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The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is a F Caldecott Medal winner. The book follows a boy who stopped believing in Santa until he boards a train to the North Pole and is taken on a magical journey to believing. I would use this book for a RA around Christmas time. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra I would show the movie after reading the book to students. https://thisreadingmama.com/polar-express-comprehension-sort-book-movie/
This link provides a comparison activity between the book and movie, this would be a great comprehension activity. This would align with UDL 2.5 illustrate through multiple media by playing the movie, and EL 45 using Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities by comparing and contrasting the movie and book.
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SarahWynne A favorite of mine! Love the use of Venn diagram to c&c the book and movie! 5y
CaseyL I love this movie and I have the book on my Christmas list! I think a comparison activity is always important when showing a movie that goes along with a book. I really like that you aligned the EL principle to this activity! 5y
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MeghanW This is one of my favorite Christmas movies! Showing the movie afterwards is a great idea. Students can connect to it even more! 5y
AndreaC I love watching this movie every Christmas season! I think that reading this book and then watching could be a great activity for the last week before winter break! 5y
LaurenR I‘ve never seen the movie or read the book but with everyone‘s raving reviews I guess I must read it! I can only imagine all the creative lessons you could do with this especially during the holidays. 5y
EricaG This is such a classic movie to watch before Christmas and I think reading the book before watching the movie would be a great comparison activity! 5y
Samantha.K I also reviewed this book. The book is so beautiful and would be perfect around the holidays along with watching the movie. 5y
dakotap Your link and strategies are wonderful! 5y
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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell is a HF Newbery Award winner that would work well for CR. The book is based on a true story about a girl who was stranded on an island and must survive on her own. It's a great book about strength and survival. I remember reading this in 5th grade and it evoked many emotions back then as well. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/teachers/activities/migrated-files-in-bod...
This link provides great questions to guide discussions and provides interactive activities at the end. Either reading as a class or playing the audiobook would work well. This would align with UDL 1.2 offer alternatives for auditory information.
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JuliaMurra By using the consistent discussion questions every chapter this would align with EL 6 continually monitor students' comprehension. 5y
WendyP I read this in middle school and it was one of my all time favorite books, I also like the strategies you included! 5y
JordanHull This book was on my to-read list. It‘s mentioned in one crazy summer and another book I read. Great content summary, and the link you provided would be a great tool for greater understanding of the book. 5y
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Charlotte's Web, written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, is a classic F book that received the Newbery Honor award. It's about a pig named Wilbur who is saved by a girl named Fern and forms new friendships. This is a wonderful story that every student should read at least once. I would use this book for IR or a LC. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-t...
Scholastic has a few lesson plans and activities that can be used for this book. Through utilizing the comic strip activity, this would align with UDL 9.3 develop self-assessment and reflection because they are creating their own retelling and reflecting on it after sharing it with a classmate.
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JuliaMurra It would also align with EL 44 focus on thinking skills by predicting, categorizing, sequencing and summarizing during the book and activity. 5y
CaseyL I have this book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I read it in elementary school but I can‘t wait to refresh my memory. I really like the comic strip activity that you noted and the way that you aligned the UDL and EL principles. 5y
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Click, Clack, Moo, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is a F Caldecott Award winner that would be great for a RT. The book is about farm animals that go on strike until they are given what they ask for. This would be a fun book for a RT. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra http://www.thebestclass.org/uploads/5/6/2/4/56249715/cowsthattype.pdf
This link goes to a script for a RT. https://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/Fine%20Arts/education/study_guides/Click%20Clac... This link provides many activities and worksheets for after reading the book.
These would align with UDL 5.3 build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance.
