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review 2018-09-10 05:50
A book of poetry genius.
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

As if “The Giving Tree” wasn’t enough for us, Mr. Silverstein blessed us with his poetry books as well and this is just one of my favorites. I can remember as a child recitating “Where the sidewalk ends” in front of my class and feeling so proud. This book is full of all the most amazing poems that your classroom isnaure to love. Poetry has a way into everyone’s hearts but especially kids. I had the opportunity to witness poetry in use in the classroom in my lab placements this past semester in the form of what my CT called “poetry cafe”. The students had it every Friday and they would find a poem on Monday, the teacher would make copies and give back to them Tuesday and they had till Friday to memorize it by themselves or with a partner and perform it Friday. I will MOST DEFINITELY do this in my classroom. So many wonderful things that are coming out of this each week such as speech practice, fluency, expression, etc. As well as allowing the students to dress up or use props to show their creativity. 


Giided Reading Level: Q

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review 2018-09-10 05:32
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Another classic story book for the classroom for all age readers. This book is a fun example of what a child’a imagination is really like and also how quickly these imaginative thoughts can begin and end. The little boy goes on his own adventure to an island of wild things and dances the night away all in a matter of 5 minutes after being sent to his room without dinner only to return to reality and have dinner hot and waiting on him in his room. This book is an awesome opening book for discussing creative thinking and writing. I will use this book to introduce journaling in my room and having the freedom of imagination to write whatever my students want. Also, I would love to use as a retelling lesson where groups act out the events of the story. 


Guided Reading Level: J

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review 2018-09-10 05:06
Be prepared to show all your students a picture of a wardrobe.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Honestly just go ahead and have the picture ready because most of your students won’t know what a wardrobe is and it’s a great way to go ahead and start new vocabulary right at the beginning. In all seriousness, I recommend any book written by C. S. Lewis but especially this book as well as the series that follows it. However, this book alone is such an exciting read for students to truly feel like they have their own secret world hidden in our classroom that we all get to go to together when we have shared reading. This book has, adventure, magic, war, humor, trials, and above all love and true sacrifice. It’s also an all time favorite of mine that grabs your attention and holds it to the very end. This book would be perfect for a lesson on character traits as well as comparing and contrasting the different siblings. I would love to have a creative writing entry in their journals as well where they describe what their own secret works would be like and how they would enter it. 


Guided Reading Level: T

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review 2018-09-10 05:06
I'll Eat You Up!
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak's, Where the Wild Things Are is truly a timeless classic. I enjoyed it over and over as a child and my kids enjoy it just the same. The story follows a mischievous little boy named Max who gets sent to his room without any supper. Upon being sent to his room a forest begins to grow...and grow...and grow. Max's imagination takes him on a journey to a faraway place to where the wild things are. And although the wild things gnash their terrible teeth and roar their terrible roars, Max is unafraid and tames them with his magic, becoming king of the wild things. After his adventurous travels Max begins to feel hungry and tired and decides to return home, where his dinner is waiting for him, still warm. 


The beautifully detailed illustrations are just as intriguing as the story. Where the Wild Things Are is an enchanting read, and one that many children will be able to make connections with (whether it be imagining faraway lands and monsters, getting sent to your room, or acting like a wild thing). There are some wonderful activities to accompany this book and some of my favorites include:


  • STEM Challenge: Design your own wild thing, foil boat, or paper bag tree
  • Writing prompt: "I feel wild when..."
  • Act out the action words found in the book (roar, march, jump, gnash, etc.)


Lexile Level: AD740L

Recommended for Ages: 4-8


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review 2018-09-10 05:05
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Max is a wild thing, according to his mom. After a night of mischief he is sent to bed without dinner. When Max get into his room vines began to grow all around him and he begins to sail to where the wild things live. Of course Max ends up becoming the king of the wild things and they follow his every move. It takes being king for Max to realize where he truly belongs. I love how there is not text on each page of the book. It leaves room for students to make connections and predict what Max will do next. An activity for students to do is draw pictures with captions of what the would do if they were king or queen of the wild things. The DRA reading level is 16-18.

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