I wanted to love this book- and I did, at least until the plot jumped out of the 60's/70's. The first half of the book was interesting, well written,I wanted to love this book- and I did, at least until the plot jumped out of the 60's/70's. The first half of the book was interesting, well written, and all that was needed for this novel. The second half, well, I felt left way too many unanswered questions and half written plots....more
I enjoyed the book as a quick read. I thought it was a great representation of a young girls curiosity about her history. Not to mention, I learned aI enjoyed the book as a quick read. I thought it was a great representation of a young girls curiosity about her history. Not to mention, I learned a lot about beekeeping!...more
This has become a classic book for children! It is a fantastic book to practice sequencing a story. There are plenty of opportunities to create visualThis has become a classic book for children! It is a fantastic book to practice sequencing a story. There are plenty of opportunities to create visuals so that students can really see how the story sequences and why it could not go out of order. Students can also get the opportunity to tell their explanations why one animal goes after the next....more
Spoonbill Swamp is a nice book that can reinforce ideas on the life cycle of animals. I would create a science lesson on this book to reiterate and shSpoonbill Swamp is a nice book that can reinforce ideas on the life cycle of animals. I would create a science lesson on this book to reiterate and show how these animals life cycles are very similar, yet there are differences. Students could split into two groups and work on creating the life cycle of each animal on big sheets of paper, then we can come together and compare and contrast both visuals....more
A great book to show division! I would use this book with a hands on lesson with real cookies. We'd have the cookies and add more plates when each perA great book to show division! I would use this book with a hands on lesson with real cookies. We'd have the cookies and add more plates when each person entered the story until one cookie was on each plate. This is also a great lesson on sharing with friends....more
This book shows how tragic it can be to take and take and take, without giving back. I would read this book to the class to teach social curriculum onThis book shows how tragic it can be to take and take and take, without giving back. I would read this book to the class to teach social curriculum on giving as well as receiving....more
This book can be used to teach multiplication. It shows square numbers in a clever story format. Children can follow along with the book creating theiThis book can be used to teach multiplication. It shows square numbers in a clever story format. Children can follow along with the book creating their own squares with manipulatives, or the class could do it together....more
This book does a fantastic job at showing how important our environment is! It shows students that they can be active about protecting their communityThis book does a fantastic job at showing how important our environment is! It shows students that they can be active about protecting their community environment and that their voice can count. I would follow this book with my students writing a letter to the local committee about something in their community environment that they are not happy about or would like to keep protecting....more
I loved how this book took a classic children's tale and moved it between other classic children's tale. This gives students a great opportunity to prI loved how this book took a classic children's tale and moved it between other classic children's tale. This gives students a great opportunity to practice sequencing. As an activity after the book, the students can re-sequence the story and add one page where the family visits a classic tale not included in the book. This could also be done as a class....more
This would be a great fun-reading book for students. This book could also be read before a lesson on persuasive writing. After hearing the book, studeThis would be a great fun-reading book for students. This book could also be read before a lesson on persuasive writing. After hearing the book, students could create their own persuasive dialogue to try to convince the reader to "stay up late". Students could also choose a different topic, such as "play outside longer" or "eat dessert for dinner", etc. ...more
This is a content book on rocks. In a science lesson, I would read this book after students had the opportunity to identify, touch, and examine differThis is a content book on rocks. In a science lesson, I would read this book after students had the opportunity to identify, touch, and examine different rocks. This book would explain a lot of the observations the students had made about rocks earlier in the lesson....more
This book shows an interesting aspect about friendship. It provides great opportunities for students to predict what will happen next. However, the stThis book shows an interesting aspect about friendship. It provides great opportunities for students to predict what will happen next. However, the storyline was very hard to follow and the ideas are hard to understand. Students with autism would have a difficult time following the abstract storyline of two colored circles....more
Ill come out with it, I'm not a fan of the David books. The drawings are scratchy, there are barely any words, and David is just a nightmare. I wouldIll come out with it, I'm not a fan of the David books. The drawings are scratchy, there are barely any words, and David is just a nightmare. I would not have this book in my classroom, or if I did, I would leave it in the back of a bookshelf....more
This book can help students feel confident in their drawing and artistic skills. It shows that a persons art doesnt have to be perfect, that its okayThis book can help students feel confident in their drawing and artistic skills. It shows that a persons art doesnt have to be perfect, that its okay to be kindof like what you were going for. I would follow this book with an art activity where the students draw/paint/color something -ish. For example, flower-ish, person-ish, table-ish. Then, we would post it around the room and have the students do an art walk to admire everyone's -ishes....more
This book can be used in a science lesson about rocks. The poem can introduce students to ways to identify rocks. after this book, I would give studenThis book can be used in a science lesson about rocks. The poem can introduce students to ways to identify rocks. after this book, I would give students rocks similar from the book and have them identify characteristics, find similarities and differences, then classify them according to our observations....more
This book is great for a life unit in science. The story goes in great detail on the growth cycle of the carrot plant and the resources needed to helpThis book is great for a life unit in science. The story goes in great detail on the growth cycle of the carrot plant and the resources needed to help a plant grow. Students can use this book as a resource while they are growing their own plants in the classroom....more
While the process of learning about how sardine's are packed weren't exactly pleasant, I did find this book to be great for mathematics in the field oWhile the process of learning about how sardine's are packed weren't exactly pleasant, I did find this book to be great for mathematics in the field of measurement and capacity. After reading the book, children can get their own different sized "Sardine cans" and place fake sardines (or sardine replicas) into the box to fill it's CAPACITY. Children can then count how many sardines it took to fill their capacity, write it on their box and close it. When everyone is finished, they can trade boxes and check that their capacity count is correct....more
This book is mainly about bocce ball, but there are so many underlying stories. In the classroom, I would use this book to show an example of communitThis book is mainly about bocce ball, but there are so many underlying stories. In the classroom, I would use this book to show an example of community effort. The children in this book did not work together to keep their community at its best. Does that create a happy community? What did the children do to create a happy community? Why do you think the mean children trashed the happy community? In the end, all the children worked together to rebuild their happy community. Do you know of ways to help our community to become even more happy than it is?...more
This is a very adorable book for a math lesson on counting and addition! The different pages of the book go through the different amounts of "things"This is a very adorable book for a math lesson on counting and addition! The different pages of the book go through the different amounts of "things" that the litle girl eats, and there are ways to expand the numbers on the page. For example, she ate a certain number of frogs on one page, but how many frog LEGS did the girl eat? That can bring children to higher levels of addition, or even the beginning stages of multiplication....more