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The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree shows the unconditional love a tree has for a young boy. Every day, the boy eats her apples, swings from her branches, and rests under her shade. One day, the boy stops coming. As the boy grows, he starts wanting more than her apples and her shades. The tree, who loves the boy, gives and gives until she was nothing more than a stump. When the boy comes back needing a place to rest, she is more than happy to give him a place to rest. 

 

This book is a classic children's book with so many activities to do with the book. Students can journal about a time they needed help and somebody is willing to give a hand to completing a problem and solution activity to sequencing the storyline. I would have my students act out the story with multiple narrators and different students to play the boy at different stages in life. 

 

AR Level: 2.6

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review 2018-09-05 03:57
The Juice Box Bully
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

The Juice Box Bully is a book to empower children to stand up to bullies rather than being a bystander. Pete is a new student in Mr. Peltzer's class. He bullies the other children from stealing their soccer ball to squeezing juice onto Ruby's white shirt. Instead of letting Pete get away with his antics, the students step up. They learned that Pete was bullied by other children at his old school so he starts bullying other children before they can be mean to him. The students tell Pete about 'the promise' they made to Mr. Peltzer. Pete later apologizes. 

 

An after activity in the classroom of any grade could be the students and teacher creating their own 'promise' for when they see bullying happening. Together, the students and teacher can sign the promise. 

 

AR Level: 3.2

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review 2018-09-05 03:52
How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids - Tom Rath,Maurie J. Manning,Mary Reckmeyer

Are you a bucket filler? What does that mean? How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids is another great character education book about kindness. We all have invisible buckets that dictate how we feel; we feel great when it is full and we feel awful when it is empty. How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids follows Felix as he learns to fill the buckets of his friends, family, and teachers through interactions. Along the way, he learns that by filling others' buckets, he is filling his own bucket. 

 

There are so many activities to do with this book. This is a book that should be read during the first few weeks of school to create a positive classroom environment among the students. In my classroom, I would have the students come up with ways to be a 'bucket filler' and ways to be a 'bucket dipper.' I would have the lists displayed in the classroom as a reminder for students to be a 'bucket filler.' 

 

AR Level: 2.4

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review 2018-09-05 03:50
The Recess Queen
The Recess Queen - Alexis O'Neill,Laura Huliska-Beith

Mean Jean is the Recess Queen. Every day at recess, Mean Jean blasts through the playground to swing, kick, and bounce before everybody else. "Nobody swung until Mean Jean swung. Nobody kicked until Mean Jean kicked. Nobody bounced until Mean Jean bounced." Until one day, Katie Sue arrives. Katie Sue, unaware of the playground rules, swung before Mean Jean swung, kicked before Mean Jean kicked, and bounced before Mean Jean bounced. Katie Sue then offers Mean Jean an invitation to play together

 

In my classroom, I would have students, in groups, complete a character trait analysis on Mean Jean and Katie Sue. The students will compare and contrast the two characters based on texts and illustrations. 

 

AR Level: 3.0

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review 2018-09-05 03:44
The Sneetches
The Sneetches and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss' books are classic children's books. The Sneetches is about the Star Belly Sneetches and the Plain Belly Sneetches. The Star Belly Sneetches think that they are the best and look down upon the ones without stars. Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along with his Star-On and Star-Off machines. 

 

I saw this book being taught in during my placement in the spring. The teacher read the book to the students and then showed the movie version. The students then had to compare and contrast the book version and the movie version on a venn diagram. The Sneetches can be integrated in a social studies lesson about segregation and the civil rights time period. The Star Belly Sneetches looked down upon the Plain Belly 

 

AR Level: 3.4

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