Cutest Animals…That Could KILL YOU!

November 28, 2016

By Mary Molly Shea
and Eleanor Snyder

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Written at a DRA 24 or 28, these animal books are sure to hook your readers!  Each book takes a cute animal and teaches the reader all about it, including “dangerous details.”  Great informative books!  Each book contains with excellent nonfiction text features too–headings, bold words, glossary, table of contents, index, captions, and photographs.

 

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Where’s the BaBOOn?

November 21, 2016

by Michael Escoffier

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Remember reading Take Away the A?

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Well, the author of Take Away the A has a new book in his series: Where’s the BaBOOn?  It encourages students to put together the red letters to solve the riddle on each page.  For example, the riddle reads “Who brought an apple?” The illustration shows the arm of an ape giving the teacher the apple.  Students put together the letters a – p – e and the clue from the illustration to know it is the APE that gives the apple.  Each page is one riddle after another.

 

 


Sally Sore Loser

November 21, 2016

by Frank J. Sileo

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Catalog blurb: After having her classmates walk away from her during a soccer game at recess because she hogs the ball, is bossy, and cares only about winning, Sally gets some good advice from her teacher and her mother. Includes note to parents.

Have someone in your class that could use a little social skills learning?  This book shows how Sally’s attitude causes others not to want to play with her at recess and how Sally feels afterwards.  It is a great social story to learn how to win and lose gracefully.


The Princess and the Warrior

November 21, 2016

by Duncan Tonatiuh

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Looking for a great folktale?

This picture book explains the creation of two volcanoes found 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. Expand your teaching to show where Mexico City is on a map, and show photographs of the two volcanoes.  Itza is known as “la mujer dormida” and is an inactive volcano.  Popo sits next to Itza and has errupted as recently as 2013.

Catalog blurb:  Daughter of the emperor, Izta has no desire to marry a wealthy, powerful man like she’s supposed to. Instead, she has her eye on Popoca, a warrior. Izta’s father agrees to allow the marriage if Popoca can defeat Jaguar Claw, the ultimate enemy.

This book would be great to teach

  • Folktales
  • Problem and Solution
  • Beginning, Middle, and End
  • Context Clues (there are a lot of Spanish words in this book that are not directly defined)

 


One Day on Our Blue Planet series

November 18, 2016

by Ella Bailey

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These books would make great read alouds when studying biomes or ecosystems.

…In the Antarctic follows an Adelie penguin through a typical day, including interactions with other penguins and penguin lifestyle, as well as other animals and things in the Antarctic. This book includes awesome endpapers that show labeled illustrations of things found above the ice and below the ice.

…In the Savannah follows a lion cub experiencing life, under the protection of his mother, in the African savannah. This book includes awesome endpapers that show labeled illustrations of animals in the daytime and animals in the nighttime on the African savannah.

These are great jumping off points when talking about either of these biomes or continents!

 


Panda Pants

November 18, 2016

by Jacqueline Davies
Illustrated by Sydney Hanson

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Panda wants to wear pants.  Father Panda doesn’t agree.  Read to find out how this little Panda tries to persuade his father.

Use this to teach:

  • Dialogue (no speech bubbles or quotation punctuation, though)
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Using illustrations to help tell the story

Really—this one is a just a great read aloud!


The Magic Word

November 18, 2016

by Mac Barnett

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You can have ANYTHING in the world only if you say the MAGIC WORD.  No, the magic word is not PLEASE in this instance…it is Alakazoomba.  Just like magic, your wish comes true.  But, you have to know when to use your talent or things could go terribly wrong!

This book has a slight nod to Jumanji by Chris VanAllsburg in that the impossible happens in an otherwise normal situation.

Use this book as a great read aloud when reminding your students about their P’s and Q’s.