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review 2018-02-27 03:34
Fun On A Rope Swing
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia showcases children's creative sides. Two friends create a magical kingdom in their imagination and the only way to get there is by using a rope swing. The main female character, Leslie, dies in accident which causes Jess to reflect back on his memories of Terabithia and Leslie. This book introduces the themes strength and courage in the wake of a tragedy. While reading the book, I would want my students to think creatively and design a magical kingdom in their minds. After reading, the students will write about their kingdom and draw an picture of it. This activity provides students with a creative outlet. 


Reading Level: Lexile 810L


Grades: 3-7th

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review 2018-02-27 02:10
Will You Help Someone in Need?
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

In Lois Lowry's book, Number the Stars, the main character helps protect her best friend by pretending she a part of the family. The setting of the book is during World War II and the Holocaust. I would use the book ,in conjunction with The Diary of Anne Frank, to provide insight into the life of hiding and the fight to live. Teachers could have their students create culture quilts to show the many aspects of their cultures. A piece of paper is folding into sixths and the students will draw or write the aspects of their culture. This activity shows students that everyone has one thing in common. 


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 3-6th 

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review 2018-02-27 00:56
Brothers in Hope
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan - Mary Williams,R. Gregory Christie

This story is about a boy named Garang who must leave Sudan after his village is attacked during a civil war. Garang and thousands of other boys find safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. Garang tells his story to a refugee worker who shares it with people in other countries. Brothers in Hope:The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan teaches students that everyone experiences challenges and they must continue to fight. My students would write a letter to one of the Lost Boys explaining what they admire about him and how his situation made them feel.


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 2-4

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review 2018-02-21 03:33
What's Your Name?
My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth - Ann Turner,James Ransome

AR: 4.4

Grade Level: 2nd-5th

Summary: My Name Is Truth describes the life of slave, Sojourner Truth. It goes into detail of her life as a slave, then dwells into how she received her name Sojourner Truth. 

Idea: I absolutely love this book! It's an excellent book to help introduce slavery to students. It encourages determination, what we want all of our students to have. I will most definitely be using this book to cover a unit on slavery during social studies. 

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review 2018-02-17 04:13
Helen Keller
Young Helen Keller: Woman of Courage (First-Start Biographies) - Benjamin

AR: 3.1

Grade Level: K-2nd

Summary: Hellen Keller describes the life of a young girl, who personally struggles with being both blind and deaf. It is great for younger students who may not understand this concept. 

Idea: I would use this book in my classroom to teach students more about diversity. I would make sure they learn that not everybody is made the same. An activity that I will allow my students to take part in, all school year, is sign language. I feel like sign language is a very useful tool. You never know when you may encounter someone who cannot speak with their mouth. I want to make sure that all of my students get a taste of as much diversity as possible. 


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