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Escargot | Dashka Slater
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Reading through this book during the scholastic book fair put a smile on my face. Really such a cute book 💕 #startingmyclassroomlibrary #scholasticbookfair #elementaryeducation

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This is a MF book that won the Newberry Medal and is a New York Times Bestseller. This is a touching story of friendship, art, promises kept, and change. Ivans promise to protect young Ruby leads to some out of the box thinking on his part. It is both amazing and heartbreaking that some of this story was inspired by a true story. It would make for an excellent LC or IR.

DawnS It was a bit sad but sometimes sad things happen... plus it turns around. https://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=3800 has some options for resources to use with this book like a notebook activity to sort out the different settings. It will meet ESOL strategy 7 of show students how to use graphic organizers and I think this book aligns particularly well with UDL 9.2 facilitating personal coping skills and strategies. 4mo
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The New Kid on the Block | Jack Prelutsky
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 this P book was literally one of my favorite books growing up! It would be so fun to do a RA, PR, or SR. It is a hilarious collection of poems that students will love!! “My Brother‘s Head Should Be Replaced” influences one of the poems I wrote about my sister. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKwl5JBb_i0 is some of the poems read aloud.

DawnS There‘s also great resources at http://jackprelutsky.com and would align with UDL 5.1 using multiple media for communication and ESOL strategy 14 to simplify your speech by making it slower and redundant. 4mo
fquadri I‘ve never heard of this book before but it seems pretty awesome. Really enjoyed looking through the resources you provided. Thanks for sharing! 4mo
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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This TL depicts a mans night before Christmas and run in with old Saint Nick himself! It is a classic story and makes for an amazing S or RA... I would even like to see this as a DR perhaps. It describes the man going to bed and then being awoken by a loud noise only to see the reindeer and jolly old elf deliver toys to his very house.

DawnS https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/the-night-before-christmas has ways to use this book across multiple subjects that would be so much fun for kids around Christmas. Doing a S with this book will meet UDL 1.2 offering alternatives for auditory information and ESOL strategy 17 providing contextual support through models, demonstrations, realia, body language, and facial expressions. 4mo
gabbymartin You did so great at your storytelling for this! I definitely couldn't memorize all of it but I agree it makes for an excellent storytelling or read aloud. This is a perfect book to read for the holidays. I like the resource you posted for it too!! 4mo
DawnS Thanks!! @gabbymartin that‘s sweet of you to say! It did take some practice remembering but it was actually a lot of fun! 4mo
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This RF book is the winner of the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, and the Newberry! It is a fantastic and fun book that I think many young children could relate to. The story is of a young boys visit to the barber and the fresh cut he gets that takes him from a piece of marble to royalty! I love the confidence this story pushes out and think it would make a fun RA or a great addition to a classroom library for IR. #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/crown.html has topics to speak about with students and ideas on using this book for activities (I like the idea of creating books about something that makes them feel confident) it would align with ESOL strategy 3 encouraging self talk and UDL 7.2 optimizing relevance, value, and authenticity. 4mo
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Malala's Magic Pencil | Malala Yousafzai
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This B by Malala Yousafzai is a beautiful and eye opening retelling of her life. She recalls her hopes and wishes and how she created the magic she had once wished for. The story follows as she brings hope to people around the world. I adore the quote in the book “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” It would make a great AS or RA. #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS https://www.readacrossamerica.org/malalas-magic-pencil/ has great ways to apply the book in a classroom and links of additional resources. It would fit with ESOL strategy 28 of providing biographies of significant men and women from different countries and UDL 9.1 promoting expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation. 4mo
Estradan This would be such a great book to add the classroom, I feel like ELL students might relate and I think the quote you shared is very powerful. A student needs a push from someone (like us future teachers) & it‘s important to have students embrace their passion. 4mo
Kcompton2912 I have always wanted to learn more about Malala. I think she is a very inspirational figure for our students. Using this book as a RA, you can open the conversation up about her and how the students feel about her and how she impacts them. 4mo
jmartucci Using this book would be great for an AS! Malala is definitely someone the students should look up to! 4mo
fquadri This seems like a great book to share in the classroom. Malala is a very inspirational figure and I feel like ELL students will be especially motivated when reading this book. Thanks for sharing! 4mo
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This is a MF book that was the winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. Depending on the age would be great for either IR or RA. It follows Luna one of the babies left in the woods and picked up by the witch Zan. Luna gains magical powers and then must be raised by Zan. The book follows her growing up and tries to uncover all of the sorrow that has been fogging up the town And the magic undulating within her. There‘s a cute dragon too🤗

