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JennaMichelleCohn

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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This RF book was fantastic and I believe every student should be introduced to this story in some way. Author Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has always affected his life and how others see and treat him. He was homeschooled until now, when he decides to begin the fifth grade at Beecher Prep. This book would be great for LC. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn A great UDL for this book would be 8.1, “Heighten salience of goals and objectives,” since Auggie and his family have one clear goal: for Auggie to be accepted for who he is. A good ESOL strategy would be 3, “Encourage self-talk (positive thinking),” since this story has a lot to do with confidence and self image. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.storyboardthat.com/lesson-plans/wonder-by-r-j-palacio this website offers some great lesson plans and student activities surrounding kindness, empathy, and self-image as well as more academically-focused topics like character development, themes, and symbolism. 1mo
abbie-cadabbie Listening to our peers talk about this book in class made me want to read it so much more! It seems like a beautiful story that all should be informed on. I also think your ESOL strategy of encouraging self-talk is a perfect fit! 1mo
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Love You Forever | Robert N Munsch
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This RF book is another one by my absolute favorite author, Robert Munsch. This book absolutely must be approached with caution when reading to children as it deals with the heavy themes of aging, illness, and death. This story follows a mother and son as they grow through their years and face many changes, although one thing remains constant for them: their love for each other #ucflae3414f19

JennaMichelleCohn Not-so-fun fact: Munsch wrote this book in honor of the two children they lost to miscarriages. https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/LoveYouForever this website, along with https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/physhlth/hs_k-8/gr2less3part1.pdf help educators teach students about the importance of love and kindness, as well as the harder things like death and loss. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn To help guide along with the above sites, UDL 9.3, “Develop self-assessment and reflection,” works well here. ESOL strategy 42, “Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information,” would be great here since the story takes place over roughly 50 or 60 years. This book would be great for RA or S. 1mo
YvetteE What a touching story and background. Thank you for sharing. 1mo
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Tinks This book looks like it will be an adorable read. Love the post. 1mo
Erinehart I will definitely have to check this book out! 1mo
Lrobertson This is the book I remember my mother reading to me when I was little. I still cry every time I read it! 1mo
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This well-known poetry book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein is a great way to get kids interested in poetry. Typically when we think of poetry, we think of it being too boring, advanced, and confusing. When I was a kid, I was introduced to Shel Silverstein books and found them to be the complete opposite. These poetry collections would be a great way to introduce kids to poetry and lead into a poetry unit. #ucflae3414f19

JennaMichelleCohn http://www.shelsilverstein.com/learning/#lessons-and-activiti... these resources are from Shel Silverstein‘s website directly. Here, he includes 18 resources divided into three categories: lessons and activities, event kits, and drawing booklets. I personally like the 2013 Poetry Workshop Kit. I think it‘d be a great way for students to learn about poetry while also having fun. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn ESOL strategy 11, “Place language in meaningful context,” would work well here, because poetry is all about the language, even if it doesn‘t rhyme. UDL 1.1, “Offer ways of customizing the display of information,” would also work well here because Silverstein‘s poems are all over the place and poetry is very flexible in terms of how the words are displayed. This collection would be great for IR. (edited) 1mo
YvetteE I love this book! I so enjoyed his books when I was younger. It was nice to take a break from all the seriousness of life and live in Shel's fun mind. 1mo
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Knuffle Bunny | Mo Willems
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This RF book won Mo Willems the 2005 Caldecott Honor. Trixie goes to the laundromat with her dad when she realizes her beloved stuff bunny is missing. This book would be great for RA and S. ESOL strategy 9, “Teach note-taking strategies: T-lists, time lines, etc.,” would work well here, especially if one were to conduct a lesson on the beginning, middle, and end of a story. #ucflae3414f19

