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This MF, poetry picture book tells the story of a bear who sat on a mouse‘s chair and the mouse tries many different ways to get the bear off of his chair. This story would be perfect as a storytell because the book is short and it rhymes so it is easy to remember and intriguing to act out. https://www.raisingreaders.org/book/Theres-a-Bear-on-My-Chair/1415/ This website contains more information and activities relating to the book. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin A UDL principle that aligns with this book is 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information. You can use different ways to tell this story including acting it out. An EL strategy that goes with this book is 8. Use direct instruction: Modeling, explaining, scaffolding, name the strategy and show how to use it. 1mo
Jewelwinkler I would love to see children act out a poetry book definitely will be a great activity! 1mo
JRone This book does sound like a great book to do storytelling on especially if it rhymes. I think your UDL and ESOL strategies align perfectly because you definitely can model or act out this book. 1mo
DrSpalding Your peers said it all! Very well done Lexi. Whenever you get a new book consider posting a picture and sharing it with our #. 7d
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The Smallest Gift of Christmas | Peter H. Reynolds
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This RF picture book tells the story of a little boy named Roland who is very excited for Christmas, and when he comes downstairs Christmas morning he finds a tiny present and can‘t believe that that‘s what he had been waiting for all year. He makes a bunch of wishes for a bigger gift, eventually leading him to outer space where he finds and appreciation for our tiny Earth. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin This book would work well as an author study because Peter H. Reynolds is a very popular author who has written many unique children‘s books. https://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763663271.btg.1.pdf This resource contains a few classroom ideas for other books by Peter H. Reynolds. A UDL principle that goes with this book is 3.2 Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. The book has a message it in that teachers could 1mo
leximcmillin help bring to the students‘ attention. An EL strategy that goes to this book is 2. Promote cooperation. Students can talk to eachother about observations, inferences, predictions, main idea, etc. 1mo
katiehamlin This book sounds so cute, it sounds like something I‘d definitely want to use in my class! I also like how you provided a resource for other books by this author! 1mo
DrSpalding This is a very popular author and your resource shows many reasons why his books should be in your classroom library. You continue to add appropriate English learner and universal design principles. Good choice. 7d
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The Cat in the Hat | Dr. Seuss
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This poetry picture book is a classic story by the famous Dr. Seuss about a cat who wears a red and white striped hat and visits two siblings, a boy and a girl while their mother is away. The cat shows them many different ways of entertainment with the help of two things, Thing 1 and Thing 2. This story would work well as a RA because it is a very fun book to get the whole class engaged. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorCITHLearningLibrary.php This is a great site to use to go with this book because it includes printables, lesson plans, activities, and information about upcoming events. A UDL principle that goes with this book would be 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information. An EL strategy that aligns with this book is 1. Teach questioning for clarification 1mo
ChrisC I love this book it‘s always been one of my favorites when I was a kid. 1mo
DrSpalding Just because it rhymes does not mean it is poetry. The cat in the hat screams fantasy! Excellent resource. You could get lost on that website for many hours. 7d
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This RF Caldecott Honor picture book is a story about a boy who wakes up early with his father and goes to the pond to fish for food. While fishing, his father tells him about a different pond that he used to fish at in Vietnam. http://readingtokids.org/Books/BookView.php?pag=5&bookID=00001423 This site contains different resources relating to the book including discussion topics and vocabulary words used in the book. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin A UDL principle that aligns with this book would be 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols. This is because this book has a few words that may be hard for readers to understand such as refugees and callouses. An EL strategy that could be used with this book is 5. Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts 1mo
kradebaugh This looks like a very interesting book. Sounds fun to read. I will have to check it out 1mo
DrSpalding Several of you have commented on this book. With the assistance of a knowledgeable teacher, you could make many text to world connections. Excellent choice. Maybe this is a book that should be in the STARS database if it isn‘t already. 7d
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Olivia | Ian Falconer
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This Caldecott Honor picture book is a classic MF about a pig named Olivia who is very hyper and loves to annoy her mother and brother. However, they love her anyway. This story would work as a DR because Olivia‘s character is very dramatic so it would be easy to reenact how she acts in the book. https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/olivia This site contains many resources and activities to assess students comprehension of the book and engage

