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text 2017-03-28 23:52
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

A teacher can never go wrong with introducing E.B. White’s classic novel, Charlotte’s Web, to the classroom. It is the story of a little pig who is the runt of its litter but is rescued by the farmer’s daughter, Fern. She takes responsibility for the pig and decides to raise it herself. Growing ever so fond of the little pig, Fern decides to name him Wilbur. Eventually, Wilbur grows up to be a regular sized pig, but he is forced to go live at the Zuckerman’s home when Fern’s parents tell her she can no longer take care of him like a baby. Fern still visits him every day at his new farm home. On the farm, Wilbur makes many new friends, but discovers frightening news that he will be sent to the slaughterhouse by Christmas. It is up to him and his newest acquaintance, Charlotte, to save his life. Charlotte is the sweetest spider that Wilbur has ever encountered, and she plans to save his life by weaving words about Wilbur into her web. She acts not only as a friend, but also as a mother figure to Wilbur when Fern does not come and visit as often. The book’s Lexile reading level is 680L, and it is best read and understood by children in third grade and up. One activity that I want to incorporate into my classroom for this book would be a sight word spider web. We could read this book in the beginning of the school year, and create a spider web in one corner of the classroom. Throughout the year, we could add words into the web that are important sight words for the students to remember. This would be a great visual for all students!

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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 2016-11-07 22:09
Making smart decisions
Horrible Harry in Room 2B - S. Kline

Horrible Harry in Room 2B is a good book to introduce making smart decisions. I would incorporate this book in my 3rd grade class during the first week of school. Following an integrated lesson on rules and appropriate behavior, we would read what it is like to have a friend that doesn't always make the right decisions. I would make sure that they know not to unfriend them, but instead, to encourage positive behavior and decisions. I would also remind them to always be nice and make the smartest decisions, always.  

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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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review 2016-09-06 21:35
Punctuation Takes a Vacation
Punctuation Takes a Vacation - Robin Pulver,Lynn Rowe Reed

I recently bought this book to go along with my minilesson for Dr. Raulston's class. I am so glad I bought this. It is a very cute book that helps teach punctuation. I would use this book in my 2nd grade classroom to help them understand the importance of using punctuation when they are writing. You could make the postcards that are in the book and have the students get into groups and try to figure out which punctuation is taking a vacation by the description given in the post card. You could also have your students come up with their own sentences using the punctuation listed in the book. The intended audience for this book is grades K-2. 

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