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Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia

(Amelia Bedelia #7)

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Housemaid Amelia is sent to school principal with message that teacher will be late, but Mr Carter mistakenly gives her list for substitute teacher. Call the roll. Sing a song. Run, run, run. Plant bulbs. She buys lightbulbs, and screws up all the list. For math, she takes them home for a bushel of apples. Her surprise makes everybody happy at the end.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1977)
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Loraine
Once again the zany Amelia Bedelia is up to her high jinx. This time she goes to the elementary school to deliver a message to the principal and ends up subbing in a classroom. The children, of course, have a delightful time with Amelia Bedelia's usual mix-up of homonyms.

This is a level 4 beginning chapter book appropriate for advanced beginning readers. Could also be used with 2nd or 3rd graders to discuss homonyms.
Halah
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG AMELIA BEDELIA !!!
Cece Phillips
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary:
This book is about Amelia Bedelia, a maid who accidentally gets roped into teaching a class. The principal gives her a list of things to do, and she takes each one very literally. For example, on the list it tells the children to plant bulbs, so she goes out and buys light bulbs for them to plant. Each task turns out to be very silly, and the students are amused by this new teacher that they have.

Themes:
A theme for this book is comedy.

Personal Response:
I loved Amelia Bedelia books when
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Laura
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit, humor
This version is Level 4, for grades 2 and 3.

Mrs. Rogers calls Amelia and asks her to go to the school to let the principal know the new teacher will be arriving late. When Amelia gets there, the principal thanks her but is a bit confused. He thinks Amelia is the new teacher and he gives her the list of things to do, takes her to the class and heads back to his office.

Amelia Bedelia steps up to the challenge and the kids have a fabulous day doing so many things they never imagined doing. For ex
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Abby Gallier
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-4, picture-books
Like all Amelia Bedelia books, this one will have you laughing out loud. I think I enjoy them more now than when I was a kid, but that's ok! I read this book with my 4th grade reading buddies, and they didn't seem to think it was as funny as I did. It is a good reading level for ages 6-8, but only if they are interested in the story, otherwise they won't think its funny. In this particular story, Amelia Bedelia finds herself substitute teaching for a class of what seems to be elementary aged stu ...more
Andrew J
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I never read this one as a child, but I loved the very first book in the series as a child, and admittedly, they are still quite amusing. How Amelia gets away with taking things too literally, and then following instructions in the way she perceives them to be, is beyond me. There were only two negative things that I noticed. The first was that Parish is guilty of the cardinal sin of mentioning that a character sang something, but neglecting to mention what was sung. The second is that the endin ...more
Benedict Randhawa
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This book is about Amelia Bedelia, who accidentally gets roped into teaching a class. The principal gives her a list of things to do, and she takes each one very literally. For example, on the list it tells the children to plant bulbs, so she goes out and buys light bulbs for them to plant. Each task turns out to be very fun and silly, and the students are amused by this new teacher that they have.
Maria
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Amelia is sent to school principal with message that teacher will be late, but Mr Carter mistakenly gives her list for substitute teacher. Call the roll. Sing a song. Run, run, run. Plant bulbs. She buys lightbulbs, and screws up all the list. For math, she takes them home for a bushel of apples. Her surprise makes everybody happy at the end.
Shawn Deal
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
The most literal person in the world must follow sub plans, and being a teacher myself, I know how hard that is. Hilarity of course ensues.
Dametrius Turner
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wendy Weaver
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book for lower elementary to read. Many puns that make children laugh and the plot is well written. This is a dated book when showing illustrations and race.

Grade level: 2-3
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Megan Cureton
Amelia Bedelia lands herself in a classroom because the new school teacher's plane is late. Amelia has never taught before, so she starts by reading the sheet left for her. The first thing she reads is take roll, so she asks the students who has a roll. Amelia goes on to take everything on the sheet literally, and not in means of education. Amelia even plants light bulbs in pots of soil because it said to plant bulbs. At the end of the day, it was math time, and Amelia was supposed to read math ...more
Stina
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2012
Book #22 for 2012

This week I began volunteering for the children's summer literacy program at one of the local trailer parks. There is a time each day for silent reading, and I had planned to read one of the books I had downloaded onto my phone's e-readers while the students were reading books they had selected. My phone was being uncooperative, though, so I plucked this book off the shelf.