DawnS https://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/ms-girlwhodrankthemoon.p... has some interesting varied ideas on how to incorporate this book in different ways. I think this will serve UDL 3.2 highlighting patterns, big ideas, and relationships. Also, ESOL strategy 6 Continually monitor students‘ comprehension which is important in this story. 5mo
julesG Would you mind explaining some of your acronyms? I know ESOL, but have no idea about the others. 5mo
DawnS @julesG happy to! Im in a class for elementary education so the hashtag relates to the class so we can locate our classmates. UDL is referencing Universal Design for Learning- so ways to help teach all students you can learn more about that here http://udlguidelines.cast.org/binaries/content/assets/udlguidelines/udlg-v2-2/ud... As for MF it stands for Modern Fantasy, IR(independent read), and RA (read aloud) 5mo
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julesG Thanks very much. 5mo
DawnS No problem!! 😊 5mo
julesG And, no, you don't want to know what my brain came up with for MF. Let's just say, I very much liked this book and had a choice swear word on my brain; it fits though. 😀 My family is all ESOL, I read this book with my 9 y/o daughter in German. I think we should pick it up again in English and do some RA. 😉 5mo
DawnS Lol! @julesG I think I know which word you may be referring to... I had a few points in the story where it came to mind 😂 Definitely fits! Thats great to hear, did your daughter enjoy it? Our class was talking about what age group might be really interested in it. It was such a page turner and really used such image provoking language to put you right in the story. 5mo
julesG My daughter loved it so much, when there were only about 80 pages left she hid the book. She didn't want to finish it and leave this world. A friend's daughter read it at 13 y/o and passed it on to her 11 y/o sister. I guess, depending on the child, age 9+. Hey, I'm 39 y/o and loved it. 5mo
DawnS @julesG aww that‘s too precious! And honestly same! I loved this book and even got my fiance hooked 😂 we were reading each night and arguing about what we thought. My literature circle group were all flying through towards the end because we just needed to know what happened next! We came to a similar sentiment though, that it depends on the child and how you go about using this book in a classroom setting really. Thanks for your feedback! 😊 5mo
DrSpalding The banter back-and-forth is just what social media around books should be… Creating a culture of readers! What did I say about our abbreviations!?!?!🤣 What more of an endorsement do you need than a parent of students that literally hid the book because they were loving it so much! 4mo
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Zathura: A Space Adventure | Chris Van Allsburg
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This SF book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg follows two brother, Danny and Walter. The bickering duo come across an out of this world board game that tasks them with multiple riddle like missions on their way to the planet Zathura. The process brings them together in the end with funny events throughout. This would make a great RA or IR. Using http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/zathura/educators.shtml

DawnS Using that resource for grades 3-5 students will meet UDL 4.2 optimizing access to tools and assistive technologies and EL strategy 5 teaching technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. (edited) 5mo
MeganKlein Great resource! I remember watching the movie version of this book when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it! This book contains an important themes like brotherhood and friendship, and I think many children would love reading this text! 5mo
DrSpalding Independent or read aloud… His books should be in your classroom library! Once again, nice job of aligning universal design and English learner strategies. 4mo
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Dragon of the Red Dawn | Mary Pope Osborne
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This is a MF book that would be great for LC- Jack & Annie are tasked to find the key to happiness for Merlin (who has been sad). They do so by going back in time by traveling back in time to Edo (current day Tokyo). They meet Master Basho (a poet) and experience tense and fiery situations. Our characters save the day but then realize they forgot their mission. After thinking back on their time in Edo they have the answers needed.

DawnS By using this is book in an LC you can meet UDL 3.3 of guiding information processing & visualization and EL 10 of teaching T-P-S strategies in groups. https://www.magictreehouse.com/teachers/resources/?age-verified=ef1fa0b5a3 has a lot of fun resources for your LC groups 5mo
DrSpalding Think about the Geography connections you could make to this series! The possibilities are endless. I like the idea of utilizing these books for literature circles and as complements to your social studies and science curriculum. 4mo
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This Caldecott Award-winning book is a MF book that would make a great RA or S. Max (main character) goes an adventure after getting into trouble with his mom. He is sent to bed without dinner and that is when a forest grows and he becomes a truly Wild Thing. He is having fun being the King of Wild Things until he misses someone who loves him. When he gets back to his room he realizes he is loved even if he has a wild side.

