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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-31 16:08
Great STEM Activities!
Iggy Peck, Architect - Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty, author of "Iggy Peck, Architect", "Rosie Revere, Engineer", and "Ada Twist, Scientist" (along with others) has written these great STEM books that I believe will inspire many kids (and adults)! This particular book is about a boy named "Iggy Peck" who loves constructing things out of all sorts of weird materials like diapers. His parents are weary and his teacher HATES architects, so Iggy feels defeated. But on a class trip, the whole class gets stuck on an island and can't get to the other side because the bridge had collapsed, so Iggy, with the help of his classmates, builds a bridge to save the day. 

I would 100% use this in class for different types of math lessons! Here are some ideas:

1. Have the students go home and measure a room of their house (with the help of an adult). If they don't have a measuring tape at their house, you can let them measure the classroom instead. 

2. Let the students design their dream house on graph paper. This could work on shapes, dimensions, length/width, measuring, and working with scale.

3. Have the students use Legos to design a bridge, house, or other structure.


ATOS Reading Level: 4.1

Lexile: AD 850L

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review 2017-03-15 01:51
Perfect Class Book
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks - Kate Klise,M. Sarah Klise

This book is filled with all kinds of opportunities for teaching! There are science facts, letter writing, and letters about places from all over the world! This book has too much information to share it all! Using this book as a class reading will open up the possibilities for the teacher to teach about:

- Letter writing and writing in general

- Geography/History

- Different vocabulary words

- All types of word play

- Many different resources for text (newspaper, postcard, letter, telegram, etc)

- Creativity and design (the students could design their own crazy water fountain)


Reading Level: 

- Guided Reading= S

- Lexile = 830L

- Grades 4-5

- Chapter Book (138 Pages)

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review 2016-09-24 16:54
When I Grow Up
When I Grow Up - Al Yankovic,Wes Hargis

Written by Al Yankovic

Illustrated by Wes Hargis


Billy, a student in Mrs.Krupp's class, is very excited to share what he wants to be when he grows up during the class's show and tell time. He begins by claiming to want to be the world's best chef, and stops Mrs. Krupp when she wrongly thinks he is finished sharing. Billy has many ideas about what he wants to be when he grows up, from a snail trainer to a gorilla masseuse, or maybe a movie director or a dinosaur-dusting museum curator. Mrs. Krupp, fed up with Billy's wild ideas, tells Billy that he needs to pick one thing. Billy responds that his 103-year-old grandfather has held so many different jobs, and he's still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up! At the end of the story, Billy leaves Mrs. Krupp a note saying that he may even be a great teacher like her someday.


This book would be fantastic for a creative writing prompt about what students would like to do when they grow up, and for a discussion about what occupations the people in their family have held. Some of the vocabulary in this book is quite advanced, so a discussion about word meanings would be necessary. I would use this book with upper elementary, fourth and fifth grades.

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review 2006-01-01 00:00
Odder Jobs: More Portraits of Unusual Occupations
Odder Jobs: More Portraits of Unusual Occupations - Nancy Rica Schiff When you think your job is lousy, pull out this book and thank the Lord; you could be a dog food taste tester or a flatulence smell-reduction underwear maker or a waste sorter.
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review 2004-01-01 00:00
Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations
Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations - Nancy Rica Schiff A blurb and a photo of those who do very peculiar work in this world. My friends...this one has your name on it.
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