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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams, E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo

To begin with, I would personally use Charlotte's Web with fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Now this is not to say it would not be a fun book for the younger grades to be exposed to, but in terms of independent reading, I believe it might be a little hard. As for how I would use the book, I can think of two different ways. The first would be to build vocabulary, for this book offers some great new words that students may not know how to use the word or what the word is at all. The second way I would possibly use this book is for going over plot sequence, with the main focus on problems and solutions. I might also have the students write down all the different traits of their favorite character for a character analysis or I might have them compare and contrast two different characters using a Venn Diagram.

No Jumping On The Bed!

No Jumping on the Bed - Tedd Arnold

No Jumping On The Bed! is a fun book by Tedd Arnold and a personal favorite of mine. I would have to say this book can be used for all elementary grades; however, in terms of independent reading, it would be easier for a second and third grader to read it independently as opposed to a first and kindergartner. Therefore I would limit my use of this book to whole group lessons for kindergarten and first grade, and guided reading for second and third graders.

In order to utilize this book in my classroom to its fullest, I would use it for sequencing in kindergarten through second. Through the entire book poor Walter is falling through the different floors in his apartment building, collect people and things as he goes. Therefore at the end of the book, I could have students but the people and things that join Walter on his fall in the order that they joined. Another way to utilize this book would be using it to work on reading with expression, especially when using a voice jar for second and third graders.  

What Teachers Can't Do

What Teachers Can't Do - Douglas Wood, Doug Cushman

What Teachers Can't Do is a fun read. I would personally read this book on the first day as a fun icebreaker. However, I would only use this book for kindergarten to second. Reading this book to the students can show them that even teachers can't do everything, spelling the word cat themselves included.  Although, that is not to say that higher grades would not enjoy this book. Another activity I would do with the book, would be that after I have read the students the book, I would have them write down some things that they cannot do as well. This would show the students that there is no shame in not being able to do something because everyone has those few things that they cannot do themselves. 

My Crayons Talk

My Crayons Talk - Patricia Hubbard, G. Brian Karas

This book I would say is a good book that I would use for kindergarten through second due to its easy to follow poem. However, for kindergarten, I would probably use this book in a whole group lesson so that I can read the book out loud. This would prevent confusion over the nonsense words found in the text for the students. To specify how I would use this book in my classroom, for kindergarten I would use it as an introduction to different colors. However, for first and second graders, I would use this book as a tool to reading with expression during guiding reading. I would do this by giving each student a crayon to read as they believe the crayon would talk. If needed I would even go as far as using a voice jar.