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Who Was Walt Disney? | Whitney Stewart
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Christmas came early for me in the book department

DrSpalding How wonderful!❤️🎁📚 2y
AJones Awesome! 🙂 Your students will enjoy these Disney classics. 2y
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Corduroy | Don Freeman
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A simple classic! I remember reading this growing up! It‘s a F book you can use as a IR for quiet time with students. It takes you on the journey of a bear just trying to find his button. It has been inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame. This story meets UDL 3.3 guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation by understanding the pictures as you see them.

Susancruz It also meets EL 15 reinforce the key ideas you present again and again by making it known he is looking for his button. The link takes you to scholastic where the provide a lesson with how to teach it. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/corduroy-exten... #ucflae3414f17 2y
Samantha.K I‘ve never read this book but always wanted to. It looks like a really cute book. I love the link and how you can make a bushel of bears with the class. That is such a cute idea. (edited) 2y
Susancruz It‘s such a cute book you have to read it! 2y
amyqualk I've loved this book since I was a little kid! I used to have a bear just like corduroy. Such a wonderful book :) 2y
ashley.v I love this book. I found a lesson plan that is similar to flat Stanley for younger grades and it uses this book and a bear that looks like Corduroy. 2y
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Love You Forever | Robert N. Munsch, Sheila McGraw
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This book is a need for everyone that has a child or a classroom! It is such a sweet RF,RA or you could even be used for Storytelling it beautifully. This sweet book meets UDL 3.2 highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships as the relationship is the main idea in this heart warming book. It also meets EL 3 encourage self-talk by allowing children to talk about their parents!

Susancruz The link takes you to a website that gives a summary of the books as well as discussion questions you can ask children. https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/LoveYouForever #ucflae3414f17 2y
ashley.v I love this book. I definitely want it for my classroom 2y
ProfessorOak I've been a big fan of this book since I was a little kid. 2y
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How I Became a Pirate | Melinda Long
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How I Became a Pirate would make a good RA or even a good LC. Its acute book about how Jeremy Jacob became a pirate and I think it‘d be a good book for children‘s imagination! This book meets UDL 2.1 clarify vocabulary and symbols, of you took out the words you can still read the pictures!

Susancruz It also meets EL 14, simplify speech by making it slower and redundant because it has ‘pirate language‘ ELs might struggle with. The link takes you to a website that offers worksheets you can use with the book. https://bookpagez.com/resource/how-i-became-a-pirate-lesson-plans/ #ucflae3414f17 2y
Samantha.K This looks like a really cute book. I‘ll have to read it someday. The link you provided is awesome with all the worksheets that are available. 2y
Floribelg The illustrations are so vibrant and children always will like a book with appealing features. I think the activities provided in the link could lead toward a dramatic reenactment. 2y
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Good Boy, Fergus! | David Shannon
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This short and simple RF is a quick RA to call the kids down. It is a notable children‘s book award winner. It takes you through the day of a boy and his dog, it‘s that simple. It meets UDL 1.1 offers ways of customizing the display of information by having a variety of pictures. It also meets UL 1 teach questioning for clarification by communicating how students take care of their dogs.

Susancruz The link takes you directly to the scholastic page with a lesson plan attached. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/good-boy-fergu... #ucflae3414f17 2y
ashley.v This book seems like it would be a good book to explain the relationship between a child and his dog . 2y
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Frindle | Andrew Clements
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Frindle is a RF that would make a really good IR. It teaches kids to fight for what they believe and you could be part of history. It won a Phoenix award which is similar to our SSA. This book meets UDL 6.1 guide appropriate goal setting as you could have your students set goals that they want to complete. And EL 1 teach questioning for clarification as this book has a solid story you want to make sure students get everything out of it.

Susancruz The link takes you right to scholastic where lesson plans are provided for the book. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/frindle-lesson... #ucflae3414f17 2y
Samantha.K This book was so good. I read it in 3rd grade and I loved that he made up a word for the pen and the teacher hated the word. I used that same link for my litsy post on Frindle. 2y
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Anne Frank | Alexandra Zapruder
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This B would make for a wonderful GR as you can form up some very strong discussion questions about Anne Frank, her family, and the war. I would definitely not suggest this as a GR for the younger ages. It takes you through the war, we‘re her family came from and where they went.

Susancruz It meets UDL 3.1 activate or supply background knowledge as you can use this as part of such a large history lesson. It also meets EL 13 use preview/review activities to see what they already know and then why they learned from it. The link takes you to a website with classroom activities and links to other resources about Anne, the annex and the war! 2y
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An E.B. White Read Aloud winner, F book would make such a wonderful RA story. It takes you through the life crayons that feel used, abused, and unused! It is such a cute concept kids can really connect to. This adorable book meets UDL 4.1 vary the methods for response and navigation as you could have the students make responses with pictures, stories, or talking about it.

