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Seven Blind Mice | Ed Young
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This is a really beautiful TL picture book. Ed Young has a very unique and colorful way of illustrating his work, and it‘s very captivating. This book tells the story of seven blind mice who find an unfamiliar thing at the pond that they frequent. The mice try to figure out what it is by climbing over bits and pieces of it one by one, but it‘s not until their sibling climbs the entire thing that they figure out what it is.

juliek1 This book is a Caldecott Honor winner, as well as winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book.

This is a really great story for RA, CR, GR, ST, and AS.

The attached lesson plan is great specifically for ESOL students, although it can be applied to all: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/downloads/lesson%20plans/03_2013_TC%2...

This lesson applies UDL 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information in that in involves not only the book itself, but cutouts of the characteristics of the thing the mice are trying to figure out, as well as 5.3 Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance, as you are helping build confidence in the as they move along through the lesson from mouse #1 to mouse #7, guessing what the thing might be. ESOL strat 30. Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships is used as well, with the pillar, snake, fan, etc., until the entire “thing” is assembled. #ucflae3413f17
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CaseyL Your storytelling of this book was so fun and interactive! I would love to use this book to tell the story to my future students some day. It‘s also really cool that this book was recognized for its illustrations because you could share it as you do the storytelling! 2y
DrSpalding This is an excellent post Julie! You are right that this traditional literature piece could be used in a variety of ways. Your storytelling was an excellent example! 2y
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This was a favorite RF novel from when I was in 5th grade. It follows a young girl, Claudia, and her little brother, who have run away from home to go live (in secret) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Once settled in, they get caught up in a mystery surrounding a new statue the Museum has purchased. This is an excellent book for RA, LC, SR, and AS.

juliek1 One of my favorite things about the book is that it deals a lot with the money Claudia and her brother have to live off of, and what they have to do once it starts dwindling. It‘s a fun way to get kids to start thinking about how money works, and understand that it is not limitless.

A good lesson plan that I found is here: http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us/guided-reading/level-s-1/3302-from-the-mixed-up-file... It involves a lot of HOT questions, and vocab, which would utelize UDL 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols. You can apply ESOL strat 20. List the most important words and phrases you use or plan to use in a presentation on a transparency or on the chalkboard by being prepared with the vocab listed in the lesson plan. #ucflae3413f17
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In this really cool NF picture book, Steve Jenkins uses his fantastic art to teach kids about skeletons - both human and animal. This would be a great book for RA, CR, SR, and even AS.

The following lesson plan has a really fun activity for the kids involving clay!: http://picturebooksbeyondbasics.blogspot.com/2011/07/bones-skeletons-and-how-the...

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A good UDL would be 3.2. Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships, as students will begin to learn that a lot of skeletons share types of bones, regardless of whether or not they are human. This is a great change to use ESOL strat 18. Use commands and directions that involve overt student actions as in Total Physical Response (TPR), as you can quite literally point out, and have students model after you, which bones you‘re learning about. Point to your femur, your spine, your hip, etc. #ucflae3413f17
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This is a really cute NF picture book which talks about what birds are saying, and why. It would be a great book for RA, GR, SR, PR, and possibly even CR.

juliek1 UDL‘s this book applies to could be 3.4 Maximize transfer and generalization, as students can also apply the ideas behind this book to other animals (“Maybe when my cat does this with its tail, it‘s telling me the same thing that the bird is when it does the same.”) and 4.2 Optimize access to tools and assistive technologies and ESOL strat 29. Offer a variety of reference materials at the students‘ instructional level for independent use, as there is a great tool for students to lsiten to bird calls https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Robin/sounds as well as many other great online and library resources on birds.

