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Title of Book: Love You Forever. Genre: Picture book, Realistic Fiction. Munsch, Sheila McGraw. Publisher: Firefly Books. At the end of the story the boy that is now an adult gets a phone call that his mommy is sick. He rushed over to her home, lifts her out of the bed and sings the song to her, but using mommy in place of baby. Classroom Activity Ideas: I will provide each student with a piece of drawing paper, and have the student draw a picture of them and their mother.

We will talk about our pictures and discuss songs that their mother or father may sing to them at home. The teacher read it with the class at a Mother's Day tea. I was in the class that day, and it was all I could do to keep from crying right there in class. After this is done, it demonstrates how dinosaurs would really eat their food; very nice and polite. Then ask students questions that connect the book to their real lives. Was the dinosaur being respectful when he did this, or that? Why not? Do you eat like that? Then ask students different ways to be respectful by using manners.

I will use chart paper to record our answers. I use it at the beginning of the school year for a lesson on manners. I believe the children really relate to it, because of the dinosaurs. However, a zany moose appears at the wrong times and interrupts the show! When the poor moose realizes he isn't even in the show, he sets out to ruin the production. Fortunately, the conflict is resolved by the letter z's appearance.

I will have each student chose one letter of the alphabet and let them decide what they want to go under their letter. I will encourage them to find something silly to add. It is informational and funny and I think the kids will get a kick out of the moose's character. Book Summary : A young boy is convinced that there is an alligator living under his bed, but when his parents look, the alligator hides somewhere so they don't believe him.

He comes up with a plan to lure the alligator out from under his bed: he places a trail of various kinds of food from his room down to the garage, and when the alligator follows the trail to its end, he closes the door and locks it in the garage, then leaves notes taped to the door to warn his father that the alligator is in there now.

Classroom Activity Ideas: We will discuss what we think would be good Alligator bait. I will provide a variety of different magazines and put them in small groups. The students will then use the magazines to find and cut out different foods or candy that they think would be good alligator bait and glue them on construction paper. I loved this story, the sweet and humorous illustrations, and the resourceful kid who solved the problem of that pesky alligator under his bed--all by himself! Bad Kitty is not happy with how some of the party turns out and the usual temper tantrum ensues.

Classroom Activity Ideas: The class will draw a picture of what they want for their Birthday, and then write about it. They will also include what they would do if someone took their birthday presents. The illustrations really kept me interested in this Bad Kitty's story. There were times this book made me laugh. I think for a children's book this is great read and it kept me pretty entertained. Title of Book: P is for Peach. Genre: Nonfiction picture book. Most questions will be from the book, but I will add a few extra to see who knows about their state.

Winning team gets a free homework pass. The pictures are amazing. This can be very useful when teaching about the state of Georgia from the state tree and plant to the state bird. I would use this in my classroom. Title of Book: The Lorax. Genre: Fiction. He told him about t he fruit of the Truffula trees that fed the Brown Bar-ba-loots. He explained how important they were and they worked to try to save the trees. The story's end emphasizes the impact of one person, no matter how young they are.

Classroom Activity Ideas: Students will make a decision about how their choices affect others and defend their ideas by participating in the corners activity. Given the circle activity, students will verbally express a situation in which one individual can make a difference. Students will identify and list five problems presented in The Lorax. Students will present evidence to support their appointed view Lorax or Once-ler in a class debate.

Students will write a story identifying a possible outcome to the problem presented in The Lorax. Students will list one choice they can make to improve their community. Seuss book! This story shows the effects of industry on the environment gives lots of great quotes about caring for the world around us. I use this book a lot around Earth Day. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song. Keep counting down as Pete looses three then two and all the way to one groovy button. When he looses his last button he then sings about his belly button. I would also use this book in math to teach simple subtraction primary grades.

This book could be useful for teaching sequencing of events. Also, this book would be especially effective when dealing with pre-k and kindergarteners who cry about everything. This book also teaches the importance of repetition and rhyming. This book can be used to get all students involved because the lines are easy to read and remember. Overall, this book is excellent and should be of the bookshelves in every elementary classroom! I have read it to my kids over and over and they love it. Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair.

