Wesley doesn't fit in, so he decides to start his own civilization, called Weslandia. He even adopts his own counting system, based on the number 8. HWesley doesn't fit in, so he decides to start his own civilization, called Weslandia. He even adopts his own counting system, based on the number 8. He divides the day into 8 segments and tells time using somewhat of a sundial. All of these ideas can be used to get students thinking about numbers, specifically, our base-ten number system, our system of telling time, and the use of a sundial to tell time....more

This Dr. Seuss book poses all kind of "thinks" to think. Several of them present ideas that could be introduced as math problems. Ex: "how much waterThis Dr. Seuss book poses all kind of "thinks" to think. Several of them present ideas that could be introduced as math problems. Ex: "how much water can 55 elephants drink?" could be used as practice for multiplication/division operations where the teacher provides different amounts for how much one elephant is able drink; "how long is the tail of a zong?" can be a tie in to measurement, once again with the teacher creating a zong tail and letting students practice measuring - teacher could even provide various zong tails of different sizes and have students find average size of a zong tail, as well as mode and median of all sizes; "think of Peter the Postman who crosses the ice every day - and on Saturdays twice" could be used to have students practice multiple-step calculations/problem solving to figure out how many times Peter crosses the ice in one week and teacher could add complexity for an extension....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

Could be used to introduce and practice imaging (visualizing) - the fish sees all the different creatures that the fog describes as fish with added feCould be used to introduce and practice imaging (visualizing) - the fish sees all the different creatures that the fog describes as fish with added features - discussion of how our view of the world is determined by what we know. Classifying different types of animals - as LA skill (semantic mapping) to develop word meaning and as a science-related skill. Also could be used to develop beginning number sense in pre-K, K students by counting the number of legs, wings, etc. of different animals. Connecting the number to concrete items is very beneficial in developing that beginning number sense....more

This is the story of a young boy all alone on the playground. While he is sitting alone, a piece of paper is blown to him, which he picks up and turnsThis is the story of a young boy all alone on the playground. While he is sitting alone, a piece of paper is blown to him, which he picks up and turns into a paper airplane. A little girl, who is also all alone, returns the airplane to the boy after he throws it. The two silently become friends.

This book could be used to discuss making friends and even how to think about things when you are feeling left out and/or lonely.

Writing: Could be used to discuss the use of a refrain, such as "I'm here", in writing. The book could also be used to discuss using the text layout/shape to mirror its meaning, which is done several times in the book....more

Ramon loves to draw. One day when his brother laughs at one of his drawings, he gets very discouraged and begins to hate all his drawings. He crumplesRamon loves to draw. One day when his brother laughs at one of his drawings, he gets very discouraged and begins to hate all his drawings. He crumples them up and throws them on the floor. When he finds his crumpled art work hanging on his sister's wall, and she appreciates the -ish qualities of his art, he is once again inspired to draw, learning that art is not about perfection.

This book could be useful in teaching an art lesson, or even a writing lesson having to do with expression and style. I used it for a lesson about giving effective feedback. The feedback of both Ramon's brother and his sister and their impact on Ramon can be discussed, as well as how giving detailed feedback can be more helpful than simply subjective opinions. I had students create -ish sculptures out of Play Dough and give them a title, and then give feedback on their classmates' sculptures....more

A little girl has absolutely no confidence in her artistic abilities until her art teacher hangs up a dot that she made. She is inspired to make all kA little girl has absolutely no confidence in her artistic abilities until her art teacher hangs up a dot that she made. She is inspired to make all kinds of different dots, confident in her new found artistry.

This book would be good for talking about abilities, whether specifically art or in reference to writing, reading, math, etc. It has the potential to inspire students that all they have to do is essentially "make a dot" on the page, because that dot can become whatever you want it to. ...more

A very simple book - the illustrations and text are both simple, yet imaginative. A little rabbit character lets his imagination run wild, creating diA very simple book - the illustrations and text are both simple, yet imaginative. A little rabbit character lets his imagination run wild, creating different possibilities for what a box can be, insisting that it is NOT A BOX.

This book would be good for beginning/struggling readers because the text is very simple and repetitive, which is beneficial for building confidence. Also, the pictures are just as important as the text in understanding the meaning. It could be used to talk about the imagination and thinking outside of "the box"!

In math, it could be used to discuss shapes - what shape is a box? Can it be different shapes or is it always the same shape? Also discuss how all the things that the character imagines the box being have a similar shape....more

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