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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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text 2017-03-28 17:50
Rhyming Words with "Hop on Pop"
Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss

This is a very basic book for beginning readers. This book draws young readers in because of its easy, rhyming language. "We hope on Pop. Pop said stop." This sentence is used in the book and can easily be distinguished by beginners because the word combinations are identical and rhyme. These patterns are predictable and is great for the youngest of readers. My daughter, who is almost three, loves this story because these are all words she can say and relate too. These words include mouse, house, all, tall, small, fall, wall, hat, sat, Pat, and many more. This book is leveled a BR on the Lexile Leveling system. 

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text 2017-03-28 17:29
Patrica Polacco's "Thunder Cake" and learning about weather
By Patricia Polacco: Thunder Cake - -Philomel-

Thunder Cake is a heart warming story about Patrica Polacco's Babushka, who helps her overcome her fear of thunderstorms. She achieves this by having Patricia go to different places across the farm to collect ingredients for her famous Thunder Cake, which can only be made during a thunderstorm. Babushka must have tomatoes, strawberries, milk, and eggs which all call for Patricia to be brave and gather these things, all while working against the clock before the storm arrives. Just as all grandmothers, Babushka instills confidence in her granddaughter by proving she is quite brave after all. In the classroom, you could use this book to introduce your class to weather maps. By bringing in different maps from different parts of the world, you can teach students what different symbols mean and encourage them to inquire about the weather in your area, in our country, and around the world. This book is leveled in the AR system at a 3.5.

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text 2017-03-28 17:17
Making a wish with "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother"
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother - Patricia Polacco

Do you have rotten older brother? If you do, or if you are the rotten older sibling, you will definitely be able to relate to this book. Puzzled by her grandmothers love for him, Patrica Polacco tells about her relationship with her brother as they grow older. Richard, who is four years older than Patricia, is quite the prankster and can always do things better or faster than her. Of all things, Richard loves rhubarb and tricks Patricia into eating so much it gives her a stomach ache. The siblings attend a fair and that is when Patricia sees his true love for her. To find out what this rotten redheaded older brother does to win over her appreciation, you'll have to read and find out how heroic he can be. With this story, you can have each student write about a time they wished for something, and it came true in a completely different way than expected. Or you could even have them write their own narrative about their rotten sibling. This book is a great resource for showing students how to write a narrative and can stir up some creative juices. This story is leveled on the AR system at a 3.3.

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text 2017-03-28 16:54
Stay true to you with "Edward the Emu"
Edward the Emu - Sheena Knowles,Rod Clement

This great story, Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles, is a lively tale about an emu named Edward. Edward lives in a zoo and overhears many spectators say that the seals, lions, and the snakes are the best, most loved, animals in the zoo. Edward becomes heart broken and travels to each of these cages in hope to become the most appreciated and loved animal. While in the snakes cage, he hears that the emu is the best of all and decides to return to his pin. Upon arriving back, something startles him but to find out you'll have to read the rest! Edward is a great character and portrays the "grass is greener on the other side" idea very well. This entire story is rhyming and has a great natural rhythm while reading. I could see myself using this text to compare and contrast different animals using a vinn diagram. Students could compare and contrast Edward and one of their favorite animals at the zoo or even an animal in the text. This story has an AR level of 3.6. 

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