When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. As Alexander's day progresses, he faces a huge day bummers with getting smushed in the middle seat of the car, a dessertless lunch sack, a cavity at the dentist's office, stripeless sneakers, witnessing kissing on television, and being forced to sleep in railroad-train pajamas.

He resolves several times to move to Australia. Classroom Activity Ideas: I use Alexander and the Terrible, horrible, No Good, Bad Day as a read-aloud for discussion about how everyone has bad days and that we need to learn how to deal with them. With this lesson, students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with other students.

The students love listening to the story and hearing themselves on their own podcast. Not the happiest ending but very realistic. I have read this book several times to my class when we were having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Title : Only One You. Genre : Picture book, Animal Fantasy. Author : Linda Kranz.

Publisher : Rising Moon. Book Summary : Only One you is a book about parents who, through story-telling, relay an inspirational message to their child. The parents share wisdom in a way that allows their child to create a true understanding of how important and unique they are, and how they can make a difference in a world populated with many others. This book is filled with bright, vivid pictures that engage children and capture the true uniqueness of each individual. Classroom Activity Ideas: This book can be used as a school-wide project to encourage and embrace individuality.

A river rock is provided to each child and they are allowed to paint the rock in any way they choose. Teachers should discuss with their classes each of the bits of wisdom shared in the book and allow them to voice their opinions and thoughts about the book. I teach children with special needs and this book is a great way to properly and simply explain that it is ok to be an individual and to be different. The colors and abstract word placement in this book capture the attention of each child. There is a finger puppet that goes along with this book; the children enjoy having a puppet that they can interact with, as well.

Book Summary: Sarah Noble and her father, John, go on a journey to New Milford in order for her father to build a new house for their family. When Sarah's father has to leave to go get her mother and other brothers and sisters, Sarah must stay with the family of an Indian named Tall John. Sarah is afraid at first, as she thinks to begin with that Indians are not friendly people.

She soon finds out that Indians are, indeed, friendly and take her in and treat her like one of their own. Her father, mother, and the rest of her family return, and Sarah leaves the Indian family to go back to their new home. Classroom Activity: This book can be used to discuss the transportation of early pioneer people and the conditions in which they traveled. Classroom discussions regarding the perceptions of the Native Americans, how they were treated, the stereotypes surrounding them, and the differences in each culture can be held. This is a good book to point out that just because a different group of people have a different way of doing things does not make them bad or wrong.

This book mentions several woodland animals, as well. Its simplistic word choices and illustrations help beginning readers to create their own image of Sarah and her father traveling to their new home. I enjoyed reading it again; I read it when I was in elementary school. It keeps children intrigued without being too in depth. Book Summary: Children in Ms.

Carey's class go on a shape spotting expedition throughout the school. Classroom Activities: This is a great book to use for Pre-K or Kindergarten students when learning about the different shapes. Have children identify different shapes throughout the classroom, outside on the playground, in the cafeteria, library, and anywhere else they may go. Once the chilren have gone through different places identifying shapes, have them draw a picture using the shapes they have seen and learned about. It is easy for them to understand and they remember what different shapes look like because of the rhymes that are used.

I think it is a cute book with colorful, fun pictures. Each of his crayons wrote him a letter delving into silly, but true, reasons for why they have quit. He wants to make his crayons happy, so he must find a way to do so.

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Classroom Activities: Have children draw a picture of what they would make the world look like if they could use make anything any color they chose. Have them explain why they chose to make certain things certain colors. This book and this activity encourages children to literally think outside of the box and helps them to realize that it is ok to be different! It's funny, but strangely true. While reading what each crayon had a problem with, I instantly flashed back to being a child and could see myself doing the same things these crayons complained of. I just bought this book because the cover instantly caught my eye.

