-this story tells of a Russian Jewish family moving to America and trying to preserve their culture through a quilt -great to show geneology, for the q-this story tells of a Russian Jewish family moving to America and trying to preserve their culture through a quilt -great to show geneology, for the quilt is handed down from great grandparents and down -a wonderful idea would be for each ELL child to bring in a cultural artifact, something that represents their culture and share it with the class -this way, students and teachers get to know each other more ...more

-A little pig travels to a competition and is nervous about not knowing anyone or anything there; but she comes and makes new friends of many nations --A little pig travels to a competition and is nervous about not knowing anyone or anything there; but she comes and makes new friends of many nations -ELLs can share their experience of how they felt moving to someplace new (text to self) -the book shares a few words in each language of the friends the pig meets - its great to know a few words in popular langauges around the school (such as Spanish, Chinese, Japanese...) that way students feel like the teacher cares enough for them by smiling and saying "hi" in their native language

-this book is all about diversity -it shows a variety of cultures and ethnicities and ways they might be different (such as skin color, language, lands-this book is all about diversity -it shows a variety of cultures and ethnicities and ways they might be different (such as skin color, language, lands..), but throughout it all, we all have the same smiles, laughs, joys, and pains -great book to introduce in an ELL class to let them know that although they may look different, they are accepted and ultimately the same as the other kids -easy words and great pictures will be beneficial to ELLs in order for them to understand...more

-this book would be great to learn more about the Chinese New Year -ELLs will be able to relate to this celebration, especailly from the Chinese cultu-this book would be great to learn more about the Chinese New Year -ELLs will be able to relate to this celebration, especailly from the Chinese culture -a great way to connect is to have the studnets who celebrate this bring in something they own that has to do with Chinese New Year; that way they are familiar with the material at hand ...more

-great bilingual book to share with your kids, especailly Spanish speaking since there is Spanish and English translation -although it says "kindergart-great bilingual book to share with your kids, especailly Spanish speaking since there is Spanish and English translation -although it says "kindergarten", i think it is a good idea to substitute any grade level and read it -ELLs might enjoy this book because they can make a connection with coming to a new place, not knowing anyone or the culture ...more

-this book describes the Chinese New Year -includes how it is celebrates, when, and why, also has fact blogs on a few pages -this will connect with Chi-this book describes the Chinese New Year -includes how it is celebrates, when, and why, also has fact blogs on a few pages -this will connect with Chinese students and others who celebrate this holiday -students who have experienced this can share with the class; great way to build community and socail skills in the ESOL class -i like that the book is separated into chapters and headings, so ELL students begin to see how books can be organized ...more

-really fun book with colorful pictures describing different animals and foods in the rain forest -i really like how the book is mainly in English, but-really fun book with colorful pictures describing different animals and foods in the rain forest -i really like how the book is mainly in English, but there are words substituted in Spanish -great for ELL's because there is a glossary and pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book -also it forces the students to use context clues to figure out what a certain word might mean -repetition is also used, and that is a good strategy to use with ELLs...more

-very simple book naming common opposites both in English and Spanish -accompanied by pictures so it is easier to have a visual with the written words --very simple book naming common opposites both in English and Spanish -accompanied by pictures so it is easier to have a visual with the written words -this is a great resource for Spanish speaking children who are learning English, or the oppoite way around -i like how there is the correct pronunciation for the Spanish words (beneficial to the teacher)...more

-this book is a non-fiction story about a girl that develops leukimia from radiation of the atomic bomb -can be connected to WWII (history/social studi-this book is a non-fiction story about a girl that develops leukimia from radiation of the atomic bomb -can be connected to WWII (history/social studies) -great and fun pictures -will be a great book to use with Japanese children in ESOL class; they can relate to Sadako, the girl -can also relate to the culture of making paper cranes and origami (studnets who are familiar can teach those who do not know how to make origami)...more

-funny book that includes many uses of punctuation -speech bubbles as a form of talking -very repetitive, question-answer format also included -would be-funny book that includes many uses of punctuation -speech bubbles as a form of talking -very repetitive, question-answer format also included -would be really fun to act it out or read aloud, this would be especially beneficial to ELL students -easy vocabulary so ELLs can understand whats going on...more

-mama rabbit is going to have a baby, and little rabbit is excited -but things change when the babies come, and little rabbit doesnt feel loved anymore-mama rabbit is going to have a baby, and little rabbit is excited -but things change when the babies come, and little rabbit doesnt feel loved anymore because all the attention is on the babies. -at the end, little rabbit helps mama rock the babies to sleep and is excited to be a helper -real world connections can be made with many of the kids with their younger siblings ...more

