Category Archives: AGES – GRADES

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web is a fictional story that lends itself the opportunity to expand and explore using your imagination. A young girl named Fern saves a pig’s life that was on the verge of being butchered due to his size. Fern convinces her father to allow her to raise the pig. When the pig reached a large size the pig was moved to a barn filled with animals whom Fern developed friendships with. The animals feared Wilbur would be butchered during the upcoming holiday season. In…

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones by M. O’Neil

Hailstones and Halibut Bones is written by Mary O’Neill and illustrated by John Wallner is a collection of poems about colors.  Ms. O’Neill takes a variety of colors and makes them almost come to life. The language of the poems make you feel the colors and sense the mood of each color.  The descriptions she uses and the illustrations allow the reader to feel the color. It is a wonderful book to use to help students express how they feel at different times. Colors in…

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Turk and Runt by LisaWheeler

This book is a fiction book that I have used every year while teaching second grade, as it is one of my favorite books. This book is a comedy about a family of turkeys. Turk, is a strong bird whom his parents believe that he must be chosen for Thanksgiving, yet are clueless as to why different people are coming to choose the perfect turkey. The younger brother, Runt, is the only one who knows the purpose of the visit and does his best to…

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1 The Field Guide

The Spiderwick Chronicles are a series of books that follow the Grace children through a world full of adventure and mystical creatures. In Book 1 The Field Guide, the Grace children move with their mother into an family home that is very old and falling apart. The children quickly learn that this house is very different and is definitely more than meets the eye. They are not the only ones living in this home, it is full of mythical creatures and one very interesting book, “Arthur Spiderwick’s Field…

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Clementine’s Letter by Marla Frazee

The book is about a third grade girl who loves her teacher because he understands her behaviors. Her teacher Mr. D’Matz has been nominated to take a trip to Egypt. That makes Clementine very upset. Her anger about her teacher not staying for the whole year leads to strange behaviors from Clementine. It’s an exciting book that engages the young readers and they make personal connections with the main character.

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Every night a mother fruit bat searches for food while clutching Stellaluna, tightly. One night an owl attacks and Stellaluna’s mother loses her grip on her baby, who falls and lands in a bird’s nest.  Stellaluna then must learn to live life as a feathered bird.  It isn’t until fate takes an unexpected turn that Stellaluna is able to figure how she should be pursuing her life at a fruit bat-not a bird. Stellaluna is a wonderful book that teaches valuable lessons about learning the…

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

This text is a collection of stories representing each of the 7 Habits of Leadership made popular by Stephen R. Covey.  In kid-friendly language, the characters of Seven Oaks have adventures and experiences that help them share character education that  can be connected to children’s own lives.  There are lively illustrations and notes to parents to help families connect and discuss the positive messages.

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The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

This is a summary of a story about family, fiestas, and friendship.  It has colorful illustrations.  My students enjoyed the book. The Family Diaz was going to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the the Land of the Living. The living humans were friends with the Family Diaz.They used an elevator to get to the Land of the Living. On their way there Angelito got lost and meet Pablo, who was wearing a skull mask. They both ran away from a parade and  when…

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