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ToddSalerno

ToddSalerno

Joined February 2021

UCF Knight and future educator
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Evermore Dragon | Barbara M. Joosse
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I am the Wind | Michael Karg
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A Greyhound, a Groundhog | Emily Jenkins
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Stem Restaurant

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Stem baseball

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I'm Trying to Love Math | Bethany Barton
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Stem math

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Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke | Pamela Duncan Edwards
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Alliteration - 2nd grade BEST book

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I'm Trying to Love Rocks | Bethany Barton
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Stem geology

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Stem superhero

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Stem -glow

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Fairy Tale Science | Sarah Albee
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Stem and Disney

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Narrative Non fiction Mars

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Two Rainbows | Sophie Masson
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Need to do a comparative text lesson to “the a new kind of wild” by Zara Gonzales

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If You Take Away the Otter | Susannah Buhrman-Deever
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If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever and illustrated by Matthew Trueman

NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book

This non-fiction book has real life text to world connections. Last week, NPR highlighted the ecosystem imbalances of kelp forests with otters and sea urchins. A fantastic picture book to accompany a science lesson. I envision a shared or partner read for maximum comprehension.

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ToddSalerno This book would be a great jumping off point into an ecology science lesson. Introducing the content first through a picture book could help inspire a deeper understanding.

(ESOL 41- have students compound the books of their hypothesis, materials, procedures, data, conclusions of experiments, and field experiences.)
(UDL 3.1 activate or supplied background knowledge.)

https://www.scienceworld.ca/resource/nearshore-connections-sea-otter-story/
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ReaganT I love the connection of different subjects! Also I think that was a good pick for your ESOL strategy 2y
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hhockenberry Great job bringing literature into a science based topic! 2y
Acabrera I read this book as well and agree that this is a great book for students learning about science 2y
DrSpalding Thank you for making the connection to the NPR article and for providing an additional resource as well. Your English learner and universal design principles are just right. I like how you‘re thinking that high-quality picture books can be used in other content areas like science. Who doesn‘t love a cute otter? 🦦 2y
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I Talk Like a River | Jordan Scott
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I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith

Schneider Family Book Award

There is a poetic quality to this writing that pulls at your heart strings and emphasizes themes of fitting in. A young boy discovers how his speech (and stutter) is a sometimes tumultuous or serene river.

RF. RA. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno The book's use of metaphors is strong and would be an excellent teaching tool for that literary device. (UDL 2.2-Clarify syntax and structure.) (ESOL 11- Place language in meaningful context.)

https://www.education.com/lesson-plan/whats-a-metaphor/

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Nrossi This book seems like a really interesting read and one that I‘d definitely like to have in my classroom one day. I also think the attached site would be a really good activity for kids to do to work on their skills! 2y
Sdemps From the provided summery this seems like book with a lot of symbolism and metaphors. Students could get an understanding of many different literary elements with this story. 2y
DrSpalding Your posts are concise and to the point. Knowing that our current president grew up with and has overcome a stutter, this book could be connected to the real world. 2y
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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott and illustrated by Noa Denmon

Caldecott Honor

I envision the teacher in front of the class reciting this poetry with a performative element. What a powerful and timely work to share in a classroom. The main characters introspective emotions are explored, with themes of social justice and social/emotional learning. “I remember to love myself most of all.“

P. DR/S. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno After reading the poem, perhaps students can read it aloud. Focus on reading with prosody, slowly and methodically hitting the cadence of the vocabulary used. (ESOL 34-deemphasize speed and emphasize accuracy of work.) (UDL 9.3- Develop self-assessment and reflection.)
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ToddSalerno Resource highlights why Black representation should be utilized in all curriculum all the time. The poetry genre can be represented by diverse characters and authors, outside of the homogeneous norms poetry has historically been presented in an elementary classroom environment.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-black-history-culturally-responsive-wa...

https://www.edutopia.org/article/digging-deeper-poetry-unit-mary-wade
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DrSpalding Oh, that quote! I am so happy that you were exposed to additional high-quality texts in our CMC. Edutopia is a high-quality resource that clearly can support you as you enter internship and the classroom. 2y
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RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Coretta Scott King Award

This amazing biography picture book spells out powerful words just as Aretha did in her iconic anthem R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The words convey important elements of her career, work, and life as an artist, activist, and family woman.

