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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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If you need a good cry, go pick up this jewel. This Newbery Award winning F story is such a great story of friendship between a beloved gorilla and elephant living in a strip mall. There are so many other great characters in this story who develop the amazing and heartfelt story of life in the strip mall! Your 4th and 5th graders will love hearing a story told from a gorilla, which is why this would definitely be a great LC choice! #LAE3414sp19

SofiaRoselli I also used this book!! It was such a great one. I definitely got emotional throughout the book as well. I feel like this would be a perfect book for my future classroom. 6mo
DrSpalding Several of your peers, of course have read this book and I am sure you are not alone regarding the crying! Remember that you must cite a resource and align universal design and English learner principles for full credit. 6mo
melindamcmullen84 https://media.btsb.com/TitleLessonPlans/597.pdf This site is a 4 page lesson plan and is wonderful! I could see a ton of small group discussions happening. UDL 9.3 is great for LCs-making sure they stay accountable! ESOL 2, 7 and 10 will work great for small groups! 6mo
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mluter I‘m making reading this book a priority of mine before the movie comes out! 6mo
Ms.Bursey I just finished this book and I have to say I enjoyed every second of it ! 6mo
LaGasseSam1996 I loved this book! I think students would enjoy reading it in a LC. 6mo
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What a cute story! A great RA about Charlie who had a favorite book about a pirate who also had a favorite book about a knight who also had a favorite book and so on! This F is such an easy read and the students will love this story! We are always encouraging them to love reading so books about favorite books seem like a great one for the library! #LAE3414sp19

KAdudu This book seems interesting and I can‘t wait to read and see what‘s it about. 6mo
melindamcmullen84 This site has a lesson plan idea but then additional websites to check out more ideas, like Julia Donaldson‘s own page. http://pyplibrarian.com/hweo-lesson-plans/patterns/patterns-3-charlie-cooks-favo... 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 2.2 clarifying syntax & structure & 8.3 foster collaboration and community are both great during this lesson. ESOL 37 (using language techniques for discussing concepts and ideas) will be used while going over “nesting” and the form of the book. 6mo
LaGasseSam1996 Just reading the title I can tell this would be a story students love. Having books in our classrooms students love will help encourage a love for reading. 6mo
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The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems | Mary Ann Hoberman, Betty Fraser
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This P book is SUCH a great way to get kids excited about poetry. The poems incorporate animals, people, time, opposites and childhood fun! I absolutely plan on doing a RA with my students in the future because of the humor and school subjects involved! This book is a Gold Award Winner for National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). #LAE3414sp19

karamank @melindamcmullen84 This book looks so much fun! I‘m sure elementary schoolers would love it! Thank you for sharing ☺️ 6mo
melindamcmullen84 As much as I enjoyed this book, it was very hard to find lesson ideas on the Internet. The author‘s website is full of great material and I will use this site https://www.maryannhoberman.com/index.html later on, to find out more about other books and poems she‘s written. 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 9.3 (developing self assessment and reflection) could be used for an after RA assignment/reflection. ESOL 13 and 5 (using preview/review & teaching vocabulary that supports key concepts) would be necessary so the students understand the wording. 6mo
LaGasseSam1996 This book sounds like a fun way to introduce poetry to students. Just the title had me chuckling I‘m sure students would love it 6mo
DrSpalding Going straight to the authors site is Wise 6mo
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Such a cute P read! Each poem is written where the words form the illustration about the topic of the poem! Children would love to look through the pages and see the neat imagery, but this is definitely a RA! The reading level is higher than the actual book itself, which is why it would be a good RA. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://betterlesson.com/browse/standard/1027/ccss-ela-literacy-rl-2-4-describe-... what a great site full of a multi step lesson plan & ideas for the classroom! 6mo
melindamcmullen84 I would definitely want my students to recreate a “poem that takes shape” because I think they would love that! ESOL 32 (pairing for team learning) would be extremely important so they can be assisted if needed. UDL 2.1 & 2.5 (vocal & symbols and multi media illustrations) will be used when reading doing a RA or SR 6mo
DrSpalding Your posts include somewhat thorough knowledge of the book. I like the way you have explained the English learner and universal design principles. 6mo
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Could we even talk about TL without boosting this great book!? The Caldecott Honor & New York Times Best Illustrated Book winner tells the most hilarious spin offs of our familiar stories like Red Riding Hood, Ugly Duckling and Gingerbread Man. This could be a fun S activity after a RA, because the students would get a good laugh while retelling these stories! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 How awesome that Crayola joined in for lesson building? https://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/stinky-cheese-man-lesson-plan/ I love this lesson plan—A lot of group discussions and collaborations! 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 7.2 (relevance, value, authenticity), 3.2 (highlight patterns, main ideas, features) and 6.2 (support planning & strategy development) are just a few that could be used in this lesson plan. 6mo
melindamcmullen84 ESOL 2 (small group cooperation), 4 (link lesson to prior knowledge) and 30 (use diagrams and aids to identify concepts & relationships) are all part of this assignment. 6mo
DrSpalding I truly love that you utilized the Crayola site here -Crayola of course is such an important part of our classrooms! 6mo
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I always love a good story told through the eyes of the villain! Did the Big Bad Wolf really huff and puff his way through the 3 Pigs Homes or did he suffer from seasonal allergies and a cold like the rest of us Floridians? This TL book is such a great RA option for children because it‘s really quite hilarious! This was always one of my favorite stories to read as a kid! #LAE3414sp19

