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review 2019-02-03 23:35
There's A Wocket In My Pocket!
There's a Wocket in My Pocket! - Dr. Seuss

This Dr. Suess book is one of my favorites! It is colorful and has some of the wildest words I have seen. This book is great for younger students because the rhyming and made-up words allow them to imagine what it might actually be. A great activity is to ask students to create the monsters in the book such as a Zamp and Wocket. Using art supplies students would create what they believe these creatures look like. This activity will incorporate art into the lesson and students will have a blast coming up with scary or crazy monsters! Students could also create monsters that live in their house and make up names for them. During shared reading when students hear a rhyme they could do a signal to let the teacher know they recognized the rhyme.


Lexile 460L

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review 2019-02-03 23:05
Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

Charlotte's Web is a beloved classic. It is a tale of truth, friendship, and preserving. These are qualities that are important from children to understand. Wilbur defies the odds and becomes the most famous pig ever and he could not have done it without the help of his friends. This book uses words in a great educational way and helps children develop the skills needed to understand the meaning. A great activity to reinforce the vocabulary in the book is to have students create a spider web word wall. As a class, we will discuss the unfamiliar and intriguing words in the book and display them on our spider web. Another activity is to have students create their own parachutes to carry away their spider babies. This is a great way to incorporate STEAM into the lesson. This activity will depend on the grade level but students can work together to figure out the best design.


Lexile 680L

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review 2019-01-28 03:35
Horton Hears A Who!
Horton Hears a Who. Dr. Seuss - Miranda Richardson

     In this classic Dr. Seuss book, Horton, the main character, learns that every heart matters no matter how small when he finds a speck of dust and realizes there is a tiny village living on it! Horton vows to protect the tiny village, even if it means putting himself in danger.  

     With the reading level of this book being  grades K-3, this book is for younger readers. The rhyming words in Dr. Seuss' books make them perfect for activities that build sight vocabulary. Cover rhyming words with a sticky note and let students guess what the next word will be.

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review 2019-01-21 02:49
Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

Charlotte’s Web is on a 4.4 accelerated reading level (4th grade, 4th month reading level). This story is about a runt-born pig named Wilbur, whose life was saved by Fern. This book shares Wilbur’s life experiences. One fun activity for students to complete after reading Charlotte’s Web, is to make a spider out of a paper plate. The legs of the spider are created out of words that have been cut out of magazines (much like the strips of paper of words that Templeton found to describe Wilbur in the story). These words should describe the student who is creating the spider. The teacher can display these crafty spiders throughout the room. 

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review 2019-01-19 04:34
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is on a 5.1 reading level (5th grade, 1st month of school). This story is about a toddler named Nobody who is raised by ghosts and other beings that live in the cemetery. Since most of the characters are introduced by their epitaph poem, this gives teachers an opportunity to study this type of poem with their class. From this point, students can write an epitaph for the remaining characters in the story, based off what they know about that character from the story. 


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