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review 2017-01-21 04:39
Bully B.E.A.N.S
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

This book really impressed me. The story itself is about a bully tormenting her classmates and her classmates learning to stand up for themselves and their peers. When a student goes to her mother looking for advice, the mother comes up with a genius plan. Magic "Bully Beans".....special jelly beans that give you the courage and confidence to stand up to a bully.  The book offers great advice on how to handle bullies and good strategies to come to a good outcome.  It also asks thought provoking questions asking why the child is being a bully. I would use this book in grades K thru 4th. This book I would incorporate into the reading section of the day. In the lower grades I would work through the book as a whole group breaking it down into KWL. In the upper grades I would break it down into literacy centers. 

Reading Level: K thru 5th

ATOS reading level: 3.60

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review 2017-01-17 16:52
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Mo Willems

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems is a children's book that talks about the importance of sharing. The main characters are Gerald and Piggie, and they are best friends. Willems challenges the readers to "do the right thing" in an every day situation. Throughout this story, Gerald is excited about his ice cream he had on a very hot day. All day, Gerald was deciding if he should or should not share his ice cream with Piggie. As he is thinking about this predicament, his ice cream is melting. At the end of the book, Gerald's ice cream melted and Piggie brought some ice cream to Gerald, and shared it with him.

This book would be great to teach for grades kindergarten through second grade. I would teach this the first day of school to talk about the importance of sharing and how to be a great friend toward others.


Lexile Level: 180L

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review 2017-01-17 15:59
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Lexile level AD460L
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, is a classic children's story that is used in many classrooms. The story follows the transformation of how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. It grasps childrens' attention with it's wonderful use of colors, art, and interesting story. This book is usually intended for Kindergarten, but I would use it up to first grade. The reading level for this book is also considered Kindergarten and first grade. This book can be used to incorporate many different lessons into your classroom. You can use it to go over different colors, counting, how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, teaching the days of the week, and you can even use it to teach a lesson about what happens if you overeat. There are also many different activities you can purchase to go with the book. Books-a-Million has a whole section just for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and it has activities, stuffed animals, puppets, and even kits that have different activities you can do. This would be a great book to bring out in the beginning of the year to go over lessons, or you can even spend a few days on it and use it for multiple lessons. Personally, I love this book, and if I get the opportunity to teach kindergarten or first grade, I will be using this book in my lessons. 

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review 2016-11-10 17:44
Corduroy - Don Freeman

Corduroy is a good book to read to children from kindergarten to second grade. It is a sweet story with a lesson to love people for their personalities instead of the way they look. I would use this book to show that everyone struggles and not everyone is perfect, but you should always be kind to one another.

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review 2016-11-07 22:05
How to act at Recess
First Grade Friends: Recess Mess (level 1) - Grace Maccarone,Betsy Lewin

This is a great book to teach the importance of learning to read. I would ask my students all the benefits of learning to read and write. We would then read the book and I would ask my students what they learned from the book about reading. They will know how important it is to read just for everyday living. My main goal is for my students to love reading and writing. 

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