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JuliaMurra These would also align with EL 16 integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities by incorporating all into the lesson. 5y
KayleeC I loved this book in elementary school! I really like the sequencing activity in your second link. Great post! 5y
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Samantha.K I love this book. It is so funny and I agree that it is a good book for RT because it‘s not to long and it‘s easy to condense it down into a 1-2 page script. 5y
SarahWynne One of my favorites. RT would be great! 5y
emilykwilkins We did this book as RT in my RED 3012 class and it was really fun! Definitely would be something neat to incorporate into your class! 5y
Brittanyradzak Such a funny book! I love your strategies that you suggested for this. 5y
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A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy | Madeleine L'Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time, written by Madeleine L'Engle, is a SF book that won the Newbery Medal and would be good for IR or a LC. The book follows a girl named Meg and her brother and friend on an adventure through time and space. This is a very intriguing book that I believe students will be very engaged in! #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://educators.brainpop.com/bp-topic/a-wrinkle-in-time/ Brainpop has some great lesson ideas for this book. They're fun and interactive activities to use. UDL 4.2 optimize access to tools and assistive technologies would align with this due to the use of the internet. EL 38 assign short readings for homework can work by assigning students pages of the book to read for homework. 5y
SarahWynne I‘ve been wanting to read this book! Love that you used brainpop. It‘s full of fun resources 5y
Samantha.K I just saw the movie trailer for this book and now I want to read it. It sounds like a great book to read. 5y
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amyqualk I've been wanting to read this book since class started! It looks like such a good book to have your students use their imagination. 5y
CaseyL After seeing the movie trailer at Wonder, I really want to read this book! I love that you found resources on brain pop. 5y
JordanHull This book is next on my list, sitting on my desk as I type. Also can‘t wait for the movie. This book is very relevant and students will be itching to read it. Loved your activities, great post 👍🏻 5y
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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Out of My Mind is a RF NYTBS novel written by Sharon Draper that would be good for a LC. The book is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. It's a great book for teaching acceptance and for learning how to help and understane a child with a disability. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/kriscia-cabral/teaching-out-my-mi... This link provides a great lesson plan for this book. This book and lesson plan aligns with UDL 9.2 facilitate personal coping skills and strategies and EL 11 place language in meaningful context because of the books concept of teaching acceptance and unity. 5y
Susancruz I loved everything about this book especially how it teaches kids that everyone is smart and unique in their own way! 5y
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The Rainbow Fish | Marcus Pfister
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The Rainbow Fish, written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister, is a F book that would be great for RT. The book is about a fish with beautiful scales that the other fish wish they had. When the rainbow fish seeks advice on how to be happy, they are advised to share their scales with the other fish. Through doing this, the rainbow fish made many friends and became happy. This is a good lesson about sharing. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://spaldinglae3414.wikispaces.com/file/view/Rainbow+Fish+RT+Wolfe+SU17.doc
I found this RT script on Dr. Spalding's wiki site! This would be a fun and interactive way to share this book. This would align with UDL 1.2 offer alternatives for auditory information as well as 3.2 highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships due to the theme of the book.
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JuliaMurra It would also align with EL 31 write instructions and problems using shorter and less complex sentences. The instructions for RT would be simple and to the point and the sections assigned can be based on the difficulty level. 5y
Susancruz I love that you used the amazing resources Dr. Spalding has given us! 5y
Samantha.K This was one of my favorite books as a child. I loved the rainbow fish because he was different from all the others. His scales where so pretty and they always drew my eyes right to the rainbow fish. 5y
DrSpalding You cited my wiki! Woo how! 5y
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a HF novel that has won numerous awards such as the Scott O'Dell, Coretta Scott King Medal, and a Newbery Honor award. This would be a good book for a LC. The story follows 3 young girls who are sent across the country to stay with their estranged mother during the summer of 1968. This is a great book for the upper elementary grades. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra http://files.harpercollins.com/PDF/TeachingGuides/0060760885.pdf
This link provides great discussion questions and extension activities for the book. This would align with 3.1 activate or supply background knowledge because providing background knowledge before reading the book would be necessary. It also aligns with EL 4 link lesson topic to students' prior knowledge for the same reason.
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CaseyL I also posted about this book and I noted the same resource! The questions would be perfect discussions during a LC. I really enjoyed this HF novel and your post! 5y
KayleeC I read this book as well and loved it! I really liked the discussion questions listed in the resource. I definitely think it‘s important for students to have background knowledge about this time period prior to reading the novel! 5y
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The Three Pigs | David Wiesner
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The Three Pigs written and illustrated by David Wiesner is a great version of the TL Three Little Pigs and is a 2002 Caldecott Medal winner that I'd use for a RA. The book starts the same as you'd expect but quickly turns into a twist to escape the big bad wolf by leaving the book. This is a good book for making text-to-text connections with other TL. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra http://www.vickiblackwell.com/lit/threepigs.html
This link has many great resources to go along with the book including sing alongs, comparison charts, bookmarks and other art activities. This would align with UDL 8.2 vary demands and resources to optimize challenge because there's a variety of activities that are at different levels of difficulty. This would also align with EL 13 use preview/review activities.
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DrSpalding You like many versions of this classic traditional literature story. You could do an entire unit utilizing the various versions of this text. 5y
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Wonder written by R.J. Palacio is a RF NYTBS about a boy named August (Auggie), who was born with a facial deformity. The book is written in multiple perspectives of those in Auggie's life as he goes through his first year of public school. It's a beautiful book that really gets your emotions invested. I would use this book for a LC. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/ilfonline.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/YHBA_2015/Wonder...
This link provides many good teaching resources including vocabulary terms and great discussion questions. There's activities included that meet many common core language arts standards. I would use UDL 8.3 foster collaboration and community due to working in literature circles.
