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review 2017-02-22 16:53
Germs! Germs! Germs!
Germs! Germs! Germs! (Hello Reader! Level 3 Science) - Bobbi Katz,Steve Björkman

This book educates children about germs. I would use this book with older grades such as third, fourth, and fifth graders but the Lexile level of this book is 170L. Before, during, and after reading, I would complete a KWL chart about germs with students on the board. As a hook to the lesson, I would get each student to put lotion on their hands (that has glitter in it) and give them three minutes to walk around putting the glitter on the board, knobs, or desks. This would serve as a visual for germs. After reading the book, I would host a whole-group discussion on all of the ways germs get in your body and ways to keep them out. Then we could play a game. To set up for the game, the teacher would need to use painter's tape to make a big circle on the floor or use chalk to make one on the sidewalk. The circle would need to be big enough for each student to jump inside. The students will pretend to be the germs in the story as it is read aloud. The students will begin by standing on the line that creates the circle. As the teacher reads the story aloud, the students will jump in the circle if the germ gets inside the body and will jump out of the circle if the germ is prevented from getting in the body. After playing the game, students could write about how they will prevent the spread of germs in our classroom. This lesson would be good to do during the beginning of the school year or around flu season.

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review 2016-11-10 17:00
Bugs in My Hair! - David Shannon

 I would use this book up to 5th grade. After reading this book I would provide a visual activity for the students. I would spread glitter all over my hands and then ask my students to shake my hand then ask them to shake somebody elses hand and then ask them to sit down. I would tell everyone to look at their hands. I would ask them to raise your hands if they have glitter on them. (everyone would raise their hand) I would say did you see how fast those “germs” spread. Then, I would go into a lesson about washing hands and keeping your hands to yourself so germs don’t spread as fast. In the lower grade the class could also make a lice bug to show and have an anchor chart of ways to stop germs from spreading.


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review 2015-12-24 00:00
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond Took me a year and a half to read this book. Not only because I'm a slow reader, though I am. But it was so long and there were so many other activities and books clamoring for my attention, that I got sidetracked several times. But it was worth coming back to. It's a fascinating study of how human societies succeed or not, in macro terms. It's very well written, but very long.
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text 2015-01-12 01:37
Impulse Failure: The Haul
Between Us: Words of Wit and Wisdom from Women of Letters - Marieke Hardy,Michaela McGuire
Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language - Bill Bryson
Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell
Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years - Jared Diamond
Literary Listography: My Reading Life in Lists - Lisa Nola,Holly Exley

 This is the book that started it.  It's not even really, technically, a book.  It's a journal and The Fish Place mentioned getting is as a gift and I thought "that's cool!" and checked out my local to see if they carried it. They did and it was in stock (a rarer thing than you might think).  It was a beautiful morning and I was in the mood for a bike ride, so details in hand, off I went for just this one book.


Yes, I know, but really, I find my local bookshop frustratingly difficult to browse through so it wasn't outside the realm of possibility to get out of there with just the one.  Except for today.  Today was a great day if you're my library, a bad one if you're my bank account.  All the books were there and they were pawing at me from their shelves.  


Between Us: Words of Wit and Wisdom from Women of Letters - Marieke Hardy,Michaela McGuire - This one was at the front of the store, along with the Bookshop Book and seeing as I had just read 84 Charing Cross Road and was still in an epistolary frame of mind, I decided to give it a whirl.  Found out when I got home these are Aussie writers, so it's going to expand my horizons too.


Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson - I've wanted this book for awhile, but sort of always forget about it when I'm buying.  Years ago I dated an Englishman and we used to have these conversations about Yanks corrupting the language and I got in the habit of researching words.  Turns out he was both right (persnickety) and wrong (aluminum).  Then, SilverThistle and I were conversing yesterday about U.K. vs. U.S. lexicons, so I saw this and just grabbed it off the shelf and added it to the pile.


Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr  - In keeping with my curiosity about the English language and how it developed.  Plus, it's a book about swear words.


The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell  - It's a book about bookshops.  No further explanation necessary.


Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years - Jared Diamond - This is my read for the PopSugar 2015 Challenge for Pulitzer Prize winner.  Bookaneer gave it the thumbs up for readability and I was a fan of Jared Diamond's columns in Discover magazine.


I put back so many others because books here are numbingly expensive (although better than they were) and many more would have bankrupted me.  As it is, if DH finds out about this, I'm totally blaming you guys.  ;)

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