The illustrations are kid-friendly, cute, and colorful. Book Summary: A chameleon is not happy with its life. It was not very exciting. Then, the chameleon saw a zoo. He wanted to be like every animal he saw; in size, in color, and in the things that each animal could do. With each animal he sees, he takes on a feature of that animal. In the end, he realizes he is happy just being himself. Classroom Activities: Trace a chameleoon onto several transparencies.

Place them randomly around the room onto different surfaces and colors to emphasize chameleons changing colors. Have the children find all of the chameleons. Cut up different colored, textured, and sized paper and allow children to place the paper on the chameleon and make their own.

I love this book, not only for the message inside, but the colorful and bright pictures, as well. Book Summary: Aunt Ant just moved to her new home, the zoo. She writes her nephew, Deer a letter telling all about her new neighbors. She uses homophones to describe how all of the animals are behaving. Have children play a matching game where they have to match the sets of homophones together.

After they have matched the words together, have them write a funny paragraph or sentences correctly using the homophones. It helps children understand the different meanings of different words, and grasp the concept that even though the words sound the same, they are spelled differently. I enjoy reading this book to children because it has a quirky sense of humor to it, as well as colorful pictures. Book Summary: Offering vivid pictures and friendly characters, this book introduces the alphabet to children using an apple themed background.

Each letter of the alphabet describes varieties, information, and facts regarding apples. Classroom Activities: Cut apples in half, dip them onto an ink pad or stamp pad, and allow children to make apple prints. You can also use this book and an apple to introduce the five senses; how does the apple taste, feel, smell, look, and what does it sound like when you bite into it? This is a very informational book that is simplisticly written to allow children to learn about various apple aspects. I enjoyed reading this book to my class, and afterwards, they wanted to eat some apples!

Book Summary: In a villiage by the shores of Lake Ontario, there was a sister who lived with her brother, the Invisible Being. Many women wanted to marry this Invisible Being, but only the one who saw his face could marry him. Classroom Activities: Teachers can read this book and Cinderella to their classes.

After reading each book, ask the children what they noticed about the people in each book, ie. Have the students come up with two different cultures, research those cultures, and create a vinn diagram to compare and contrast the two cultures they decided on. I do believe that there are a few underlying, hidden messages in this book.

It is open to interpretation and allows all who read it to develop their own sense of what the book is about. Book Summary: Clementine gets in a lot of trouble. As the week progress, things only get worse. She starts to think that her friend, Margaret, is right; she is the "hard one" of the family. Clementine thinks her parents are up to no good and begins to wonder if they think she is the "hard one", too.

In the end, her parents throw her a surprise party for her birthday. Classroom Activities: Everyone keeps telling Clementine to pay attention. After each child has had a chance to participate, you can make a vegetable soup or fruit salad for the kids. I would have definitately picked this book up when I was in third grade. It is told from a child's perspective, so children can relate.

There are pictures in the book that also give the readers a better picture of what is going on in the book. Book Summary: This book is written my kindergartners. In their words, they describe how each person is alike and how each person is different. They wrote about similarities and differences ranging from what people look like, where they live, what they eat, and what they play. Classroom Activities: This is a cute book to emphasize how each child is differnt and unique. For children who may not feel comfortable drawing, have them look in a mirror and then explain what makes them unique.

After they have estimated, have them use the papeclips to see how tall they are or how long their foot is. Discuss the results. Children are able to relate to this book because the pictures and words are from the viewpoints of children. Book Summary: Starting at one, caterpillars make their way through this book participating in different activities, ending at number ten.

Classroom Activities: This book introduces many "new" verbs to children. Begin the lesson by introducing verbs. Have pre-made leaves, butterflies, and caterpillars cut out. Allow children to write verbs on each one and then paste the pictures onto paper to display. The pictures are vivid, and that is an important aspect of any picture book, in my opinion. It's short, sweet, and to the point, while engaging children the entire time. Book Summary: This biography draws a map of Albert Einstein's life.

