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review 2017-04-04 23:07
David Goes To School - David Shannon

This book is about David going to school and not following any of the rules. He gets an after school punishment and when he finally finishes he gets a gold star and is able to go home. This would be good to use for classroom management and an example of how not to act at school. This book is leveled BR.

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review 2017-04-04 22:09
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

This book is all about the Bear Family who forgot their manners one afternoon. Mama bear created a family politeness plan and made everyone follow along. They realized things went better when everyone minded their manners. This would be great for the middle of the year "blues" or just one day when the class needed to be reminded to use their manners. A class politeness plan would be great to follow this activity up with. I would use this for third grade. It is leveled 620 L.

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text 2017-03-28 23:56
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy was written by Christopher Paul Curtis and is the story of a little boy trying to find his place in a world where he does not know his own father. His mother died when he was younger, but he never knew his father at all. Bud grew up in the foster care system, bouncing from one foster home to the next. To Bud, it seemed as though no one would ever want him. However, this little boy has got some wits about him to be so young. He is sent to a new foster family that ends up locking him in their shed for the night. Bud’s imagination gets the best of him when he thinks there might be vampires in there, and he ends up swinging a bat at a hornet’s nest. He finds a way to bust out of the shed, torn up by multiple hornet stings, and runs away to go on his own adventure. It is quite dangerous for Bud to be striking out on his own, but he sets off on a journey to find his father. This book’s Lexile reading level is 950L, and it is recommended for students in higher grades such as fourth or fifth. One of the things that Bud constantly talks about throughout the novel is his “Rules and Things for a Funner Life”. I would want my students to brainstorm some ideas and create a list for this. However, instead of doing “Rules and Things for a Funner Life”, we could do “Rules and Things for a Funner [Classroom]”. I would read this book at the beginning of the school year with my students and we could create our classroom rules for the year based on these lists.

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review 2017-03-27 02:29
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed - Margaret Chodos-Irvine,Chodos-Irvine Margaret

I read this story about a year ago for a class presentation. To be honest, it is a cute story, but I think this is more of a "read at home" story. Ella Sarah does teach us to have a fun sense of style and to be ourselves, but some children reading this story would probably get the idea that it is okay to whine and scream until they get their way.


If I were to read this story in my classroom, I would probably read this aloud on one of the first days of Kindergarten. It is a funny read, and at the end I would imply that this is not how we are to act, then discuss classroom behavior rules.


Reading level: 1-2 grade

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review 2016-11-12 02:55
The Best School Year Ever - Barbara Robinson

Another funny book about the Herdman clan!  I would use this book at the beginning of the year as a model for what not to do in the classroom.  As the students read about the Herdman's antics, allow them to create what they believe would be important classroom rules for your classroom.  This is something teachers will normally do anyway, but with the text, literacy could be incorporated.

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