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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo is a F-LC Newberry Medal award winning book that follows a mouse on his adventures to save a princess from the rats. UDL 8.2 (vary demands and resources to optimize challenge) and EL 30 (encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships) are good strategies to use. #UCFLAE3414SP21

PatriciaS I love 💕 children's adventure 📚 books they are great for read aloud lessons and activities, and for opening up children to imagination and critical thinking 🤔 through discussion sessions questions and answers small groupings and independent reading assignments. 2y
DrSpalding Late 2y
DrSpalding Excellent book choice and excellent resource. This book certainly requires the assistance of a teacher to aid comprehension. The discussion sessions with questions and answers in small groups is a wise idea while the students progress through each of the four books within the one book. 2y
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
is a RF-LC/AS/IR novel based on true events about a gorilla named Ivan that learned how to paint while in a mall circus. When Ivan meets Ruby, a baby elephant that was taken from her family and put in the circus, Ivan is motivated to make a change in their circumstances. A beautiful book about friendship, art and hope!
This novel won a Newbery medal. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 7.2 (optimize relevance, value and authenticity) and EL 6 (continually monitor students comprehension) are great strategies to use. The website has great resources and activities https://thesuperheroteacher.com/2019/12/using-hands-on-activities-and-resources-... - teachers can also choose to have a movie day where the class gets to watch the move adaptation on Disney+ 2y
PatriciaS I thought this was a good book 📖 for a book 📖 club activities, chapter book is great for questions and answers sessions too. 2y
DrSpalding Late 2y
DrSpalding What an excellent post. The movie adaptation is a great option for viewing on a fun Friday. Read write think has a wonderful resource related to comparing books and movies. 2y
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Sembrando Historias, Pura Belpre: Bibliotecaria y Narradora de cuentos by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar is a B-RA/PR/AS/IR picture book about the life and contributions of Pura Belpre. While there is an English version of this book, I think it is beneficial for teachers to also have Spanish versions for their ESOL students. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp This book is a Pura Belpre honor book, as well as silver medalist of the Children‘s Book Committee‘s Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year Award.
UDL 2.4 (promote understanding across languages) and EL 24 (incorporate the culture and language of second language learners in your curriculum) are excellent strategies to use when teaching this book.
The website https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=66246#Resources has great resources.
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PatriciaS This wonderful book is a great addition to any classroom library 😊 I am adding it to my list. Thank you for your review 👍 and another resource to add for ELL students too. 2y
DrSpalding Teaching books is a good resource. Your English learner strategy is spot on. Children need to learn from picture book biographies! English learner 28 works well with all biographies that we expose students to at the elementary level. 2y
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Ten Little Ladybugs | Melanie Gerth
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Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth is a F-RA/RT/DR/CR picture book that is especially beneficial for kindergarteners in learning counting and math. UDL 3.3 (guide information processing and visualization) and EL 32 (use student pairs for team learning) are good strategies! This website is a great resource https://www.totschooling.net/2015/02/ladybug-learning-activities.html?m=1

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PatriciaS This is such a cute picture book 📖, I am definitely adding this to my collection of read aloud lessons and activities, thanks for the review 👍 and resources too. 2y
DrSpalding I definitely think read aloud and as soon as numerals are involved, I always think math! Be thinking about ways you can use great books in all content areas. 2y
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The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper is a classic TL/F-PR/RA/CR book that many of us know and love. In this book, a train,
that has very important toys and candies inside for the children on the other side of the mountain, breaks down. The toys ask different engines if they can pull them, but none can. Until then little blue engine comes along and proves that even if you‘re small, you can do big things! #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 9.1 (promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation) and EL 17 (provide contextual support though audio visuals, models, demonstrations, etc) are good strategies to use.
This website has the movie version of this book which would be so fun for the students to watch as a treat at the end of the unit! https://www.amazon.com/Little-Engine-that-Could/dp/B088K2XVJ4
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PatriciaS This is a wonderful picture book 📚 great read aloud to encourage those struggling students. Great pick for classroom library 😊. Thank you for your review and resources. 2y
DrSpalding This book has a message that all students should hear… They can all do big things! This should be a read aloud that of course you could watch the movie as well, in kindergarten and first grade. 2y
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Here We Are: Notes for Living On Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffrey is a RF-RA picture book about a boy introducing his new baby brother to facts about earth and all that is in and around it. This book is great to add to a science lesson about the earth and all the things that we need to live. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 8.1 (heighten salience of goals and objectives) and EL 10 (teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups) are effective strategies for teaching this book.
This website has great resources to use https://www.keepingmykiddobusy.com/blog/2020/1/8/all-about-planet-earth-free-act... to emphasize the importance of
Planet earth.
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PatriciaS Thank you ❤️ for this great science resource to add to my list of reads for science activities. Great review and resources too. 2y
DrSpalding I follow this author on social media and he is excellent! I own this book and of course it is a good one for science but also clearly, geography which is social studies. Use good books in other content areas. Nice resource. 2y
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Hello World: Solar System by Jill McDonald is a NF-RA/CR picture book that teaches children all about the solar system with interesting facts about each planet. UDL 1.1 (offer ways of customizing the display of information) and EL 4 (link lesson topic to students prior knowledge) are great strategies to use. #UCFLAE3414SP21 This website is a great resource to accompany a lesson about the solar system https://www.planetsforkids.org