B. SR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno Teachers can make connections to her music by playing selections of her songs in class, which would be an audio connection to the spelling in the book. Students can also practice spelling out the letters (either writing or verbally reciting) during the shared reading.

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ToddSalerno (UDL 5.1- Use multiple media for communication.) (ESOL 16- integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities.)
Click Resources and Downloads on the following webpage...

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/RESPECT/Carole-Boston-Weatherford/9781534...

Also as a biography, ESOL 28- (Provide biographies of significant men and women from different countries) is highlighted.

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faithcella19 Yassss I love it 2y
DrSpalding What a beautiful, brand new 2021 multiaward winner. I love the idea of integrating the arts and playing her music while also teaching spelling. You are creative and I believe that you will utilize quality children‘s literature and truly foster a love of reading. English learner 28 is perfect for all biographies that we may use to complement the curriculum. 2y
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Prince & Knight | Daniel Haack
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“Prince & Knight” written by Daniel Haack and illustrated by Stevie Lewis

ALA Rainbow List Top Ten

The classic fairy tale of princes and princesses is told with a twist when the heroes of the story end up falling in love.

TL. S/DR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno The LGBT theme of this fairy tale tells a story of acceptance and queer diversity through a simple story line for young readers. (UDL 8.3-Foster Community) This can help build a compassionate classroom community. Group activities highlighted here encourage positive class discussion (ESOL 3- Encourage self-talk, positive thinking).

https://stars.library.ucf.edu/diversefamilies/1353/
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KeanaE I want to read this so bad!!! I love that you included a lesson plan from our diverse families bookshelves! Go Knights! 2y
DrSpalding I love that you used the STARS database as your resource! This is so cool! 2y
AlexRobinson Are you KIDDING ME WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS AND WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT EVERYWHERE?? What an AMAZING book and I WILL be buying! Not only is it amazing for the reasons you listed, but this is also incredibly beneficial to open up discusses about students who might have LGBTQ+ parents, as I know I‘ve had that circumstance and finding books that discuss a thing that needs to be normalized like this can be difficult. Wow wow WOW thanks for sharing! 2y
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“The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise” by Dan Gemeinhart

Sunshine State Young Readers Award

Coyote and her free spirit of a father Rodeo journey across the country in their school bus home. Their journey is not only a physical one, but also an emotional roller coaster navigating loss, family, and relationships of the additional chosen family in the characters introduced to the traveling crew.

RF. LC. #ucflae3414sp21

DrSpalding Four are complete following the rubric while the other eight I assume are placeholders that you will go back and continue to add information. The four that are complete are well done. You made excellent choices! 2y
ToddSalerno http://www.mackidsschoolandlibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CoyoteTeachers...

This teachers guide has helpful vocabulary and particularly excellent questions to use for comprehension and engaging dialogue for student discussion. Literature circle discussions are great cooperative spaces to discuss the book! (ESOL 2- Promote cooperation in small groups) (UDL 8.3-Foster collaboration and community).
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“Star Wars: Jedi Quest: The Trail of the Jedi” by Jude Watson

Guilty pleasure I'll admit, I enjoyed adding Star Wars for a science fiction book. I felt like a kid again reliving my favorite characters' stories of Anakin and Obi-Wan. This basic chapter book is a great way to introduce a love of reading to kids by digging deeper into character development and story through an already know franchise.

SF. IR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno This is a fantastic article, highlighting how franchises can be a gateway for readers. Specifically, it talks about creating fan fiction, which can be a gateway for creative writing while honing in on choice and student interests. (UDL 7.1- optimize individual choice and autonomy.) (ESOL 4- Link lesson topic to students prior knowledge.)

https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-fan-fiction-can-transform-student-writing-a...
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DrSpalding Science fiction and independent reading… Yes! Students will make text to self connection if they are true Star Wars fans! Excellent choice for your classroom library in the intermediate grades. 2y
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The Big Wave | Pearl S. Bck
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“The Big Wave” by Pearl S. Buck

Child Study Association‘s Children‘s Book Award

The Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author Buck shares a story of fiction with a look into traditional historical Japanese culture. Kino and Jiya experience themes of overcoming tragedy and bravery. It is a short easy read that elementary students could tackle.