From growing up being an extrememly quizative little boy, to getting kicked out of school for failing to meet requirements, to discoveries that would change the world in which we live, Albert Einstein was a remarkable man whom left his legacy on all present, and future, generations. Classroom Activities : Day 1 - Explain that this week you will be studying the life of Albert Einstein. You will be making a box that contains items that would have been personal to him - a memory box for him. Ask the kids to do some research about Albert and find 3 items each that they think should be in the box.

For example, because Albert was married twice we thought that there should be two wedding rings included. For example we used clay to make and paint the two wedding rings. Day 3 - Give the children a list of extra items to go in the box. Ask them to research why they are significant to him. Day 4 - Make the new items to go in the box. Day 5 - Finish off any crafts or research and then do a Show and Tell about the box to review. The simplistic nature of this book allows students to fully comprehend it's contents; yet, enables them to enjoy the information entailed.

With accompanying pictures, students are not so apprhensive in regards to reading this autobiography on such a compelling individual. I discovered truths while reading this book that I would have otherwise failed to have known. I look forward to reading more of them. Book Summary: A mischievous little boy is sent to bed without his supper. He creates, dreams, and travels to a fantasy world where he becomes king of the wild things. When he returns home, he notices his supper waiting on him in his room. Look at illustrations and speculate how they were made. What kind of materials?

What kind or textures do you see? What makes the creatures look "wild". If you were to make a wild thing what would it look like? Students begin their own Wild thing drawing with colored markers or fine point black marker. Draw in patterns and textures. Use texture panels to get a variety of textures optional.

Color with oil pastels or choice of drawing materials. Have students discuss their wild things. Have them explain how it will talk, walk, and then have them act out their creation. First, this book explores a fantasy land that is relateable to children, as they often dream of a world in which children will rule. Also, this book introduces emotions, feelings, behavior, and issues that children endure every day.

I loved this book as a child, and as an adult, it is still intriguing. The pictures are magnificent, as they capture the true essence of the message conveyed. This book has been banned and challenged for many years. I find this to be comical, as this book was written to portray honestly the childhood in which the author knew; one filled with loss, fear, and bordom.

Maurice Sendak said that children were left up to using their own imagination in order to fill such elements as loss, fear, and bordom; hence, writing and illustrating a book that demonstrates a boy doing just that. Summary: A little girl, Little Red Riding Hood, is asked to take a basket of food to her sick grandmother.

Her mother instructs her not to speak to any strangers in the woods. Little Red Riding Hood does not listen to her mother and talks to the wolf she meets along the way and tells him where she is headed. When she arrives she notices that her "grandmother" has big eyes, teeth, and ears. She screamed, but the wolf ate her.

A woodcutter comes to her rescue and saves Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Brainstorm about what you think a fairy tale or folktale is. Write them on the board as our definition. Do you think they could they really happen? It is a book that certainly captures their attention and keeps their attention until the end.

The message in this book is great; do not speak to strangers. Also, there are many academic lessons in this book regarding character, setting, and plot. Summary: "On Monday in math class, Mrs. Fibonacci says, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem". On tuesday I start having problems. Every thought, every action, every decision is related to math, causing this perplexed student to almost lose his mind. Progressing through one day, the reader can clearly make judgement that almost everything can, undoubtedly, be thought of as a math problem.

Classroom Activities: 1. His class will be taking an overnight field trip, and the students will be able to decide the activities of her day. Divide the class into pairs or sets of threes. Each group will be assigned one of the major mathematic concepts mentioned in the book 1. Time, 2. Measurement, 3. Months of the year, 4.

Arrays, 5. Fractions, 6. Geography, 7. Sports, 8. Patterns and 9. You may want to put each topic and its number an index card and allow students to draw from the deck of cards. Brainstorm aloud some locations where the character may be going on the field trip. Choose the most popular attraction among the students as the destination for our character. The task for the students is to develop one or more questions that relate to their assigned topic, incorporate estimation if possible and integrate it with the story that the class is developing as a whole.

Students will have to communicate with the groups before and after them as they develop their problems. The students can refer back to the book if needed, but cannot copy verbatim. This book is geared towards higher elementary students, yet captivates the minds of young adults, and grown-ups, as well. Wheels begin to turn and critical thinking skills are exposed as readers flip through every page in Math Curse. The Yellow Watermelon. In the southern states were segregated, including the cotton fields; the white people picked on one side of the field and the African American people picked on the other side.