PatriciaS Great science 👍 picture book 📖 for introducing new concepts and science vocabulary words, great inspiration for young children and great review and resource activities 2y
DrSpalding This is certainly nonfiction and certainly a wonderful book to use in science. Discipline specific vocabulary is vital for student comprehension. 2y
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Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima is a F-RA book about a little girl who loves wearing costumes. One day, she goes to the store with her dads and sees some penguins, then follows them all the way to their home! Then, she has to figure out how to get back to New York to be with her dads in time for her birthday party! #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp This book integrates diversity because Harriet has same-sex parents, but it is not explicitly talked about in the book - it‘s simply kind of in the background of the story - which is important because this normalizes diverse families for elementary students!
UDL 3.2 (highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships) and EL 3 (encourage self talk) are great strategies to use.
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melodyp This website https://duvalliteracyassociation.org/uploads/3/4/8/1/34813284/harriet_gets_carri... has some great extension activities for this book 2y
faithcella19 I‘ve never heard of this book, will read soon! 2y
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neanderc This book sounds really interesting! I love the idea that she has to find her way back and the extension activities look fun!! 2y
MFlowers I love the diversity of the book!! What a great resource for teachers! 2y
Sdemps This sounds like such a great read! I think the theme of the book would be just what students need in the classrooms The Duval Literary Association website also provided awesome activities for teachers to use along side this book. 2y
PatriciaS I loved 👗 dress up as a girl and all children love costumes this would be great for that activity in class, a must for my list, thank you for your review 👍. 2y
DrSpalding I am wondering if your kids enjoy wearing certain things. One of my sons would not take off his cowboy boots when he was three! Text to self connection. Helpful resource. 2y
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Flora and the Flamingo is a F-RA Caldecott honor book about a girl who does a synchronized dance with a flamingo. This is an interactive open-the-flap book with NO WORDS which leaves lots of creativity open to the teacher and students. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp This website https://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2013/12/flora-and-the-flamingo/ has lots of activities that teachers can use in the classroom to enhance the reading of this book, such as “choosing your own plot line” and “partner picture walks and storytelling”. UDL 5.2 (use multiple tools for construction and composition) and EL 6 (continually monitor students‘ comprehension) are good strategies. 2y
Karissacurrier I love books with no words! I posted about one with no words as well. I love the different activities the recourse has that you included! 2y
DrSpalding Wordless picture books can be quite valuable in the classroom. As you noted it meets universal design principal 5.2 where you could have the students construct their own story! What a wonderful extension activity! 2y
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Hour of the Olympics | Mary Pope Osborne
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The Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics is a HF-IR book about two children, Jack and Annie, who go back in time to Ancient Greece where girls aren‘t allowed at the olympics. Annie has to find a way to get to the games! But in the process, she may get herself in to some trouble! #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp This website https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/ancient-olympi... has a great lesson plan to teach students about the Ancient Greek Olympic Games! UDL 8.3 (foster collaboration and community) and EL 2 (promote cooperation, small groups) are good strategies to use to further enhance the lesson. 2y
OliviaBuck I just read this book as well! A great HF to have in the classroom, along with all the other magic tree house books of course :) 2y
DrSpalding The series is considered modern fantasy however I can understand why you would think historical fiction. Sometimes the genres are blurred. ❤️📚 2y
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Space Explorers | Eva Moore
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The Magic School Bus: Space Explorers is a SF-PR/LC/IR book about a group of students that goes on a field trip to outer space with their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, and learned about the solar system. This website, https://www.weareteachers.com/space-activities-for-kids/ , has great activities to help students learn more about the solar system. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 1.1 (offer ways of customizing the display of information) and EL 46 (use discovery learning activities) are good strategies to help students further understand the lesson. 2y
DrSpalding We are teachers is a quality resource and you've done a beautiful job aligning your EL and UDL! 2y
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My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero is a B/NF-LC/IR book about the authors life as an undocumented immigrant and the struggles she and her family had to face. Many may know the author from well-known series and it is important for students to realize that even famous people have had struggles in their lives. This book is an Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction nominee. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 7.2 (Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity) and EL 4 (Link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge) are strategies that can be used in a lesson involving this book.
