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LaurenMcl

LaurenMcl

Joined January 2017

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The Funny Baby | Margaret Hillert
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My 1st grader's amazing teacher recommended books by Margaret Hillert to help with building up fluency and motivation. Both my K and 1 are in love with this book and "Tom Thumb". Picked them up at UCF's CMC and I see the Orange County Library system has a great collection. I will be there in the morning! Great for sight word practice, motivation and fluency.

DrSpalding Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. 5y
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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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One resolution for the new year is reading every book my kids read along with them. My son's first choice for the new year. He is way ahead of me so far.

DrSpalding You can do it @LaurenMcl ❤️📚 5y
LaurenMcl @DrSpalding I can! My son is REALLY enjoying it. The first chapter had his attention immediately and now I have to check at night to see if he is under the covers reading. So proud of him! He has been branching out a lot lately from his usual non fiction choices (whuch of course are always great) and is enjoying a wider variety of literature. The power of GOOD books! 5y
DrSpalding You know I love to hear this. If we match up our students with books they actually enjoy, we can truly enlighten them to the power of a good book. 5y
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This was in the stack at the Dr's office so I read it to my youngest two while waiting. Sometimes The selection can be hit or miss, but you can tell someone donated some GREAT books recently! This book was perfect for that PreK and beginning readers because of the repetitive words, opposites, and excellent illustrations to help provide contest clues. Dr. Seuss is always a great choice to read! #ucflae3414sp17 #Seuss

DrSpalding You can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss @LaurenMcl Keep reading and posting! 5y
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Stella by Starlight | Sharon M. Draper
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This historical fiction novel draws you in from the very first page and keeps you reading. You follow Stella and you feel the challenges of her and those around her. You will feel moments each type of emotion from anger and sadness, to being overjoyed. This is a must read for students in the upper elementary to middle school grades. http://sharondraper.com/guides.asp?id=74 #ucflae3414sp17

sarahs From the sounds of it, this book is definitely one I want to read and great to use in the classroom for UDL. 6y
DrSpalding This is a powerful story to share with students about a critical time in history. 6y
KennadyM This was such a great book! I think it's a great way for kids to understand some of America's history from the perspective of an African American child. 6y
Riley.Clayson This is deff on my reading list 6y
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Weather | Kristin Baird Rattini
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National Geographic's Weather, along with all their other readers are quality books and are must haves! This is also a great way for students to understand and learn key features of informational text as this book has a table of contents, glossary and so on. Check out their selection https://mshop.nationalgeographic.com/category/national-geographic-readers-series... #ucflae3414sp17

DrSpalding You do not get any better than National Geographic for nonfiction. I like that you mention the nonfiction text features that students must know in order to proficiently read and comprehend nonfiction. 6y
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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? | Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
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This book was another interesting nonfiction read by Steve Jenkins that explores animals. It is fun having students guess the animals based on the features given and it is harder than it looks on some pages! Visit Steve Jenkins website for more about him and his other books. http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com/
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KennadyM I used to read that book to my little cousins and they loved it. Great resource too! 6y
DrSpalding This is another excellent nonfiction read aloud. Selecting books that are award winners, will be beneficial to your students' education. 6y
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The Little House | Virginia Lee Burton
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This is a book that I own a very used copy of. This little house has seen it all. I went from sitting in the beautiful country, to being smashed in the congested city! Fantasy? I pick this genre because although everything else in the book can really happen, houses do not think or have feelings in real life. Here is more on the Author/illustrator http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/mike_mulligan/biohome.shtml
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DrSpalding The resource providing more information about Burton is great! It won the Caldecott in 1942. Wow! 6y
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Actual Size | Steve Jenkins
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Actual Size is a wonderfully illustrated book that allows children to feel up and close with animals big and small. This non fiction book is a great choice for classrooms. I love how math, science and even social studies can be integrated. Here is a great resource that involves math https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-1-2/...
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DrSpalding The images in this text, make the book! Use rulers to measure their actual size during or after reading. 6y
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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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This was a book that I remember reading in my 4th grade class. It was fun reading it over again and seeing it available through ebook. This is about a dog and a cat who are investigating a new pet. A bunny who happens to make all his vegetables white. Must be a vampire bunny! I believe this would fit under animal fantasy and also mystery. https://www.teachervision.com/fiction/bunnicula-rabbit-tale-mystery
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DrSpalding My boys read this as literature circles in their intermediate, elementary classrooms too. This story evokes good conversation! 6y
LaurenMcl @DrSpalding It was a fun book to discuss! One not so great memory I have from when I read it the first time is that this book fell victim to Round Robin reading. This is a fun book and that took away from the experience I would say. Much better the 2nd time around. 6y
DrSpalding Remembering that round robin reading was not an effective method, you will be sure not to perform this with your own students @LaurenMcl 6y
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Frederick | Leo Lionni
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Fredrick is a mouse who lives in a stone wall. His siblings are all getting ready for winter, but he is busy doing other things such as day dreaming. Check out more about the author, Leo Lionni, and other works by him. http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/

