Looking for a book about dividing into halves? This is the book for you. The Great Divide starts out with 80 racers and ends with one prevailing winneLooking for a book about dividing into halves? This is the book for you. The Great Divide starts out with 80 racers and ends with one prevailing winner. It can easily be used in a lesson on dividing and making equal groups or even fractions. The students can go into creating their own stories in which they pick their own fractions and divide into equal groups. Recommended grade levels: 1-3....more

A cute rhyming story about an elephant hatching a bird egg. Although this book is entirely fiction and almost not scientific at all, the students canA cute rhyming story about an elephant hatching a bird egg. Although this book is entirely fiction and almost not scientific at all, the students can use this book to tell what would really happen if this story happened in real life. Based on their responses, the teacher will know if they have any misconceptions lingering in their minds about life cycles of a bird.

ELL Connection: Rhyming books are great for ELLs to hear read aloud. The students are exposed to different types of word families in rhyming books. Also, when read repeatedly, the students have the opportunity to chime in on the rhyming words. Recognizing rhyming words is said to help the student to be a better reader. Recommended grade level: K-2...more

This is a great book for teaching children the variety of poetry structures. It showcases poetry made out of lists and sentimental poems that rhyme. FThis is a great book for teaching children the variety of poetry structures. It showcases poetry made out of lists and sentimental poems that rhyme. Falling Down the Page can also be used for text using as every poem has it's own structure and every page it's own layout. Recommended grade level: K-5...more

Playing with words becomes a great past time as children get older. They see words so often in textbooks that to see them used in a funny and excitingPlaying with words becomes a great past time as children get older. They see words so often in textbooks that to see them used in a funny and exciting way. This book made me laugh just reading through the pages. Brian truly has a gift for wordplay, puns and rhyming. This would be a great book to have available for the students to read through and try to mimic on their own. Recommended grade level: 4-5...more

A beautifully written book that condenses age-old tales and divides the reading into parts for 2 people. This would be a great book to put out for stuA beautifully written book that condenses age-old tales and divides the reading into parts for 2 people. This would be a great book to put out for students to read during reading centers with a friend to practice reading aloud, acting, intonation, and taking turns. Also, reading rhyming books aloud is extremely beneficial for understanding how word families work together to create fun, interactive stories. I love how the lines are each person are separated to one side of the page in a different color from the other person's lines. This helps with text-using as the students try to navigate through the book. Recommended grade level: P-2...more

Word Fun is broken into many chapters all about grammar types. Each chapter begins with a poem about that type of grammar and is followed by suggestioWord Fun is broken into many chapters all about grammar types. Each chapter begins with a poem about that type of grammar and is followed by suggestions about what lessons students can do to better understand the topic. This is a really great book because the poems are catchy and the illustrations are eye-catching. Even though the poems are long, the students keep their attention on them because they are so well written and easy to follow. The lessons that come after are very crafty and sometimes interactive as well....more

The Lorax is an excellent book for teaching how urbanization and pollution has affected nature. It is also a great book to examine for its rhyming natThe Lorax is an excellent book for teaching how urbanization and pollution has affected nature. It is also a great book to examine for its rhyming nature and structure. And, now that the movie is out, the students can expand on this book by adding the life cycle of a tree which is included in the movie. I have seen this book read on Earth day. The students wrote statements for what they plan on doing to protect the environment. Recommended grade levels: K-5...more

This is another book that talks about different types of animals that hatch from eggs to start their lives. I would use this book when talking about lThis is another book that talks about different types of animals that hatch from eggs to start their lives. I would use this book when talking about life cycles to show that some mammals hatch from eggs and others are birthed live such as humans. The book also rhymes so it has a rhythm to it to keep the attention of the listeners. Recommended grade levels: K-2...more

Teddy bear math helps teachers to see how counting bears can help students with understand addition, subtraction, graphing, multiplication and divisioTeddy bear math helps teachers to see how counting bears can help students with understand addition, subtraction, graphing, multiplication and division. This book also gives teachers lesson ideas to implement using manipulatives to help with the concepts outlined previously. An aspect of the text is that it rhymes, so it integrates word play to make learning from the book interesting and catchy.

ELL Connection: What I really like about this book for all students including ELLs is that it doesn't necessarily have to be read to the children. Although the words on the pages may not all be ELL friendly, the math concepts can be taken from this book and taught to the class as a hands on activity. The book uses toys and food to demonstrate how to divide and multiply, so this can be imitated in the classroom to teach those skills with a hands on approach to benefit ELLs as well as tactile learners.

