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review 2018-09-08 03:56
Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat is starting Kindergarten and is excited to begin his day. This book goes through the different rooms of an elementary school and talk about the importance of each one. This would be a great book to read to start the tour of the school. The teacher could pause and have the students guess and predict which rooms that Pete is talking about on each page. After reading the story, tour the school with the students and see if they can locate the same rooms that Pete saw in the story. Once the tour is over, have the students come back to the class and decorate their own school shoes to hang around the classroom. 


Grade K-2

Book Level:

Lexile AD430L

Accelerated Reader 2.2

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review 2018-09-08 03:49
Math Curse
Math Curse - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

The book is about a young person that is told in her math class that math is used in everyday life. The student then goes home and wakes up the next day with all kinds of math problems in her head. The story continues throughout her day, explaining how math works in her life each day. Math Curse is a great book to read in a math class at the first of the year. Most students think that math is not needed beyond the classroom and they do not realize they use math already in their everyday lives. 

Before reading this book, have students take a poll on who thinks that math is important outside the classroom. The students could even have a short debate if there are others that disagree with the majority. After reading the book, have the students come up with different ways they personally use math in their everyday lives. 


Grade 2-5

Book Level:

Lexile 560L

Accelerated Reader 3.7 

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review 2018-09-08 03:15
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten - Joseph Slate,Ashley Wolff

Miss Bindergarten is getting ready to teach Kindergarten. The book begins with her walking into her classroom and the walls are bare and there are boxes everywhere. Everything that is written in this book begins with each letter of the alphabet in order. At the end, the students arrive to a colorful classroom and Miss Bindergarten is ready to start the day!

I would read this book in the first week of Kindergarten. It is an interesting and colorful book that introduces the alphabet. An activity that would be neat to do with the students afterwards is have the students come up with an animal that begins with the same first letter as their name. Not only does this work with the alphabet, but it also works with the students with their names. 


Grade Pre-K-Kindergarten

Book Level:

Lexile AD590L

Accelerated Reader 1.5 

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review 2018-02-22 02:25
Boycott Blues
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation - Andrea Davis Pinkney,Brian Pinkney

AR: 2.9

Grade Level: 3rd-6th

Summary: Boycott Blues is a book all about how people, during the civil rights movement, dealt with segregation. The story is told from a "dog-tired hound", which makes the book even more interesting! 

Idea: I absolutely fell in love with this book the first time I read it! The fact that it's told from a dog, who's singing the "boycott blues" is amazing! I also love the fact that the author personifies segregation, as a menacing bird. This is an amazing book to intertwine social studies with, and to teach figurative language!


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review 2018-02-22 02:01
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister,J. Alison James

AR: 3.3

Grade Level: PreK-3rd

Summary: Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, is all about the value of friends. It teaches children that you cannot always stand alone. Sometimes you need help. Sometimes you have to make sacrafices! Together is always better!

Idea: I absolutely love this book. I would most definitely use this book for character education. I would stress the importance of not being selfish and being open to making new friends. An activity that I would use for this would be to label "the rainbow" fish. I would do this activity with my younger students, such as Kindergarten. 

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