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review 2018-03-09 04:14
Pink and Say
Pink and Say - Patricia Polacco

You better bring some tissues when you sit down to read this text, because you are going to need them! Patricia Polacco is the author and illustrator of this profound piece of children's literature. Polacco introduces us to the true story of two young soldiers. Many of Polacco's works are based on true stories, and this one packs a punch. This text is perfect for lessons about the civil war. I recently used this text to write my own lesson plan; I required students to read the text and research their state's role in the civil war. The students were then asked to write a persuasive piece detailing why they would or why they would not live in their state during the civil war.

 

 

Guided Reading - V

Lexile - 600L

DRA - 50

AR - 3.8

 

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review 2018-03-09 03:41
The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf,Robert Lawson

The story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf tells the delightful account of a young bull named Ferdinand. With the story taking place sometime in Spain, the reader might assume that Ferdinand is destined to be a matador. However, young Ferdinand is unique. While his peers run, fight, and play, "Ferdinand likes to sit under his tree just so and smell the flowers" (Leaf). The simple illustrations by Newberry award winning illustrator, Robert Lawson, might seem plain - but but do not be deceived! Hidden gems and details beg the reader to revise the text. I would love to use this book to study Spanish culture. One of the more interesting ideas I found to accompany this text is a study on cork, which can be found here: https://www.weareteachers.com/8-fun-activities-celebrate-story-ferdinand/

 

Guided Reading - K

Lexile - AD760L

DRA - 18

AR - 3.7

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review 2018-03-01 04:04
Stuck
By Oliver Jeffers - Stuck - Oliver Jeffers

I LOVE OLIVER JEFFERS. His texts are jubilant and silly. The images are beautifully illustrated, and will have the reader flipping through in no time! Stuck tells us the story of Floyd. Poor Floyd got his kite stuck in a tree, and he can't get it down. He begins to throw all kinds of things at the tree in hopes of knocking it down. This book would be perfect for identifying problems and solutions. Because Jeffers has quite an extensive list of books under his belt, teachers could use him for an author study. Accompany with a read a loud by the author himself!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hipx6HJs4XQ

http://kickinitinkindergarten.com/breathe-life-literacy-oliver-jeffers/

 

Guided Reading - L

Lexile - AD530L

AR - 3.4

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review 2018-02-27 04:55
Who is Sam Westing?
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

The book begins with sixteen people gathering for the reading of millionaire Sam Westing's will. His will is structured like a puzzle and the sixteen people must find a solution in order to win the fortune. The Westing Game is different than other mysteries because the investigators are the suspects of Westing's "murder". While reading the book, the students will have a detective notebook and must use character analysis, inferencing, and questioning to solve the mystery. This activity will keep the students engaged instead of traditional comprehension questions. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile 750L

 

Grades: 5-7th 

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review 2018-02-27 04:38
I Love My White Shoes
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

In this book, Pete steps in large piles of numerous things that turn his white shoes different colors. Pete does not get upset; he just continue walking and loving the new color of his shoes. My student will have a print out of a cat wearing shoes and they will color the shoes the color of their shoes. I will attach a picture of them to the tail of each cat and will hang the activity on the class bulletin board. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile AD460L

 

Grade Level: K-2

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