This book shares a very basic understanding of the concept of shadows. I would use it as an introduction of a lesson on shadows to an early age groupThis book shares a very basic understanding of the concept of shadows. I would use it as an introduction of a lesson on shadows to an early age group because it presents shadows in a comical yet intriguing way by describing different kinds of shapes shadows can create. It is a fun read, and I found the pictures to be helpful in the understanding of the text. Also good for ELL students to pick up on some unusual yet useful vocabulary. Recommended grade level: K-1....more
I would use this book for a mini-lesson on predicting. While reading the book, I would guide the students in noticing the clues in the book to help thI would use this book for a mini-lesson on predicting. While reading the book, I would guide the students in noticing the clues in the book to help them make the best predictions they can.
Also, it would be a great book for the first day of school to teach children that it is natural to be nervous on the first day. Even teachers get nervous!
Very cute book about a boy who loses confidence in his drawings and a little sister who helps him to find it again. I think it is an excellent motivatVery cute book about a boy who loses confidence in his drawings and a little sister who helps him to find it again. I think it is an excellent motivational book for youngsters who may be dealing with self esteem issues. In the classroom I would use this book if bullying becomes an issue. By reading this book, I can let the students know that as long as each student does his best no one's work is above another's. ...more
Beautiful depiction of Frida Kahlo. This book illustrates Frida's life from infancy all the way up to her death. The story line is fascinatingly inforBeautiful depiction of Frida Kahlo. This book illustrates Frida's life from infancy all the way up to her death. The story line is fascinatingly informative and the pictures are absolutely beautiful. Frida is a great book for encouraging others who are disadvantaged in some way but are trying their hardest to be all they can be. It is also a good book for art exploration and creativity lessons since Frida's style of art is so unique and the pages are filled with masterpieces. I read this book in a book store in Mexico for the first time and fell in love with it. It is such a beautiful portrayal of Frida Kahlo's life. Also,
ELL Connection: Hispanic ELLs from Mexico may really connect with this book since Frida was Mexico. They may make connections to the life of Frida and recognize either her art or elements of Mexican art in her creations. Giving ELLs the opportunity to learn about people from their home countries is a great way to help them keep their heritage alive while learning the culture of a new country....more
This book can be read during to practice predicting skills for language arts or it can be read to discuss characteristics of fall. I have used this boThis book can be read during to practice predicting skills for language arts or it can be read to discuss characteristics of fall. I have used this book in a Pre-K classroom to also compare sizes of objects in the book to the size of mouse. Recommended grade level: Pre-K to K....more
A whimsically illustrated book that sends the reader through various areas in Wonderland to practice counting to 8. This book really grabs the attentiA whimsically illustrated book that sends the reader through various areas in Wonderland to practice counting to 8. This book really grabs the attention of the children through it's bright colors and fun story. To help the children follow along during the book, each number is highlighted with a special design and a bright color. Recommended grade levels Pre-K and K....more
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 book is great for elaborating on different habitats and talking about sea animals. Names of sea animals who live in coral reefs are included andThis book is great for elaborating on different habitats and talking about sea animals. Names of sea animals who live in coral reefs are included and some are even described past the picture so the students can really grasp what they are like. The dialogue bubbles are easy to follow and add excitement to the pages. Recommended grade levels: 1-5...more
This is a great book for a lesson on ecosystems, habitats, and sea creatures. It takes place in an aquarium so it lends itself well into a field tripThis is a great book for a lesson on ecosystems, habitats, and sea creatures. It takes place in an aquarium so it lends itself well into a field trip to the aquarium to see all of the sea animals in the book actually in person. Recommended grade level: P-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
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
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
Although this may seem like a book about a cat, it is really about the ecosystem and habitats on the beach. The sea animals highlighted in the book arAlthough this may seem like a book about a cat, it is really about the ecosystem and habitats on the beach. The sea animals highlighted in the book are described in relation to their different habitats along the beach. Recommended grade level: P-5...more
This is very fun fraction book that is about 12 animals enjoying relay races on Field Day. The fractions dealt with in this book are the following: haThis is very fun fraction book that is about 12 animals enjoying relay races on Field Day. The fractions dealt with in this book are the following: halves, thirds, and fourths. For a fraction lesson, I made this book come to life with the students since it lends itself well into a fraction activity outdoors involving relay races or similar games....more
This book is filled with math riddles and math activities that are fun to complete. The pages could be printed out and put at a math center for studenThis book is filled with math riddles and math activities that are fun to complete. The pages could be printed out and put at a math center for students to complete in groups or individually to practice addition and subtraction. The riddles and illustrations also integrate season into the lesson. Recommended grade level: P-1...more
