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raqueldonna

raqueldonna

Joined May 2019

Education major with a passion for reading! 💕
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First adult read of the summer 😉
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CWalters I am SO thrilled to see you are reading for pleasure AND posting to Litsy!!! Wahoo!! 4w
raqueldonna Lol I really like the app! I used to use goodreads but this one is so much better! 😊 4w
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F/ AS
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.
This story has a great lesson to try things even if you are scared of them!
Children will love the world of Dr. Seuss & there are so many fun lessons you can do with this book.
Children will enjoy the rhythmic quality of this book.
Every classroom library needs this book!
UDL 3.2
ELL Spanish read aloud & book https://youtu.be/0-HO1nEYyFk
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Alexis-Thompson This was one of my favorites! So many things you can do with this book that encourage students to read. 1mo
TracyHayes I will never forget making green eggs in my classroom. I hope when I‘m a teacher my students won‘t forget their experience either. 1mo
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Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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HF/ Caldecott honor/ RA
A great story that illustrates what slavery in America was like & the negative ways in which it affected the lives of African Americans.
Good resource for teaching students about slavery from a first person perspective.
Teacher guide with discussion questions & terms to pre-teach https://tinyurl.com/y2kqon73
UDL 2.1
ELL background info on slavery. Pre-teach vocab
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DeniseR Nice! Tough topics are best introduced though literature at times. I like how the story begins with a child. This may draw young readers in! 1mo
TracyHayes This book was definitely a kid friendly approach and it still leaves more mature readers the opportunity to get more out of it through inferences. 1mo
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HF/ Notable Children's Books/ SR GR
A great historical fiction book (for social studies unit) about WWII & Jewish ghettos
Lightly touches on the subject in a kid friendly way but illustrates for kids what life was like for these people during this scary time
Great book for read aloud/think aloud, lots of higher thinking questions/discussions can be had
Read aloud video https://youtu.be/SWHjMhutlws
UDL 4.2
ELL partner reading, audiobook
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NF/NY Times Bestseller/ SR IR
Each page of this book is saturated in color & details the achievements of one women in the industry of science. Book includes a timeline of how far women have come in the field of science & a great glossary of terms.
This would be a great resource to use in the classroom for various activities
Great resources from the author's webpage https://tinyurl.com/y496jptd
UDL 2.1
ELL academic vocabulary definitions
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Ivanita08 Great science book for students to learn about what different women have contributed to science. Good pick! 1mo
gergana08 women in Science, is a book that I would use for older students who have a better understanding. It is a great way to teach about women and how far they have come in the industry of science. The book includes vocabulary definitions which is also a great lesson plan in the classroom. 1mo
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F/ALA Notable/GR SR
I am very drawn to well illustrated books & this one was no exception!
A story about two puppies switched at birth with a lesson that fitting in does not mean looking like everyone else & that who you are on the inside is far more important than what you are on the outside.
Worksheet for after reading https://tinyurl.com/y5fguwpe
UDL 2.3
ELL illustrations aid in telling the story
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gergana08 Gaston, is a cute book that I would use in the classroom for younger students. The illustrations are great for the EL students. This is a great way to teach about diversity and generalization. It‘s an important topic to cover and that students don‘t have to “fit in”, with everyone else. 1mo
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Extra Yarn | Mac Barnett
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F / Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winner/ GR RA S
A visually stunning book that reads like a modern fairy tale, this would make a really fun read aloud or story telling.
I would use this book with kids to compare/contrast to traditional fairytales.
Great guiding reading questions: https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/ExtraYarn
UDL 3.2
ELL Buddy/paired reading
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Actual Size | Steve Jenkins
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NF/ NCTE Honor/ SR RA
Great nonfiction book. It's fun to go through it & compare your size to that of the animals inside!