This is a cute book about how subtraction can be practiced even when riding the bus home. The students can follow up this book with an activity whereThis is a cute book about how subtraction can be practiced even when riding the bus home. The students can follow up this book with an activity where they can act out the seating arrangement of a bus and play around with exploring what happens at each bus stop. It can even be extended to addition by adding the people and comparing that on a table to the amount of seats left as people come in. Recommended grade level: K-1....more

This is a cute book about the first 12 days of winter for a group of kids. Every page is fully illustrated with several features characteristic of winThis is a cute book about the first 12 days of winter for a group of kids. Every page is fully illustrated with several features characteristic of winter including the clothing of the kids. The book integrates math on every other page by telling the reader to look for a certain number of whatever winter feature the picture includes. Recommended grade level:P-2...more

Another book about the affect of urbanization on the environment and what plants and animals need to survive. This is a great book to read for earth dAnother book about the affect of urbanization on the environment and what plants and animals need to survive. This is a great book to read for earth day in any grade. The students can even mimic the art in the book by using paper mache and paint to create healthy environments for plants and/or animals. Recommended grade level: K-5....more

Tim and Sally come together to teach us about how to grow a garden. The book is broken into 4 sections: Making a plan, Preparing the soil, Planting, aTim and Sally come together to teach us about how to grow a garden. The book is broken into 4 sections: Making a plan, Preparing the soil, Planting, and The garden grows. There is also a word list with common gardening words paired with pictures of each word. Recommended grade level: P-2...more

Pete the cat's song about his shoes is a perfect book for Preschoolers and Kindergarten students to practice rhyming words as well as recognizing coloPete the cat's song about his shoes is a perfect book for Preschoolers and Kindergarten students to practice rhyming words as well as recognizing colors of real life objects. The book teaches students the idea of what stains are and how different things can leave their colors on whatever touches them. The 3 year old I babysit loves practicing his colors while singing this song....more

Newton and Me is a well illustrated book about a little boy who explores the effects of force and motion in the world around him. Not only is this a cNewton and Me is a well illustrated book about a little boy who explores the effects of force and motion in the world around him. Not only is this a cute read, but it also gives teachers ideas for how to make force and motion relevant to students. One way to incorporate this book into the classroom would be to have the students experiment with force by pushing an empty box versus a full box. A great discussion about why the amount of force needed to push the box changes can be started. Also, an experiment on the domino effect could be an excellent activating strategy to get the students interested in the topic.

When your students need reminders about bathroom etiquette, this is the book to pull out. Everything from avoiding accidents to flushing the toilet isWhen your students need reminders about bathroom etiquette, this is the book to pull out. Everything from avoiding accidents to flushing the toilet is presented in this book in a humorous way through cute animal characters. It is also a great book to expand on rhyming words since every page has a rhyming pattern that the students can study and even imitate in their own works....more

This book is filled with classic children's rhymes paired with beautiful illustrations for each rhyme. The poems can be investigated for word familiesThis book is filled with classic children's rhymes paired with beautiful illustrations for each rhyme. The poems can be investigated for word families individually in the classroom.

ELL Connection: Nursery rhymes are great for ELLs to see relations in word families and see words being manipulated. An extension to this book may be having the students come up with their own rhyming sentences if they are strong enough in the english language or maybe acting out a nursery rhyme together and reciting the lines....more

This version of the Gingerbread Man mimics an old time feel through its illustrations. The Gingerbread Man's dialogue is full of rhyming words and worThis version of the Gingerbread Man mimics an old time feel through its illustrations. The Gingerbread Man's dialogue is full of rhyming words and word families. This is a great book for going in depth with poetry structure as well as applying rhyming words. Not to mention it's a fun read for the students to chime in on. I have read this book to help students make text to text connections by comparing it to other gingerbread books....more

The 100th day of school is a big deal in many elementary schools. This book can be read to the class on this day. As an activity the students can brinThe 100th day of school is a big deal in many elementary schools. This book can be read to the class on this day. As an activity the students can bring in 100 items of something or during the read aloud the students can examine different ways to get to 100 from the book. As a class, the students can come up with more ways to break down 100. Recommended Grade Level: K-1....more

ELL Connection: This is an excellent book for hispanic ELLs. This book can be used to engage students in an English book with a splash of their nativeELL Connection: This is an excellent book for hispanic ELLs. This book can be used to engage students in an English book with a splash of their native language. It is also a rhyming book which teachers can use to show students how English and Spanish words can work together in harmony.

Food chain: I would use this book in a food web lesson by discussing what the different kinds of animals highlighted in the book and compare them to rFood chain: I would use this book in a food web lesson by discussing what the different kinds of animals highlighted in the book and compare them to real life examples. This book is also just a fun read aloud because of the rhyming words and repetition. Recommended for grades K-4....more