This is a fun book that also helps with solar system terminology as well as shape names. As he flies through outer space the students can locate the sThis is a fun book that also helps with solar system terminology as well as shape names. As he flies through outer space the students can locate the shapes they see on the pages before the teacher reads the names. Also, the students can create their own books that are about shapes in a creative way like this book. Recommended grade level: P-2...more
This book is a good transition from repeated addition to multiplication. She realizes it takes too long to repeatedly add big numbers and eventually mThis book is a good transition from repeated addition to multiplication. She realizes it takes too long to repeatedly add big numbers and eventually moves into multiplication. During the book the students could try to keep up with Amanda's repeated addition. Chances are one student is going to see that multiplication would be easier and a discussion can be started with that. Practicing multiplication next to repeated addition would be a nice way to transition with this book into multiplication. Recommended grade level: 2...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
This book integrates social studies in that it examines the history of ice cream and how it changed over time to be what we enjoy today. It goes on toThis book integrates social studies in that it examines the history of ice cream and how it changed over time to be what we enjoy today. It goes on to explain how ice cream is made now and the technology that goes into making it. I would follow the reading of this book with a lesson on physical changes and then make ice cream with the class. Recommended grade level: 5...more
This is a great book to read on Pi day. Ways of measuring a circle are used in this book to solve the problem. It lends itself well into an activity iThis is a great book to read on Pi day. Ways of measuring a circle are used in this book to solve the problem. It lends itself well into an activity in the classroom where the teacher could mimic the book and create an original set up of using circle knowledge to reach the answer. Recommended grade level: 4-5...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
This book is great for a lesson on time. The students can mimic the book by creating their own schedules for what they do in the various times duringThis book is great for a lesson on time. The students can mimic the book by creating their own schedules for what they do in the various times during the day. Recommended grade level: 1-2...more
This is a shapes book that gives examples of circles, rectangles and squares in the chinese-american culture.
ELL Connection: Since this book is writtThis is a shapes book that gives examples of circles, rectangles and squares in the chinese-american culture.
ELL Connection: Since this book is written to relate Chinese objects to shapes, I would definitely use it with Chinese students in younger grades. But, I would also use it for all ELLs because the pictures are very simple to understand and the way the book is written demonstrates the skill of applying shapes to the real world in a very visual way.
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
Hundreds of facts about the history of eating are presented in a fun and interesting way in this book. This book can be read for the content about difHundreds of facts about the history of eating are presented in a fun and interesting way in this book. This book can be read for the content about different benefits of random foods or to examine the poems and recipes included in the book. Recommended grade level: 1-5....more
This is an adorable book that touches every subject area. Science is included in it's talk of classification of living things, force and motion, weathThis is an adorable book that touches every subject area. Science is included in it's talk of classification of living things, force and motion, weather, habitats, survival, and extinction. Social studies pops in their in the form of geography. Math in integrated in that it compares distance. The story is also very heart warming and could bring comfort to students who may be moving away or if a student's friend has moved away and they are very sad about it. Recommended grade level: K-5...more
A funny story about a girl who thinks she is the queen of recess. To her dismay, a new girl joins recess and takes her thunder. This is a great book fA funny story about a girl who thinks she is the queen of recess. To her dismay, a new girl joins recess and takes her thunder. This is a great book for a discussion about how to treat others. I have used this book in comparison with books in which the main characters are the victims of bullying to show students more than one perspective on the topic....more
This is a cute story that illustrates what happened to the bug who was always the odd one out because the team could not divide evenly without excludiThis is a cute story that illustrates what happened to the bug who was always the odd one out because the team could not divide evenly without excluding him until the end of the book. It introduces the multiplication concept of arrays, odds and evens, and dividing. This book could lend itself into a discussion about what to do with remainders and what remainders mean. Recommended grade levels: 3-5...more
This book takes place in the ocean and talks about force and motion, the habits of sea animals, survival of certain types of fish and how fish stick tThis book takes place in the ocean and talks about force and motion, the habits of sea animals, survival of certain types of fish and how fish stick together to ward off enemies. Recommended grade level: P-5...more
Growing up, this was one of my favorite books to read. It is about a ballerina named Nina who allows a misconception to blossom about her part in theGrowing up, this was one of my favorite books to read. It is about a ballerina named Nina who allows a misconception to blossom about her part in the upcoming dance show. This book illustrates how it feels to be caught in a lie and how hard it is to reverse it once it's out. If issues of lying arise in the classroom, this book may help students see the dangers of lying....more