Susancruz It also meets EL 14 simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant as that could be beneficial if you were to have the Spanish version of the sorry so ELL‘s could follow along with you! The link will take you to a website with complete lesson plans for k-5 with full standard using this wonderful story. #ucflae3414f17 2y
cheyennewilliams Such a great book! I utilized it in a lesson plan last semester where I read the story aloud to students and then had them pretend to be a color and write a letter about how they feel. Students seemed to love the story and the activity! (edited) 2y
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Wonder | R J Palacio
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Just thought I‘d share: I was playing on Snapchat and they have a filter for Wonder! I got so excited for it! #choosekind

DrSpalding I ❤️ this! 2y
Susancruz @DrSpalding it made me so happy, my boyfriend looked at me like I was crazy 2y
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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A F Classic, Caldecott winner from when I was in elementary school! I loved redrawing this story about a little boy always looking for adventure and finding it when he least expects it but finds himself missing home. This book of adventure meets UDL 2.5 illustrate through multimedia because most of this book is such beautiful pictures.

Susancruz It also meets EL 30, encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships as this book is so much picture and not as many words but you get so much from the pictures. 2y
Susancruz This link takes you to a website that gives you guide questions to ask your child as you read it to them and then to ask them after you read as if they were the storyteller like what happens next for example. http://www.cfchildren.org/blog/2017/09/activity-where-the-wild-things-are-readin... 2y
Dbenford I never really liked this book when I was younger. I thought that the monsters were really scary and when they decided to make the movie about a year or to ago, I almost fell out of my chair😂😂 I still think these monsters are scary but very nice job with your post😊☺ 2y
juliek1 I've loved this book since I was a little one - and my little sisters, and nephews followed suit. The story itself is fun, and the art is just so creative. Great choice! 2y
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A Bad Case of Stripes | David Shannon
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This book was one of my favorites growing up as I tend to be shy and concerned what others think. This F can be a short IR or RA. It is a story about being true to yourself no matter what others think, as long as you‘re happy, even if it means you eat Lima beans and other kids don‘t! This story meets UDL 6.1 guide appropriate goal setting as you could set goals for kids through the year both personal and school related.

Susancruz It also meets EL 3 encourage self-talk (positive thinking) as it shows to be positive about yourself and be yourself! The link takes you right to scholastic where there is a lesson plan for the book and even tells you to talk to your students about what worries them about starting school and that is so important! https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/bad-case-strip... 2y
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No, David! | David Shannon
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This cute and to the point RF, RA is a Caldecott winner and so obvious why it is! It teaches kids that no matter how many times your parents will tell you no and punish you, they will always love you and tell you so. It provides so few words with such a message and pictures children can get pulled in to. This book meets UDL 1.2 offer alternatives for auditory information by providing such detailed pictures.

Susancruz It also meets EL 30 encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships since most of this book is the pictures. The link will take you directly to scholastic where a lesson plan is provided based on the book. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/no-david-exten... #ucflae3414f17 2y
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We The Kids is a nice RA , NF book that you can cross teach as social studies as well as it is The Preamble to The Constitution. It‘s beautiful and detailed pictures give a visual way for young children to try and comprehend the large words that can be used in the Preamble. One UDL that can be used is 3.1- activate or supply background knowledge such as the history on the United States.

Susancruz Also EL 29- offer a variety of reference materials at the students‘ instructional level for independent use so they can further learn about the constitution. The link takes you to a website that provides lesson plans for the Preamble as well as other history lessons you can do.
https://www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/sites/default/files/imce/images/weber_reads_elemen... #ucflae3414f17
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KarinaGuillen This is a cute fun way to learn the Preamble. Making the vocabulary kid friendly and easy to understand! 2y
DrSpalding The images in this book helps students to relate to the preamble to our constitution. Excellent choice! 2y
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One of my all time favorites Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a classic P and was named New York Times Outstanding Book Award for more than obvious reasons. Children connect to his witty, short poems so quickly and find such joy in them in a quick RA session, I know I still do.
This wonderful piece of Poetry meets UDL 1.2 offer alternatives for auditory information as it offers pictures for most poems.

Susancruz It also meets EL 14, simplify your speech by making it slower and more redundant, you could go though all these poems at a slow pace for better understanding and enjoyment.
The link takes you to Shell website that offers lesson kits for some of his books and more! http://www.shelsilverstein.com/learning/
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EveAstrouck I must get a copy! I have such fond memories of reading these poems! 2y
Susancruz @EveAstrouck they‘re on sale for $15 at Barnes and noble 2y
DrSpalding The idea of providing quick read aloud's of poems is one that I implemented in my own classrooms. Depending on the amount of page numbers, I would ask students to randomly select a number between one and 210 for example and I would read the poem on that page. They enjoyed the surprise. 2y
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This short TL and Caldecott honor is a beautifully illustrated classic and a good reminder to not offer more than you have. This book would be a wonderful RA story for the younger kids. It meets UDL 2.1- clarify vocabulary and symbols as well as EL 4- link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge. This book does offer some larger or unknown words but can also connect to their knowledge of fairytales they grow up on.