HF. LC/IR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno Reading guides and teacher guide are thorough. They break down sections of the text, include vocabulary building, and writing exercises. (ESOL 15- Reinforce the key ideas you present again and again.) (UDL 9.3 Develop self-assesment and reflection.)

https://www.rainbowresource.com/pdfs/products/prod009126_smpl0.pdf
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DrSpalding You have done such a nice job selecting a wide variety of books. You know the importance of books being mirrors yet also windows to the world. Teaching vocabulary as you know is extremely important for comprehension. Your posts contain the required elements. 2y
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Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! | Kelly Starling Lyons
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“Ty‘s Travels: Zip, Zoom!” By Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Nina Mata

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor

This beginning reader book is easy to zoom into! With many repeating words and simple sentence structure, the story is best geared for the emergent reader. Onomatopoeia is utilized heavily in the text, which can help motivate readers to continue reading with engaging words to sound out.

RF. IR/SR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno The large font of this book makes it easy for emerging readers. (ESOL 27-Highlight written materials for readability by enlarging the size print, by
organizing chapters meaningfully, and by writing headings that show introductions or transition from one idea to another).
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ToddSalerno The publisher has a beautiful resource workbook, just click the link for PDF on following website. (UDL 3.2- highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships.) One of the more academic activities is an opportunity to write or draw an an example of persistence like the character Ty shows in the book.

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/tys-travels-zip-zoom-kelly-starling-lyons...
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DrSpalding When you see that award you know it is just right for emergent readers. Your use of the publisher website is excellent. You can see how the publisher provides vital information to assist teachers with utilizing high-quality text to educate their students. 2y
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

Newbery Award

With the movie adaptation of this award winning book, students are sure to find the themes of friendship and loneliness particularly resonant. Given the world we have experienced this past year, that message along with the world of animal captivity might resonate with younger audiences even more.

RF. LC/IR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno This text is geared towards fourth through sixth grade audiences and consequently has themes that can be further explored and discussed in depth. Small group discussion can utilize these conversation points.(ESOL 10- teach think, pair, and share strategies and cooperative groups.)(UDL 8.3- Foster collaboration and community.)

https://media.btsb.com/TitleLessonPlans/597.pdf
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DrSpalding Oh I love this book and you will have an opportunity to chat for a few minutes about how powerful this book could be in your classroom. I agree that this theme of animal captivity could definitely connect to our younger generation. The fact that it was recently turned into a major motion picture will also entice some students to read this book. The book is always better but this movie was pretty darn good.🦍 2y
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A New Kind of Wild | Zara Gonzalez Hoang
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“A New Kind of Wild” written and illustrated by Zara González Hoang

Represented in the book are two different worlds: A rural Puerto Rican town and the 'wild' bustling NYC. This story of Ren and Ava sharing each others story of 'home' would be a wonderful book to read with a partner. This could help facilitate a conversation between two peers on their own cultures, community, and family.

RF. PR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno Helpful conversation starters are utilized with this resource. Focusing on text to self connections and relating the text to ones own community will create deeper connections. (ESOL 24- Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum.) (UDL- 2.4 Promote understanding across languages.)

https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-ameri...
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DrSpalding The National Education Association is such a fabulous resource. You continue to note the importance of text to self/world connections. Excellent English learner and universal design alignment. You can see how easy it is to align these principles and strategies with high-quality text. 2y
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“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor

The story she has a poignant view about seeing the beauty within and not judging outward appearances. It also touches upon social inequity in a child friendly manner. Can't reccomend this book enough as a read aloud for a classroom.

RF. RA. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno This resource has philosphical questions to stimulate discussion. There is also a beautiful RA link from the illustrator Christian Robinson that can present the book with multiple visuals to aid in comprehension! (ESOL 47-Use information gap activities [sharing pieces of information to solve problems]) (UDL 2.5-Illustrate through multiple media.)

https://www.prindleinstitute.org/books/last-stop-on-market-street/
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DrSpalding Wow, the philosophical statement and discussion questions are very powerful in your resource. I am going to add this to our last stop presentation that you so graciously participated in. As you experienced in class, this is a wonderful book for read aloud and of course for using GAP to enhance the presentation for English learners and those students that need additional help with listening comprehension. 2y
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Hair Love | Matthew Cherry
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“Hair Love” by Matthew Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

NY Times Best Seller turned Oscar award winning animated short film

Zuri and her father explore a sweet and simple story of their relationship through styling her hair. Representation through this quality children literature helps challenge gender and parental stereotypes.