Olsonashley19 I love this book! I also think children love to hear "remixes" of stories they have heard before! Wanted to do this one for storytelling but changed my mind :) 6mo
melindamcmullen84 Although the lesson plan is for younger aged students, I can totally see my 4th graders loving these activities! https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/true-story-3-l... I think the S aspect of this plan is great! 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 5.2 (use multiple tools for construction & composition) is great because not only will there be writing & discussion, but acting out the book as well! ESOL 17 (provide contextual support with visuals, models etc.) and 50 ( use variety comprehension activities) will both align nicely with the lesson plan. Many teaching ideas to present to the class! 6mo
LaGasseSam1996 I love love love this book! I think it can be great to each students about perspective. 6mo
DrSpalding Enticing read. Scholastic is a high-quality resource! 6mo
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Paperboy | Vince Vawter
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What a treat this NF/B was to read. This Newbery Honor Book is definitely not for younger children, though and may need approval because of the content. “Little Man” is an 11 year old boy, based on the author, with a terrible stutter who takes over his best friend‘s paper route. We get to see real life adult issues through the eyes of a child. I would probably only use this for IR options in my room, but it‘s definitely a good one! #LAE3414sp19

hkeiger This seems like a book I would enjoy reading myself! I love nonfiction and this is the first I have heard of this one. Thanks for sharing! 6mo
melindamcmullen84 Vince Vawter has an educational guide for teachers on his website http://www.vincevawter.com/resources/ There are many great lesson activities. I had only thought of IR previously, but it could possibly be a SR/RA for older students. (edited) 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 2.1 & 3.1 will support this lesson through discussions about the vocabulary and supply background information through some addition research. ESOL 12 & 13 (teach language & content and preview/review activities) will be used during this book for certain! 6mo
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Even though this Newbery winner has been around since the 70s, it‘s still a great SF addition to your library. A story about Mrs. Frisby and her family of field mice who meet another group of mice who are highly intelligent and can do many things humans can, thanks to the NIHM lab. You‘ll love reading this story told through a mouse and so will your class! I would use this as a LC option during SF studies, or an IR. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://www.prestwickhouse.com/samples/304464.pdf is a well thought out and planned example of a unit study of this great book! UDL 6.1 will be used to help guide appropriate goal-setting during the duration of the reading. ESOL 36 (asking questions with higher level thinking response) is key to making them dig a little deeper in the story. 6mo
DrSpalding I agree this would make an excellent literature circle option. While this one the Newbery many years ago, it would still be a wonderful choice for your classroom. 6mo
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If you don‘t feel anger & frustration alongside Sylvia‘s struggle of being sent to “Mexican School” and being told she is inferior, then you‘ve got a problem! 10 years after Brown v. Board, Sylvia‘s family helps end segregation in California! This NF Pura Belpré, Jane Addams & Robert Sibert award winning picture book is a MUST HAVE in your classroom and would be a great RA to students during a study on desegregation & Civil rights. #LAE3414sp19