DawnS This book comes in different languages including Spanish for us here locally. Using these books and this resource https://www.weareteachers.com/where-the-wild-things-are-activities/ will help meet UDL strategy 2.4 promoting understanding across languages and EL strategy 24 incorporating the language of ELLs in the curriculum. We as a class could make wild things using healthy foods and then also on the topic of health talk about emotions, like max 5mo
Macker11 I love the idea of having the books in multiple languages! Everywhere I go I have been checking out the books they offer in other languages. This book is perfect for that! I love promoting their first language during a lesson 5mo
DawnS @Macker11 I think it‘s so important to remember and I can only imagine how a child would react to actually having the book in their first language especially if they are just a beginner with limited communication 5mo
DrSpalding You are very thoughtful! Having books in multiple languages is important being that you will have children from many places in your classroom. 4mo
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This Moose Belongs to Me | Oliver Jeffers
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 This New York Times Bestseller is a RF book that follows Wilfred through his “ownership” of Marcel the moose. The young boy goes over his rules, and in the end finds out that sometimes the nature of nature can‘t be influenced or owned. It‘s a truly hilarious children‘s picture book and would make for a great RA for all students engagement. Also, the art within is amazing! But I love most of Jeffers artistic stylings.

DawnS Students that may be at different ability levels within your class can track the story with a story map: https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=37736&lf_id=9 This book and resource will help meet UDL 5.3 with graduated levels of support to build fluency and EL strategy 9 of note taking strategies. 5mo
DrSpalding You should add the link to your beautiful piktochart as a resource. Using graphic organizers like a story maps is a best practice strategy.  4mo
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#UCFLAE3414SU19 Falling Up by Shel Silverstein is a collection of P and art. I included a picture of one of my favorites The Voice because I think our students will be able to relate to it and it has a great message. This would make for a great RA or PR switching off each poem and checking for comprehension along the way and how they relate to the poem.

DawnS This will satisfy UDL 9.3 of self assessment and reflection and EL 32 of using student pairs for team learning. There are great resources and ideas available here: http://www.shelsilverstein.com/learning/poetry-month/ April is Poetry Month so this would make for a great book to share a new poem each day in a RA. 5mo
DrSpalding Finding poems such as this that students can relate to is important. You could create a poetry month class book of your students favorite poems! His website is the best possible resource for his work. Nice EL and UDL alignment. 4mo
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This book is about CJ‘s ride on the bus with his nana after church. He has many questions that continue until his destination. He learns of how fortunate he truly is. This is a RF book that received a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and The Newberry Award. The author Matt De La Peña causes children to self reflect and I think he would make for a great AS. This is a link for AS https://www.readingrockets.org/books/authorstudy/reasons

