Happy Monday & Midterm Break! With midterms last week I did not get any additional reading over my four hours but I did stick to my challenge to read as many books of the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Lists but also pick up other stories that look interesting. Here we go….
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret written by Judy Blume
This book has been delightfully comedic so far. I am about halfway through it and I have found myself sad when I have to put it down. I really like Judy Blume as an author and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Margaret next on her adventure of growing up. A full review will come next week.
Crispin The Cross of Lead written by Avi
Another book I have only made it about halfway through. I recognized the cover of this book from my childhood but honestly have not remembered the story at all. It is a very interesting book that takes place in the 14th century medieval England. I will give a more complete review next week.
Fun with Roman Numerals written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Edward Miller III
Like a few of my classmates, I got some help on a book to read from my math course. We were tasked to find a children’s picture book that contained concepts of elementary math and write a lesson plan based on the book.
This book was very cute and would be a great addition for any classroom teaching Roman numerals. I chose to place it in a 4th grade lesson plan due to all the concepts related to Roman numerals this book covers. Overall, great and I would highly suggest checking it out.
Those Pesky Rabbits written by Ciara Flood
Each day I am at work I do story time with the 4 and 5-year-olds that I am with that day. The next three books are ones that they selected for me to read from their library rack.
Bear lives alone with no one in sight. He is content but one day a family of rabbits move in right next door! When the rabbits start knocking on his door often he is not happy. A wonderful book about learning to accept change. I would say this book is best for grades Pre K-3rd due to the lessons it encompasses.
The illustrations were honestly the best part of this novel. They are sure to give you and students a laugh. Here’s a little preview of them…
Stanley the Mailman by William Bee
This book follows Stanley’s day delivering mail to his friends throughout the day. The readers are lucky and get to see what is in each package Stanley delivers. A great book to work on colors or predictions with students Pre K-1st grade. There are multiple Stanley books that you could use to introduce the concept of a series.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Cows that type and hens on strike?! Farmer Brown has some tough negotiations to make with his animals. This book is actually a 2001 Caldecott Honor Award winner and I can see why. It was hilarious and creative way to talk about power struggles and negotiating to students. I think this book fits best for grades 1st-3rd as an echo read or just a fun book to read.
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business written by Esphyr Slobodkina
A peddler with several colored caps stacked on top of his head tries to sell his caps by saying, “caps for sale, 50 cents a cap.” Having no luck, he decides to take a nap by a tree. While he naps a bunch of mischievous monkeys sitting in the tree take his caps! What will the peddler do to get his caps back? This old-timey book would be a great book to introduce patterns or problem solving in math. This is one of my new favorites and I would suggest reading it if you have not already.
So, what are you reading this week? What did you think of my list?