Susancruz http://www.paulozelinsky.com/rumpelstiltskin_lessons.html the link brings you to a website that offers a full lesson plan about this book including vocabulary and questions for the children. #ucflae3414f17 2y
DrSpalding We have discussed the importance of vocabulary many times. You are correct that traditional literature often times uses a high-level vocabulary that needs to be taught so that students fully comprehend the story. 2y
Jaquessial A classic story. My first time being introduced to this was at the age of 10 watching pbs kids "Between the lions" 2y
MorganH I love how you took a picture of the inside of the book! I can see why it won a Caldecott! 2y
EveAstrouck I have to get this picture book! I have great memories of being told the story but never with such beautiful pictures! 2y
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The Nest | Jon Klassen, Kenneth Oppel
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The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, I would say is a very strange but good SF book. It takes you through the life a young boy who has a very sick little brother and wasps come in to help, very strange concept. I think this book would be an incredible GR or PR so that the out of the box concepts can be discussed and understood. This book meets UDL 8.3- foster collaboration and community as well as EL 1- teach questioning for clarification.

Susancruz The link below brings you to a website that‘s offers some discussion questions based on the book. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Nest/Kenneth-Oppel/9781481432337/readi... #ucflae3414f17 2y
DrSpalding We have to discuss this book in person. I too thought it was quite strange however it was so strange that I wanted to find out how it ended. Isn't the format of the book interesting! 2y
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Found | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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This SF, SSYR award winner book would be a awesome PR book. It allows students to open up their minds to different worlds around us and to scenarios that we know to not be true in our world. It keeps you in page after page. This quick read meets EL 1, teach questioning for clarification because certain aspects would make them question the story as it goes along. It also meets UDL 3.3, guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation.

Susancruz http://www.haddixbooks.com/pdf/haddix_series_guide_missing.pdf the link brings you to the authors website where discussion questions are provided for before and after you read, it also provides questions for the whole series. #ucflae3414f17 2y
AndreaC I‘ve been looking for an SF book to read! This seems like a great pick! 2y
MakennaK I am really into conspiracy theories so I want to read this book! I feel as if it's the perfect book for a middle school classroom because it can make them think critically 2y
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ashley.v I have read several Margaret Peterson Haddix books and I have loved all of them so far. I haven't read this one yet, but it sounds like a great one. 2y
Susancruz @ashley.v it really is! I checked it out from the professor 2y
DrSpalding The comments from your peers show a lot of support for this SF book and genre. They are fascinating. I believe that more reluctant readers would enjoy this series among others that Haddix has written. Expose them to these great books.❤️📚 2y
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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This MF, Newbery winner, GR is one of the most heart wrenching books I‘ve ever read. I cried 3 times reading this sweet book about Ivan and his friends at the Big Top Mall. Ivan is such a large animal but has so much love in his heart for Stella, Bob, and the rest at the Mall.

Susancruz This wonderful book meets UDL 3.2 highlighting patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. As well it meets EL 6 continually monitor students comprehension. This would be such a wonderful book to be guided questions with. 2y
Susancruz http://www.npr.org/2013/06/13/191053327/headline-here this link brings you to a short interview about meeting Ivan and his species as well as what the author wants the reader to get out of the book. #ucflae341417 2y
DrSpalding I agree this would make for a quality guided reading lesson to! The NPR interview would be a wonderful addition to any lesson regarding this book. 2y
KarinaGuillen I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. I love your resource and how it provides outside information about the silver back gorilla 2y
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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Out of my mind is a wonderful RF, LC, NYTBS. It is about 11 year old Melody who struggles with cerebral palsy and just wants to be a ‘normal‘ girl. It is such a great story about being true to yourself as well as striving for whatever you want no matter the struggles. It meets EL 4, linking lesson topic to students prior knowledge and UDL 2.1, clarify vocabulary and symbols as this story does have a lot of complicated words.

Susancruz https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/kriscia-cabral/teaching-out-my-mi... the link goes straight to the scholastic website that offers activities to do before, during, and after reading as well as making their own word board. #ucflae3414f17 2y
alyssahp I finished the book earlier today and I think it is such a great read! It definitely does reiterate the point in being true to yourself as well as doing anything you want. I really liked the activities scholastic gave for the book as well. 2y
Jaquessial This book will forever be my favorite. I love the many activities that you can do with this book. Assignments for your class is infinite. 2y
DrSpalding It is forever a favorite of mine as well. This realistic fiction title belongs in your classrooms. I believe all readers can learn a valuable lesson from this book. Nice resource and alignment! 2y
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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Let me start with wow! This HF, National book award winner really pulls you in and makes you feel like part of their family. It brings you in the life on 10 year-old Hà who has had to leave everything she loved behind to flee the Vietnam war with her family. Reading this book makes you appreciate what we have and enjoy the little things.

