Reccommended Reading List
Well if there is one assignment I have been putting off, it has been this one, where I list for you my reccomended reading list! It isn't that I just thought that I would wait until my final blog entry to put it all together, which would give me time to think about books, and perhaps get introduced to a few more. So in no particular order here is the list!!
This book is about a little orphan girl named Sohpie, who is taken from her bed one night by the Big Friendly Giant and whisked away to the land of the Giants. As the story unravels, the reader will discover that the BFG isn't as scary as he may have started off to be, and in fact he is a very friendly giant. As the story continues the reader will watch as the friendship grows between Sophie and the BFG and the fight that Sophie must win to save the children from the evil monsters.
I think this book would be best suited for grades 3-5. It works with the language arts curriculum where the students can express personal feelings, on stories with small groups, in their writing and in literature circles.
Falling Up is a book filled with short little poems that all children would love. I was first introduced to this book and others when i was doing my volunteer work in Kamloops. I have never seen so many children so eager to engage in poetry. So that is why I think this book could be used right from k-7 when introducing students to poetry. When they are younger it works well because the poems are short and fun, and as they get older, they could write their own poetry. (and on a little side note if anyone is interested they have this book and two other ones at Costco right now! I bought all 3!)
Book # 3 Lizzy's Ups and Downs: Not an Ordinary School Day
This book is about a little girl named Lizzy as she tells her mom about her day at school. She tells her mom all the good and bad things that happen during that day. I think this is a great book to use in grades k-2. it ties into language arts and personal planning. One of the irp's for personal planning is to identify feelings. This book shares Lizzy's feelings, her frustrations, her sadness when her friend moves away etc. It would be great to get a discussion going with the class. Some of them will probably have felt those emotions similar to Lizzy but not really aware of they are. With this book it gives the child a chance to relate their own emotions to those of Lizzy.
Book # 4
Magic School Bus Lost in Space
This is one of the many tales of Ms. Frizzle and her class going on an adventure. In this book they visit outter space and go to each planet and learn about it. This book ties in with the grade 3 irp's where they explore stars and planets. There is also a 30min video that the students could watch for this as well. I used it during my pracitcum and it was a hit!
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
Jan and Stan Berenstain
This is one of the many books about the Berenstain Bears. I like these books because they teach morals. In this particular book it is about dealing with a school bully. Sister bear is bullyed at school, and brother tries to go to her rescue until he realizes that the bully is a girl. This book is good for grades k-3 and it fits into both the language arts the personal planning curriculum. It is a good way to teach students about bullying, and the best ways to deal with the situation. I would have a discussion with the class, on how brothers way to go after the bully is not the answer, and then perhaps brainstorm more appropriate ways to deal with a school bully.
Book #6The Balloon Tree
The Balloon Tree is a fairytale like story about a young girl who loves balloons Her father goes away, and her uncle the Archduke locks her up and pops all of her precious balloons. She heads out on a mission, to find a single balloon tha thas not been popped so that she can signal her father to come. As I have mentioned this before, I read this book for my read aloud. I think that this story would work well with grades k-3 and could be tied into language arts, art, or creative writing.
Connie Brummel Crook
This book is a Native American legend on where maple syrup came from. For a full description see my multi-cultural assignment. This book could also be used in grades k-3 and would fit in with language arts. There is so much the students can do. It can be tied into a unit on legends, students could write their own legends etc.
I thought I was done my list, but then i saw that Maizie had this book on her list and I rememered how much these two books meant to me so I had to come back and add them to my list.
Your Time My Time
Your time my time is a great book to use up here in the North, since it is about a girl who lives in Wells BC. She gets tired of the life there. One day when visiting the graveyard in Barkerville she discovers a ring which takes her back in time, during the gold rush. I remember reading this book in grade 5 prior to us coming up north (on a VERY long bus ride) to go to Barkerville. This book could probably be used in grade 4 or 5, and be tied into language arts and social studies, since it explores the time of the Gold Rush.
Another book by Anne Walsh is The Ghost of Soda Creek. This book also takes place in a Cariboo region of BC. Kelly moves here with her father after a family tragic accident. Kelly sees a little girl, who is a ghost. But she is not the only one that see this ghost, David, a univeristy student also sees this little girl. As these two and the other people of the city follow this little girl, Kelly begins to learn a lot about life and love. this ia another great novel for the grade 4 or 5 age level, and can once again be tied into language arts and social studies. (for me this book holds a special memory, because I got to meet Anne Walsh while in Barkerville in grade 5 and she signed my copy of this book)