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Thank You, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker | Patricia Polacco
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At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
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channingfortney
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This is a true story about a young girl that struggled with reading. She went through the grades and over the years and just didn't fit in with the students because they were all at different levels than her. Many of her teachers didn't believe in her either, until she met Mr. Falker who helped her learn to read and changed her life. The story is about the author, Patricia Polacco. It is a great read and I highly would suggest reading this.

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Jburns13
Thank You, Mr. Falker | Patricia Polacco

This is a real-life story of a young girl who struggles with having dyslexia and her caring teacher who will not let her fail despite her learning difference.

Jburns13 Published: 1998

Author/Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

Genre: Picture book, Fiction

Awards: ABC's Children's Booksellers Choices Award in 1999, Emphasis on Reading a children's choice book award program in 2000, South Carolina Children's Book award in 2001, and NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts in 1999.
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sarahyurco
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Published: 1998
This is a story about a girl who struggles with dyslexia and her teacher, Mr. Falker, who helped her and refused to give up on her. It highlights the impact of kindness, hard work, and determination. This is one of my favorite books and one I would read in my classroom.
Awards: NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award, ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award

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loganhiller
Thank You, Mr. Falker | Patricia Polacco

This real-life story is about a young girl that struggles with dyslexia. Her teacher, Mr. Falker is determined to help her thrive.

This is a great book about determination and empathy between students and teachers.

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ehrmans
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This is a story of a young girl named Trisha who is struggling with dyslexia. She does not know that this is why she is struggling with reading. Her teacher helps her work through this struggle. Trisha loves to paint and draw, but words are just not her thing. Teachers before did not pick up on her disability. She meets Mr. Falker and the way she feels about reading.

ehrmans Author: Patricia Polacco. Illustrator: Patricia Polacco. Publication date: 1998. Genre: Autobiography. Awards: South Carolina Children's Book.
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Eggs
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I liked to use this book with middle-schoolers, lead a guided discussion, then distribute thank you cards/envelopes, so they could choose a person for whom they are thankful, and give or mail. Gratitude is a humbling and miraculous experience.
#gratitude

kspenmoll What a wonderful way to use this book!!❤️ 3y
Eggs Thanks @kspenmoll ! I did this with a lot of literature with a matching activity-called Indelible Moments 3y
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sbombasi
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This RF picture book by Patricia Polacco tells about a girl named Trisha who struggles with dyslexia. Throughout her years in school, everyone was able to read except for her which made her frustrated and thought she was dumb. Kids would make fun of her and not one teacher paid attention to her struggle, until Mr. Falker came along and believed in that she could read. He helped her as much as he could and finally so happily, she was able to read!

sbombasi This book would be great for an AS because this book is actually an autobiography of the author. It‘ll be nice for students to see and research that the author tells about her own personal life similarly through this book she wrote. Here‘s a lesson plan that goes perfectly with an author study activity.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/author-study-impr...
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sbombasi The UDL principle 8.3 fostering collaboration and community along with EL #2 promoting cooperation (small groups) follow this. #ucflae3414f19 3y
kradebaugh This looks like a book I would like to check out. I have a son who struggles with Dyslexia and it would nice to read him a book about someone else who struggled but yet came out on top. 3y
kradebaugh This looks like a book I would like to check out. I have a son who struggles with Dyslexia and it would nice to read him a book about someone else who struggled but yet came out on top. 3y
DrSpalding A beautiful book that highlights an issue that many children experience. This should be a part of your classroom library and consider an author study as well. 3y
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GroeningsC
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Thank You Mr.Falker is a RF, picture book written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco. This story is about a young girl who struggles with dsylexia, only to be noticed by one special teacher. I would use this book as an independent read (IR). After independently reading an activity can be found here: https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/material/thank-you-mr-falker-word-search
#UCFLAE3414F19

GroeningsC UDL principal: 1.1 by showing information about the book in a different way
EL strategy: 13 by using a review activity.
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CPettersen What a great choice! I really love this story! Great work! 3y
YesseniaN I remember reading this book as a child! Such a great read and good activity. 3y
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Alexush This seems like a really interesting book. Teachers who are able to recognize a disability and help are amazing! I definitely want to read! 3y
katiehamlin I love a word search as the activity for this! A fun idea for a really good book! 3y
JennaMichelleCohn I love books like this that really focus on such important issues. 3y
Camrynm I loved this book as a child! I think your UDL principal will work great for this book! 3y
cassandram Sounds like a great book. I also enjoyed your source and how it has leveled passages that relate to the book. What a great to promote inclusion within the classroom. 3y
JRone Sounds like a good book to read especially with students who might have the same problem. Your UDL principle you chose for the book aligned perfectly! 3y
DrSpalding This is realistic fiction however it is partially autobiographical as well. This is a powerful story and is an example of a book that should be read aloud to middle grade and up students! 3y
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Kendylleonard
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Thank You, Mr. Falker is a RF book by Patricia Polacco that some students can really relate to. I would use it for an IR or PR. The book portrays a young girl that has dyslexia and can‘t figure out how to read. She deals with bullies and many other challenges in school, until she meets Mr. Falker. The resource I found gives fun printables and activities for students to use after reading the story. #UCFLAE3414SU19

