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review 2019-01-24 01:01
Enemy Pie
Enemy Pie - Derek Munson,Tara Calahan King

Enemy Pie is a great book on friendship. It begins as the perfect summer until Jeremy Ross moves into the house down the street and becomes neighborhood enemy number one. His dad has a guaranteed way to get rid of enemies. That is enemy pie, but part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! It turns out that they are not enemies after all. This would be a good book to read at the beginning of the school year. Students can create their own pie and fill it with ingredients (ways) to keep a friend or to be a good friend. 


Lexile: AD 550L

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review 2019-01-24 00:42
Coming to America
Coming to America : The Story of Immigration - Betsy Maestro,Suzanne Ryan

This is a bright picture book that tells of the migration of diverse immigrant and ethnic groups to North America, dating back to the travels of native peoples across the Bering Strait. It also includes the Atlantic slave trade and the journey of immigrants from Europe and Asia. This text recounts the lives of various immigrant groups and details the challenges of moving to a new land. A class activity would be to let students bring an important object and describe the history of it, and why they like it. Then ask how they would feel if they lost it. This can give an explanation to how immigrants felt when they had to leave everything behind when they came to America. 


Lexile: AD 890L

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review 2019-01-23 23:36
Ms. Harris' Overview of Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney,Anita Jeram

A great book for a Valentines day! It is placed at a 2.8 reading level and is guaranteed to touch hearts. Little Nut Brown Hare tries to prove to his mother just how much he loves her. Big Nut Brown Hare out does Little Nut Brown Hare every time. You will have to read to experience the sweet ending. An exciting activity for students to participate in is to have the teacher read this to students during Valentines day and the teacher will cut out hearts that have sight words and/or spelling words. The students will have to spell the words correctly and say the word aloud. This activity could be called "Un-breaking Hearts" as the students put the hearts back together with the correct pronunciation. 

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review 2019-01-23 22:31
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum was published in 1991 by Kevin Henkes. This story is about a sweet little mouse named Chrysanthemum. She loves her name until she starts kindergarten and her peers make her feel as if her name is uncool. Chrysanthemum's parents try to comfort her by giving her "hugs, kisses, and Parcheesi." However, her self esteem has still plummeted due to the mean girls at school. One day, the students met their new music teacher. Everything suddenly gets better for Chrysanthemum when the teacher says that she wants to name her baby the prettiest name she has ever heard...."Chrysanthemum." For this activity, I will have a "My name is perfect" pack for my students so that each student leaves feeling 110% confident that they all have the most beautiful names! This book is a level 3.3 according to the Accelerated Reader book leveling system. 

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review 2019-01-23 22:10
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister,J. Alison James

The Rainbow Fish was published in 1992 by Marcus Pfister. The story begins by the Rainbow Fish explaining that he is the most beautiful type of fish in the whole ocean because of his rainbow and sparkly scales. With his cocky attitude, he initially rejects the invite to play with the other fish. One day, a smaller fish followed Rainbow Fish around asking for a scale. However, Rainbow Fish rejected him. The little fish came back and told the rest of his friends and they all decided to shun the Rainbow Fish. Consequently, Rainbow Fish became the loneliest fish in the ocean. After later on meeting an octopus who advises him to share his scales, he gives in and give the little blue fish one of his pretty scales. The Rainbow Fish then saw the beauty behind giving and suddenly felt joy once he began to share with the rest of the community of fish. For this activity, I will allow my students to decorate their very own Rainbow Fish! This book is a level 3.3 according to the Accelerated Reading book leveling system. 

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