This lesson plan offers lessons for K-8, and specifically for 3-8: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2012/05/bird-talk-what-birds-are-saying-and... #ucflae3413f17
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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This SF novel tells a very strange story of a girl named Meg and an adventure she goes on with her brother and friend in order to save her father. It has some interesting language, and is certainly creative. I wasn‘t a huge fan of the relationship between Meg and her friend Calvin, as it seemed to move very quickly and might give students an unrealistic idea of how young relationships work.

juliek1 It was an interesting story, and with a film coming out soon as well as being available as an audiobook, could be a great opportunity for UDL 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media, as well as ESOL strat 17. Provide contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expressions. There are a lot of books that have movies based after them, however, and so I don‘t know that I‘d have my students read this one in particular. It would also be a good idea for ESOL students to use strat 44. Focus on thinking skills; predict, categorize, classify, observe and report (oral-written-pictorial), sequence, summarize, as I think it would otherwise be a confusing book for them, regardless of ELL level. 2y
juliek1 If used, this book would be a great opportunity for LC, and AS. The book is a Newberry award winner.

Lesson plan: https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/teachers/activities/migrated-files-in-bod... Scholastic offers an excellent lesson plan and list of guiding questions per chapter. #ucflae3413f17
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This B picture book follows the life and adventures of Jane Goodall. The book was named a Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and the Bank Street College of Education. This book would be good as a RA, SR, or PR.

juliek1 Lesson plan: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2011/05/me-jane-the-watcher/ This lesson plan involves both ‘The Watcher‘, and ‘Me… Jane‘. I think it‘s always great when there is an opportunity to get information on a person via multiple sources. 2y
juliek1 UDL: 7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity; I believe it would be a great book to give students, because a good majority (if not all) have some love for animals. They would be able to understand the importance of Jane Goodall‘s work, and perhaps aspire to follow in her footsteps. 2y
juliek1 ESOL Strat: 12. Teach to two objectives, language and content; students would learn not only some new terms from the book, but also have a great lesson on Jane Goodall, who I‘m sure they would hear more about in future lessons, especially in science, and... 2y
juliek1 28. Provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries; Jane Goodall is from England - although they do speak English, there are still cultural differences that could be discussed. #ucflae3413f17 2y
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Beegu | Alexis Deacon
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This super cute SF picture book follows Beegu, an alien who kind of resembles a three-eyed rabbit, whose spaceship is stranded on Earth. While she waits to be rescued, she tries to make friends and has so-so results. Teaching strategies to use could be RA, RT, and GR.

Diary entry lesson plan: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/beegu-diary-entry-plan-lesson-11010220

juliek1 UDL: 1.2 Offer alternatives for auditory information & 1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information; Beegu has a really cool claymation video on YouTube that can be shown in class, in addition to reading the book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no5Sf0MfMZw 2y
juliek1 ELL Strat: 10. Teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups; this is a great lesson to have students think about what it might be like to be an alien stranded on a strange planet, as it could tie in well to how your ELL‘s might feel being in a new, and unfamiliar country. They can share this with their partner, if language restriction allows. #ucflae3413f17 2y
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House Mouse, Senate Mouse | Peter W. Barnes
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This F picture book is such a great addition to any classroom (even high school, since a lot of students still struggle at that level with understanding how bills work). In it, students in a class of mice write a letter to their congress to suggest that the country needs a national cheese. The letter then goes through the motions of being passed, and bonus: it rhymes. This book was super fun and cute to read. TS: RA, and AS.

juliek1 Lesson plan: https://azslide.com/a-cheesy-bill-grade-levels-6-8-civics-us-government_59ebc5c0...

UDL: 3.4 Maximize transfer and generalization; this book transfers well into how our own government works (as it is designed to do). Although it is about mice, it isn‘t too cheesy (get it?).
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juliek1 ELL Strat: 20. List the most important words and phrases you use or plan to use in a
presentation on a transparency or on the chalkboard; this is a great book to start helping students learn terms such as ‘congress‘ and ‘senate‘. It‘s absolutely best to have them written down ahead of time, perhaps on a Word Wall. #ucflae3413f17
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This gorgeous B picture book follows the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds artistic inspiration in Harlem, where he lives with his family. Teaching strategies to be used could be RA, RT, and GR.

