"The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown is a novel about a robot named Roz who finds herself on a deserted island, inhabited by a wide range of animals. She now finds herself not only having to overcome the challenges of the animals and living on the island, but also the challenge of her new found emotions.
This short novel can be a great novel study with grade levels 3-5. It offers a wide range of activities and lessons that can follow. It also has the capability to tug at your heart strings- no matter what age you are.
During practicum, my associate teacher read this book to our grade 3 class, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Santa overhears friends talking about how Santa has ruined the real meaning of Christmas, and how nobody realizes that it is truly about the birth of Christ. Santa feels sad about this, and although every year he gives a gift to the baby Jesus, this year, he does not feel worthy enough. That is, until, he has a special conversation with the big Man upstairs.
Jeanne Pieper does a excellent job of connecting the religious meaning of Christmas, to our beloved Saint Nick. I encourage you to read this to your classroom, children; even adults. It truly ties all of our beliefs together.
Recently, my associate teacher gave me this book to create a lesson off of, and I thought it was an excellent book to share with students. The little boy in this story is constantly daydreaming throughout the day, which in turn, gets him in trouble. What happens when he gets to art class, and is able to use his wonders and daydreams and turn them into artwork?
This story teaches students that the different things they question throughout the day are valid and important, and us as teachers and educators should be working these wonders into our lessons. It teaches us the importance of creativity and imagination.
The Book With No Pictures
I have read this book with my students countless times, and it never ceases to make them laugh. The Book With No Pictures is just that, a book with no pictures. Adults beware- this book will absolutely, 100% make you say very silly things. However, I guarantee that any child will love it and especially appreciate you reading it in funny, exaggerated voices. B.J Novak does a reading of this book to elementary kids, and they are loving every minute of it. I highly recommend buying this book and reading it any chance you get.
The Bear Who Loved to Dance
Feeling a need to fit in is all too familiar, especially with children. They are looking to find similarities within a group of friends in order to feel a sense of belonging. In "The Bear Who Loved to Dance", Bear is trying to find something he is good at; he wants to find a 'hidden talent' and find a group of friends in which he feels his sense of belonging. He tries countless sports and activities, but nothing seems to be working for Bear. "The Bear Who Loved to Dance" is not only a cute story about finding your place in this world, but also tells children to not give up.
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