JennaMichelleCohn When focusing on beginning, middle, and end, UDL 3.2, “Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships,” and 6.3, “Facilitate managing information and resources,” would work well. http://pigeonpresents.com/content/uploads/2017/08/knuffle_teachguide.pdf this guide comes from Mo Willem‘s site itself, and focuses on diving deep and really understanding the story from the author and illustrator himself. 1mo
Tinks This book remind me of when my daughters lost their stuffed babies and were devastated over it. I am definitely going to look into this book. 1mo
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Blueberries for Sal | Robert McCloskey
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Robert McCloskey‘s book won the 1949 Caldecott Medal book for these great illustrations. This fantasy book follows a young boy (Sal) and his mother as they go blueberry picking. Little do they know, Mama bear and little bear aren‘t too far away, also in the mood for some blueberries. This would be great for PR and CR. #ucflae3414f19

JennaMichelleCohn ESOL strategies 6, “Continually monitor students‘ comprehension,” would work well here as well as 27 regarding text that is easier to read due to size and arrangement, due to the format and organization of the text. For this reason, UDL 1.1, “Offer ways of customizing the display of information,” would work as well. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.teachervision.com/reading-instruction/blueberries-sal-robert-mcclosk... this site offers great guides to questioning before, during, and after reading. 1mo
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Each Kindness | Jacqueline Woodson
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This RF by Jacqueline Woodson really pulls at the heart strings. A young girl named Chloe is unwelcoming to the new girl Maya. After Maya faces months of bullying, their teacher decides to teach a lesson on kindness, which gives Chloe a change of heart, only it‘s too late. This book won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Award, and would be great for RA and PR. #ucflae3414f19

