability. One great activity would be to give students comprehension task cards to complete in centers. Examples of these task cards can be found here, https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Where-The-Wild-Things-Are-Task-Cards-Reading-Comprehension-3165179 

Grade Level: Pre-K-5

Lexile measure: AD740L

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review 2017-04-08 03:07
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Moose a Muffin Book and Audio CD Set (Paperback) - Laura Numeroff,Felicia Bond

If You Give a Moose a Muffin is a fun story about a moose that is given a muffin, then wanting jam to go with it, then he'll want to go to the store to get more muffin mix. I read this story along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie when I was a child, and I enjoyed both of these stories.


This book would be great to use in a kindergarten or first grade classroom. You could either do a lesson on cause and effect, or sequencing. For cause and effect, you can together make a cause and effect anchor chart and determine which events in the stories are caused or affected by which. You could also make a sequencing anchor chart and have the students put the events in order.

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