I also love that the measurements are included as well, math & reading in one book! There is also an extended glossary filled with fun facts
Great lesson where you have kids guess the measurements & then see if they were right! https://tinyurl.com/yyudprfq
UDL 2.5
ELL translation/definition for "measurement"
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TracyHayes This is good to hear. I will be reading it later tonight. I love math so I‘m excited now. 1mo
raqueldonna @TracyHayes lol yeah it was cool that it gave measurements & some weights to really give you a good idea. 1mo
gergana08 Actual Size, is a great book that can be used as a read loud in the classroom. The book is great for teaching about measurements, sizes and the different animals. I would use this book with beginning level students. 1mo
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Last Stop on Market Street | Matt de la Peña
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RF/Caldecott Honor, Newbery Winner, & Coretta Scott King Honor for 2016/ RA GR
This beautifully illustrated book teaches kids to appreciate what they have, not compare themselves to other & see the beauty around them.
Illustrates diversity, people with disabilities & lower income areas/people
Guided Questions & lesson activities http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/laststoponmarket.html
UDL 2.1
ELL added visual aids
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Alexisjordan5 Yesss! I love this book! It‘s been one of my favorites for awhile!! 1mo
raqueldonna @Alexisjordan5 I had never heard of it, but was intrigued when I saw it in class lol! It's such a lovely book 🥰 The little nana is so cute 1mo
TracyHayes What a great message. I am going to have to add that to my reading list. 1mo
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SF/ NY Times 2015 best illustrated/ IR GR
Illustrated by Dan Santat in the style of a comic book, this book tells the story of a science fair project gone wrong!
2 reasons I love this book: it depicts women in the field of science & the pictures tell most of the story while the words are secondary, thus this is a perfect read for ELL's or struggling readers.
TEDtalk with the author https://tinyurl.com/yyz6u9tc
UDL 7.1
ELL buddy reading
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Kayladvazquez I feel this would be a great book to keep in the classroom library. I love how it promotes women in the field of science. The fact that the book is set up like a comic can encourage students to want to read it more. The TEDtalk was super interesting and would be helpful to show students so they can get to know the author. 1mo
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Yeh-Shen | Ai-Ling Louie
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TL/Horn Book Honor /GR
Read this in one of my service learning classes
Teacher read traditional western version then this one
Students worked in groups to create venn diagrams of the stories
Great book for highlighting cultural awareness in the classroom
Graphic Organizer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1weFIu7c4S130KtzAk03ihiT_b3YkTcBhrM4z2T4vfGE/...
UDL 1.1
ELL read a version from their country! Read with a partner
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When Jessie Came Across the Sea | Amy Hest, P. J. Lynch
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HF/ Bisto Merit Award/ GR SR
Great book to use in place of textbook to teach about the past & immigration to America
Students can gain a feel of what it was like to leave behind your home & travel to a new land
UDL 1.2 1.3 http://bookbuilder.cast.org/view_print.php?book=6386 Scanned version of book, provide to students w/ visual or hearing impairments depending on how you are using the book
ELL academic vocab translations & definitions
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F/ Caldecott medal winner/ GR IR
I love Santat's illustrations & kids will love the whimsical story of a friend not yet "imagined"
Students could draw versions of their own unimaginary friends, connecting reading with art
Horn book interview & the story's inspiration:
www.hbook.com/2015/07/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/profile-of-2015-caldecott-medal-winner-dan-santat
UDL 8.3
ELL broken down translations for words like 'unimaginary'
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Kayladvazquez I love your activity idea. This book has an amazing illustration. The activity can even go as far as making it a group assignment. If it was a science lesson you could have the students actually create their imaginary friend using recycled items. 1mo
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P/ Grammy, ALA notable/AS RT
My favorite book of children's poems, I read this countless times as a child & would love to share it with my own future students as an intro into poetry
As someone who loves poetry I want to foster that in my students
Great teacher resources on the author's website: www.shelsilverstein.com/learning/#lessons-and-activities
UDL 7.2
ELL example poem in their native language to connect the idea of the genre
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wanderinglynn I love Shel Silverstein. ❤️ 1mo
wanderinglynn What does UDL 7.2 mean? 1mo
Bookjunkie57 Some of my fondest memories are listening to these poems if we behaved well and cleaned up on time after art class in elementary school. I‘m glad to see teachers are still sharing this book with students. 1mo
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Alexisjordan5 I use to love reading the poems in this books when I was younger! Such great poems within this book! 1mo
raqueldonna @wanderinglynn we are doing this as a school project, this is a universal design for learning tool reference 1mo
raqueldonna @Bookjunkie57 I love that 😊 thanks for sharing! 1mo
wanderinglynn Ah, thanks! 👍🏻 1mo
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Tikki Tikki Tembo | Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent
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TL/ Boston Globe Horn book award/CR
I remember this book from childhood
b/c of the character's long name it's a fun story to read aloud
Said to originate in either Japanese or Chinese folklore (debated as to which)
Could be used to compare/contrast to American folklore
www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/tikki-tikki-tembo-spanish-edition Spanish version & activities
UDL 2.1
ELL Reference a traditional tale from their cultural background
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After the Fall | Dan Santat
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F/RA, S, DR
2015 Caldecott medal winner Dan Santat creates an unforgettable story about what happened after Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
This beautiful illustrated story teaches us that we can overcome fear & anxiety to do great things
We can introduce this story by activating prior knowledge of the original nursery rhythm.
