Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#MMBBR Books in the Classroom with Yvonne

I Want to Eat Your Books
By: Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker

I read this book to my second grade class and asked the students what they really liked about the book and their hands shot up. Here are a few of their comments:
  • clever title
  • title page with the monster coming out of the cemetery
  • how the words sound like a song when read – the rhyming words
  • colorful and detailed illustrations
  • happy ending – how it ends in the moment
  • big words the zombie says…because they are fun to read as a class
  • that the zombie realizes that reading is really fun
This book is perfect for teaching rhyming words and thinking what would make sense. Simply cover up the second rhyming word and having students use context clues to figure out what would make sense. As a read aloud, I didn’t even get halfway through the book and the students were eager to join in reading aloud. This is one of those books where students are sitting in groups reading it together whenever they get a chance. 5 stars.

The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird
By: Anne Toole
 A rhyming book about being happy with who you are. A young bird tells his mother he does not want to be a bird. So he ventures out into the world to explore being a different animal. What he finds out is that every animal has positive qualities he likes but they also have qualities that do not suit him well. In the end he decides that being a bird is what is best for him. The book is easy to read and filled with dolch sight words for emergent readers. 4 stars

A Caterpillar, a Bee and a VERY Big Tree
By: Dicksy Wilson & D.B. Sanders

When you set your mind to something you can accomplish anything. Gus (the caterpillar) and Shoo Bee (the bee) become the best of friends by working together to help others.
This book is a perfect interactive read aloud during my second grade insect unit:
·      filled with a ton of phrases and vocabulary that the students can act out while listening to the story
·      students can take on roles of the insects for a readers’ theater
·      introduces students to basic insects and their characteristics
·      touches on parts of the caterpillar life cycle
·      rhyming text makes it fun to read
Wilson and Sanders do an excellent job of weaving together a fiction story sprinkled with informational facts while centering it all around a multiple positive messages to young children. 5 stars

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