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review 2018-02-25 03:07
Two of Everything
Two of Everything - Lily Toy Hong

Before reading this text, I was unfamiliar with the Chinese folktale. The story tells the tale of Mr. and Mrs. Haktak and their magic pot - a pot that will give them two of everything. This story is so clever and teaches young readers about modesty. I would incorporate this book into a writing center! I would allow students to write about what they might want to drop into the pot, or if they would want to use it all! This book could also be incorporated into math lessons to help students learn about doubles. One such activity calls for the usage of a mirror, so students can actually visualize what doubling is. This activity can be found here: https://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=3294

 

Lexile - AD620L

DRA - 30

AR - 3.5

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review 2018-02-24 23:06
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Freedom Summer - Deborah Wiles,Jerome Lagarrigue

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles is a beautiful story of friendship between John Henry (a young black boy) and Joe (a young white boy) in the 1960s. The two boys spend their entire summer together, going on adventures and making unforgettable memories. As the boys spend time together, Joe begins to notice all of the things John Henry can't do and all of the places he is not allowed into simply because of this skin color. But despite this, the boys become close friends and embrace each other's differences. This book has a great variety of vocabulary that readers can learn from and excellent illustrations that paint an accurate picture of the South during the 1960s. 

 

I would use this book during a Social Studies lesson and ask students to compare and contrast John Henry's and Joe's lives before and after the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. Using historical facts learned in previous lessons and the book, I would ask them to compare/contrast what they could and could not do and what their daily life would look like. What changed? What stayed the same? They would write their response in a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation that they could share in class. 

Lexile Measure: AD460L

 
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review 2018-02-24 22:07
Getting Rid of Those Monsters.
Monster Trouble! - Lane Fredrickson,Michael Robertson

This children's bedtime story is about a brave little girl who deals with ridding her room of monsters in a clever way. It has rhyming and great vocabulary. Teachers might want to go over with younger students that monsters do not exist and this book is just for fun. The ending is so sweet and loveable, you can't help but love little Winifred, the main character.

One great activity for this book could be to have students create and color their own monsters out of construction paper, and then write one way that they would make their monsters leave them alone. 

Reading level: Pre-K-2

Lexile measure: AD580L 

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review 2018-02-24 21:57
Groovy Buttons
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat books are just so much fun to get into and this one shows the importance of not worrying about small things. As Pete says, "stuff comes and stuff goes." I love the illustrations and the rhyming in this book. This book would be great for a sequencing activity where students put sentences in order based off of what happened in the book. 

Guided Reading Level: J

Lexile Measure: AD350L

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review 2018-02-24 21:51
Baby Groot!
Night Night, Groot - Brendan Deenan,Cale Atkinson

This is such a fun story for those students who love their super heroes and action packed books. Baby Groot gets a recap of his fun days spent with his friend and it even includes rhyming. I would use this book with caution in the classroom, as it does involve super heroes and fight scenes with the bad guys. A fun activity for this book would be to have students write short poems. 

Grade level: 6-8 years old

Flesch reading ease score: 106.2

 

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