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review 2018-09-09 23:33
Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

Trisha loves to read just like the rest of her family. When she gets into school she realizes she isn't that great of a reader. Like many students Trisha was left behind and fell many reading levels behind her class. When she moves schools Trisha gets the help she needs from her new teacher Mr. Faulker. She and Mr.Faulker would practice every day he even saved Trisha from a bully. Trisha loved to read again all thanks to Mr. Faulker. 

This could serve as an anti-bullying book during the first few days of school.

Lexile: 650L

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review 2018-09-09 17:47
Bully
Bully - Patricia Polacco

Bully is a great book to use during the first few days of school for grades first-fifth. This book is about young students who want to be accepted in school and online bullying takes place during this adjustment of a girl moving to a new school. Online bullying occurs more than people think, so I think it is a very important topic to cover in your classrooms. An idea to go along with this book is for students to identify the theme and the message of the story. Students would enjoy acting out the book to be able to fully grasp the effect it can have on students.

 

Lexile Level: 630L

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review 2018-09-08 22:17
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln - Patricia Polacco

This book is filled with history, time-traveling, and a visit to a museum that opens the door to the past. Michael and Derek do not expect to have a fun time at the museum, but boy where they wrong. The two boys find themselves putting on uniforms and being whisked away through a secret door to the Civil War times. This book would be a great read-aloud and a wonderful way to integrate History and Language Arts. I would love to have a "Back in Time Day" where I would transform my classroom into Civil War time and then have the students (and myself!) dress up for the entire day. We would spend the day learning all about the events of the Civil War! 

 

Lexile: 570L

Fountas and Pinnell: R

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-07 22:26
Thank you, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is a great story about a young girl named Trisha who struggles to read all throughout elementary school.  The book describes the frustration of not being able to keep up with other students and being bullied in the process.  Trisha makes it all the way to the fifth grade where her teacher, Mr. Falker, realizes that Trisha is dyslexic and needs extra help with reading.  The book ends with Trisha being able to read and growing up to be a children's book author (the author of this book).  Thank you, Mr. Falker could be used as a way to introduce students to dyslexia and the struggles some of their fellow classmates have.  It would also be a great bullying prevention and/or self-confidence book for students.  After reading this book, students could write about a time they have ever felt bullied or have ever been insecure and what the student did or will do to overcome his or her struggle. The reading level of this book is the middle of grade 1 to the end of grade 2 with a 24 level according to the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). 

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review 2018-09-07 18:32
Thank you, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

This books tells the story of a young girl who is so excited to learn to read, but soon realizes that she struggles to read the letters and numbers because they all get jumbled together. Finally in fifth grade, Trisha meets a teacher who recognizes what she CAN do and enlightens her to the magic of reading. This book never directly mentions dyslexia, but it would be great to have for students that can relate to this problem or have learning disabilities. This book provides hope and encouragement to struggling students! I would love to read this to my students and then analyze how Trisha overcame her problem of not being able to read. 

 

Lexile: 650L

Fountas and Pinnell: M

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