Olsonashley19 Thanks for sharing! I feel very strongly on having diverse books in my classroom and am always open for good recommendations! 6mo
melindamcmullen84 Wow! What a collection of activities for this book on https://laii.unm.edu/info/k-12-educators/assets/documents/literature-guides/sepa... They did a great job putting together this. 6mo
melindamcmullen84 Because this book is about a Mexican family, I can see a Spanish ELL really enjoying the connections with some of the text. ESOL 24 is great because this is incorporating culture and language from an ELL. UDL 2.1 will be used to discuss all the extensive vocabulary in this great read! 6mo
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This wonderful HF told in verse won National Book Award and was a Newbery Honor. The story follows Kim Hà‘s life as she is forced to move to America because of the Vietnam war. She struggles fitting in since her English isn‘t great and deals with bullying & learning the importance of her own family. This would be a great upper elementary LC or RA to support Social Studies learning & Poetry, and very relatable to some ELLs. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 This book would definitely need some extra time and planning to make sure the children understand exactly what‘s going on in the story, because of the way it‘s written. I feel like this is perfect for 5th grade https://www.google.com/amp/s/katherinewanner.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/inside-out... 6mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 5.1 & 2.5 both emphasize multiple media outlets, and I think you would need a variety of methods to teach this book. ESOL 17 is important for contextual support through many different aids. 6mo
DrSpalding This is a perfect example of historical fiction. Beautiful book written in an alternative format that makes it very easy to read. Well done! 6mo
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This extraterrestrial SF book is a part of a series of exciting space adventures for kids! A great beginning chapter book series written by Evonne Blanchard with an exciting adventure throughout space! This would be a great IR or younger aged LC to bring some excitement through their imagination. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/category/ages-5-9/ This website is WONDERFUL! So many great videos, information and activities! UDL 2.5 & 5.1 (multiple media support for communication and illustration) work well with these activities and also ESOL strategy 17 (providing contextual support through aids). (edited) 6mo
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Ron's Big Mission | Don Tate, Rose Blue, Corinne J. Naden
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A great HF about Ron McNair‘s struggle with segregation in his younger years while trying to discover more about his love for flying, written by Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden and illustrated by Don Tate. Definitely a good RA or IR for lower elementary grades that introduces segregation and could be a great idea for Black History Month activities. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/rons-big-mission This is a great site for lesson plans and resources! UDL 3.1 & 3.2 (supplying background knowledge & highlighting big ideas and relationships) and ESOL 15 & 16 (reinforce key ideas & speaking, listening & writing activities) align great with these plans! (edited) 6mo
DrSpalding He is a real person. That means this would not be historical fiction but what? 6mo
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Everywhere, Wonder | Matthew Swanson
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Get ready to have your heart swoon over the sweet adventure of this young boy as he travels all over the world, finding wonder everywhere. This RF written by Matthew Swanson & beautifully illustrated by Robbi Behr would be a great RA to share in the first week of school. Open their minds to the possibilities of a great beginning as they begin the year! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 The author‘s website http://robbiandmatthew.com/everywhere-wonder/ has an awesome free printable workbook for students to create their own trip of discovery! They would be super cute to make in class because they are personal to each child. UDL 7.1 is great to encourage them to be unique in there own booklets. ESOL 46 is hands on activities which is exactly what this lesson is! 6mo
DrSpalding It was a favorite of yours! Love the resource with free printable activity. 6mo
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This adorable and very kid-friendly B, written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, describes the life of Abraham Lincoln and is a great choice to pull out around President‘s Day in lower elementary grades. This story focuses on the early years and his determination to learn, and the way he overcame adversity to become to man he was later in life. This book would be a great addition to any library! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/abe-lincoln-bo... This book seems to be great for think-pair-share and mapping in small groups. UDL 3.2 & 6.2 support these activities through planning and strategy development and focusing on main ideas and features. ESOL 2 & 4 to support group discussions but also linking prior knowledge of Abe to this book. 6mo
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Who Is J. K. Rowling? | Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso
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For all of you Potterheads looking for more insight into the beloved J.K. Rowling, this B written by Pam Pollack & Megan Belviso, is such an easy read and really allows the reader to understand where she came from and all the inspirations along the way! This would be best used for AS, as are most of the “Who Is” collections. There are many side notes along the pages about real world connections from the HP series! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/jk-rowling-auth... Author Study is absolutely the way to go with this book. UDL 1.1 & 3.1 would work with a great AS display and then ESOL 4 & 17 linking prior knowledge of J.K. Rowling and using different visuals for presentations! (edited) 6mo
DrSpalding You shared your passion for this book with us. Knowing that your child enjoyed this as well gives your peers an extra push to be sure to have these biographies in their classroom libraries. 6mo
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A Bad Case of Stripes | David Shannon
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David Shannon has written and illustrated a wonderful F book that goes deeper than the average elementary school story. Camilla Cream develops the worst case of stripes that was ever seen, and all because she worried that others would laugh at her love for lima beans! The desire to be accepted is an ongoing issue in schools today! Use this as a RA during the first week of school to help with all of the nerves! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 UDL strategy 8.3 and 9.3 would work great with this book. ESOL 2 and 10 would be great for literature response groups to explore issues of common interest. 8mo
