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review 2017-04-05 15:34
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

This book would inspire my students to wish and dream to be anything they want to be when they grow up. The ugly duckling went through moments of his life and felt unwanted and some of my students will feel this way. I think reading this book would give them the confidence they need to persevere through any hard time in their life. I would read the book to them and show them how to make a comic strip that we will use to track the ducklings progress. With each transformation, we will draw the ducklings situation until it reaches a swan in which he finally felt accepted by others. I think this book is directed towards 2nd grade and up because of the acceptance factor. The students in these ages and grades are trying to find themselves and where they belong in this world. I think this book would help with their self journey. The Lexile Level is 40L.

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review 2017-02-20 23:55
Ish
Ish - Peter H. Reynolds

This book is good to read to students because it could boost their self esteem and creativity. I like this book because it showed that you can draw anything you want and use your imagination for the better. I would use this in my classroom by reading the story and then letting them draw whatever they wanted and writing at the top whatever it is suppose to be with "ish" following. I think this book is for K to 2nd grade. The Lexile Level is 440L.

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review 2017-01-26 03:06
The Little Engine That Could
The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper,Doris Hauman,George Hauman

I truly enjoyed reading this book when I was younger and even now. I love how it relates to never giving up and always trying until you succeed. I remember having my parents read this book to me and getting so excited to see the little train trying his best and it motivated me to do the same! I would use this book in a first or 2nd grade classroom. The Lexile level is 680L. I could do a read-aloud and have children create their own "I think I can" trains to hang-up in the classroom. The teacher could ask students to think of what they are struggling in and write that on their trains. This would be great to reinforce confidence in students learning abilities!

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text 2017-01-25 05:07
Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

I really enjoy reading this book even now. I feel that it would be a great book for intermediate ages and grades 3rd and 4th. The lexile level of this book is AD740L. This book tells the story of a little boy who imagines playing with all his wild jungle animal friends when he his sent to his room without dinner. I love how it relates to children's emotions and use of imagination to escape reality. This would be great to incorporate on a day where the lesson is about emotions and have a discussion about positive ways we can express emotions. You could have the students draw an illustrative representation of things they do when they are upset or sad and discuss ways students can let these emotions out, using techniques like play. You could also do an interactive game using emotion cards! 

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