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She believes that children should be surrounded with opportunities of all kinds at all levels. “They should seek and find what interests them, and most importantly, they must have the confidence to rise above anything that impedes their dreams,” Maureen suggests.
The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail
This is a perfect book for every elementary classroom. Maxwell teaches students that there is “a bit of magic” in all of us. Teachers can use this book to have students take a closer look at their classmates and find the good…a fun way to build classroom community.
Additional ways to use this book in the classroom:
-reading dialogue with expression (various “said” words)
-using pictures to infer characters’ feelings
-“reading” the illustration to understand main character’s personality and character traits
-simple theme (Perfect way to introduce young readers to the concept
of themes in a book.)
-setting changes and how they affect character changes
-use thought bubbles to model how to write in internal thinking
-write Maxwell’s next adventure
-chart “said” words
-for beginning writers – how illustrations can show movement
This book has it all! It is a great book to use with PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) and a true mentor text for reading and writing. My second grade class has enjoyed it every time we have read it and it is a book they read in groups during any free minute in the day. 5 BIG stars!!!