This website https://www.teachervision.com/subjects/social-studies-history/immigration has great resources for expanding on the topic of immigration that is talked about in this novel.
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Karissacurrier This book touches on very important topics that are essential we share in the classroom! I love the resource you included as well. The ESOL Strategy you chose would work well with this story, as well as the UDL principle. 2y
DrSpalding I added this to my stack. Excellent book selections and quality resources. This is an example of a book that should be in your intermediate classroom library. 2y
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Love Is | Diane Adams
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“Love is....” by Diane Adams is a RF-RA/CR book about a girl who finds a duck and decides to keep it and take care of it, only to realize that at a certain point the duck was getting big and ready to be out on his own again in the world. This book talks about all the the things that love is, like taking care of something fragile, and knowing when it‘s time to let go. This book is very special to me because it reminds me of my kids. #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 3.2 (Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships) and ESOL 20 (List the most important words and phrases you use or plan to use in a presentation on a transparency or on the chalkboard) are strategies that would be beneficial when reading this book. 2y
melodyp A great website for activities that can be used to accompany this book is https://lovinlifewithlittles.com/activities-about-love-kids-valentines-day-presc... - there are many great resources for activities about “love”, as well as great discussion questions. 2y
DrSpalding Your storytelling was lovely. This is a powerful book that you could certainly use around Valentine's Day but at other times of the year as well. Good book selection and helpful resources. 2y
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling is a MF-LC/IR chapter book about a boy who finds out he is a wizard and is sent to a magical school called Hogwarts where he makes new friends and learns the ins and outs of magic, who he truly is and how he became “the boy who lived.” #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp UDL 7.1 (optimize individual choice and autonomy) and EL 10 (teach think, pair and share strategies in cooperative groups) are great strategies to use. 2y
melodyp https://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=8272 this website is a great resource for activities 2y
DrSpalding Five of 10 noted. Be sure to expand on the website resource and align it to the universal design and English learner strategies. Use the rubric to be sure you aren‘t missing any required elements. 2y
DrSpalding Oh my...I love your image and am a huge HP fan! 2y
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Sofía Valdez, Future Prez is a RF/P picture book about a girl who‘s abuelito hurts his ankle at a local landfill. Sofia decides that she wants to do something about this landfill and turn it into a park! But, City Hall tells her she can‘t because she is just a kid. Sofía sets out to prove them wrong! #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp This is a great RA/RT book that uses UDL 3.2 (highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas and relationships) and EL 3 (encourage self talk/positive thinking) 2y
melodyp https://jodi-durgin.mykajabi.com/Sofia-valdez-future-prez-activities this website has some great activities for this book! 2y
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carole is a RF picture book about a caterpillar that eats so many things each day of the week that he gets so full, turns in to a cocoon and becomes a beautiful butterfly. This is a great RA book that uses UDL 3.3 (guides information processing and visualization) and teachers can use EL 30 for activities (encourage use of diagrams/drawings as aids to identify concepts/seeing relationships) #UCFLAE3414SP21

melodyp https://www.weareteachers.com/very-hungry-caterpillar-activities/ this is a great website teachers can use to get ideas for activities 2y
AlexRobinson Can never go wrong with the hungry caterpillar! I just adore this read and how fun it is for our students considering there are a PLETHORA of activities to go along with this book!! The resource website you added has some fun and creative activities but my favorite for the sake of literacy comprehension has to be #4: clothespin retelling! So easy yet so effective and some interactive fun! 2y
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This book is such a good read to help children deal with hard emotions like sadness! It has helpful tools explained in a way that makes it seem like sadness is a friend that comes to visit sometimes. 💛 #UCFLAE3414SP21

OliviaBuck This is a book I will be sure to add to my classroom library! I think it is so important to provide students with information on emotions and how to cope with them, and this seems like a perfect book to do so. 2y
AndreaEfres The blanket 😍 2y
GuidoParente Looks like such a cute book! Love that you got your child involved, will have to give it a look! 2y
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My TeachLive book is Gaston. I chose this book because it‘s an absolute favorite and both of my toddlers love when I read it to them. I feel like it‘s such a cute story with a deep meaning behind it and feel that others will enjoy reading it just as much as we do. 🥰🥰

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