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review 2017-02-14 05:02
Charlotte's Web- Lexile level 680L
Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams,E.B. White,Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White, is about a little girl named Fern who saves the "runt" pig that her dad wants to get rid of. She raises the pig, and names him Wilbur. Wilbur is moved into the barn and begins to make friends with a spider named Charlotte. They go through many trials and tribulations as such strange friends. Eventually Charlotte dies, but leaves behind children. This is a great story to use for grades third through fifth where they can learn how to cope with death and the way of life. You can use this book as a whole group reading book where you assign certain amounts of chapters a week, and we discuss them later in class with incorporating multiple activities. You can also incorporate science by using it as a life cycle lesson, or even a lesson on spiders life spans. It would be a great book to keep them engaged and excited about reading. You could even incorporate poetry by having a themed poem sheet in the shape of a web, spider, or even a pig. You could do many different kinds of poetry lessons using this book  and it's characters, setting, and theme. I would use this book for grades third through fifth. 

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review 2017-01-21 19:39
The Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Complete Wreck - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket
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review 2016-11-04 14:03
Holes - Louis Sachar

I really like this book and I am sure that your fifth grade students will love it too!  There are a lot of lessons that you could pull from this book. One could be a family tree. The main character in this book is cursed because of something that happened to his great great grandfather, so this could tie in coming up with their family history. Another lesson could be to write a letter. They could write to anyone in Stanley's (main character) camp. This could also be a positive lesson in which you can say digging holes are hard. Let's try and dig one and plant a tree/plant. The last lesson that I can think of is to create a map of Stanley's camp. There's the holes, dorms, dried up lake, showers, and so on. 

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review 2016-10-26 22:03
Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

I loved this book growing up and still love it now! I would want to read this as a class in third grade or the beginning of fourth grade. There is a movie based off this book. For my lesson we would read the book and then watch the movie. Once the class finishes both, the students will have to write a paper comparing and contrast the book to the movie.

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review 2016-10-24 18:11
Basement of the Undead
Basement of the Undead (Jason Strange) - Jason Strange,Phil Parks

This book I would read in the third grade around Halloween time. There's a series of horror books written by Jason Strange. This book would be a great one to use for a time line or a cause and effect lesson.

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