JennaMichelleCohn This book is great for helping students learn empathy and kindness, and I highly recommend it. It is one of my new favorite books. This book has such a great moral, so ESOL strategy 3, “Encourage self-talk (positive thinking),” would be great for this, along with UDL 9.3 regarding self-assessment and reflection. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/each-kindness this page offers many useful resources for educators and parents. I really like the anti-bullying book and the kindness guide for educators. 1mo
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Finding Winnie | Lindsay Mattick
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I absolutely love this biography following the bear, Winnie, who was the inspiration behind Winnie The Pooh. Winnie was found at a train station, spend some time in the military, and eventually moved to live in a zoo where she met Christopher Robin. This story is so heartwarming I had to buy my own copy. Illustrator Sophie Blackall designed such an adorable, lovable bear, and it won her the 2016 Caldecott Medal. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 9.1, “Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation,” and 9.3, “Develop self-assessment and reflection,” would both be great here along with ESOL strategy 3, “Encourage self-talk (positive thinking),” because this story holds such an important message about doing what‘s right and following your gut instincts. It‘s something everyone needs to read because of this alone. This story would be good for IR. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn These two websites: https://bookpagez.com/resource/finding-winnie-lesson-plans/ and https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:finding%20winnie have lots of great resources that can be used to teach about the worlds most famous bear! Seriously if you haven‘t read this story GO READ IT RIGHT NOW!! 1mo
TheBookHippie Isn‘t it WONDERFUL 💛 one of my sons favourite reads. 1mo
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Tinks The cover of this book is enough for me to want it in my book collection just because! Thank you for sharing. 1mo
GroeningsC loved your post! Your passion for the book makes me want to go read it! 1mo
abbie-cadabbie This was such a sweet book! I, too, used this book for one of my Litsy posts and I enjoyed reviewing it as well. Great post! 1mo
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Hello Lighthouse | Sophie Blackall
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This HF book follows a lighthouse keeper throughout the years. His life changes drastically as time goes by, but the lighthouse remains constant. The illustrations created by Sophie Blackall won her the 2019 Caldecott Medal. This book would be great for PR & RA. UDL 1.1, “Offer ways of customizing the display of information,” works here, because each page is so different than the last in terms of how the information is organized. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn ESOL strategy 42, “Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information,” would work well here because the story takes place over many, many years, and there are a lot of events that take place throughout these years. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/landing-page/hello-lighthouse-educator-guide/ I really like this website, as it provides a great guide to having students get into the mind of a lighthouse keeper (or engineer) and use that creativity to write narratives and letters. 1mo
Tinks I love lighthouses, but your brief synopsis reeled me in with wanting to read it. 1mo
katiehamlin This book looks so good, I want to read it! The resource seems really good for this book. 1mo
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Your Alien | Tammi Sauer
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This SF story is in second person POV similar to the “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” franchise. It walks you through what might happen if an alien were to appear outside your window. This would be great for DR as there are many interesting things happening quickly throughout. ESOL strategy 42, regarding timelines, would work here as the story works through many events in one day. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 2.4, “Promote understanding across languages,” would work here, in a funny way. The alien can‘t verbally communicate with the little boy, but the little boy knows all of his thoughts and feelings through his facial expressions and body language. It‘d be interesting to use this as an opportunity to use context clues and ask HOW we know the alien is feeling a certain way just by looking at the picture. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=47223 this page holds some resources that can be used for this book. I personally like the customizable story map that can be used to help students determine the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 1mo
ChrisC This book looks very interesting, can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
ArianaG Wow this is awesome! I love the resource and the book looks so cuteeee 1mo
sbombasi Aw this book sounds interesting to read to a class about aliens especially the resources you provided! 1mo
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This HF book follows a young girl as she relives her best childhood memories while living in the mountains. In 1983 it won the title of Caldecott Honor Book. This story would do best as storytelling. A UDL that would work good here would be 2.1, “Clarify vocabulary and symbols,” because this book has some vocabulary words that even I had to look up. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn Another UDL that would work well here is 3.2, “Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships.” A good ESOL strategy would be 11, “Place language in a meaningful context,” because the tougher vocabulary really relates to the setting. 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn This website, https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literature-Packet-When-I-Was-Young-i... provides some great ideas on how to use this book to look at character focus and setting as well as author‘s purpose. 1mo
Camrynm This book looks amazing!! Great sources too. UDL 3.2 would work great with this book! 1mo
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MarkZalewski This book looks really interesting, looking forward to reading it! 1mo
BRaulerson I will definitely be reading this I have been looking for a good HF! 1mo
leximcmillin This is a great book!!! The UDL and EL strategies you used fit so well with this book. 1mo
ccipriati I've never heard of this story before but it seems very interesting! 1mo
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Me . . . Jane | Patrick McDonnell
