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review 2017-03-31 20:12
Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing is a fun story about a teacher who is absent one day and has a mean substitute. This book would be a great read aloud for many things. One idea is to compare and contrast the teacher and the substitute. The students could also draw inferences from the actions of the characters to infer where Miss Nelson really is. It is also a good story to read to the students before they have their first substitute! 


Lexile Level: 340L

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review 2017-03-31 19:55
No, David!
No, David! - David Shannon

This book is a great read aloud for lower elementary grades, especially Kindergarten. The  teacher could read this book on the first day of school in order to create rules for the classroom. The class would then create an anchor chart together with two columns. One column would be for actions that are allowed in the classroom and another column would be for actions not allowed called the No, David column. A great lesson for this book could be on making inferences about the character.


Lexile Level: BR

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text 2017-03-29 15:41
Peacock ruffles feathers in "Three Hens and a Peacock"
Three Hens and a Peacock - Lester Laminack,Henry Cole

This is the cutest book written by Lester L. Laminack. The story begins with a quiet day on the farm, until a strange box falls out of the back of a truck. A beautiful bird, with strange feathers, comes out of the box and struts to the farmers stand. Cars being stopping and taking pictures, and the farmer gets more business than ever. Back at the farm, the hens have became upset because they think they are performing all the work on the farm and the peacock gets to have all the fun. The four birds swap roles after guidance from the old hound, and at first it seems marvelous. To find out the fate of the birds, you will have to read the rest. At the end of this story, another mysterious box falls from the truck but no one knows what's inside. This would be a great writing activity for the class because they could make inferences about what was in the box and predict what would happen next on the farm. Another activity could be to compare and contrast this story to the "Three Little Pigs" by using a vinn-diagram. This text is a 3.3 on the Accelerated Reader scale. 

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review 2016-11-11 03:32
The Stray Dog - Marc Simont

Another great book for early grades like kindergarten, first or second for making inferences! A lesson idea would be to tell the students they will be inference investigators! They will use their knowledge plus what they hear during the book today to make their own ideas, or inferences, about the story. The teacher will start with the front cover, letting children get a good look at all of the pictures on the pages. This lesson could be taught throughout an entire week at centers and small group. Today have the students write three inferences starting with our beginning words or phrases. Let the students interact by having them give a thumbs up or tuning down if they don't agree. 

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review 2016-11-11 02:27
No, David! - David Shannon

No David! is a picture book that I feel to be appropriate for either a kindergarten or first grade classroom. A lesson that would dig deeper into this book without words, only small dialogue, would be to make inferences. The teacher would explain using an anchor chart before reading that inferences are schema (or what you already know) plus evidence from the story. The teacher will read the book one time showing each page carefully, letting children gather their thoughts of what they think is happening based on the pictures. The teacher will present another anchor chart with descriptions of what David was doing on each page. The teacher will read the story again, asking students to have their ideas ready to share. As a class, the students will list the inferences on the anchor chart that they have for each page while the teacher reads and stops on every page. 

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