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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz,Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is about about a boy named Alexander who has bad hair, who gets out of bed to face a day that seems to grow increasingly worse with each passing minute. Indeed, on the very first page, Alexander wakes to hair full of gum, trips on his skateboard, and drops a sweater in a sink full of water. Throughout his day, Alexander continues to have a bad day, and cannot wait for the day to end. 

 

Guided Reading: Level M

 

Classroom Activities: 

Have the students write about a time when they had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at school. What happened? Did the day get better? How did it change? Who helped make it better?

 

Create a class rap about the Class's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at School. On a Mac, use GarageBand to create a podcast. On a PC use Audacity for recording. Each student records a part of their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Have them create a chorus verse that will be said after every few recordings. After the voices are recorded, add a beat or music to the rap.

 

 

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review 2019-02-04 03:42
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss is about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Wump, Yink, Yop, Gack, and the Zeds. It is a simple rhyming book for beginning readers. 

 

Guided Reading: Level K

 

Classroom Activities: 

  • Let students explore pattern possibilities with the addition of a third color.

 

  • Create a number book in the shape of a fish.

 

 

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review 2019-02-04 03:36
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett,Ron Barrett

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett is about life in the wonderful town of Chewandswallow. Instead of snow, wind, or rain, they get a different kind of weather that falls from the sky three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only bad part about living in Chewandswallow is that the people don't get their choice of what they'd like to fall from the sky: it may snow mashed potatoes, or rain juice or soup, or there might even be a storm of hamburgers that takes them by surprise. No one is too worried about the weather, until it takes a turn for the worse, the portions of food get larger and larger and fall faster and faster, until everyone in the town fears for their lives.

 

Guided Reading: Level M

 

Classroom Activities:

Learn about different types of weather, and how to stay safe during storms.

 

Students can keep a running record of what they ate for the school week. When completed, each student can create their own journal. The journals can be illustrated with the different foods and shared with partners.

 

Have the students read the thermometer at the same time every day for the next two weeks and record the temperature on a sheet of paper. At the end of two weeks have the students help you plot the readings on a graph. Discuss the graph and determine which days had the highest and lowest readings. Discuss any trends in the temperature and possible reasons for them. For example, you might notice that it’s getting warmer or colder as the days progress.

 

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review 2019-02-04 03:30
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is about Camilla Cream, who is worried about what other people think about her. She will not even eat lima beans, which she loves, because people at school don't like them. The very moment she most wants to fit in, she becomes completely covered in colorful stripes! She seems to change colors to match whatever is happening around her. When the class says the Pledge of Allegiance, she turns red, white, and blue! Instead of blending in, she's standing out.

 

Guided Reading: P

 

Classroom Activities: 

After reading the book, students discuss how it makes people feel when others tease them, and how to accept differences in others.

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review 2019-02-04 03:23
The Mitten
The Mitten Board Book Edition - Jan Brett

The Mitten by Jan Brett, is about Nicki, a young Ukrainian boy, who hopes that his grandmother will knit him some cozy white mittens. After she makes them for him, she warns that if he loses them, it will be difficult to find them in the snow. Nicki assures her that he won't lose them, but no sooner than he leaves the house, he drops one of them! As he searches for his lovely mitten, something very interesting takes place. The creatures of the forest are slowly making their home in his mitten: a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, and a bear! They pack themselves in as tight as they can, but a small mouse manages to come in and his whiskers tickle the bear's nose. The bear sneezes, and all of the animals pop out of the mitten, causing it to sail in the air just as Nicki is about to give up. Grabbing the mitten triumphantly, he takes it back to his grandmother's house.

 

Guided Reading: Level M

 

Classroom Activities: 

Use The Mitten to teach sequencing, predicting, and retelling a story. The students could retell the story using different voices. 

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