The book Matilda by Roald Dahl is a story about a young girl with secret magical powers who lives with a horrible adoptive family who don't care for her much because she is different from them. Matilda is very intelligent and succeeds academically and has a maturity level well beyond her age. She seeks out to gain more knowledge through books as well as school. Her teacher, Ms. Honey, helps her in any way she can. Eventually Matilda gets her happy ending away from her awful family and lives with Ms. Honey. This book is great to have on any book shelf and I would recommend reading this to over elementary school children. I would rate this book a four out of five stars and it is an 840L on the Lexile scale. An activity I would use with this book would be with writing a text about supernatural powers such as the ones Matilda has from the book. What powers might you have? How would you use your powers? other questions to follow regarding this fun activity.
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman is a classic book that I remember reading as a child. The story is about little bear and his owner and his owners mom, visiting the laundry mat to get their clothes washed and dried. Corduroy gets lost at the laundry mat after the little girl asks him to stay still and he doesn't. He is on a quest for a pocket and eventually is found by his owner the next day. This book is really cute for young children so an activity i would do for this one would be to have y students design a pocket for corduroy of their choosing. This would be more so a cooling activity as is ties along with the story in a fun and engaging way. I would rate this book a four out of five and it would be considered ad660 on the Lexile scale.
The book The Mitten by Jan Brett is a fantastic story with twist to it. It starts out as the young child named Nicki who begs his grandmother to knit him a pair of white mittens to keep his hands warm. The grandmother refuses at first because she thinks he will lose them in the snow, as they are the same color, but eventually gives in and makes them. The story shifts from the little boy to the animals of the woods when the little boy drops his mitten and a mole, then a rabbit, then a badger and so on until finally a big brown bear followed by a mouse wants to snuggle up in the mitten to stay warm. The illustrations are great and fun for children of all ages. This would be a book that I would share during reading time. I would have stuffed animals of the animals found in the book and a shower curtain sewn up to act as the mitten that the animals climb in to in order to stay warm. I would rate this book a four out of five and this would be an 800L on the Lexile scale. I would recommend adding this story to any child's book shelf.
This book Tuesday by David Wiesner is about a frogs flying around on lily pads throughout the night. The book portrays certain events the frogs encounter on their flying adventure and times in which they occur. There are exactly 32 pages in this book and very few words to be found in this story but the pictures speak for themselves.The illustrations of the story are absolutely beautiful so there is no denying that it is very much so deserving of a Caldecott medal. The pictures are breathtaking and will captivate anyone who reads the story. This is one of my favorite children's books that I have read and I can't wait to include this in my class library. I would rate this book at four and a half stars and the book does not have a rating on the Lexile scale but it typically targeted toward ages 4-8 (however I would read it to all ages). I would use this book when writing narrative texts. I would have m students listen to me read the book and then have them create their own version of a Tuesday night adventure. Where would you fly on your lily pad? would you be a frog or would you choose a different animal? Make sure to list the places and times with illustrations that all reflect your own adventure.