-a book that puts a twist on the thought of a princess and a dragon -the true princess acts like a dragon, and the dragon acts like a princess, so they-a book that puts a twist on the thought of a princess and a dragon -the true princess acts like a dragon, and the dragon acts like a princess, so they switch places -they enjoy their switch because earlier they were always looked upon with stereotypes -shows another perspective of the dragon and princess...more

-fun book that is accompanied with a song -can be very engaging with the students to have them sing along or make predictions -Pete the Cat just got wh-fun book that is accompanied with a song -can be very engaging with the students to have them sing along or make predictions -Pete the Cat just got white shoes, but he steps in different things (mud, blueblerries...) -as he gets his shoes dirty, he does not cry, instead he embraces it -interactive for ELLs, especially by singing the song and learning the different colors in English -repeats phrases, and this is helpful for ELLs to understand the content...more

-a great book to introduce yourself to the class as well as ease the children on their first day of school -great book to use with prediction -at the e-a great book to introduce yourself to the class as well as ease the children on their first day of school -great book to use with prediction -at the end, it is the teacher who was nervous about school -connections can be made about the first day of something the kids went through ...more

-two African girls are going on a lion hunt -they come across obstacles, and they have to go through those obstacles -fun sounds like swish swash accomp-two African girls are going on a lion hunt -they come across obstacles, and they have to go through those obstacles -fun sounds like swish swash accompany the girls as they go through the lake, swamp, long grass.. -can be used in a geography lesson about the African savanna -repeats a few line, which can engage all the students ...more

-very fun book about a boy who wants to paint, but his mom told him not to -so he came up with a solution: to paint his own self -the poems rhyme with w-very fun book about a boy who wants to paint, but his mom told him not to -so he came up with a solution: to paint his own self -the poems rhyme with what he will paint next (red-head) -there are repeating lines where the boy says he will not paint any more -uses a few words from a dialect like (ain't and gonna) -great visuals-pictures start off bland and change with everything he paints ...more

-fun book that shows how a little bunny wants to dig the biggest hole on Earth -she encounters problems, such as a worm and a dog, that keep her and di-fun book that shows how a little bunny wants to dig the biggest hole on Earth -she encounters problems, such as a worm and a dog, that keep her and distract her from digging -but she persists, and keeps going -i like how the story shows what the bunny is thinking through italics, this way, the students will know those are her thoughts -also, there are labels on maps and symbols such as Chinese letters to symbolize that she wants to dig a hole to China...more

-cute book in with a southern accent to it -the cowgirl wants a horse for her birthday, and when her father announces he has one for her, it ends up b-cute book in with a southern accent to it -the cowgirl wants a horse for her birthday, and when her father announces he has one for her, it ends up being a bicycle -cowgirl must use her imagination to pretend the bike is a horse -connections can be made with many points from the book- a big one will be getting or riding a bike for the first time ...more

-cute story where a girl wants to beomce friends with her new neighbors -the girl is a cowgirl and speaks a southern dialect (which students might conn-cute story where a girl wants to beomce friends with her new neighbors -the girl is a cowgirl and speaks a southern dialect (which students might connect to) -the girl decides to throw a party and invite her neighbors -at the end, she fins a friend -text to self connections can be made in many ways: the students might be able to connect with their real lives (neighbors, friends, throwing a party...)...more

-this book describes different strategies used to solve addition problems -put in colorful comic/graphic novel type style so it is engaging for student-this book describes different strategies used to solve addition problems -put in colorful comic/graphic novel type style so it is engaging for students -a fun activity that would go along with this book would be to play a review game where each child gets a symbol (= sign or + sign) or a strategy (2+3=5,3+2=5) and they would explain to the class what their specific addition term was (teacher will use differentation here, know who to give the more simple or more complex strategies) -another fun game would be addition jeopardy before a unit test on addition ...more

-really engaging book to have in the classroom -has a million dots throughout the book -contains interesting and fun facts about meaurements -this can b-really engaging book to have in the classroom -has a million dots throughout the book -contains interesting and fun facts about meaurements -this can be connected to many children because they will most likely find at least one of the facts to be appealing to them, or they might know something about a topic mentioned that they can share with the class...more

-fantastic book to keep in the classroom -contains many math subjects found on each letter of the alphabet (ex:D-diameter, division) -corresponding pic-fantastic book to keep in the classroom -contains many math subjects found on each letter of the alphabet (ex:D-diameter, division) -corresponding pictures with each term -a great activity to include with this book would be math jeaopardy, especially with the standardized testing -another activity would be a review, where each student would get a letter and they must present to the class the terms under that letter ...more

