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review 2017-02-15 21:59
Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure -Lexile level 560L
Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure - Nancy Kelly Allen,Adam Doyle

Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure, by Nancy Kelly Allen, is about an organic farmer named Truman Worth and he finds an unusual tree growing on his farm, and decides to try different kinds of fertilizer on it to help it grow. The tree begins to grow different kinds of money and begins to change his life tremendously. This is a great book to read for a shared group reading to get them engaged and intrigued about counting money. You can introduce counting money by reading this book to the whole class, and you can even make a lesson that centers around the book to help keep them stay interested in the lesson. You can use it as something to do after teaching a lesson on how to count money and knowing what coins are what and what bills are what. You could make different math activity centers to go with the story to help reinforce the math lesson that you taught. By using this book it is a great way to tie reading into a math lesson. You could use this book for grades first through second grade. 

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review 2017-02-11 18:47
Love Monster -Lexile level AD270L
Love Monster - Rachel Bright

Love Monster, by Rachel Bright, is a phenomenal book that teaches you that being different doesn't mean you won't find someone who loves you for who you are. The love monster doesn't seem to fit into his town of cute and cuddly creatures, and he yearns to find someone to love him for who he is. The love monster searches for someone throughout the book, until finally he gives up and decides to go back home. When he gives up is when he finally meets someone to love, and that is just like him who wants to love him for who he is. I believe that the love monster can be used from kindergarten through third grade. You can use this book during Valentines day as a shared reading, and then let them do some activities following the reading. Their are two activities that I would do, one would include the love monster print out where the students get to make their own love monster and decorate/color him/her how they want to. The second activity would have them trace their hand on a piece o construction paper and then cut it out. Then, I would give each student a heart to place in the center of their hand and on the heart they will write one thing that they love about the person who loves them for who they are. After they write what they love about their person they will then glue down the two middle fingers of their hand and make it look like the word love in sign language. They can take their love monsters home for themselves and give their hand to the person who loves them for who they are as a Valentine. I believe that this is a great book to do for shared reading because you can also incorporate the lesson of how important it is to love yourself for who you are, and by loving yourself for who you are other people will do the same. 

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