It took me all of 15 minutes to zip through, and it was fairly entertaining in spots. I might have given i
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Jeremy
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
As per usual, Ms. Bedelia's actions raise more questions than answers. One can't help but wonder at her upbringing. Were her parents sociological experimentalists, instructing her to process all concepts in as literal a manner as possible? Or perhaps it began with her grandparents, the elder Bedelias, who passed a penchant for admittedly amusing but ultimately tragic malapropisms on to their children, and on and on down the line until we arrive here, at "Teach Us Amelia Bedelia". Teach us, indee ...more
Jordon Worley
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-to-read
As a child, I loved the Amelia Bedelia books. Having not read this one before, I decided I would try it out and I was not disappointed. In the book Teach Us Amelia Bedelia, a new teacher is stuck at the airport and will be late for class. As Amelia goes to the principal's office to relay the message, she ends up being the teacher for the class. As usual, she takes everything very literally and ends up doing a bunch of silly things. By the time the new teacher shows up, the children have gone hom ...more
Katie Urton
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
SUMMARY:
Amelia Bedelia is mistaken by the principal as the substitute teacher, and he puts her in charge of the class for the day. Amelia follows the list of events that the class' regular teacher has left for her. Amelia takes everything very literally, which makes for a fun and interesting day for the students. Besides calling out "role," planting (light) bulbs, and singing to her hearts content, Amelia leads the students to her boss' home where they have an apple chase, before Mr. and Mrs. Ro
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Jessica Cain
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307, comedy, humor
Summary and Critique:
A missunderstanding lands Amelia in a classroom full of eager-to-learn elementary school students. They absolutely love her and all the weird ways that she does things such as roll call. She takes the students on a surprise field trip and the kids have such an amazing day with her that they beg for her to come back and teach them again. This book was humorous and an easy fun read.

Classroom Use: This would be the perfect book to teach primary students how to do a good summary
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Kimberlee Gutterman
I really enjoy how Amelia is portrayed as a very literal person and almost sarcastic in her actions because I find this to be really funny and actually quite relate-able sometimes and I think a lot of children who read this would agree. This book is realistic fiction because the events that take place could've happened in real life but it is also transitional because it is a book for children to are new to reading or who are not very good at reading yet. When Amelia Bedelia is mistakenly given t ...more
Kristen Fraley
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230
Amelia Bedelia is a silly woman who takes things quite literally. This gets her into all sorts of trouble, especially in this installment, when Amelia Bedelia becomes a substitute teacher. Her silly antics include planting light bulbs for science, and making word problems into real life situations. Amelia Bedelia can’t seem to follow any of the directions as they were meant, which leads to some wacky situations that guaranteed to get some giggles from students.

This could be a fun way to look at
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Yuina Kawase
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Date: April/18/2013
Time: 60 minutes
Level: 2 (high-interest story for developing readers)

1. 7-word summary
telephone, teacher, school, children, song, jumping rope, taffy apples

2. Impressive sentence/comment
"I do love children."
Amelia Bedeliia seemed to like children and teaching them by reading the sentence. I also like teaching children English. I'd like to be such a good teacher like her. If I would be a teacher, I would do love children as well.

3. Discussion Question
Q: If you would be a te
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Laura Mincey
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homophones, humorous
The famous Amelia Bedilia returns in this book as a subsitute teacher for an elementary school classroom. Just like in her first book, Amelia gets a lot of her directions mixed up. She and her class do all kinds of mixed up things throughout the day of school because Amelia hasn't quite mastered that sometimes words that sound the same have two different meanings--this is why this is a great lesson to teach on homophones! Amelia and her class do things such as plant light bulbs in pots rather th ...more
Mmouse
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Amelia Bedilia books. I've never laughed so hard while reading a book to my daughter.

You know how when you read aloud and your eyes read ahead of what is actually coming out of your mouth, well half the time I was laughing so hard about something before I managed to read it out loud to my daughter. She kept giving me weird looks until I finally managed to read it to her.

It's been quite a few years since I've read the books but I loved every Amelia Bedilia book and plan on getting ah
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An Odd1
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Housemaid Amelia is sent to school principal with message that teacher will be late, but Mr Carter mistakenly gives her list for substitute teacher. Call the roll. Sing a song. Run, run, run. Plant bulbs. She buys lightbulbs, and screws up all the list.

