This is a clever and funny little book. The main character (some kind of strange-looking creature) lies in bed and imagines a bunch of different ironiThis is a clever and funny little book. The main character (some kind of strange-looking creature) lies in bed and imagines a bunch of different ironic scenarios, such as, coloring with carrots and eating crayons.
This book could be used to talk about the imagination and/or irony. It could be used to discuss the use of a refrain ("wouldn't it be funny if...") in writing. ...more
When Cao Cao receives a gift elephant and wants to weigh it, his son comes up with a clever way.
This book would be good for discussing problem solvinWhen Cao Cao receives a gift elephant and wants to weigh it, his son comes up with a clever way.
This book would be good for discussing problem solving and/or measurement - specifically weighing, using non-standard units to help translate to standard units....more
This book has very simple sentences with simple, corresponding pictures. The pictures are very colorful and eye-catching, drawing in student attentionThis book has very simple sentences with simple, corresponding pictures. The pictures are very colorful and eye-catching, drawing in student attention. The simplicity of the subject also helps eliminate confusion over subjects that are more complex and, therefore, difficult to demonstrate....more
Little Pea doesn't like candy, but he must eat it every night for dinner. He looks forward to his dessert of vegetables, especially spinach. This is aLittle Pea doesn't like candy, but he must eat it every night for dinner. He looks forward to his dessert of vegetables, especially spinach. This is an ironic story that could be used to discuss different food groups. It could be used to discuss irony, personification, and/or plays-on-words....more
This book is helpful in particular for students from Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. It provides a subject that these students areThis book is helpful in particular for students from Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. It provides a subject that these students are possibly familiar with and would be able to talk about in their native language. The teacher could then provide the English support needed....more
Little Critter has a friend over. They do lots of things together...and a lot of things go wrong. He doesn't seem to notice, though. He tries to keepLittle Critter has a friend over. They do lots of things together...and a lot of things go wrong. He doesn't seem to notice, though. He tries to keep up with his friend. By the end of the day, he is tired from playing and trying to keep up with his friend and realizes it's nice to be alone, too....more
This book gives students an opportunity to "perform" poetry, experimenting with and discovering rhythm and voice. Relating to math, I think it can alsoThis book gives students an opportunity to "perform" poetry, experimenting with and discovering rhythm and voice. Relating to math, I think it can also help students to gain a deeper understanding of patterns - the students often read the poetry in a set pattern, or the poem itself has a set pattern....more
This is a cute story about a little country bunny who has always hoped to be an Easter bunny, but then she has 21 baby bunnies. The momma bunny divideThis is a cute story about a little country bunny who has always hoped to be an Easter bunny, but then she has 21 baby bunnies. The momma bunny divides them into twos and teaches each pair of bunnies a different skill. In math, this can be used to teach counting by twos or division and remainders....more
Count down from a dollar, as Alexander spends, loses, and bets away his money. This book elicits thinking about money as coins, and thinking about monCount down from a dollar, as Alexander spends, loses, and bets away his money. This book elicits thinking about money as coins, and thinking about money as a number (of cents, for example). Students can practice addition and subtraction, specifically with money, through this book. Very clever and funny....more
This book would be good for a child who faces anxiety. It shows how the main character copes with her anxiety and how her family, friends, and, eventuThis book would be good for a child who faces anxiety. It shows how the main character copes with her anxiety and how her family, friends, and, eventually, her teacher support her through her fears and worries. It might even be appropriate for a student with unique differences from other students in the class. ...more
Little Critter goes to the city for the day with his mom. They go to the history museum, an art museum, the aquarium, a nice restaurant, and a nice clLittle Critter goes to the city for the day with his mom. They go to the history museum, an art museum, the aquarium, a nice restaurant, and a nice clothing store. Little Critter causes trouble everywhere they go, but is oblivious - thinks he is taking care of his mother ("I held mom's hand so she wouldn't be scared")....more
A little girl explains all the things that her baby sister cannot do, such as, eat kimchee. She then goes on to describe her baby sister getting olderA little girl explains all the things that her baby sister cannot do, such as, eat kimchee. She then goes on to describe her baby sister getting older and bigger, and all the things she will teach her. It has very colorful and expressive illustrations, done in an artistic way, almost like a scrapbook. This would be good to use for a child who experiences having a younger sibling, especially a new baby. It might also be useful in talking about different cultures - specifically, Korean culture.
The colorful illustrations make this book interesting, meaningful, and engaging for all ELLs. This book would be especially helpful for an ELL in the Korean culture because it discusses different Korean customs, foods, etc. Giving students the opportunity to make these connections provides a bridge to English development....more
This book is an introduction to recycling. Students in Pre-K, K, and maybe even 1st grade, can practice their classification skills for both math andThis book is an introduction to recycling. Students in Pre-K, K, and maybe even 1st grade, can practice their classification skills for both math and science using this book. It can meet the CCGPS math standard that states: MCCK.MD.3 Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count....more
This book would obviously be appropriate and very informative for young children (and even older children/adults) learning about weather.
The book alsoThis book would obviously be appropriate and very informative for young children (and even older children/adults) learning about weather.
The book also touches on some concepts that students learn in math in the early elementary grades, such as dates, times, and measurements (temperature and inches of snow), so it could be used to review or introduce these topics....more
This is the familiar story of the caterpillar who eats and eats and eats, forms a cocoon, sleeps, and eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly.
It is gThis is the familiar story of the caterpillar who eats and eats and eats, forms a cocoon, sleeps, and eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly.
It is good for counting - the number of things he eats increases each time. Also, It would be good for talking about the days of the week - starts out "One Sunday morning..." and continues through the days of the week....more
This book starts with simple sentences that correspond well with clear pictures and could easily be acted out, all of which make it useful for teachinThis book starts with simple sentences that correspond well with clear pictures and could easily be acted out, all of which make it useful for teaching ELLs. Towards the end, the sentences and words get more challenging and complex; however, with the context/understanding established from the beginning of the story, students should be able to continue following along....more
Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of everything. He's so afraid, he won't even leave his tree. Until one day when he drops something, ventures out of his treScaredy Squirrel is afraid of everything. He's so afraid, he won't even leave his tree. Until one day when he drops something, ventures out of his tree to get it, and realizes he can fly. Flying is so much fun that Scaredy Squirrel forgets his fears.
This book is written in a very clever way, with thought/word bubbles and labels, as well as basic text. It could be used to highlight this writing format.
It could also be valuable when talking about emotions, particularly fear/anxiety. It is important that children know that are not alone in their fears/anxieties, and this book might help with that. It could also teach the lesson that focusing on something fun or positive, instead of the fear, can help you not to be afraid....more
Another clever Dr. Seuss book. This one uses invented words, that rhyme with real objects, as names for Seussical creatures. It could be used in develAnother clever Dr. Seuss book. This one uses invented words, that rhyme with real objects, as names for Seussical creatures. It could be used in developing phonemic awareness. Also, there are lots of different shapes in the pictures - 2D and 3D. As a tie-in to math, students could go on a hunt through the pictures to find different shapes that they are learning about, and classify them....more
When mom makes cookies, there are enough for everyone to have a few each. But, as the doorbell keeps ringing, and people keep joining the group (the dWhen mom makes cookies, there are enough for everyone to have a few each. But, as the doorbell keeps ringing, and people keep joining the group (the divisor gets bigger), the number of cookies that each person gets decreases.
Great for teaching basic division - creating equal groups. And even the start of fractions - what do we do when there are more people than cookies? (half of a cookie)...more