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review 2017-01-21 04:39
Bully B.E.A.N.S
Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

This book really impressed me. The story itself is about a bully tormenting her classmates and her classmates learning to stand up for themselves and their peers. When a student goes to her mother looking for advice, the mother comes up with a genius plan. Magic "Bully Beans".....special jelly beans that give you the courage and confidence to stand up to a bully.  The book offers great advice on how to handle bullies and good strategies to come to a good outcome.  It also asks thought provoking questions asking why the child is being a bully. I would use this book in grades K thru 4th. This book I would incorporate into the reading section of the day. In the lower grades I would work through the book as a whole group breaking it down into KWL. In the upper grades I would break it down into literacy centers. 

Reading Level: K thru 5th

ATOS reading level: 3.60

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review 2016-11-11 00:44
Giggle, Giggle, Quack - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

I would utilize this book in a second grade classroom.  I think this would be a great book to begin a discussion on inference.  The class would have to infer from the writing who is writing the to do list.  Plus, I think the students would find the story very funny and several may have a real life connection to farm animals.

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review 2016-11-06 02:24
The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle

A great book to incorporate into a second grade science lesson on plants or a lesson on the seasons.  The beautiful colors are engaging and the verbiage is simple making it easy to read. Further, I think this could be a good book for any age to discuss perseverance and/or patience.     

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review 2016-11-05 18:54
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

This would be a great book for second and/or third grades. It could be utilized during a discussion of appropriate behaviors and the importance of giving or even the consequences of taking advantage of others. It could also be used to discuss the environment. 

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review 2016-10-25 16:33
One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox
One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale - Judy Cox

One is a Feast for Mouse is a wonderful book to remind young children to give thanks for even the small things in life.  This is a Thanksgiving tale of a mouse who courageously  leaves his little hole to seek out a feast of leftovers. As the mouse discovers a mountain of leftovers, his wants exceeds his needs, and he quickly finds himself in a little pickle trying to get all of the food back to his hole.  Students will enjoy the action filled and colorful illustrations on each page as the mouse tries to get out of several dilemmas and misfortunes with the house cat.  I would read this book to my lower elementary grades around the Thanksgiving holidays and analyze how the main character changed throughout the story using evidence from the text.  I would also focus on the problem and solution of the story as well as the sequence of events. At the end of the study, I would have a small Thanksgiving feast and discuss the many things we are thankful for in life.

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