When two boys of different races, Ted and Poudlum, meet in that field they become best friends and go on a mission to integrate the field. The two boys have many hair raising adventures especially when they try to help an escaped convict named Jake. A Yellow watermelon and a traditional watermelon could be brought in and the symbolism discussed; both the watermelons are the same even though they are different colors.

The students would then have the watermelon as a snack. Also, the author could be invited in to read a chapter from this book and answer questions. I enjoyed this book very much. It definitely has a Mark Twain feel to it. We did invite the author in to the media center to do a reading. The kids loved it. The author captured the deep south of that era while telling his tale with sensitivity and pathos. Nancy Tillman, author and illustrator. Fiewel and Friends. A fantasy book with Christian undertones that celebrates the uniqueness of each child.

Read the book first; and then, have the children draw pictures of themselves. They could then create a collage of their own uniqueness, for example pictures from a magazine, swatches of fabric, family pictures. I liked this book very much. It allows children to think and marvel at their own individuality, something that is rarely celebrated in this busy world.

DK Publishing. This is an early learning book which allows baby to explore through the tactile senses. The baby can touch and feel textures of farm animals and farm equipment. Take babies outside and allow them to explore their world through touch. Also, bringing stuffed animals, sand paper, rough, smooth and other surfaces in so the babies can have a variety of objects to touch. I felt this book was only ok. I think the textures needed to be more varied.

Struttman Inc. Publication Year:. The tables are soon turned when he actually does get sick and can't play with his friends. This is a tale of the bugs who live in Morethansmall. There is a series of these books created by David Cosgrove in the 's. Classroom Activity:. The students would make their own bug puppets and act out the story. I have read these bug books to my kids for years. I always thought they were very clever. There is always a good message. I love the poem that precedes each story; it is always geared toward the season of that particular story. Title of the Book:. Weird Pet Poems.

Dilys Evans. Publisher: Simon and Schuster. Book Summary: A collection of animal poetry by various authors from The premise is that of a boy on a search for his very own pet. Funny and cute characters are brilliantly depicted through the vivid illustrations of Jacqueline Rogers. The poetry is engaging and lively. It is a great introduction to poetry for children. The students would write their own pet poems. I enjoyed reading this book very much. It would certainly make children laugh. I enjoyed the illustrations as well.

They were beautifully done in watercolor and were very realistic. I especially enjoyed the way Dilys Evans tied them all together with her own poem about a boy in search of a pet. The Giving Tree. Shel Silverstein. Harper Collins. The Giving Tree is the tale of a boy and a tree who loved him.

The tree spent its life giving to the boy as he grew. The tree looked forward to visits from the boy even when they were both old. The studentsw could collect leaves and glue them to a giant tree drawn on poster board. They could all work together to make one big giving tree. I loved this book.

It was a very sweet coming of age story as the author chronicled the life of the boy and the tree. It tells the tale of a young boy on a field trip with his class. While visiting the Empire State Building the young boy is surrounded by clouds; consequently, he becomes separated from his classmates. Suddenly he is befriended by a cloud who takes him on an adventure to Sector 7, a land where clouds are made.

The boy and the cloud get into trouble when they decide to change the shape of the clouds. They create clouds in designs from sunbursts to fish much to the chagrin of the people in charge of Sector 7. They could discuss clouds and how they form. The activity could be shaving cream or whipping cream that can be molded into clouds.

It is not easy to tell a story without using a single word. I think David Wiesner is masterful in his ability to do this. Book Summary: The Witches is a tale of good versus evil as seen through the eyes of a little boy. The witches are everywhere and it is very difficult to discover one. They are hidden by wigs and gloves and too tight shoes. The story begins with the death of the narrators parents.