Susancruz This book can be used as a GR and can be given discussion questions as you go. It meets UDL 2.4 which promotes understanding across languages because the author throws a lot of her own language, Vietnamese into the book. As well as EL 11 placing language in meaningful text. These pages have such few words on them but get the whole meaning and feeling across.
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Susancruz The link below brings you to a website where you can find poetry lessons like the poetry she has written in her books.
http://commoncoresuccess.eleducation.org/curriculum/ela/grade-8/module-1/unit-3. #UCFLAE3414F17
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DrSpalding I am so impressed @susanCruz! Your enthusiasm for this book shown through in your post. I too felt it was a powerful example of historical fiction and made text to text connections with Kwame Alexander's writing form. Your application is excellent as is the resource which has so many activities included. 2y
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MakennaK Wow! I know want to read this book! It's seems amazing and I think it will be a great addition to my classroom library one day. Having the Vietnamese language in it can help teach kids about diversity as well as expand their minds and teach them something completely new 2y
dakotap I love learning about history and i definitely love reading books about historical events. This book will definitely be on my list to read. Thank you for sharing this book! 2y
ProfessorOak This book looks like one interesting read, teaching children a variety of different languages is always good to help teach about cultures and ethnicities. 2y
SavannahP0930 This is the book I won in class and I can't wait to read it! 2y
Floribelg It's great to find books with different languages, such as Vietnamese. Introducing about how individuals may have experienced the Vietnam War. Definitely want to read this book! @Susancruz 2y
Aimeejett I love that this book has history in it. It‘s so important that students have some knowledge of our history. I think by reading a book that has to do with history is an easy way to help students understand the importance of it. Thank you for sharing this book. I‘m going to have to make another purchase. Great review!! 2y
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This beautifully illustrated B picture book by Jen Bryant and Illustrated by Melissa Stewart is an easy read and appealing to the eyes. Melissa Stewart is a Caldecott winner for this book and the book won he Robert F. Sibert Award, which an award for the most distinguished informational book published in English. This book would be an excellent RA to students in the classroom.

Susancruz This children‘s book shows kids to always work hard and always do what you love even in the darkest of times when it seems like you can‘t anymore.
This book meets UDL 1.3 and 3.1 which offer alternatives for visual information and activate or supply background knowledge. As well as EL 2 as you can promote small group work discussing the book and the pictures.
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Susancruz The link below takes you to a website that offers activities that you can do in almost any subject based off this book so you can work as a teacher group and teach all different aspects of the book.
https://www.islma.org/Monarch-2016-files/islma/SplashOfRed.pdf
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DrSpalding Your inter-disciplinary resource is fantastic. The illustrator, is Melissa Sweet! I have had the pleasure of hearing her speak and actually saw her receive the award for this book in person. Excellent choice. 2y
dakotap After listening and watching your book boost today I would love to read more into this book. The way you described and showed the book makes me very excited to look into this book and broaden my horizon with childrens books 2y
Aimeejett This is a great book. I like the outside of the cover. It is very appealing so I can‘t even imagine the inside. Great book review! 2y
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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This heart-warming RF, NYTBS novel from R.J. Palacio should be an addition to every classroom library and everyone even adults should read this! It shows just how important it is to not judge a book by its cover and to always say nice words, even when you think no one is listening. This novel meets UDL guideline 3.3, which guides information processing and visualization, every aspect of this story builds a picture of what is happening.

Susancruz Also EL 16, integrating speaking, listening, reading and writing g practices. This would be a fantastic LC book, you could use Mr. Brown‘s precept concept and have your students write their own precept.
This activity gives a guideline into the activity of writing precepts. #UCFLAE3414F17 http://www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/faculty/baileys/PreceptWriting.pdf
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DrSpalding @Susancruz this post is detailed and I can sense the passion for this book in your writing. Excellent job following the rubric. Connecting this book to authentic writing of precepts is a valuable lesson to include! Keep it up! If you would like the Daily Wonder app search it in your App Store!❤️📚 2y
dakotap Working at a theater, i noticed that this book is coming out as a movie. I never knew this was a book until i saw the trailer for the movie. It looks like a wonderful book and i would love to read it soon. 2y
Aimeejett I read wonder as my choice book for LAE. It is such a great book!! I loved it and I cried at the end. I can‘t wait to see the movie! Great review. 2y
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