kkimmelman This is a great book for a lesson on acceptance. I remember reading this book in elementary school. I really like how you included a lesson plan for the two age groups, I think that was a wonderful addition. @melindamcmullen84 (edited) 8mo
DrSpalding I like that you added to resources that show that this picture book could be used in multiple grade levels. Picture books are meant to be read aloud to all elementary students. Students in the upper grades need to hear a proficient reader, read aloud! Excellent alignment. This was a dollar book recently on Scholastic! 8mo
alexandracarpenter I loved this book when I was a child! Definitely a fun read. I loved how you provided two separate lesson plans for younger and older kids~ awesome resources! 6mo
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Diary of a Worm | Doreen Cronin
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Diary of a Worm is another comical F book for the bestselling, acclaimed author-illustrator duo Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. This cute collection of diary entries from a funny worm, who enjoys all the simple things in life, is definitely a fun read for any young reader. The Bug Diaries are a packed full of activities for your classroom! #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 There are a lot of great activities and ideas on https://westonwoods.scholastic.com/products/westonwoods/catalog/searchtitleresul... and http://doreencronin.com/books/bug-diaries/ I think this would be a great RA book that could help introduce journal entries for the class. (edited) 8mo
melindamcmullen84 I think ESOL 4 would work because the daily activities of the worm link to prior knowledge of what worms are good for and/or do for the earth. UDL 2.5 could work through the different websites because there are visual and hearing aids for these stories. 8mo
DrSpalding I appreciate your focus on hearing impaired children and resources that would help them. Well done! The Diary of series is one that should be in most elementary classes! 8mo
dayuso1 This looks hilarious. Also, great idea to activate prior knowledge about worms when diving into this book. It could potentially be cross-curricular with science to study worms! 7mo
Edenmonet Diary of a Worm looks like such a cute book! I really loved how the activities you shared allows students with visuals and hearing aids to be involved as well! 6mo
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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Have you ever wondered how much a tree must see, hear and know over the hundreds of years rooted in one place? Wishtree is a F book full of believable nonhuman characters that help reveal an Anti-Muslim bigotry in the city they live in. After many years of silence, the wise old tree Red has decided to take a stand for what‘s right...even if that means breaking the one and only rule: never speak to humans. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 http://www.wishtreebook.com/static/pdf/brochure-site.pdf is a wonderful site full of great lesson plans for this book. UDL strategies 2.1 and 3.2 are great to help with the vocabulary and big ideas and relationships in this story. ESOL 10 and 16 are both something the lesson plan above would incorporate. 8mo
karamank @melindamcmullen84 I‘m currently reading this wonderful story! I love how many class room discussions you can have with it. Thank you for sharing those awesome lesson plans! :) This picture is amazing as well!! (edited) 8mo
Zmohammad This image makes me want to read the story even more! Very esthetically pleasing! Good resource to expand after the story! 😊 8mo
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Frog and Toad Are Friends (a Caldecott Honor) is one of the many classic “I Can Read” F books that Arnold Lobel wrote and illustrated during his lifetime. The tale of these two best friends, described throughout the multiple stories within, bring so much joy to beginner readers. I can guarantee no matter your age, you will find humor within these two fascinating characters. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 This book could be great for a younger-aged LC. I also see the Frog and Toad series being a good AS because Arnold Lobel has a lot of good classic reads. This website has a collection of 3 of his works to do a AS on. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Arnold-Lobel-Author-Study-Bundle-303... 8mo
melindamcmullen84 UDL 8.3: foster collaboration and community and ESOL 2: promote cooperation (small groups) is a great way to work in LCs and even with an AS. 8mo
kkimmelman @melindamcmullen84 After this post I was excited to try this book! I think it would be an excellent addition to any elementary setting. As you said, this book can foster collaboration and promote cooperation and would really be excellent in teaching students how to form literature circles. 8mo
alexandracarpenter Since my author study was Arnold Lobel, I definitely agree that this book can be good for an AS, lol! I loved the Frog and Toad books and think they are a good fit for any elementary classroom. 6mo
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Last Stop On Market Street (2016 Newbery Winner) is a RF story, written by Matt De La Peña, about kindness and diversity in everyday life. All too often we forget to stop and smell the roses, but CJ‘s nana is one that will remind you just how beautiful life is, regardless of your situation. Christian Robinson‘s simple shapes and colors truly bring this story to life. This is a perfect RA story for any classroom. #LAE3414sp19

melindamcmullen84 UDL 9.3: develop self assessment & reflection and ESOL 17: providing contextual support through visuals, facial expressions, body language, demonstrations, etc. are two great ones for this book. There are a lot of moving words and actions to help the children visualize the story, and reflection and self assessment is exactly the thing this book makes you do. 8mo
melindamcmullen84 There are so many ways you could work a lesson plan into this book. This website has a variety of ideas from compare and contrast character traits, vocabulary practice, narrative writing, and using illustrations to gain meeting. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Last-Stop-on-Market-Street-Literacy-... 8mo
kkimmelman @melindamcmullen84 I also chose this book! As you said, it shows students diversity and acceptance. I have also noticed the abundance of moving words and actions which creates a nice transition for the reader to engage students and catch their attention. Great review. 8mo
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