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review 2017-03-29 00:17
BFG- Best Fictional Gift
The BFG - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This well known book is a favorite of many- and I know why. Roald Dahl is an amazing author and his work really shows through this book. It tells the story of a young orphan named Sophie who meets the BFG- Big Friendly Giant. He is the only giant that isn't nasty or a children eater. Instead, he and Sophie come up with a plan to save future children from being eaten- by telling the Queen of England and having her lock the other mean giants up. This book is perfect for all sorts of activities in the classroom. A quick search of "BFG" on pinterest pulls up many fun activities that engage the children while allowing them to learn new things. One of the best ideas I saw was incorporating "The BFG" into STEM activities (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-BFG-by-Roald-Dahl-STEM-Challenge-2538071). Students are asked to dream up then construct a fork that the BFG could use to eat his food. This can be taken to the next level, though. Students could fictitiously design tools, utensils, and other important items for people with disabilities. Not only would this put their STEM minds to use, but would also get students to think about other people who don't necessarily have that easy of a life and that "simple" tasks can be hard for other people. 

 

Guided Reading: U

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Lexile: 720L

 

Another Cute Idea:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/138345019782627706/

 

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review 2017-03-28 19:32
This Book is One in a Million!
If You Made a Million - David M. Schwartz,Steven Kellogg

I had this book when I was younger but lost it. After going to the thrift store and finding it again, I realized just how educational it was. I used to read it just because I thought it was a funny book. The book talks about money- money conversions, what you can buy with certain amounts of money, interest, loans, checks, saving v. spending, and general fun facts about money. The visuals help children learn and the pictures are well drawn and fun. If it could interest 2nd grade me, I feel like it could interest almost any kid. This is probably a book that I would keep in the math section in my classroom so that students can read it without any pressure to do so. I would also incorporate it into any lesson about money. I have been thinking about a money project idea for a long time and think that this book would go along great with it. I would have students create a store that "sells" products. Each student would have a role in the fake economy. It would be a hands on project that I believe kids would love but it would also teach them about money (which is crucial to being an adult) in a fun way that I hope would stick with them in the future. Every teacher needs this book! You can even incorporate it in younger grades by just reading the first few pages that talk about pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars.

 

A.R.- 4.1

Guided Reading- O

Lexile- AD 840L

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review 2017-03-28 19:17
It's the Bee's Knees!
There's a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me - Loreen Leedy,Pat Street

This is a fantastic book! I stumbled upon the book when at the thrift store. It has 440 "animal sayings" that explain the figurative language of similes, metaphors, idioms, and proverbs that adults say. These type of sayings like "to play cat and mouse" and "catty remarks" are sometimes difficult for children to understand, so this book is great for learning phrases. I even learned some myself! The kid friendly way the book portrays the information (with humorous and telling illustrations) is very helpful and well thought out. I believe that this would be a perfect book for ELLs as well! I would use this in my class for a study on figurative language. Because this book only includes animal related figurative language, I would have the students find more sayings (between 1 and 10 based on grade level) and do illustrations for most of the sayings like it is done in the book. I would then bind the pages to make a class book. I would make sure that no student used the same saying as another. Overall, this is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to any teacher!

 

Guided Reading: P

Recommended for: Grades 2-6

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review 2017-03-25 19:44
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a perfect book to include science in your ELA lesson! This book focuses on a hungry caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. This would be an awesome book to mix some science into your lesson and learn about caterpillars and butterflies. A teacher could use this book to look into these insects and possibly a sequencing lesson. For example, the class could go back and list what he ate on Monday, then on Tuesday, and so on. For the younger grades, they could practice sequencing with pictures of the food he ate. I believe this book would make a great read aloud with K-2nd grade.

 

Lexile Level: AD460L 

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review 2017-03-25 18:19
The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day is a well-known and popular children's book. It has beautiful abstract art throughout the whole book. It is about a young girl who plays outside in the snow. This would be a good read aloud for grades 1st-2nd. This would be a perfect book to read during the winter. The students could write and/or illustrate what they would do in the snow. This would be a cute piece to hang in the hallway!

 

Lexile Level: AD500L 

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