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text 2017-04-04 21:03
The Mitten Board Book Edition - Jan Brett

The Mitten tells the story of a little boy who, despite being warned by his grandmother, loses one of the mittens she made for him. With it being winter time, animals will do just about anything to keep warm. Before you know it, many animals, including a mouse, a skunk, a fox, an owl, and even a bear, try to pile into the glove to keep warm. But how far can that mitten stretch before it breaks? And will the little boy ever be able to find his mitten before he returns home to his grandmother? This story was written by Jan Brett, and it has a Lexile reading level of 800L. It best serves the purpose of teaching sequencing, predicting, and how to retell a story. In my classroom, I would give students diverse sized paper mittens that they could color and decorate. In the smallest one, they would write the first animal that went into the mitten. On the next size mitten, they would write the second animal. Students would continue this until they reach the biggest mitten size, where they will write all the animals seen in the book. They would then take all their mittens, and they could staple them together on the side to create their own little story book based on Brett’s story.

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text 2017-04-04 21:01
If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

Laura Numeroff’s tale If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a classic story of a little girl who tries to accommodate the whims of one demanding little pig. The pig begins with some pancakes, and from there she finds herself in need of syrup. After using the syrup, she gets a little sticky and needs to take a bath. For her bath, she needs some bubbles and bath toys. Many more events take place from here with the pig needing one thing after another. This book’s Lexile reading level is 570L, and it does an excellent job at helping students practice sequencing and predicting. In my classroom, I would use this book to practice reading fluency with my students. There is a printable script that you can download online, so I would allow students to form groups of two to read this script. Each member in the group would draw a fluency stick that has a different voice to use when reading. Students will then practice reading the story in those voices to develop their fluency.

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review 2016-11-07 21:14
Because of Winn Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn Dixie is such an amazing story! I enjoyed the book just as much as I did watching the movie. Haha! The book is about a little girl and her preacher father. They have moved to a small town and one day while the girl was grocery shopping in, you guessed it, Winn Dixie, he rescues a dog that was in the store causing trouble. She takes the dog home and tries her best to convince her dad to let her keep the dog. I believe this book could be read in classrooms of 3rd to 5th grade. The actual reading level of the book is 3.9. A way that I could se this book in my classroom is to ntroduce summarizing and predicting. After each chapter I could have the students turn and talk or write in their journals about what they think would happen next or to have them summarize the chapter just read.  

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-06 18:45
My Lucky Day
My Lucky Day - Keiko Kasza

In My Lucky Day, the story takes an unexpected turn when Mr. Pig knocks on Mr. Wolf's door.  It seems that surely the pig is going to be dinner for Mr. Wolf.  However, he tricks the wolf into giving him a bath, a meal, and a massage!  I think this story would be a wonderful story to read and have the class predict what will happen next in the story.  A good activity would be to have the class draw a picture of what they think will happen next and then reveal the ending after they share their pictures!


I think this book would be great for kindergarten and first graders.

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review 2015-07-20 02:36
A New Index For Predicting Catastrophes
A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes - Madhur Anand

I was pleasantly surprised by the poems I found inside “A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes”. Science is not my strong point, although several areas of it, like astronomy, I have come to love over the years. It was a great surprise and delight that I found many of the poems were highly successful in bridging the gap between science and literature in a way that was very subtle. That was the great beauty of the entire collection: it was very genuine from beginning to end, especially the found poems that were written only using words in scientific articles that Anand took part in writing.


Having some knowledge in science really helps, however, and I would say that was the only weakness of these poems. Some were slightly overloaded with scientific terms or ecological facts that I wasn’t aware of, so it took longer for the full impact of the words to sink in. My own knowledge in organic chemistry really helped as well (despite how big a pain it was to learn), especially with the one poem that listed different types of sugar. My favourite poems were perhaps the ones about the irises and oranges, as there were a couple of them. But I also loved the way in which culture also quietly sunk into Anand’s work, the saris and rice and traditions that danced with scientific names and various animals and plants. It was a real treat to read that is worth reading for poetry lovers and science lovers alike, as well as quite an innovation in the poetry field in general I think. It was new, clever, and refreshing to read. I loved it.

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