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review 2016-11-11 00:54
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham is the perfect book to use in any classroom from kindergarten to sixth grade. This book is a must read for Dr. Seuss week in any school. Therefore, when I use this book in my future classroom during Dr. Seuss week, I plan to use it to promote trying new things. Everyone knows that trying something new can be scary, even for adults. So after reading the book, I plan to have each of my students either write or draw one thing that they would like to try, but either do not have the opportunity to try, are to scared to try, or just do not think they would like it. Then throughout the week I would try to present as many opportunities as I possibly could for the students to try what they had written or drawn on their paper. Of course one of these opportunities would have to involve the students trying green eggs and ham.

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review 2016-11-11 00:00
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bag Pig
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: A Pop-Up Storybook with a Twist in the Tale! - Eugene Trivizas,Helen Oxenbury

This book as a perfect book to include in a fairytale study of different versions of The Three Little Pigs. Although I would have no problem reading it to kindergarten or first grade, I would only do a fairytale study of different versions of one story with second through sixth grade. I say this because, over the course of the study, I would have the students record the differences and similarities they see in each fairytale. Now while doing this as a class would be fine for kindergarten and first, I would want the students to read the stories and record their finding on their own. While I may not do the fairytale study for kindergarten and first with this book, I would still use it to show how it is important to be kind to others, even if they are not nice to you. If needed I would also use this approach to the book for second grade to third.

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review 2016-11-10 23:45
Three Hens and a Peacock
Three Hens and a Peacock - Lester Laminack,Henry Cole

To start off with, I believe this book is great to use with kindergarten up to sixth grade. As for how I would use this book, there are two different ways. The first way I would use this book is a compare and contrast with another version of The Three Little Pigs with second to sixth graders. The second way I would use it, which I like a little better, is to discuss the subject of how everything is not how it appears to be with kindergarten and first graders. In other words, while we think that one person has it easier than us, in actuality they actually have it just as hard or harder. Then I would have the students turn and discuss one instance where they thought one thing and it turned out to be totally different with their partner. 

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review 2016-11-10 19:32
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This is a great book that I would read on the first day of school to all students in kindergarten to sixth grade. It gently reminds students that the things they say can hurt other people. So, in order to drive this point home, after reading this book I would have students fill each other's buckets, literally. In order to do this, I would place a small bucket, or box, for each student in the back of the room and then have a station set up beside it with sticky notes and pencils. I would then challenge my students to write something nice about each other on the sticky notes and drop then in the person's bucket throughout the day. This way the students are literally filling each other's' buckets with encouraging words daily. However, instead of letting the students see what was placed in their buckets at the end of the day, I would probably type up all of the notes to give the students the next day. This way I could make sure nothing mean was placed in each bucket, but also the students would not know who wrote what. 

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review 2016-11-10 17:41
Froggy's Halloween
Froggy's Halloween - Jonathan London,Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy's Halloween is a great read for any student in any grade, kindergarten to sixth. However, while I would still read it around Halloween time to kindergarten through second, I would mainly use is for third through sixth. The way I would use is would be having the students write a summary of the book. To further explain this, toward the beginning of October I would allow my students to select from a big selection of Halloween picture books, this one included, to read. Then once the students have read their selected book, I would ask them to write a summary of their chosen book on a slip of paper, which would then be placed in a brown paper bag that they had decorated. Once everyone had completed their summaries, I would have the students share and then use the summaries for a cute bulletin board for the rest of the month. To modify this for kindergarten to second grade, I would probably read the book to the class and then have them draw a picture of their favorite part of the book.

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