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AnastasiaH Leo Lioni is a great children's author! I think it's wonderful that you included a website with more information about his books. (edited) 6y
LaurenM19 I have never heard of this book! I might look into reading it! 6y
DrSpalding Random House is a stellar resource. They will email you periodically if you sign up. It is worth it. 6y
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Peter's Chair | Ezra Jack Keats
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Peter has a new sibling at home and things are changing. Things that were once his are now going to the baby. What about his favorite chair? This is an excellent fictional book written by Ezra Jack Keats and could be perfect for talking about having new siblings. Here is a top quality lesson plan from Scholastic https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/peters-chair-e...

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HeyMsBowen This is something that students can definitely relate to that is often forgotten. Great choice!! 6y
sarahs Great text for students who expecting new family members! Probably full of great life lessons for the kids. A lot of students will have personal connections to this! 6y
DrSpalding This is another book about Peter. He is also the main character in his most notable book, The Snowy Day. 6y
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This is a Caldecott Honor book was written by Andrea Pinkney, and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. This is a wonderfully illustrated biographical book on the jazz legend, Duke Ellington. It is clear why it was in the running for such a highly regarded award! Learn more about the author here. http://andreadavispinkney.com/about/
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HeyMsBowen One of my favorite musicians!! As a music educator, I'd LOVE to give my kids this knowledge!!! 6y
EthanH Brian Pinkney does a lot of illustrations for Black Literature. Check out some of his other works of you enjoyed this. 6y
DrSpalding The whole Pinkney family is so talented! 6y
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Freight Train | Donald Crews
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A Caldecott Honor book of 1979, Freight Train is filled with coloful illustrations of a freight train. The text is great for younger grades, and I think it could be a great resource to use with EL learners as well! Learn more about Donald Crews and his works.https://m.harpercollins.com/cr-102057/donald-crews
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DrSpalding This book makes for a great read aloud during a transportation unit which can be both science and social studies. Great choice! 6y
KaylaC This book would be perfect to have in my classroom for the boys! And maybe even the girls, but I think the boys would love reading this and looking at all of the pictures of the trains! 6y
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The Composer Is Dead | Lemony Snicket
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The composer is dead! This is called decomposing. The inspector is on the case. Follow him as he questions the usual suspects. Learn more about the usual suspects and the roles they play in the orchestra. This dark yet humorous book is wonderfully written and comes with a musical component as well! Harper Collins has a great resource available for educators. https://harpercollins.com/9780061236273/the-composer-is-dead #UCFLAE3414sp17

AnastasiaH This sounds like a great book, I didn't realize he wrote more than just the Series of Unfortunate Events! Thank you for sharing the resource as well. 6y
DrSpalding You introduced me to a new book Lauren. Excellent idea to use HarperCollins resource. 6y
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The Kissing Hand | Audrey Penn
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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is about a little racoon who is nervous about his upcoming first day of school. His mother gives him a special gift in order to feel confident and loved throughout the school night. This book is a perfect first day of school read for the classroom! There are several activities available to use in the classroom as well. http://mrsnelsonsclass.com/lesson-units/literature-units/the-kissing-hand-unit/ #UCFLAE3414sp17

EthanH A raccoon attending school?? I am definitely intrigued, so I'm going add this to my list 6y
DrSpalding There are at least two if not three sequels to this wonderful picture book. Check out Audrey Penn's website. 6y
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