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review 2017-04-24 07:45
Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy by Robert M. Hazen, James S. Trefil
Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy - Robert M. Hazen,James Trefil

The authors state that the aim of this book is to provide the fundamental background knowledge that we need to cope with the complex scientific and technological world of today.  The aim of this book is to provide the information you need to become scientifically literate.  The book achieves this aim quite nicely, but I can't say the book is particularly exciting to read, especially if you have a science background.  This is perhaps something that should be read by someone who isn't too familiar with the different branches of science or someone who wishes to brush up on what they should have learned at school and might have forgotten.  This edition has been updated from the first addition.

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review 2017-04-08 05:36
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

The book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is great book to read aloud to as classroom. It is about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum who absolutely adores her name. Her parents love her name as well and remind her just how beautiful it is all the time. When Chrysanthemum gets to school, her classmates tease her about her name. They say its too long and that its funny because she is names after a flower. Later on in the story, Chrysanthemum and her classmates encounter a sweet music teacher with a a flower for a name and who likes Chrysanthemum's name very much. All of her classmates soon realize that is is a pretty name after all. This will surely be a book that i will add to my collection. the book has a wonderful moral about being kind and accepting of our friends. This would Be a great book to use to my class when introducing bullying prevention and explaining how words can hurt. There are so many activities I would love to use that stem from this book but one of the activities I would do would be to have my students would be the flower pot coloring page. The students would spell out their name by writing each letter on each petal of the flower. When they are finished writing it, they will be instructed to write not he flower pot who many letters are in their names. I would give this book a five star rating out of five and it is listed as a 460L on the Lexile scale. I can't wait to use this book in my class.

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review 2017-04-08 05:23
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Listening Library,Walter Matthau,Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess is one of my favorite books I've ever read. Although its very simple, It's so fun and has a great moral behind it so of course i would recommend reading it in the classrooms. The book is about the mean ole Grinch in Whoville who tries to put a stop to Christmas. Cindy Lou Who teaches the town and the Grinch that Christmas is't just about at the presents of the material things. Christmas is about being together and the things that don;t come wrapped in perfect little bows or cost a lot of money. Family and the people you are with mean the most. I would rate this book a five out of five and it is listed as a on the Lexile scale as a 510L. An activity I would get my students to do would be to complete a story map of the book. I would then want for them to illustrate the events of the story they have included in their map.

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review 2017-04-08 05:11
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

The Lion, The with and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is such a good book to read. Its a story of four siblings who discover a hidden world within a wardrobe found while playing hide and seek. The children ar part of a great prophecy to help Aslan save Narna from the white witch. I would rate this book a four and a half out of five stars and it is listed as a 940L on the Lexile scale. As an activity for my class, I would read the book aloud to my class during group reading time. During the book (between the chapters each day that we stop) i would have a different activity set up for my students with activity sheets. One side that I would love to use it describing the characters given context clues from he book. I think this would be a great way to expand their knowledge of comprehension and context clues.

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review 2017-04-08 05:04
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a wonderful book about two young children who create a magical land just for the tow of them to escape to. They are picked on in school and aren't exactly the best at fitting in with the other kids but their differences and love of imagination bring them close together. Although the story has a sad ending, I think the message of imagination and life being what you make it is very evident throughout the book. I would use this when  having my students write a text about a magical land they wood escape to if they could. I would have  allaying sheet present for them to plan the characters, setting, plot, etc. Once the planning page is complete, they would transfer it over to writing a text using those details. I would rte this book a three and a half out of five stars and it is listed as an 810L on the Lexile scale.

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