Lesson Plan: http://doodles-academy.org/lower/projects/around-the-neighborhood

juliek1 UDL: 7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity; the book would be relevant to any student who is interested in being an artist, as well as those who have grown up in areas that are less than ideal. It shows them that great things can come from humble beginnings. 2y
juliek1 ELL Strat: 12. Teach to two objectives, language and content; this book has plenty of new language to learn, but would also help in teaching students who are not familiar with Harlem what the artist grew up around. #ucflae3413f17 2y
CourtneyR Wow this looks like an inspiring biography, differently will be adding this to my stack to read next. 2y
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The Moorchild | Eloise Jarvis McGraw
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This Newberry award winning F novel was a favorite as a child. The story follows a girl named Saaski, who is half human and half moorfolk. She is banished from the Folk and sent to live with humans, for whom she grows to care for deeply. Upon realizing who she truly is, she is determined to get back to the Folk and rescue her adoptive parents real daughter. This is a great story for LC, SR, RA, and PR.

juliek1 Lesson Plan includes discussion questions and several activities: https://multcolib.org/moorchild 2y
juliek1 UDL‘s: 2.4 Promote understanding across all languages; the story is of English and Irish descent. Because of this, it contains some words, names, and objects many students would not be familiar with. This could be helpful in encouraging students to understand the difficulties their ELL peers might face with an entirely new language, and help ELL‘s feel less alone in that their native peers would also have some trouble understanding the terms. 2y
juliek1 EL strategy: 9. Teach note-taking strategies: T-lists, time lines etc.; have students create notes to hold onto throughout the reading. Make a T-list comparing humans to Moorpeople; create a timeline to track the progress of the main character; create bubble charts to connect characters to the things that are creating their story. #ucflae3413f17 2y
ashley.v This sounds like a cool book. What is the name of it? 2y
juliek1 @ashley.v The Moorchild. 2y
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This F novel is the first in a series that follows Harry Potter, a boy who just found out he is a wizard, through his 7 years of schooling. Although he now lives in a world of magic, there are dark days ahead, thanks to an evil wizard that most only refer to as ‘He Who Must Not Be Named‘. This is an excellent book for students to IR, LC, SR, and AS. It is a New York Times Best Seller, and the winner of numerous awards.

juliek1 Lesson Plan: https://www.prestwickhouse.com/samples/201372.pdf

UDL to use: 8.3 Foster collaboration and community Harry Potter is a series that very much focuses on every character having their own strength and talent. This can be fostered in students as they work on the lesson plan and group activities.
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juliek1 ESOL strategies: 38. Assign short readings for homework; the chapters are short enough to be read in one night. 50. For content comprehension use a variety of comprehension activities, such as; stripstories, KWL activities, SQ3R, learning logs, role playing activities, cloze strategy, etc.; KWL can be used throughout the story to develop foreshadowing; role playing can be used to act out major plot points. #ucflae3413f17 2y
DrSpalding I thoroughly enjoy Harry Potter novels. Your idea of using a KWL chart, is a good one. I found myself wanting to know constantly throughout this series of seven books. I believe the children will as well. 2y
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Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku | Eugene Yelchin, Lee Wardlaw
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This is a P picture book, which focuses on haiku. It has very pretty imagery and is the winner of the PA Young Reader‘s Choice and the SF Book Festival awards. It is a good book to use RA, SR, and CR. #ucflae3413f17

Lesson Plan: http://www.leewardlaw.com/won-ton-images/wontonteacherguide.pdf

juliek1 UDL to use: 6.1 Guide appropriate goal-setting; student should be able to understand what a haiku is by the end of the lesson, and write their own.

