Books for the classroom

Books to use in my classroom.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest - Lynne Cherry

When I teach about the rain forest I will read this book to the students. As a class we will talk about plot and setting of the book. Then students will create a Kapok tree of their own with construction paper. On the trunk of the tree the students will glue the class's idea of plot, setting, and characters.

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster - Debra Frasier

Students will broaden their understanding of various literary devices and strengthen their vocabulary skills. After reading the book I will write words on the board and students will write them on their paper. When students are done writing the assigned words they will create synonyms and antonyms. As informal assessment I will be monitoring students are they are working.  

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: A Pop-Up Storybook with a Twist in the Tale! - Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury

The students will create a Venn Diagram and compare and contrast this book and another three little pigs book. The class will collaborate together, after reading the book, and find evidence in the book to back up what they are comparing between the two versions of the book.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf - Judy Sierra

I would read this book to the class before a field trip or school event to help students remember to mind their manners. After reading the students will draw a picture of them minding their manners and a picture not minding their manners. The students would create a Good and Bad list of manners and I would hang it up in the classroom so students could see it all the time.

Los tres pequeños jabalíes / The Three Little Javelinas - Susan Lowell, Jim Harris

This book could be used to teach about cultures in the south west. I would read this book along with The Three Hot Tamales and instruct students to create activities for the class to participate in about the culture. This is a great activity to build background knowledge of other countries. Students would bring in food, play games, listen to different cultures music, and watch videos about this culture. 

The Three Little Tamales - Eric A. Kimmel, Valeria Docampo

This book would be great for teaching about different cultures. The vocabulary in this book may not be familiar to students but may be familiar to ESL students. The activity for this book is to assign students to certain cultures and create centers for each culture. For example if a student had Africa as their country they would research etiquette rules and bring in food from that culture as well as demonstrate a game played in that culture.

Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

The lesson idea I have for Hatchet is using details to help readers visualize the story. Gary Paulsen wrote Hatch in a very descriptive way therefore it is a good book to use for visualization. I would assign a project where students use details from the story to draw images from the passage and which details Paulsen uses to create these images. 


Holes - Louis Sachar

I could use this book for the daily 5 in a fifth grade classroom. The students would be in groups and read with partners. After reading the students would create a project to present to the class using evidence to explain key events. I would assign other groups to do assignments such as explain and infer traits by analyzing, actions, thoughts, and dialogue. 

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! - John A. Scieszka

For this version of the Three Little Pigs my lesson will be about point of view. I will either read this book to the students or let them read it as well as the original Three Little Pigs. After reading the students will compare the two stories and write down the wolves point of view and the pigs point of view then make their mind up on who they believe is being honest.

More Parts - Tedd Arnold

More Parts is a good book to help teach idioms. For the lesson idea I have for this book is teaching the students to use context clues and pictures to figure out what the idiom means. For example one idiom in the book is give me a hand. The students would draw their favorite idiom out of the book and write the meaning. Students will then read cards given to them by the teacher and highlight the idiom as well as figure out the meaning.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams, E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo

I will introduce Charlotte's Web by asking the students about their background knowledge of the book. As we read the book the students will take notes on characters, setting, problems, and solutions. At the end of the book I will divide students into groups and instruct them to create a story map with the notes they took while reading. After students are done they will present to the class.

Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes

Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

I Love My White Shoes would be a great book for a cause and effect lesson. It is a good example of cause and effect because his shoes are originally white and by the end of the story they are a different color. For this lesson I would like to let students draw a pictures of what happened to Pete and what caused it.

Amelia Bedelia and the Baby - Peggy Parish, Lynn Sweat

This book was great for an idiom lesson. For my lesson I introduced idioms to students and explain figurative language. After the discussion the students played a matching game with idioms and their meanings. Once students understood idioms I read this book and pointed out idioms in the book. After we discussed the idioms and they gave me examples of idioms.

Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf

Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf - Judy Sierra

I will use this book for a prediction lesson. Before reading I will talk to students about the three little pigs and then ask their opinion about the wolf. After asking their opinion the class would then predict what really happened to the three little pigs and write it down. After sharing stories I will read the book to the class as we discuss their predictions along the way. 

The Three Little Tamales

The Three Little Tamales - Eric A. Kimmel, Valeria Docampo

I will use this book for a compare and contrast lesson. I will compare it to the original Three Little Pigs. Using a venn diagram would be effective for students to visualize the difference between the two books.  Before reading this book I would read the original book. After the lesson students would create their own version of the three little pigs by using an app to record their voice and present to the class.

It's Hard To Be a Verb! - Julia Cook, Carrie Hartman

I would use this lesson in about verbs and being active. This book can double as a book about verbs and not being able to stay still. The activity I would do for I Love Verbs is a writing prompt. The students will be challenged to  use a certain amount of verbs in a story they write. Another idea for this book is to read sentences with students and instruct them to highlight or circle the verb in the sentence. As a closing activity I will get the students to demonstrate what a verb is at their desk, for example jump up in down or run in place.