leximcmillin students more in the lesson. A UDL strategy that aligns this book is 3.4 Maximize transfer and generalization. An EL strategy that could go with this book is 1. Teach questioning for clarification. 1mo
DrSpalding All of the Olivia books are valuable contributions to an elementary classroom library. I specifically enjoy Olivia goes to Venice. Use these books and resources like this to assist students in comprehension and simply foster a love of reading. 7d
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This RF, Batchelder winner is a cute story about 4 siblings who have an ill grandmother, and make a pact to keep her from dying. The story tells a moving message about the value of life and the importance of being able to say goodbye. This story would be best as an IR because while it tells a moving message, it may not be something you want to read aloud to your students because it can make them sad. https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=50684

leximcmillin This resource contains resources such as customizable maps, and it shows the text complexity of the book. A UDL principle that could go with this book is 3.3, Guide information processing and visualization. This is because some of the story may be hard for children to understand being that they are so young. An EL strategy that could go with this book is 6. Continually monitor students comprehension. #ucflae3414f19 1mo
DrSpalding Sadly, this is a part of life. I agree with your independent reading teaching strategy. I want to read this. 7d
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This SF picture book is a cute story that allows for students to step into the shoes of an astronaut, and see what it would be like to journey to the moon. The Parent‘s Choice Silver Honor award winning book tells you how to get to the moon, and what to do after you land. This book would work well as a RA because it really gets students engaged and excited. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin https://www.brighthubeducation.com/lesson-plans-grades-3-5/30871-if-you-decide-t... This is a good resource to use with this book because it includes cool hands-on activities that align with the book to really get the students engaged in the reading. A UDL principle that would go with this book wojld be 3.3 Guide information processing and visualization, because this book is all about visualizing. 1mo
leximcmillin An EL strategy that aligns with this book is 2. Promote Cooperation. While you read the book, you can encourage students to visualize the things that the author is saying to do. 1mo
DrSpalding Hands on activities work beautifully with books that focus on science content! This would be an excellent book to include in a space unit. 7d
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This Jane Adams award winning picture book demonstrates the history of Harriet Tubman and her work with the underground railroad in a story about a girls journey to find her brother. The HF book would be great to use as an AS because the author, Faith Ringgold, has many other books and also has many other interesting accomplishments. https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/aunt-harriet‘s-underground-railr...

leximcmillin This is a good resource to use when implementing this book into your classroom because it includes many activities and printables that align with the book. A UDL principle that goes with this book is 3.1, Activate or supply background knowledge, because students most likely will already know a bit about the history of Harriet Tubman when they read this book. An EL strategy that could go with this book is 4. Link lesson to students prior knowledge. 1mo
DrSpalding Reading is fundamental is an excellent site. You are selecting high-quality books that can be used in a variety of content areas. Specifically some of your recent posts have connections to social studies. 7d
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This B picture book is a Newbery and Pura Belpre award winner about a girl who dreamed of pounding on all kinds of drums because long ago on her island, girls weren‘t allowed to be drummers. This story is inspired by the childhood of Milo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba‘s rule against female drummers. This story would be great as a shared reading because it is very theatrical. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin https://doors2world.umass.edu/mmr/drum-dream-girl This resource contains a variety of extra resources including music that matches the book, book reviews, and more. A UDL principle that would align with this book is 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media. You can illustrate this book in many different ways, rather than just showing the pictures. An EL strategy that aligns with this book would be 11. Place language in meaningful context. 1mo
DrSpalding I am so happy you picked this resource that offers so many wonderful classroom application ideas for this beautiful book. I added this to my stack. Again, you know how to align universal design and English learner strategies well. This will help you in the future. 7d
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Back of the Bus | Aaron Reynolds
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This NF picture book by Aaron Reynolds retells the story of Rosa Parks on the bus. This book would be good as an IR because it is a bit long, but a good book for students to learn about on their own time. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:back%20of%20the%20bus This is a good site to use to extend on the topic of the book. It contains many activities based on the book. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin A UDL principle that fits with this book would be 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge. This is because most students will already know a little bit about the history of Rosa Parks. An EL strategy that would align with this book would be 4. Link lesson to students prior knowledge. 1mo
DrSpalding Independent reading is fine however it would make a good read aloud too. If the story is about a historical figure what is the correct genre? 7d
leximcmillin @DrSpalding Historical Fiction! 7d
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DrSpalding Guess again.... 7d
DrSpalding Or use your genre flipguide.😀❤️📚 7d
leximcmillin @DrSpalding biography?? 7d
DrSpalding Ding ding ding...that‘s the winner!👍🏻 7d
leximcmillin @DrSpalding Always getting those 3 confused 🤦🏼‍♀️ 7d
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This is a beautiful RF that is about a boy named CJ who gets jealous/upset of things that other people have/get to do. His nana points out little things that her and CJ do get to experience which changes CJ‘s outlook toward the end of the book. This would be a perfect RA because it would help children also recognize the beautiful simplicities in life.

