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text 2017-04-04 21:03
The Mitten Board Book Edition - Jan Brett

The Mitten tells the story of a little boy who, despite being warned by his grandmother, loses one of the mittens she made for him. With it being winter time, animals will do just about anything to keep warm. Before you know it, many animals, including a mouse, a skunk, a fox, an owl, and even a bear, try to pile into the glove to keep warm. But how far can that mitten stretch before it breaks? And will the little boy ever be able to find his mitten before he returns home to his grandmother? This story was written by Jan Brett, and it has a Lexile reading level of 800L. It best serves the purpose of teaching sequencing, predicting, and how to retell a story. In my classroom, I would give students diverse sized paper mittens that they could color and decorate. In the smallest one, they would write the first animal that went into the mitten. On the next size mitten, they would write the second animal. Students would continue this until they reach the biggest mitten size, where they will write all the animals seen in the book. They would then take all their mittens, and they could staple them together on the side to create their own little story book based on Brett’s story.

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text 2017-04-04 21:01
If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

Laura Numeroff’s tale If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a classic story of a little girl who tries to accommodate the whims of one demanding little pig. The pig begins with some pancakes, and from there she finds herself in need of syrup. After using the syrup, she gets a little sticky and needs to take a bath. For her bath, she needs some bubbles and bath toys. Many more events take place from here with the pig needing one thing after another. This book’s Lexile reading level is 570L, and it does an excellent job at helping students practice sequencing and predicting. In my classroom, I would use this book to practice reading fluency with my students. There is a printable script that you can download online, so I would allow students to form groups of two to read this script. Each member in the group would draw a fluency stick that has a different voice to use when reading. Students will then practice reading the story in those voices to develop their fluency.

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text 2017-04-04 20:59
Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a childhood classic written by Dr. Seuss. It is a motivational story geared toward any individual who is on their way to beginning a new chapter in their life. It is the perfect book to award to anyone you are doing a sendoff for. This book’s Lexile reading level is AD600L, and it can be read by children or adults of any age. For my classroom, it would be great to give each student a copy of the book at the end of the year, especially when they may be graduating from kindergarten or even fifth grade. I think this is the perfect way to offer your students a piece of encouragement for their future years to come. In my family, we gave a copy to two of my cousins when they graduated high school and joined the military. We passed it around the family and each of us wrote a special note on a page of our own to tell them how much we loved them and how we knew they had such a bright future ahead of them. This book is the perfect way to show how much you care, whether it be for members of your family or for your students! In terms of analyzing this book in the classroom, students could look at the rhymes used throughout the book. This would be a delightful book to use for a poetry lesson.

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text 2017-04-04 20:56
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a story of distinguishing between what is morally right and wrong. The book is set during the time of the Great Depression, and it is told from the perspective of a little girl called Scout. Her father, Atticus Finch, is asked to be the attorney for an African American male who is being convicted of raping a white woman. Scout learns some of the true realities of racism throughout the course of the novel as their family receives many threats for her father representing this man. Ultimately, the moral of the story explains to all readers that we must always try to do the right thing, no matter what the outcome may be, as opposed to standing by and watching dreadful things happen to innocent people. The book’s Lexile reading level is 790L, and it is recommended to be read by students in fifth grade and up. In my classroom, I would want my students to do a scrapbook activity for this book. In each chapter, I would assign them a specific project to do. For example, students could create their own bookmark to start the book. On the bookmark, they could write character names, or draw pictures of the beginning setting. Students would complete each assignment for each chapter, and add their finished product into their scrapbook. At the end of the book reading, students would turn their scrapbooks in for a grade, but they would also present their work to the class. Each book will be unique to each individual student.

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text 2017-03-28 23:59
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written during the period of World War II. Anne Frank was a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl whose family fled their home to hide from the Nazis who were occupying nearby territories. Her family lived in an attic for years hiding from the Gestapo who would seize them if they were to be found. Eventually, their whereabouts were betrayed, but Anne’s diary was found in that attic where it has become a world classic in history. The book’s Lexile reading level is 1080L. This would definitely be a book read no earlier than about fifth grade. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book when I was growing up. It opened my eyes to the horrors of our world’s history, and it showed me so much more than a school textbook ever could. In my classroom, I would use this book to discuss historical events that occurred during World War II. Students would be assigned this book to read, and I would want them to complete a research project on this particular time period. Students could write an essay, create a Prezi presentation, or draw a picture book to explain events that occurred. They could complete this from different perspectives, such as that of an American soldier, a German soldier, or maybe a Jewish child or adult. I would really want my students to dive into the historical information from this time period so they could connect with the history that took place.

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