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JuliaMurra I'd also use EL 15 reinforce the key ideas you present again and again because of the books theme of kindness being repeated in the book and activities. 5y
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is a F NYTBS and a Newbery Award winner. It's a good book for LC or IR. The book is about a witch named Xan who raises a baby named Luna who she accidentally feeds moonlight which enmagics her. The town from which Luna comes from believes Xan is an evil witch, when they come face to face it's a powerful fight between good and evil. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://suzyred.com/The-Girl-Who-Drank-the-Moon.html This resource has dozens of worksheets available and fun activities including a jeopardy game. It focuses a lot on vocabulary which is great because the book has many higher leveled vocabulary. This would align with UDL 2.1 clarify vocabulary and symbols and EL 23 structure advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed. 5y
DominiqueL I agree that vocabulary clarification is necessary for this book. While I was reading it for my LC there were so many words that I not only did not know the meaning of but also so many words that I hadn‘t heard before or couldn‘t pronounce. 5y
DrSpalding Playing jeopardy could be fun! Teaching the higher level vocabulary is vital for all students including your students with special needs and second language learners. 5y
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Who was Abraham Lincoln? | Janet B. Pascal
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Who Was Abraham Lincoln? is a B book written by Janet Pascal and illustrated by John O'Brien and would be a good book for IR. The book goes into detail about the life of Abraham Lincoln including useful illustrations and a timeline at the end.
I would assign this book to a student for a presidential research report. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra I would assign this book to a student for a presidential research report. I would use this resource for it: https://d2ct263enury6r.cloudfront.net/xWqgOQLaZCd1GbaF5ZRZsjdb0hzmsqDuumS5uWveKf...

This is a very detailed and thorough lesson plan for a 5th grade presidential research project! This book would be a great resource for the student who is assigned Abraham Lincoln.
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JuliaMurra This aligns with UDL 9.1 promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation because the lesson plan clearly expresses that the project and deadlines are at the full responsibility of the student. It also aligns with EL 42 have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information because that's apart of the project. 5y
DominiqueL I think that illustrated biographies like this are really good at engaging students. 5y
EricaG This is a great series of books! I agree with Dominique that these are good at engaging students. 5y
DrSpalding During the month of January and February around Presidents' Day you could have Who Was ...literature circles where students are reading different biographies about different presidents of historical significance. Excellent series. 5y
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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat written and illustrated by Simms Taback is a TL book that won the Caldecott Medal in 2000 and would be a great book for storytelling. It's about a man who owns an overcoat that becomes old and worn so he turns it into a jacket which also becomes old and worn so he turns it into a vest. The entire story is changing the clothing item from one thing to another as it gets old and worn. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra This would be a great book for storytelling through a felt board. http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/lessons/lesson.asp?ID=2046 This is a great lesson on different cultures that includes fun and informational activities. I would use this and the book to teach sequencing. This lesson gives the opportunity to incorporate social studies and language arts. There's a variety of ways to teach this lesson using this book. 5y
JuliaMurra I would use UDL 2.5 illustrate through multiple media since it would be read through storytelling and the lesson incorporates the use of various media types. I would also use EL 17 provide contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expressions for the same reason. 5y
Floribelg I like that you thought of this book as a storytelling and I completely agree. The idea about using a felt board is cheap and very creative for children to have a visual. 5y
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DominiqueL This is such a great idea for storytelling. There are so many great ways to tell this story, a RA is another one. In one of my classes, my professor showed a video of a read aloud of this book and the teacher had props of each thing that the coat turned into. 5y
JuliaMurra @DominiqueL Props would be so easy but great with this book! I'm glad your professor showed you that. 5y
DrSpalding This version of this traditional literature is one of the best. This makes for a great storytelling. 5y
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Rosa | Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier
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Rosa written by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier is a Caldecott Honor B book about Rosa Parks that would work well as a RA. I would read this book during Black History Month and tie it into a lesson on the civil rights movement and U.S. history. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/rosa-parks-how...
I would use this lesson after reading the book to challenge students to think about the civil rights movement and how Rosa Parks helped shape history. This lesson would align with EL 36 ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses and EL 16 integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities.
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JuliaMurra It would also align with UDL 6.3 facilitate managing information and resources because students are given various methods of taking notes and organizing information with the given worksheets. 5y
Juliemorell I love how you discussed using this book during black history month. I think it's always great to look for books with a plan/goal in mind. 5y
DrSpalding Absolutely. These biographies need to be shared with students during a unit of study. Black history month is an excellent time to use them. You should be reading at least one book if not more every day. 5y
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Animal Poems | Valerie Worth
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Animal Poems written by Valerie Worth and illustrated by Steve Jenkins is a great P book to use for teaching students about poetry and animals as a RA. Each page has beautiful illustrations and a poem about an animal. The poems are mature for elementary school and can make students critically think about their meaning. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/kriscia-cabral/animal-poetry/
I would use this lesson plan after reading the book to students so they can make their own free form animal poems. They'll be encouraged to use higher level thinking in order to write a well thought out poem in groups.