leximcmillin This New York Times Best Seller is also the winner of the Caldecott honor, Newbery Award, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. A UDL strategy that aligns with this book is 3.2, Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. An EL strategy that goes with this book is 11. Place language in meaningful context. 2mo
leximcmillin http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/laststoponmarket.html This website contains many different activities that relate to this book. These activities involve all different types of skills including values, theme, social skills, emotion, and social studies. 2mo
Shannyblake Hey Lexi, great post! Your lesson plan that you listed is aligned well with your book. I definitely want to check this book out and consider it for a future classroom 1mo
DrSpalding Many of your peers used this same resource. Continue to look at this website for future resources regarding high-quality children‘s literature. This is a multi award winner as noted and should be in your classroom library. If you have not seen the YouTube video of the author reading to children on a bus, check it out. 7d
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This is a cute MF picture book in which a little boy is looking for his dragon in the city. On each page, the dragon is seen doing something different such as eating hot dogs, or riding the bus. This would be a good book for CR. http://reederama.blogspot.com/2014/12/kindergarten-students-create-counting.html... This blog contains a cool lesson plan where students can create their own counting books based off of this one!

leximcmillin A UDL strategy that aligns with this book is 1.1 Offer ways of customizing display of information. This book has mostly pictures so it may be difficult for students to locate the parts they need to read. An EL strategy that aligns with this book is 14. Simplify your speech by making it slower and more redundant. #ucflae3414f19 2mo
ChrisC Great book choice I‘ll definitely check this book out in the future 1mo
DrSpalding I am surprised Dolores did not comment on this book. She has commented on most regarding dragons. She enjoys the fantasy genre. Most children do as well. Good choice and resource. 7d
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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This MF novel by Newbery Medal-winning author, Katherine Applegate, is about a tree named Red who has been around for hundreds of years and had many habitants living in him/her. People come to this tree to wish for something. One day, someone writes something mean on the tree which causes further conflict in the novel. This book is good for a LC. https://www.plt.org/recommended-reading/wishtree/ This website contains a lesson plan that involves

leximcmillin vocabulary and observation and inferences based on the book. It even includes a an activity in which students can create their own ending to the book. A UDL strategy that aligns with this book is 3.3 Guide information processing and visualization. An EL strategy that aligns with this book would be 10. Teach think, pair, share strategies in cooperative groups. This way, students can talk about what they think is going on in the book with eachother. 2mo
DrSpalding Having performed the read aloud, you know the importance of incorporating vocabulary to aide comprehension. I like that you found a resource that shows you how to do this. 7d
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I Want My Hat Back | Jon Klassen
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This is a MF book about a bear who lost his red hat and is asking a bunch of different animals in his community if they have seen it. This Theodore Seuss Geisel 2nd place winner would be good for a RT. https://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763656003.btg.1.pdf This website contains cool discussion questions about the book that relate to setting, symbolism, and observations&inferences. A UDL strategy that aligns with this book would be 3.1,

