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Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Growing up, this was one of my favorite books to read. I remember checking it out several times at my schools library. This book is perfect for the students who love animals and especially love farm animals. Doreen Cronin writes this book perfectly to enable its use in the classroom to promote writing letters. The format the cows use is exactly how a letter should be written and it would be a great example to show younger students. You could have the students write a letter to Farmer Brown, the cows, or just a parent but the guidelines shown in the text are perfect for a lesson in writing letters. This book is leveled at a AD160L on the Lexile Leveling system. 

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review 2016-11-04 14:03
Holes
Holes - Louis Sachar

I really like this book and I am sure that your fifth grade students will love it too!  There are a lot of lessons that you could pull from this book. One could be a family tree. The main character in this book is cursed because of something that happened to his great great grandfather, so this could tie in coming up with their family history. Another lesson could be to write a letter. They could write to anyone in Stanley's (main character) camp. This could also be a positive lesson in which you can say digging holes are hard. Let's try and dig one and plant a tree/plant. The last lesson that I can think of is to create a map of Stanley's camp. There's the holes, dorms, dried up lake, showers, and so on. 

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review 2016-11-01 05:13
Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Grade: Kindergarten

 

In this book, the cows are constantly writing letters. I will read this story aloud to my class to introduce letter writings. Just as the cows write letters, the students will also write letters. There will be an anchor chart with a stick figure. We will label the parts of a letter. The "heading" label will go on the stick figure's head, the "greeting" heading will go beside the figure's mouth, the "body" label, or the heart of the letter, will go over the figure's heart, the "closing" label will go at the bottom of the figure's shirt, and the "signature" label will go at the figure's feet. Students will also learn a song to the tune of the Addam's family and movements to go along with the song to remember the labeled parts. The teacher will then write an example letter to Santa pointing out each part of the letter. Lastly, students will write their own letters just as the cows in the story did.

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quote 2015-03-21 18:41
“Letter writing is the only device combining solitude with good company.”

~ George Gordon Byron

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review 2013-10-11 17:40
Bantam Book of Correct Letter Writing
Bantam Book of Correct Letter Writing - Lillian Watson Guide to the form and content of personal, social and business letters and their etiquette down to the kind of stationary you should use and how to fold a letter with lots of examples of letters--and yes, there is even a section for love letters! Includes an appendix with forms of address. This is pretty old though. Last printing 1983 and first published 1958. Typewriters are even mentioned.
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