Arithmetic problems assign four apples to Ginny. Paul takes away two. Amelia takes the class home to the Rogers' house for a bushel of fruit. (view spoiler) At the end her surprise cooking sooth
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Amar Pai
May 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
It's kind of weird giving a rating to this book, because I'm rating it from the perspective of a parent reading the book to their 3 1/2 year old kid, when clearly it's meant to be read BY a 5 year old kid. Maybe a 5 year old would give this 5 stars. But, as a parent I gotta say this is WAY too long. It's like 50+ pages! While the basic premise (Amelia doesn't get figures of speech and takes instructions literally; comedic chaos ensues; in the end people forgive her cos she's such a good cook) is ...more
Sharon
This book is ideal for grades 2 &3. This is a great story that a child can read aloud to a parent or to an adult or their peers. It is a humorous and fun story that contains simple language, simply sentences, and great vocabulary. In this story, Amelia is confused for the new teacher and oh the silly things she teaches these students. For instance, she teaches the students to plant bulbs and she tells students to literally get apples for a story problem involving subtraction of apples. This ...more
Malbadeen
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember much about grade school. I seem to recall learning that it's not proper to stand up during circle time, hike up your skirt and pull your tights comfortably up to your belly button, maybe I peed during a film strip in first grade and I do recall a VERY long unit on photosynthesis (spelled without the use of a dictionary, thank you very much Miss. Wilcox) BUT I do remember reading lots of Amelia Bedelia and thinking she was the heigt of comedic genius.
So once again Lisa, 5 stars
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Emkoshka
Nothing's ever boring when Amelia Bedelia is around; this time, she takes over as substitute teacher and teaches the kids a lesson or two about how to make learning inadvertently fun. They're a bit mean though to go along with all the bizarre things she does without correcting her. Funny enough, a few days after I read this book, I walked past a house where someone had planted a light bulb in a planter box. Awesome! I also loved her attitude to maths problems involving apples being taken away: ' ...more
Aranruth
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When the new teacher’s plane is delayed, the very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia ends up acting as substitute when she goes to tell the principal. Amelia and her class must call the roll, plant bulbs, paint a picture and practice their play, but none of this is done in the traditional way.
This early reader is suitable for children who are comfortable reading alone, with its longer text and smaller pictures. It is still humorous, despite its age, and helps introduce some abstract thinking concept
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Christy
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite books growing up. As I was reading this book I remembered why. This book is very funny and fun for all ages.

A Amelia is substitute teacher, and as she is getting ready for the class she is planning some pretty crazy things. She is teaching a class who at first is a little much, but we know she is able to do anything. She manages to make the class enjoy learning with her wacky things she plans. This is a great book to read to your class. They will love to laugh about
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Mee
May 08, 2010 added it
Shelves: i-can-read-2
学校にやってくる先生がおくれてしまい Mrs. Rogers が迎えに行っている間、なぜか Amelia が代理の先生をすることになってしまいました。
Amelia は教室でいろいろな言葉をまちがえてしまい、授業をめちゃくちゃにしてしまいます。わたしが一番おもしろいと思ったところは、Amelia が bulb を球根ではなく電球だとまちがえてしまい子供たちに電球を植えさせたことです。他にも play を劇ではなく遊ぶことだとまちがえてしまいました。
また、算数の文章題に出てきたりんごを子供たちが持っていないので、Mr. Rogers の庭でりんご狩りをして、子供たちにそのりんごの取り合いをさせてしまいました。そして、りんごあめを作り子供たちに1本ずつあげて、学校は終わっていないのに家に帰してしまいました。
そこに Mrs. Rogers と Miss Reed(先生)がやってきて Amelia をしかりますが、Amelia の作ったりんごあめがおいしかったので、2人とも喜んで終わりました。
この Amelia シリーズは、Amelia が言葉の意味をまちがえていろいろな失敗をしてしま
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Peggy Parish was the author of the children's story series Amelia Bedelia. The series was continued, after her sudden death from an aneurysm, by her nephew Herman Parish. Peggy attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Herman honored Peggy's life in his book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, by writing in its dedication: "For Peggy Parish, the real Am
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