leximcmillin Activate or supply background knowledge. This UDL aligns with this book because the end is left to imagination, in which students will need to have experience with observation and inference to understand what might have happened. An EL strategy that aligns with this book would be 1. Teach questioning for clarification and 4. Link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge. #ucflae3414f19 2mo
Erinehart I absolutely love this author. I also read this book along with his other “This is Not My Hat”. Great post! 2mo
DrSpalding I like that you used the publisher website. Excellent author! This book along with his others could be part of an author study. 7d
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A Day with No Crayons | Elizabeth Rusch, Chad Cameron
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This is a super cute RF that is about a girl named Liza who loves to color but then one day she colors her bedroom wall and her mother took away her crayons! Liza was very sad, but then she goes outside to play and realizes that there are colors all around her in the outside world! This story would be perfect for a RA. This book was the winner of the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for children‘s literature.

leximcmillin https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5690 This standard would go well with this book because it is about the who/what/where/when/why of stories. Students can answer questions like “who is the main character?” and “why did Liza feel sad” or “why did Liza get her crayons taken away”. A UDL strategy that aligns with this book would be 3.2, Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. 2mo
leximcmillin This is because there are a lot of patterns in the book such as the name of her crayons matching the colors she sees outside, and there are big ideas, such as the fact that there are just as many colors, if not more, in the outside world that there are in a crayon box. An EL strategy that aligns with this book would be 11. Place language in meaningful context. This one fits because the vocabulary that the author uses highly enhances the meaning of 2mo
DrSpalding There are so many quality crayon related books out that you literally could do an entire unit revolving around crayons. Excellent choice. Your universal design principle and English learner strategy are very thoughtful. 7d
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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This inspiring RF novel is about a little boy named Auggie who struggles going to school for the first time because he looks different from all of the other students. This book is perfect to use as a PR for 4th-6th grade students. Reading and talking about this book with a peer could help open each others eyes to ideas that the other student may not have though of and allow for multiple perspectives. #ucae3414f19