This is one of my favs!
Afterthefallbook.com book website
UDL 3.1
ELL introduced original story for reference
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CWalters This is a fun story and great book choice. Be sure to proofread your postings for this project. 1mo
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Be Kind | Pat Zietlow Miller
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RF/ NY Times Best Seller/ S
What does it mean to 'be kind'?
Great overall message/lesson for little ones, this story can teach about empathy & what it means to be a good person. Can use to introduce a lesson on kindness.
Works well for storytelling.
Activities to do with students after you read: http://www.thehappyteacher.co/2018/07/be-kind-promoting-kindness-in-classroom.ht...
UDL 3.2
ELL include visual aids & gestures
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RF/ RA
This book may not contain much "literary value" in the standard sence but it can be a fun read aloud, good example to model pitch, tone & pacing.
I like this book b/c it introduces kids to the idea that books without pictures can still be fun! Gasp!
A reading by the author himself: https://youtu.be/cREyQJO9EPs
UDL 2.5
ELL video reading or translation
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Little People, Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo | Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Eng Gee Fan
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B/RA SR
I love this book b/c it can be used to join reading w/ history, art, & cultural diversity! This book is a simple overview of Kahlo's life & achievements. I would use this as an intro into the study of Frida, the history of Mexico, or the study of women in history
kid friendly bio & art activity: https://kidworldcitizen.org/kids-learn-frida-kahlo-mexican-artist-extraordinaire...
UDL 3.1
ELL texts in Spanish, word bank
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KPC I love Frida Kahlo! What a great version for children. :) 1mo
Bmelendez92 This is an amazing colorful book, not only teaching about her but also reaching the younger audience with the beautiful illustrations. Good find! 1mo
Ivanita08 Great selection Raquel! I barely know about Frida‘s life, but based on the colorful images and particular portrait of Frida on this book, I think I would like to read this book to know more about her! 1mo
KDrake I love any children's book that helps to promote acceptance of diversity and brings historical facts about different cultures to the classroom for students. I also love it when I can learn something new myself from reading a book. This would be a fantastic addition to any classroom library, especially if there are any ELLs from Mexico in your class! 👍😁 1mo
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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F/Indian Paintbrush Award/LC or IR
This book was an easy & captivating read, I read it in under 2 days!
Perfect for teaching about cultural awareness, diversity, & immigration in the U.S.
Great themes about the importance of Mother Nature
Link for activities to do w/ students after reading: https://www.plt.org/recommended-reading/wishtree/
UDL 3.1/ EL Audio book or word bank translations
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CWalters I‘m SO glad you enjoyed it. 2mo
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Fly Away Home | Eve Bunting
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RF/Black-eyed Susan/RA
This book covered tough subject matter in a way that was very approachable for young students. This book can help educators to start an important discussion about a hard topic.
Interview & biography with the author for insight on her writings, may be fun to share with students when introducing author: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/bunting
UDL 7.2
ELs: can benefit from audio or video read aloud
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