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This 2012 Caldecott winner, B book follows a little girl named Jane who loves learning about nature and wildlife. She loved the story of Tarzan and Jane and is fascinated by Africa. She dreams of going to Africa, and then does when she grows up, because she‘s Jane Goodall! This book would be great for CR and PR. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 3.1, “activate or supply background knowledge” would work here since Jane Goodall is a really great person to learn about. ESOL strategy 4, “link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge,” would work as well, along with 28, “provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries,” because Jane Goodall was originally from London. 2mo
abbie-cadabbie This is such a great book to teach students about Jane Goodall! I think your UDL strategy is the perfect fit for this story! Great post :-) 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://betterlesson.com/lesson/505694/reading-strategy-activate-prior-knowledge this site provides multiple mini activities that help introduce students to activating prior knowledge. 1mo
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Cinder-Elly | G. Brian Karas, Frances Minters
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This TL book written by Frances Minters and illustrated by G. Brian Karas is a modern retelling of Cinderella. In this version, Elly is invited to a basketball game, but her older sisters prevent her from going because she is too young. When her godmother comes and persuades her to go with new clothes and glass shoes, she heads off and meets a basketball player while in disguise. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn A good ESOL strategy here would be 11, “place language in a meaningful context,” since the vocabulary places a big part in the setting and differs greatly from the original version due to this. UDL 3.2, “highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships,” would work here as well for the same reasons. This story would be great for RA, S, and DR. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://betterlesson.com/lesson/511990/cinder-elly-day-1-of-cinderella-unit this lesson plan is simple, but serves as the beginning of a unit focusing on “different perspectives on the same story,” and helps students to “analyze text of a different version of a familiar story.” 1mo
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The Ballad of Mulan | Song Nan Zhang
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The TL book is Song Nan Zhang‘s retelling of the well-known story of Mulan, a young woman in China who goes to fight in the war in her father‘s place, since he is elderly and likely wouldn‘t come back alive. To do this, she has to dress up as a man, and stays that way for 10 years. This book would be good for S and DR. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn ESOL strategy 4, “link lesson topic to student‘s prior knowledge,” would work here since most know the story of Mulan. A good UDL would be 3.1, “activate or supply background knowledge,” and 8.1, “heighten salience if goals and objectives,” since the stakes are so high in this story. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResourceLesson/Preview/29355 CPALMS provides a great lesson plan for this book, focused on reading comprehension, and key details including setting and characters, and even works a bit on writing opinion pieces. 1mo
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Crocodiles & Alligators | Seymour Simon
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This NF book by Seymour Simon explores the intriguing world of crocodilians, and compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between the different crocodilians, including crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials. This would work best as IR or PR. ESOL strategy 45, “Use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities,” would work perfectly here. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 6.3, “facilitate managing information and resources,” would be great here, as well as 3.3, “guide information processing and visualization,” because there is a lot of information in this piece, and the teacher should make sure to help guide the students and help them breakdown and digest all of it. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://study.com/academy/popular/compare-and-contrast-lesson-plan.html this lesson plan would be great in helping students really understand comparing and contrasting. 1mo
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The Paper Bag Princess | Robert N. Munsch, Michael Martchenko
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This F book follows Princess Elizabeth, who is completely enamored with the snobby but charming Prince Ronald. When Ronald is snatched up by a dragon who destroys her castle & her clothes, she puts on the only thing she can find: a paper bag, & heads off to save Prince Ronald. This is one of my absolute favorite books, as it teaches the importance of self love & self worth, & not to allow people to make you feel bad about yourself #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn This book would be great for UDL 9.1, “promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation,” and UDL 9.3, “develop self-assessment and reflection,” because it teaches readers to love themselves as they are despite what others say. ESOL strategy 3, “encourage self-talk (positive thinking),” would be great here because the story revolves around a positive mindset and offers a positive message. This book would be great for RA and RT. (edited) 2mo
YvetteE I love this book! We did an assignment that involved paper bags trimmed with either dragon or princess cutouts. One of the female students wanted a dragon, but the para told her she had to do a princess; WRONG, I know. The little girl ended up drawing a princess with war face paint and dragon-like eyes! Definitely a memorable book! 1mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/66704-the-paper-bag-p... this website offers a neat lesson plan that dabbles a bit in hyperbole and similes as well as discusses important questions that help the students further understand the book. 1mo
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Tonight on the Titanic | Mary Pope Osborne
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This HF book by Mary Pope Osborne takes the reader on another one of Jack & Annie‘s adventures through The Magic Treehouse. The two characters find themselves aboard the Titanic on the night it hits the iceberg. This book would be great for LC. EL 20 would work here & serve as an opportunity for teachers to highlight unknown words and take time going over them. UDL 3.1 would allow for an opportunity to supply background knowledge. #UCFLAE3414F19