leximcmillin The UDL principle that would go along with this book is 3.3, guide information processing and visualization. The ESOL strategy that I would use to go along with this book would be #6, continually monitor students progress. Being that it is such a long book, it is important to check in with students and make sure they are understanding the text. Standard: https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5709 2mo
Lrobertson Great book! You could always watch the movie after to have student relate the two, and visualize the challenges Auggie endured. Check your hashtag on this post! Don‘t want you to miss any points 🤗🤗 2mo
Mwinship This book has been a hot topic for a while! I need to get my hands on a copy. I wonder if this book would be better as a LC or whole class read aloud? 2mo
DrSpalding You have selected high-quality books. Nice job using cpalms once again. Many of these books have their own websites or the author or publisher have quality resources as well. 7d
DrSpalding Incorrect # 7d
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This children‘s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz, is a very cute children‘s story about a boy named Alexander who goes through a lot of complications through his day and wishes he lived in Australia so that these mishaps wouldn‘t happen. The picture book leads to a very cute ending. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin I would use this realistic fiction book as a RA because the expressions that Alexander and the supporting characters in the book can be really fun to use in the classroom. The UDL strategy I would relate to this book is 3.2, Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. I would use EL strategy #2, promote cooperation. I think it would help a lot for students to talk about that book with each other and say what they did or 2mo
leximcmillin didn‘t understand. Standard: https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5709 This is a cool lesson plan relating to theme that connects theme to songs rather than books! https://study.com/academy/popular/theme-lesson-plan.html 2mo
Jgolub13 I loved this book as a kid. I think your UDL aligns well with the book 2mo
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ChrisC This looks like a very interesting and funny I can‘t wait to read it. 2mo
cassandram What an interesting book. I really liked how you would support this reading by highlighting the characters and big ideas. Seems fitting for this book. 2mo
ebrown This book is an absolute classic, and is relatable to every student. I love the lesson you chose too! 2mo
DrSpalding This is a classic. Good for you to find two resources! I like the use of music along with quality children‘s literature. This book is meant to be read aloud! I had a student recently perform an interactive read aloud where she provided the children with the map of Australia on a popsicle stick and every time Alexander said it, they all put up their stick and yelled Australia! Very very fun. 7d
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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This Caldecott winner by Maurice Sendak is about a boy named Max whose imagination takes him on a wild adventure. This is a TL book and would be best read as a RA. Standard: https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5708 #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin The UDL principle I would pick for this book would be 3.3, Guide information processing and visualization because the pictures in this book really help the reader visualize what the author is trying to depict with his words. The ELL strategy I would pick is #14, simplify speech by making it slower and more redundant. 2mo
Mwinship This book reminds me of my childhood! I agree this would be a fun RA to do and to include questions as you read. 2mo
CPettersen I remember loving this book as a kid! I feel that even children now would enjoy this book. Great choice! 2mo
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karlasanabria1 Definitely have to read this one! I like your teaching strategy related to this story. Additionally, your UDL Guideline on visualizing seems perfect for this story according to your summary. 2mo
abbie-cadabbie This book is a classic! Your UDL principle is very relevant to the story and overall, I love your review on the book! 2mo
DrSpalding Your peers are thoroughly enjoying your post. English learner strategy 14 is perfect for read aloud and storytelling! 7d
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No, David! | David Shannon
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This Caldecott Medal winner is a super cute picture book that is actually based of off the author, David Shannon‘s, life at the time. He wrote this book when he was 5 years old and it was his first book ever. His mother used to always yell at him saying “No, David!”, so he wrote and illustrated a book about it. This picture book is classified as a semi-autobiography. I would use this book as an IR. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin Standard: https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5889 UDL‘s 1.1 customizing display of information, and 2.4 promote understanding across languages and ESOL strategies 15 reinforcing key ideas, and 18 use commands and directions that involve overt student actions. 2mo
kradebaugh This sounds like a book that would be fun to read 2mo
ChrisC This looks like a really good book 2mo
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Shannyblake Lexi, I love your post. These books are great and kids really enjoy them! 2mo
fabozzia This book looks like a book I definitely need for my future classroom. All kids can relate to their parents telling them no. 2mo
Mwinship I remember this book from my childhood! This was definitely a classroom favorite when I was in elementary school. This would be a great book for students to learn about characters and their moods. 2mo
abbie-cadabbie Omg I used to love reading this book when I was younger. It would always make me feel better about my behavior haha! Anyway, both your UDL and ESOL strategies pair great with your book :-) 2mo
DrSpalding Three posts missing on first due date. 2mo
DrSpalding I love that you included the fact that it is partially autobiographical. This is something you would want to share with your future students. Nice post. 7d
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The Word Collector | Peter H. Reynolds
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This New York Times best seller is a great read for grades 3-5th that is about a little boy who loves to collect words!!! Big words, little words, Jerome likes to collect them all! The genre is realistic fiction. In my classroom, I would use this book as a read aloud read by the teacher. This is because there are a lot of big words in the book and with the teacher reading it, the children will know how to pronounce the words. #ucflae3414f19

leximcmillin The UDL principles that would relate to this book would be 2.1 clarifying vocabulary and symbols and 1.1 customizing the display of information. ESOL strategies 5, teaching technical vocabulary supporting key concepts and 11 placing language in meaningful content could pair perfectly with this book. You could implement these strategies using semantic maps, matching vocabulary games, picture word cards, etc. 2mo
DrSpalding Excellent job using the Florida Department of education lesson planning site and aligning the appropriate universal design principles. I like that you suggest a grade level range however this book would also be wonderful in the primary grades. 7d
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