ESOL strategies: 8. Use direct instruction: Modeling, explaining, scaffolding, name the strategy and show how to use it. Teacher should model, explain, and scaffold lesson on Haiku, before the student has to create their own.
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DrSpalding Haiku poetry… I love it. Neat book. Adding it to my stack. 2y
juliek1 @DrSpalding It's a really cute story. Especially if you love cats (like me). 2y
DrSpalding I do!!!❤️🐈 2y
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Eric Carle's Animals Animals | Eric Carle, Laura Whipple
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This colorful P book by the talented Eric Carle carries children through a series of poems by Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and many more. This is a good book for GR, SR, and CR. #ucflae3413f17

Lesson Plan:

https://lesson-plans.theteacherscorner.net/writing/poetry/

UDL: 2.2 Clarify syntax and structure; poetry is an excellent way to help students work on these things.

juliek1 ESOL strategies: 14. Simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant – read slowly and carefully so that the students understand the content. 16. Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities – have students listen to you read the poems, read them themselves, read them, and finally, when they are comfortable, write their own. 2y
DrSpalding Lovely post. What an excellent selection by the beloved Eric Carle. You are correct that these poems can be used in many ways in your classroom. 2y
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Witch Child | Celia Rees
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This HF novel follows a young girl‘s diary in 1659, whose grandmother is hanged after being accused of being a witch. She manages to escape, herself, but staying out of the eyes of the Puritans proves difficult. This would be an excellent story for LC, IR, PR, and AS.

Lesson Plan: http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/Literature/11-14/NewWindm...

juliek1 A good UDL would be 9.1 Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation, as this is a book that has a lot of heavier tones, and expectations for feedback could be high. 2y
juliek1 ESOL strategies that could be used are 30. Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships, and 32. Use student pairs for team learning; Students can work with a partner on a lot of the more open-ended questions, and use timelines and bubble charts to document relationships and events. #ucflae3413f17 2y
DrSpalding If you liked this book, check out my review of A Shape of Mercy regarding the same topic. Historical fiction can be fascinating. I like the idea of using bubble charts to aid students in documenting relationships or events in the story. 2y
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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This HF novel follows Kit Tyler, as she moves from the Caribbean island she grew up on to Puritan Connecticut. While there, she makes a friend in the local “witch” and faces scorn from the community because of this relationship.

It won a Newberry Medal. Some good teaching strategies to use with this novel would be LC, and IR.

juliek1 Lesson Plan: http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/pdf/witch_of_blackbird_pond.pdf

UDL: 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge; Many students will already be familiar with the things that happened in Salem, Mass in the 1600‘s; activate this knowledge before embarking on the story.
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juliek1 ESOL strategy: 20. List the most important words and phrases you use or plan to use in a presentation on a transparency or on the chalkboard; because this story is more in depth than the student may be ready for, make sure they understand the concepts of vocab words like ‘Puritan‘, and the events that took place in Salem, Mass. 2y
DrSpalding Excellent EL/UDL alignment. Again a fascinating topic. Being that this one takes place in the Caribbean, if appropriate it could align to third grade geography standards. 2y
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Anansi the Spider is a TL of Ashanti background. In it, Anansi sets out on a long journey, and when he falls into trouble, his children must save him. This is a beautiful picture book, which has won the Caldecott Honor, and Lewis Carroll Shelf awards. Some good teaching strategies to use for this book would be RA, S, RT, and CR.

juliek1 Lesson Plan: https://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/vtl07.la.rv.genre.lppourquois/iden...

A great ESOL strategy to use with this book would be 24. Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum, in which you could have the students talk about traditional tales from their native country.
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juliek1 A good UDL for this book would be 3.2. Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships, as the story talks a lot about Anansi and his sons, and has a big picture type theme. #ucflae3413f17 2y
juliek1 The actual book isn't on Litsy, which is why it's posted under another of Gerald McDermott's amazing books. I've requested to have it added to the app. 2y
DrSpalding Proud of you for requesting that this class it be added to the Litsy app. I am very impressed by your use of the PBS resource. This is an excellent resource in all areas of the curriculum. 2y
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Ella Enchanted | Gail Carson Levine
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Ella Enchanted is a modern take on the traditional Cinderella story. In it, Ella has a curse placed on her, which causes her to always be obedient. She struggles with this throughout the story, due to her longing for independence. This book is the winner of Newberry, Rebecca Caudill, and Dorothy Canfield awards. Two good teaching strategies to use for this book would be GR, LC, and IR.