-great book to introduce all types of graphs, such as pictographs, bar graphs, charts, etc.. -uses the same style throuhgout the book: words on top, pi-great book to introduce all types of graphs, such as pictographs, bar graphs, charts, etc.. -uses the same style throuhgout the book: words on top, pictures on bottom of page -uses symbolism- symbols to represent words, which make it more engaging for students -the students can make a graph of a topic the teacher chooses, such as the favorite ice cream flavors of the class, but have the students choose which graph would be most appropriate -have students graph the weather for an ongoing graphing that is relating to another topic such as weather...more

-very colorful book that gives makes fractions out to be easy, which is great for the students because oftentimes they dont hear good things about fra-very colorful book that gives makes fractions out to be easy, which is great for the students because oftentimes they dont hear good things about fractions -shows real life situations where fractions would pop up, such as recipes -touches on whole groups and equivalent fractions -student can make a fraction paper plate (different fractions and equivalents on parts of the plate, and another plate would be rotating on top, allowing only one part/fraction to show at a time) -another fun activity for equivalent freactions would be the pizza switch game: students each get a fraction and they split their pizza into that fraction, then they can trade equivalents with their classmates ...more

-great way to introduce fractions -easy to read and explains vocabulary such as numerator and denominator -engages the students in real life events wher-great way to introduce fractions -easy to read and explains vocabulary such as numerator and denominator -engages the students in real life events where fraction would be found, such as parties and pizza -a fun activity would be to have the students write fractions of events in the class, such as what fraction of the class are boys? girls? what fraction are wearing pants? shorts? -another activity would be to create a fraction booklet or packet (one page would be halves, another would be thirds, and so on) -great pictoral representations of the fractions so it would be easy for students to understand...more

-funny story about a girl who gets sick with a math strain as soon as the teacher ask a multiplication fact -numbers fly everywhere and the town is att-funny story about a girl who gets sick with a math strain as soon as the teacher ask a multiplication fact -numbers fly everywhere and the town is attacked -fun read aloud to put some humor in math -a great activity that would follow this book would be a game where partners try to guess the product of two numbers first (using cards on their heads) -this would also be perfect for teaching the strategies, such as the tens table- put a zero at the end- have students practice on white boards to see who can get the ten tables fastest to see if they understand the strategy ...more

-cute book about a girl who wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother -she doesnt have any money, so she decides to sell the extra items she-cute book about a girl who wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother -she doesnt have any money, so she decides to sell the extra items she has in the attic- she calls it the small mall: nice twist on it (instead of calling it a garage sale) -many connections can be made through this book: birthdays, parties, no money, garage sales -a fun activity would be to create a list of items someone would sell and put a price on them using logical reasoning, just like Penny did in the story -the studnents can also have a mini sale in the classroom using fake items (maybe drawings of items) so they can practice adding and subtracting money and dealing with change...more

-this book includes real life situations, therefore sudents can make connections to the text -describes how you can use pie graphs, also explains that-this book includes real life situations, therefore sudents can make connections to the text -describes how you can use pie graphs, also explains that pie graphs show the relationship of part to whole -a fun activity after reading this book would be to have students conduct a group survey of a topic they choose (such as favorite apple color). Then have the students graph the results in a pie graph -another sctivity would be to use a paper plate as a pie graph and graph something from the class, such the differnt colors of pencils at your table, then have students show fractions with their pie graphs ...more

-this book includes real life situations, therefore students can make connections to the text -describes how you can keep score by using tally charts --this book includes real life situations, therefore students can make connections to the text -describes how you can keep score by using tally charts -fun activity would be to have students play a game where they have colored toothpicks nad they must pick up the toothpicks by skip counting (for example, first pick up 2, then 4,6, etc if counting by 2's) then have students tally their total using their toothpicks as tally marks and glue them on a paper so they can visually see the tally chart -another activity would be for the students to tally something from the class, such as how many triangles they can find on or around their classrooms ...more

-esay to read and esay to understand -focuses on sorting objects according to similarities -fun activity with this book would be to actually give studen-esay to read and esay to understand -focuses on sorting objects according to similarities -fun activity with this book would be to actually give students sets of items and have them sort the items based on simmilarities -another activity would be to walk around the classroom and have the kids make their own set of something and describe what from the classroom would be included, then other kids can guess the what the set is defined by -the words on all on the left page, followed by questions, and all the picture are on the left side...more