His grandmother lovingly makes a home for him. On cold Norwegian nights she tells him tales of these witches and stresses that he must be ever vigilant. Vigilance does not protect our hero as he is confronted with the worst kind of evil; the witches are determined to do away with all the children in England. The students could make witches and mice masks using paper plates and yarn. Eyes are cut out of the plates, fake hair is made of yarn which is glued together seperately and can be attached with paper clips, sores are drawn on the tops of the mask, puff ball noses for mice, whiskers made of construction paper- thinly cut.

It is a fun, scary story for kids. The end may not be considered a happy ending but it is satisfying, as in the end, the witches get their just desserts. Book Summary:. Matilda is the whimsical story of a brilliant young girl whose senseless and ridiculous parents do not notice or care that their daughter is a genius. Things do not get much better for Matilda once she goes to school because the school Headmistress is even more cruel and absurd than her parents. Fortunately, Matilda's teacher proves herself to be an ally and when Matilda hears the charming Miss Honey's terrible life story, she uses her unique abilities to help in a way that only Matilda can.

The students will write a "what if" narrative describing what they would do in Matilda's shoes if they did not have her special powers. I think Matilda starts life out as an underdog. She comes out on top and ends up living a happy life; however, it is so sad when parents reject a child. I think many students could relate to this, particularly those who are abused. Title of Book: The Magic Finger. Genre: fantasy. Publisher: Harper and Row. She tries to be polite but the Greggs family only laughs at her. One day they go too far and they make her very angry. When she is angry her magic finger takes over.

Before the Greggs know what has happened they have been turned into birds. Retell the story in the form of a story board. Experiment with different types of meda; collage, water colors, crayons, etc. This book reminds me of my daughter. She is the champion of animals everywhere. I am sure she would love to have a magic finger sometimes. Book Summary: Sometimes the unexpected is even more fun than the best-laid plans. Iris, her family, the neighbors, and dog take a road trip to the lake. But first, the cars break down. Then they get lost. What to do? Iris's family's make-do attitude saves the day, for as they go about their beach activities while trying to figure out what to do with the dog, each takes a turn taking care of the dog.

Classroom Activity: Animal Safety: Students learn the do's and don'ts when confronted with a strange animal, a stray, one with an owner, a seeing eye dog. I would have a member of the humane society come out and talk to the children. They would draw examples of safety practices with regards to animals. I really enjoyed reading this to my grandchildren. The family theme was amazing. This story helps children see that everyone is basically alike. Book Summary: Queen of Egypt at the age of eighteen, Cleopatra's passion was to unite the world under Egyptian rule.

Legendary leaders risked their kingdoms to win her heart, and her epic life has inspired countless tales throughout history.

A timeless story of love, war, and ambition, this pictorial biography is sure to entertain and educate. Classroom Activity: We will research ancient Egypt. The students will look at maps to see where Egypt is on the globe. They will make mummy's out of paper mache'. The boy across the street is older and gets to do amazing things. He has dolphins and a piranha for a pet. He wins at every game. He can do whatever he wants The children will write a short story about someone in the class they don't know. They will imagine the kind of life that person has.

In a true story, Pinkus Aylee, a black Union soldier, finds Sheldon Curtis Say left for dead and carries him home to be tended by his mother, but when the two boys attempt to rejoin the Union troops, they are captured and sent to Andersonville Prison. Classroom Activity: KWL chart.

Discuss the reasons for the Civil War. But Sophy and her mother live in a poor village in Camboida where there is no doctor, no hospital, and no school. When Sophy receives a pair of running shoes, her life changes forever. Classroom Activity: The students will become pen pals with school children from a different country.

The mom has to leave her three daughters at home alone. The girls outsmart a wolf who tries to trick them.

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  • In fact, they do allow the wolf inside thinking it's their mom. However they soon discover the wolf. They trick the wolf into going outside for some delicious food that grows on a tree. When he is high enough they let it fall and that is the end of the wolf. A lesson on safety and not talking to strangers. Their mother sends them away to find their individual fortune. The three little pigs each builds a house made of different materials.