DawnS #UCFLAE3414SU19 This will fit UDL 8.2 of varying demands and resources to optimize challenge and EL strategy 29 offering a variety of reference materials for their levels to complete the AS. 5mo
alexialovesmith I chose this boom for my TeachLive assignment and enjoyed it a lot! It is great book to share with students because it teaches them how important it is to appreciate the things you have. 5mo
BeverlyMel Great book! I love how you mentioned that it makes him realize just how fortunate he is. It wasn‘t something that came to mind for me when I read it so kudos to you! 5mo
DrSpalding You are getting wonderful peer feedback. This is a high-quality book that should be shared in all elementary grades. Again, Reading Rockets is a high-quality resource. 4mo
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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes | James Dean, Kimberly Dean
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This MF book is about the famous Pete the Cat! It would make for a great RA or S for younger readers. In this adventure Pete makes cupcakes for a party but notices that the cupcakes go missing. He and Gus start noticing clues left behind as to who took them, and they go about asking their friends. In the end, after a friendly conversation there‘s enough cupcakes for everyone! #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS There‘s great resources on the Pete the Cat website like this word search: http://www.petethecatbooks.com/activities/petes-wild-word-search/ This could tie in nicely to a math lesson or even our classrooms own cupcake party. This book combined with the right questioning through RA would meet UDL 2.3 decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols. EL strategy 22: giving ELLs enough wait time to respond to questions. 5mo
DrSpalding This absolutely could make for a wonderful math lesson and who doesn‘t love cupcakes? Nice alignment and as we have seen, read aloud or storytelling works well. 4mo
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What do you do with an idea? You change the world. I quickly fell in love with this MF book that was awarded the Independent Publishers Book Award. The writing by Kobi Yamada was accessible for young readers and the pictures by Mae Besom were some of the most beautiful and captivating I have seen in a child‘s book in a long time! This would make for a fantastic RA and it encourages children to foster and appreciate their own ideas. #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS This would make for a great class discussion and https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/WhatDoYouDoWithAnIdea has some excellent sample questions to ask the class. It will work into UDL 7.2 optimizing relevance, value, and authenticity and EL 36 asking questions which require higher level thinking responses. I literally cannot day enough good things about this book in the allotted amount of characters... read it! 5mo
DawnS The story follows our main character through discovery of his materialized idea as well as fear of rejection because of his idea. In the end, he realizes it is his idea and he loves it. That self confidence and will power to believe leads to the evolution of the character and the idea. Truly one of my favorite reads! 5mo
galacticbees This book is amazing. I love how it teaches kids to never let go of who they truly are, no matter what anyone around you says or thinks. I think this is the perfect book for a RA as it brings up a lot of great convos in the classroom. 5mo
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DawnS @galacticbees this is the first time I had heard of this book and I really love it! BTW it‘s like 50% off on Amazon for Prime Deals 🙌 5mo
Apeacock12 I saw this book when I was at Barnes and Noble and put it on my wish list. After reading your review and the comment of others I‘m definitely going to be getting it! 5mo
DrSpalding Agreed! This would make a wonderful read aloud especially at the beginning of the school year. Your post has inspired a peer to purchase the book! Wonderful job. 4mo
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This TL retelling of Goldilocks and The Three Bears that was awarded the Caldecott Honor would make for a great S. I particularly like that this book points out that Goldilocks is a do-whatever-she-likes type gal. I never understood the portrayal of her being innocent and still breaking in, eating food that‘s not hers, breaking chairs, and sleeping in others beds. In this book she is confronted and runs out a window without a sorry #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS A digital S example is available here still with James Marshall‘s awarded illustrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4pBElqFgEY this will meet UDL 1.1 offer ways of customizing the display of info and EL 21 record your lectures, presentations, or stories on audiotape, especially for new students who have very limited exposure to English. Since ELLs will have this resource before and after it will allow them to relate back for comprehension 5mo
galacticbees Seriously a classic. I love this story and feel like every kid should be introduced to it nice and early. Kids would eat this up during ST 5mo
DawnS @galacticbees I think you‘re right, this is like a staple in children‘s writing that every kid should be introduced to! 5mo
DrSpalding This is high-quality traditional literature! What a great idea to utilize a digital storytelling online. Try this in your future classroom. 4mo
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This NF picture book introduces children to the different time periods (Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous) as well as dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Throughout the book it compares and contrasts different dinosaurs. I didn‘t know that scientists studied fossilized footprints to determine how fast they were. The book also provides the sounded out version of each name, which is great because these were tough even for me. #ucflae3414su19

DawnS This could tie together Science and Lang. Arts. The words being sounded out helps meet ESOL 12: teach to two objectives, language and content. You could utilize IR or SR to assist with advanced terminology. https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/dinosaurs-activities-and... has a ton of different resources and tying these together would fit UDL 5.1 use multiple media for communication. Also kids love dinosaurs! 5mo
DrSpalding This is part of the science curriculum in second grade! Nice resource and I like that you were thinking in an interdisciplinary way! 4mo
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This Caldecott Honor recipient is a MF book that is a collection of short stories. They would make for a great RT! I really enjoyed Spring and The Letter but each story would make a great RT for small groups. In Spring, Frog tricks Toad into waking up to spend time with him after a long hibernation with a clever calendar trick. The Letter portrays a great friendship where Frog cheers up Toads “sad time of day” and gives a new meaning to snail mail

