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review 2018-02-22 00:05
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? is an outstanding book for young readers to read. The variety of animals in this book allows for a broad representation of animals that can be found in the wild. I adore the illustrations which are simple and clear with a bit of abstract flair. This book also includes many descriptive words. For example, instead of "bear" the character is named "Panda Bear". Each animal has a different verb attached to it, allowing readers to build their vocabulary. I would like to use this book in the classroom by asking students to select one animal from the story and research it. They will read books and use iPads/laptops to find where they live (water, land, in homes as a pet, etc.), what they eat, and more. The students can draw and color their animal as well. After they have gathered all of their research, the students will be encouraged to present their animals to their class.

 

Lexile: AD640L
Accelerated Reader Level: 2.5

 
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review 2018-02-21 23:45
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham is another classic children's book. This book is a fun read for young readers--whether they are just beginning to read or are advanced in their reading. The alliteration and rhyming is an added bonus to an already great book. Readers can familiarize themselves with rhyming and alliteration and these literary devices also keep the book fun and interesting. I would use this book in the classroom during a lesson on literary devices--specifically rhyming. I would ask students to play a rhyming puzzle card game where they must retell the story by matching rhyming word pairs. This would serve as a quick and fun review of the game but also practice rhyming. 

 

Lexile Measure: 210L 

 
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review 2018-02-21 22:46
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an excellent book for young readers. This is an excellent way to introduce or review letters and colors in the classroom. All the letters of the alphabet are written in order and a variety of colors (both primary and secondary) are on every page. I especially like that the book also has a story line so readers don't even notice that the book serves an instructional purpose as well. I would read this out loud to my class and ask students to say the letter sounds every few pages. I would especially focus on letter sounds that may be difficult for my students to say. In first or second grade I would ask the students to create their own coconut tree and instead of writing letters on them, they could write their sight words. 

 

 

Lexile Measure: AD430L

 

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review 2018-02-21 05:14
The Berenstain Bears Go to School (First Time Books(R)) - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

The Bernstein Bears Go to School is a cute and relatable story on Brother and Sister Bears's fear of the first day of school. This book paints the picture of the first day of school that many readers, no matter how young or old, have painted once before. This book has an excellent message that no matter how scary something may seem, take a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised. This is such a lighthearted and warming story that is inviting for young readers who are beginning school . I would read this book on the first day of school, especially if my students are Kindergarteners. After reading this book, I would connect it to a first day of school activity that allows students to share a little something about themselves. In higher grades, this book could be connected with decoding text to find the central message or finding the traits of characters.

 

Lexile: 520L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.2

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review 2018-02-21 04:50
The Very First Thanksgiving Day - Rhonda Gowler Greene

The Very First Thanksgiving Day is the perfect blend of educational and intriguing. This picture book has fantastic illustrations that are vibrant and will draw you in. The text, on the other hand, tells the story/history of Thanksgiving in a way that is easy to follow and understand for beginning readers. This book provides the perfect opportunity to act out the storyline. In a developmentally appropriate way, I feel it would be perfect to ask students to choose a character and retell the story by playing the characters in the book. 

 

Lexile: AD800L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.9

 
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