    A big bad wolf blowns down the first two houses made of straw and wood. However, the big bad wolf is unable to blown the house made of brick. The wolf gets really angry and comes down the chimney of the brick house. The three little pigs celebrated as the wolf dies in the water. Three heads is better than one. Classroom Activity: I would use a reading and writing exercise to get the kids to think outside the box.

    I would make up questions. Who was the characters in this book? How many characters are in this book? Why did their mother send them away? What materials was used to build the houses? How did the story end? Book Summary: This book is about a young boy name A. He calls the lunchroom as a vomitorium throughout this book. He hates vegetables, that is the reason why he call it vomitorium. The teachers all has names that rymes with a silly name like Ms. Daisy is Crazy! Klutz is Nuts! McGullicuddy is the lunch lady and she quits because the kids makes a huge mess in the lunchroom. The principal, Mr.

    E across the food. LaGrange finally got A. LaGrange told A. Classroom Activities : I would make up an activity to get the kids involved. I would be Mrs. LaGrange, and the students would be some of the characters in the book. We would act the entire scence out. Greg is concerned about Christmas then anything else because, it's November.

    Greg has to be good. He imagine that the doll is watching him all the time. Greg screams when he notices the Santa Scout's doll in the shower. Also, Greg plays 16 hours of video games one weekend without taking a break. He ask his mom and dad for money. Greg's mother gives him ways to earn money. Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Each new place Pete the Cat discovers he finds something that is interesting in that particular area such as a cool book in the library or painting in art class. Classroom Activity Ideas:. Teacher will have students to draw a picture of their favorite place at school.

    The students will also have to create a song to go alone with their pictures. This is a great book! I recommend this book to all kindergarten and preschool teachers. Publisher: Gallup Press. This story is about a little boy named Felix who is mean to his little sister named Anna. Felix then tried to help fill everybody's bucket by saying nice things. Felix also learned that when everyone has a full bucket the feeling is great. Overall I felt that this book has a wonderful message. I feel this book could be used to teach young children how to be kind to one another. Genre: Preschool.

    This story is about a penguin by the name of Tony Baloney attending school for the first time. However, when Tony Baloney arrives at school he finds himself faced with a problem, which is following the rules of the classroom. Classroom Activity Ideas: The class will be divided up into groups of five. Each group will come up with a classroom rule. This book is wonderful! This book is great for all age groups because it allows them to see that rules must be followed at all times. Title of Book: Gingerbread Baby.

    Putnam Son. Book Summary: Matt wanted to bake cookies therefore his grandmother lite the stove and got the cookbook.

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    Matti open the stove too soon and the gingerbread baby popped out. Matti mom, dad, cat, dog and many other people chased around the gingerbread baby. Meanwhile Matti decide to bake a gingerbread house to capture the gingerbread baby. Matti planned worked and he was able to take his gingerbread baby home. Classroom Activity Ideas: Teacher could ask students to draw a picture of their favorite part of the book. However, I feel that kids of all age will like to read this book. Genre: Teenager. Publisher: Scholastic INC. Book Summary: This story is about Beth Lambarts who is a great student in the six grade.

    Beth Lamnarts is class president and a winner of 4 H prize. Beth feels she has a perfect life and all her dreams will come true. Classroom Activity Ideas: Students could write a paragraph about a time when another student made them feel intimidated. Title of Book: Heros of the Holocaust. Maria watched how Jwish friends were taking away to unidisclosed location and never seen again. Maria family helps save two Jewish man. The two men stayed in Maria born for a year. Maria would bring the two men food and books to read. Maria family was able to protect the men for a year until the Nazis found out.

    Maria family then had to go on the run. Title of Book: Pinkalicous Fairy House. Publisher: Harper. Book Summary: Spring has reached and Pinkalicous knows that it is time for her fairies to arrive. Pinkalicous starts to prepare so that the fairies can have a perfect place to stay. She collected leaves and twigs to build the fairies a house in the garden. After building the house Pinkalicous waited and waited but the fairies never come. She then fallen asleep and when she awakened she noticed that the house in the garden that she had built was surrounded by beautiful flowers.