DawnS RT which you can find more details on here: https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/readers_theater will help meet UDL 3.3 Guide info processing and visualization by allowing students to understand the dialogue and relate to the friendships shown. Also ESOL 16 integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities by creating, performing, and watching RT in groups. #ucflae3414su19 5mo
galacticbees Aw this book is so cute. I love that it has so many stories inside. I feel like RT would be amazing for this book because kids could truly become a character and begin to develop a better understanding of the story. 5mo
DawnS @galacticbees exactly! This book really lends itself to RT too because it‘s very descriptive and uses a lot of dialogue. I saw this book at Barnes and Noble the other day and remembered it from when I was a kid! Wild that it is so timeless! 5mo
DrSpalding It did make an excellent readers theater! Use this in your future classroom 4mo
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Back of the Bus | Aaron Reynolds
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#ucflae3414su19 Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Floyd Cooper is a HF picture book that would be a great PR assignment in an early elementary setting. In doing so it‘ll meet ESOL 2 promote cooperation and UDL 8.3 foster collaboration and community. PR allows students to take turn reading while providing feedback and checking comprehension.

DawnS Throughout the story, we follow the boy(picture above) on his bus ride through Montgomery, AL in 1955. As children often do, he focuses a lot on his toy marble; however, when the bus gets packed his attention is drawn to a commotion at the front of the bus. His perspective of the situation from a child‘s eyes examine the frightened feeling and moreover the hope that came to be from Rosa Parks decline to move to the Back of the Bus that winter day. 5mo
DawnS This link explains how to use PR in the classroom https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/partner_reading and I think this would make a good introductory read during Black History Month to get students asking questions. 5mo
DrSpalding Reading rockets is a high-quality resource. This would be an excellent book to use during Black history month or truly, any other time of the year. 4mo
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DrSpalding What is fictitious about the story? Are you sure it is not a biography? 4mo
DawnS @DrSpalding I am probably incorrect (you know I second guess myself on the genres) but if the author created the “account” from the boy that would make it fictitious, right? Also the book is written in first person and our guide says Biographies are in a 3rd person, wouldn‘t it be HF? I‘m still working on selecting the right genres, thank you for helping me! 4mo
DrSpalding Usually if the author says they created the account based on a real person, then it would be considered a biography. Remember what I said about genres blurring a bit… It‘s not easy to categorize all books into specific genres. 4mo
DawnS @DrSpalding It definitely gets confusing; however, that makes sense. Thank you! 4mo
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Minty is a HF book that portrays Araminta(Minty) aka Harriet Tubman as a young slave girl. It is a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. First, I thought this would be a B but the Author took liberties in his writing for narrative purposes. The story follows Minty from being an indoor slave for the Brodas to being put in the fields because of her tenacity. She dreams of freedom and secretly learns how to survive the wild should she ever run away

DawnS The Authors Note also includes further information on her participation in the Underground Railroad. I would use this for IR and to introduce this interactive website on the Underground Railroad https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/ and it would satisfy both UDL 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information and ESOL Use discovery learning activities.It would be a great read during black history month and tie into SS #UCFLAE3414SU19 5mo
DrSpalding Another quality post. Great idea to use the National Park service website. Did you know there is a Harriet Tubman movie coming out this fall? Looking forward to seeing it. 4mo
DawnS @DrSpalding I didn‘t know that there was a movie about her coming out but now I‘ll be looking out for it 👀 4mo
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Creepy Carrots! Is a MF book awarded the Caldecott Honor. It is a highly engaging book that I would use in a classroom RA. The book features Jasper Rabbit who loves eating the carrots from Crackenhopper field; however, one day he finds they are following him! His suspicions cause funny antics to ensue until he decides to build an enclosure. Little did he know, they were really wanting to keep him out! #UCFLAE3414SU19

DawnS The Author Aaron Reynolds offers a link to a video trailer introduction that would be a great way to peak interests for students http://www.aaron-reynolds.com/videos.html I would satisfy UDL3.2 which is to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships by asking questions throughout the RA to students. ESOL 5 teaching technical vocabulary supporting key concepts will also be employed, I would pre-teach words like sinister. 5mo
DrSpalding Wonderful summary and nice job aligning the appropriate principles and strategies. Going straight to the author‘s website is wise! 4mo
DrSpalding Wonderful author resource and nice alignment to the principles and strategies to meet the needs of all students! A video trailer is an excellent idea to peak young readers‘ interests! 4mo
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