Kendylleonard The resource also supplies reading guides so students can read the book at all levels. https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/thank-you-mr-falker . I would use UDL 1.1 to change the display of information for some students. In using the resource, I can give kids the story at their own level, so they are able to comprehend the information in the text. (edited) 4y
Kendylleonard I would use ESOL strategy #29 to align with the same purpose, giving them the text in a way they can understand. 4y
Mary_Dehner I absolutely live this book and all of Patricia‘s work. I like how you included alternative displays of information to go along with the book and lesson. Nice post! 4y
Kendylleonard @Mary_Dehner I love Patricia‘s books as well! They always teach a great lesson! 4y
DrSpalding Her books are stellar examples of stories that can teach valuable lessons in the classroom. While no one completed an author study, performing an author study and sharing her books would be a wise choice. 4y
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DMoux
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This RF always brings me to tears! An inspirational story about Trisha, a little girl who gets bullied because of her struggle to read, but eventually learns through the help of her 5th grade teacher. Trisha turns out to actually be Patricia Polacco, the author of this book and many other successful children books! This book would be a great RA as students can discuss the effects of bullying as well as the significance of believing in oneself.

DMoux http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/digging-deeper-de... A great RA lesson plan that involves making predictions, personal connections, and understanding themes. UDL 3.1 will activate background knowledge through making personal connections to the text. ESOL 4 will link students prior knowledge to the lesson topic at hand. #ucflae3414su19 4y
DrSpalding This is a high-quality resource! Effective read alouds take planning as you now know and helpful resources like this will make that planning that much easier. 3.1 and four work beautifully. 3y
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Summerm
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This RF picture book is an great story about a young dyslexic girl who had trouble reading and would be a victim of bullying. When her and her family moved from her farm to California, she met a teacher named Mr. Falker who refused to let her fail. He tutored her and she became a great reader and later became an author, who wrote this very book! This book would be best during a RA, TA, and could be effective using B, D, & A reading strategies.

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https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/thank-you-mr-falker The UDL principles 7.3 & 3.3 regarding minimizing threats and distractions and to guide information processing and visualization. Also EL 36 (ask numerous questions which require higher lever thinking responses) & EL 4 (link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge). All UDL and EL strategies could be used on this picture book #ucflae3414su19
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DrSpalding What‘s the C in CRF? This book is considered RF even though it‘s mostly autobiographical. RIF is a high quality resource and you have aligned the UDL and EL strategies WELL. Nice work Summer! 4y
Summerm @DrSpalding CRF was for Contemporary Realistic Fiction. The way the flip book describes it, it seemed fitting. But thank you for clearing that up Dr. Spalding! 4y
Summerm 7.3 minimizing threats can help the students understand what it being read to them.

4 by linking this to prior knowledge, you can allow for a classroom discussion and have them cooperate with each other and talk about the book.
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Thayes1787
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This incredible NF book “Thank you Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco is an autobiographical story and would be great for S / RA. This book is about a girl named Trisha who is happy to read until she realizes her numbers and letters get jumbled up when doing so. Her classmates soon start to make fun of her, but her teacher Mr. Falker recognizes Trisha‘s ability and takes the time to help and lead her into reading.

Thayes1787 This is a great story to make connections with because it may relate to students in some ways. The UDL principles 3.1 & ESOL strategy #3 go hand in hand because this story allows students to make connections to the past during this story or even use prior knowledge to connect to the story for better comprehension. (edited) 5y
Thayes1787 Http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/digging-deeper-developing-comprehension-826.html (edited) 5y
DrSpalding Excellent post Taylor. This is a powerful story! 5y
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Lmstraubie
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#patriciapolacco has always been a master at getting to the heart of the matter. #thosepeskycliques #backtoreading @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Peddler410 Is Bully new? 5y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 No, it's actually from 2012, but I guess it's been under the radar. 5y
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Lmstraubie
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Based on the true events of author Patricia Polacco's life, Mr. Falker made a big difference in her life. #whattaman #90sinjuly @Cinfhen @Robothugs

Cinfhen #teachersoflitsy 🙌🏻💗🙌🏻 6y
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geodynamical_nonfiction
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"The honey is sweet, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee who made the honey, it has to be chased through the pages of a book!"

#childrensbooks #knowledge #illustration

BookFreakOut She's one of my favorite authors! This book is so perfect. 6y
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Lmstraubie
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So this one isn't directly related to reading, but to encourage a love of reading first we must encourage a place to feel safe to explore. Happy Friday Littens!
#teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy #hpchapteraday #marchintoreading #marchmadness #buddyread

asiriusreader Love the shirt! Yay for #teachersofLitsy ! Right there with you...happy Friday! 6y
DogMomIrene Fantastic shirt! 💜💚💜 6y
Lmstraubie @ocdIrene Thank you ☺ 6y
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Nebklvr
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The difference teachers can make in the lives of their students--especially those who have to work harder (in this case, dyslexia)

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Sheryl
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"The honey is sweet, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee who made the honey, it has to be chased through the pages of a book!"

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's good! 7y
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