juliek1 Lesson Plan: http://teacherwillrunforbooks.blogspot.com/2011/02/ella-enchanted.html
This would be a good opportunity for A UDL that could be used would be 5.1 Use multiple media for communication, as the book was made into a movie. ESOL students to use Venn diagrams, in which they could compare the story to other takes on the Cinderella story, and to encourage self-talk in their overcoming the new language they are learning. #ucflae3413f17
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ashley.v I love the movie of this. I never knew it was a book. I'll have to get it to read. 2y
juliek1 @ashley.v The book is so, so good. I think it's leaps and bounds better than the movie. 2y
DrSpalding Excellent choice. Your resource has so many helpful elements. I specifically like that they have highlighted the higher level vocabulary that students must know in order to successfully comprehend the text. 2y
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The Rough-face Girl | Rafe Martin
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The Rough-Faced Girl is a TL story depicting a new version of the Cinderella Story. The Rough-Faced Girl, who is never specifically named, wants to marry the Invisible Being, and has to prove that she is beautiful inside. It is a different sort of Cinderella story, which does not encourage the reader to rely on their looks to make people like you. It won the IRA Teacher‘s, and Golden Sower awards. It would be suitable for both S and RT.

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Lesson Plan: http://study.com/academy/lesson/the-rough-face-girl-lesson-plan.html

UDL‘s you could use would be both 9.2 Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies 9.3 Develop self-assessment and re­flection, in that the story gives the reader a lot to think about, and reflect on.
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juliek1 ESOL strategies used could be 15. Reinforce the key ideas you present again and again, as the key point in the story is relatively clear, and 45. Use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities, in that they could compare the story to the original Cinderella folktale. #ucflae3413f17 2y
DrSpalding Comparing and contrasting the original versions of traditional literature along with variants, especially those of other cultures, is excellent. Well done. 2y
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Holes | Louis Sachar
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This RF book has won a Newberry, National Book, and Young Reader awards, among many others. It is about a kid who has bad luck, and ends up going to a camp for problem boys. There, he makes friendships, and learns the reason for his bad luck. Lesson Plan: https://www.walden.com/wp-content/uploads/2003/04/Holes_EdGuide.pdf

juliek1 This book would be best used as an LC or IR. An effective UDL for this book would be 3.2 in which students highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. ESOL strategies that would work are 20, in which you can plan the words the ESOL student may have beforehand, and 42 in which students can use a timeline to sequence events in the story. #ucflae3413f17 2y
DrSpalding This is another classic. Helping students to understand the sequence of events is also a language arts Florida standard and many grade levels. Good choice. 2y
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Hooray for Me! | Remy Charlip, Lilian Moore
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Hooray For Me is a great fiction book for a kindergarten class. It's bright, vivid, and the text is actually worked into the art, helping to keep kid's focus. It has rhyming text, which can be used in class to discuss the relationships between family, friends, neighbors, even pets! This would work well with ELL 4 and UDL 9.3. childcarelounge.com/general-themes/i-am-special.php #ucflae3413f17

ChelseaPerez I adore the illustration ! I also love the idea of the words being a part of the illustration! 2y
DrSpalding Looks like a good book! Be sure to elaborate a bit on your EL/UDL principles. 2y
juliek1 @DrSpalding I believe UDL 9.3 would be applicable in that it promotes self-assessment and reflection - and the book promotes a student's thinking about and reflecting on their own families and relations. EL Strat 4 has you linking the lesson's topic to students' prior knowledge, which in this case would be their understanding of relationships, be it their own or even their pet's. 2y
DrSpalding Much much better! 2y
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