Lrobertson I think your UDL and strategy is great!!! Depending on the age, there definitely might be some unknown vocabulary. 2mo
ChrisC This looks like an interesting book to read about 2mo
kgarzon Just like the rest of the series (minus the magic aspect), this book can serve as a great introduction to specific topics and historical events, as well as a way to garner interest in history in general. 2mo
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abbie-cadabbie Seems like an interesting read! Both your UDL and ESOL strategies fit perfectly with the story! Great choice of historical fiction! 2mo
Tinks Enjoyed the titanic movie immensely. Will more than likely enjoy reading this. Thank you for sharing. Great post. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn When looking for good resources to accompany this piece, I discovered that the author, Mary Pope Osborne, has an entire website dedicated to lesson plans for Magic Treehouse books. I found this one that is catered to Tonight on the Titanic only: https://www.mthclassroomadventures.org/application/files/7714/8604/9372/MTH-17-L... 1mo
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This B book details the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and the Jane Addams Children‘s Book Award among others. This book would be great for AS and RA. EL 42 would be great here, along with UDL 1.1 because the students have a great opportunity to use and create their own timelines using this book. #UCFLAE3414F19

ChrisC I always love books with him in it. I‘ll definitely pick this up one day. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/RIF_ExploringHistorica... this piece would be great to use. Along with this, https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/martins-big-words offers many great resources for multiple grades. 1mo
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Sleep Like a Tiger | Mary Logue
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This RF book by Mary Logue follows a young child who doesn‘t want to go to sleep. Her parents help her fall asleep by explaining how all of the other animals in the world fall asleep in their own ways. The beautiful illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski earned this book the 2013 Caldecott award. This book would be good for RT, RA, and DR. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn This book would be great with EL 4, because it would be beneficial for the students to activate prior knowledge on animals regarding whether or not they are nocturnal, or they hibernate, and so on. UDL 3.1 could go along great with this, also aiming to activate prior knowledge. UDL 3.2 would work well also since there are patterns throughout the story that could be highlighted. 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.weareteachers.com/teaching-reading-strategies-activate-prior-knowled... this blog is great for teachers trying to find ways to best help younger students the the importance of background knowledge and how to activate it. 1mo
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This fantasy story is near and dear to my heart because it was a poem written by my grandmother, Joan Yingling, in the 60s, and then turned into a children‘s book after she passed. It is BRAND NEW! It has only been in stores for a few weeks! This story would be FABULOUS for RA and RT! The story follows “Can‘t” who believes he can‘t do anything right like the “Could”s can. That is until an elf helps him change his mindset! #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 1.1 is shown through the color and variety of text. UDL 3.1 is often used when my mother and I read this story at schools because it‘s great to have students think and share about times they felt they couldn‘t do something, then changed their mindset. EL 3 would be great since the story is all about thinking positively and having a positive mindset. EL 5 because vocabulary is very important here with the difference between “can‘t” & “can”. 2mo
cassandram I loved reading your post! What a great theme to share with children that even if at times we think we can‘t, we really can. It would be important to clarify the vocabulary so children can distinguish them and truly understanding the theme. Awesome job. 2mo
Lrobertson How awesome!! This will be a great book to read to your own students one day! So special. I will have to have this in my class library and tell my students I knew the author's granddaughter :) Your EL strategies and UDLs are great! Connecting the text to students and ways to make them feel more positive and proud about their SMARTS! Great post! 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn https://www.educationworld.com/teachers/four-activities-positive-thinking-day this website provides four great activities for teaching younger students about the importance of positive thinking. 1mo
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This fantasy book would be great for fourth-sixth grade teachers to have in their classroom library. The story follows a society who has convinced the citizens they need to leave a baby as a sacrifice to a witch every year. However, the witch is actually a good witch and saves the babies. It would be great for LC because there is so much to discuss. It would also be great for IR because it‘s a book that‘s easy to get invested in. #UCFLAE3414F19

JennaMichelleCohn UDL 3.2, focusing on patterns and relationships would be good for this book, because the relationships between the characters are interesting & the patterns within the story are very detailed. Patterns also play a big role in the story. EL 9 would be great to use since the story takes places over a long, long period of time, & a timeline would be helpful. EL 45 would be great to compare & contrast characters. This book won the 2017 Newbery Award. (edited) 2mo
Lrobertson I hear one of the names of one of the main characters is Luna, which makes me want to read this even more because my pups name is Luna.

Your UDL for connecting character's relationships is a great UDL for all chapter books. With these books being longer, with more moving parts, using graphic organizers, such as a timeline like you mentioned, is a great way to help students keep track of important details.
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JennaMichelleCohn https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Girl-Who-Drank-the-Moon-Novel-St... this packet is great for fourth and fifth graders studying vocabulary and figurative language. 1mo
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