    Pinkalicous knew that the fairies come to visit. Classroom Activity Ideas: The teacher can have students write a story about their favorite season. This book can help kids learn about spring and flower. Genre: Fairy tale. Publisher: Penguin Group. Book Summary: Three little pigs leave their mom to build their own homes. The wolf blows down their homes and eats them up. The third pig builds his house out of brick. The wolf then tried to blow down the brick house but could not. The wolf tries to trick the pig into going different place with him.

    Each time the pig would show up an hour before time tricking the wolf. Classroom Activity Ideas: The teacher could provide students with a worksheet, which instructs students to put thing in order according to how it happened in the story. This story has humor which makes it worth reading. Title of Book: Peters Chair. Publisher: Puffin Book. Peter walks into his little sister room to find that his old cradle has been painted pink. As Peter walks around the house he notices that his other baby things have been painted pink as well. Peter becomes upset and goes into his room and spots his chair.

    He notice that they chair is not painted pink yet. Therefore Peter grabs his chair and run away with his dog Willie. Peter then finds out the he has out grown the chair when he could not fit in the seat. Classroom Activity Ideas: The teacher can have students to make a chair out of craft sticks. The student can also write a paragraph about why their chair is consider special. This book can help kids with feelings of jealous against a younger sibling. Title of Book: Biscuit.

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    How many? How big? How far? How long? And when should kids know what? There are — literally — hundreds of books aimed at introducing just-beginners to numbers; check out some good resources below. For resources for older kids, see Math II. Let's Learn All About It! Roll over! For ages The book opens with an empty snow scene 0 ; by 1, we have one house, one snowy pine tree, one bridge over the river, one snowman, and one skier; by 7, there are seven buildings, seven pine trees, seven spotted cows, a clothesline hung with seven sheets and, in the sky, a seven-colored rainbow.

    Delightful for ages Then a rat leaps in, followed by a cat, a dog, a turtle, and so on until an annoyed Johnny cleverly counts backwards, getting rid of his uninvited guests and restoring peace and quiet. Each color-coded spread challenges readers to count to ten, by finding different objects — for example, red 2 roses, 4 fire engines, and 9 strawberries or yellow 2 bananas, 6 chicks, 7 lemons, and 10 rubber ducks. Great for trips. Readers count to 10 beginning with 1 tattered teddy bear. One of a series for ages He begins with one baby dodo, and together the two of them set off in search of number three — a three-toed sloth, followed by a four-legged camel, a five-lined skink, and so on up to ten.

    At the end of the book, all ten animals end up counting stars. Greenwillow, is a clever counting book that introduces kids to the idea of sets and subsets. How many clouds? How many clouds are big and fluffy?

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    How many clouds are big and fluffy and gray? The School Library Journal trashed it for ambiguity What constitutes a truck? Will kids know that fire trucks are trucks? Discuss and debate. Readers learn lots of cow synonyms. Back in bed again, he thinks about his family — 21 relatives, all sheep — and so, finally, counting sheep, he falls asleep.

    Great watercolor illustrations. Want more sheep resources? Illustrated with wonderful detailed paintings. Each wonderful illustration is filled with numbers and references to fairy tales. Figure out which one. The illustrations are soft summer night scenes in pastels, with luminous balls of glowing fireflies. Firefly Activities include making a wax-paper-winged fireflies, ice-cream-spoon fireflies, and a firefly keepsake jar. Count them!

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    Readers learn 21 different birds the book ends at evening, with one nocturnal barn owl. By April Pulley Sayre, One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab Candlewick, is a counting book of feet, beginning with the one-footed snail — then 2 people , 4 dog , 6 insect , 8 spider , and 10 crab. Odd numbers are represented by an even-footed animal plus one snail. The numbers 10 to are then represented by various combinations of animals — 80, for example, can be eight crabs or ten spiders.

    Cheerful cartoon illustrations. Crammed with creative number ideas. Make a number journal of your own! Great project possibilities for ages 4 and up. Lola M.