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JuliaMurra This lesson would align with UDL 5.3 building fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance because the students are given many examples and do a "poetry walk." This would also align with EL 10 teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups since students will be collaborating to accomplish an end goal together. 5y
Juliemorell This looks like a cute book! I like the link you provided; it's a great way to get children familiar with and interested in poetry. 5y
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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is a B picture book written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein and is a well deserved Caldecott winner. This would be a great book for a RA or S. The book is about a real man named Philippe Petit who walked between the twin towers on a thin rope in 1974. The illustrations are beautiful and make the story of Philippe really come alive. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra This would be a great book to read around 9/11 or during a history lesson on the 9/11 event to get the topic of the 2001 event introduced. http://www.liveoakmedia.com/assets/guides/94258.pdf This link includes some fun activities that go along with the book and expand into various subjects. I would utilize all activities to hit many standards. 5y
JuliaMurra These activities, along with the book, would align with UDL 8.2 vary demands and resources to optimize challenge. It would also align with EL 28 provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries and EL 46 use discovery learning activities. 5y
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Olivia | Ian Falconer
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Olivia written and illustrated by Ian Falconer is a Caldecott Honor F book that would be good as a RA. It follows a little girl (who is a pig) named Olivia who is "very good at wearing people out." We get a glimpse of her daily life and relationship with her family. It has a very cute closing statement!
The illustrations are fun and engaging. Students will be able to connect to some of the things Olivia does in the book. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra The book includes real paintings which is great for getting students interested in learning more. https://www.teachingbooks.net/media/pdf/SimonSchuster/OliviaQueenTrampoline_AG.p... This is a great resource for multiple Olivia books. There's worksheets and activities specifically for this book as well. In my classroom I'd offer students the choice of which activity or worksheet they want to do. 5y
JuliaMurra This would align with UDL 7.1 optimize individual choice and autonomy. This would also align with EL 46 and 34 using discovery learning and de-emphasizing speed while emphasizing accuracy of work because the priority is doing the activities correctly instead of finishing it fast. 5y
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Grace for President | Kelly S. DiPucchio
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Grace for President written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Leuyen Pham is a RF NYTBS and a great book for a RA. It's a story about a girl named Grace who realizes the country has never had a girl president before and it makes her want to become the first. She runs for president at her elementary school against another student. It's a great book for teaching students about the election process. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra https://www.islma.org/pdf/monarch/Grace%20for%20President.pdf and http://discoveringjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Grace-for-President_Sam... are great resources for discussion questions and ideas for lessons in multiple subjects. This book would be great for a social studies lesson. 5y
JuliaMurra This book would align with UDL 3.1 and 2.1 activate or supply background knowledge through connecting the book to what students currently know about our presidential election process and clarifying vocabulary by pre-teaching new terms. These would also align with EL 5 teaching technical vocabulary supporting key concepts.
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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The One and Only Ivan written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao is a F book that won the Newbery Award. The book follows a gorilla named Ivan who lives in a mall and is content with it until a baby elephant is added to the mall's zoo and changes his perspective on everything. This is a great book for LC or PR. #ucflae3414f17

JuliaMurra http://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=3800 http://www.bookunitsteacher.com/flipchart/reading/ivan/sample.pdf These are great resources for after the book is read. Doing the anchor chart as a class and then having students do their own individual notebook charts and activities would align with EL 7 and 30, showing students how to use graphic organizers and encouraging the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and see relationships. 5y
JuliaMurra They would also align with UDL 3.2 Highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships as well as 3.3 guiding information processing, visualization and manipulation. 5y
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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? | Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
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This NF Caldecott honor book by Steve Jenkins would be great for a RA. On one page, you are shown just one part of various animals, and on the next page, you are told what these animals do with that body part. It's a great informational text that even taught me many things! At the end of the book it goes into more detail about each animal.

JuliaMurra Using this lesson plan http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResourceLesson/Preview/60536 I would choose EL 2 promoting cooperation in both small groups and partnered pairs. I'd also use UDL 3.2 Highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. This would be a great lesson plan for teaching the main idea and supporting details. #ucflae3414f17 5y
Floribelg It's creative how the author chose to talk about tails but I like that it's an informational text. I think kids will enjoy working together while reading this book! 5y
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