RF. LC/IR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno I really liked this resource because although not a teacher guide, it is a short clip of the author and illustrator highlighting the importance of the message through this simple story. The publisher's link to follow. (ESOL 17-Provide contextual support through audio, visuals, models, demonstration, Realia, body language, and facial expressions.) (UDL 1.3- offer alternatives for visual information.)

https://penguinclassroom.com/books/hair-love/
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DrSpalding This publisher provides wonderful resources for teachers! Being that the animated short one an Oscar, this book could be paired with the animated short film for comparison. English learner 17 is just right and your summaries of the books are concise yet comprehensive. 2y
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All Because You Matter | Tami Charles
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“All Because You Matter” by Tami Charles and illustrated by Bryan Collier

Golden Kite Award

This book is a must read for elementary classrooms this year and always. Addressing difficult topics like equality movements, social justice, and systematic racism can be incredibly difficult to navigate as a teacher, but the realities of the world do not go unnoticed by children. This quality resource helps address these topics.

RF. SR. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno Calls to action, writing prompts, critical thinking leveled questions, and how to discuss racism are all jam packed in this educators guide. A complete resource to navigate.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiZ-MH8...
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ToddSalerno (UDL 7.2-optimize relevance, value, and authenticity.)(ESOL 12-Teach to two objectives, language and content.) 2y
AndreaEfres Definitely one of my favorites. 2y
DrSpalding This was one of our Read Across America titles that I added this year! Your educators guide is a valuable resource for how teachers can tackle racial injustice and use books like this, effectively in the classroom. Excellent book selections TODD! 2y
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“Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away” by Meg Medina and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

Jumpstart Read for the Record, American Library Association Notable Children‘s Book

The story of two friends is a relatable tale to kids. Although they are separated, they will always be each other's numero uno friend. This text can use many teaching strategies, but partner read can focus on vocabulary as provided in the front of book.

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ToddSalerno The book has a resource in the front with target vocabulary to pre-teach. (ESOL 23- Structure advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed.) (UDL 2.1 clarify vocabulary and symbols)

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(*This text also incorporates words in Spanish, and the following resources are also bilingual highlighting other ESOL strategies ie. 24/25)

https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/activities-resources-toolkit-2/

The author's website also has bonus resources ...

https://megmedina.com/books/evelyn-del-rey-is-moving-away/
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DrSpalding I like that you not only cited jumpstart but also that you went directly to the author. There is truly no better resource than the author or publisher for these fabulous books. I specifically like that this book teaches Spanish words and phrases. This would meet another English learner strategy in addition to the one that you noted. Pre-teaching vocabulary is very important and assists students and better comprehending the stories. 2y
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Amazing Grace | Mary Hoffman
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“Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Caroline Binch

Grace is a storyteller at heart with a flair for performance, but will factors out of her control stifle her dream?

RF. SR/RA. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno This text could be particularly helpful teaching social/emotional learning skills. The themes of following a dream can relate to students. (UDL 9.1-promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation.) The resource uses higher order thinking, challenging the younger K-2 audience to think critically. (ESOL 36- Ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses.)

https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/amazing-grace
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DrSpalding I have seen the learning to give resource and it is fantastic! This is another book that I highlight and use in some of my events. There is so much that could be learned through Grace‘s experiences. You have done a nice job with your genres and understand how to categorize your books appropriately. 2y
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Everyone Loves Bacon | Kelly DiPucchio
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“Everybody Loves Bacon” by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Eric Wight

DiPucchio has a knack of writing unique characters, and this children's book is no exception! This lighthearted and humorous account could be funny with a dramatic retelling of the story for eager young audiences. This book will have your mouth watering with its approachable syntax for early readers. Everybody loves bacon after all!

MF. DR/AS. #ucflae3414sp21

ToddSalerno Utilizing this simple structure for storytelling can be an easy jumping off point for students to create their own modern fantasy giving inanimate objects anthropomorphic personalities and characterizations. (ESOL 16-Integrate speaking listening reading and writing activities.) (UDL 2.2-clarify syntax and structure.)

https://ncte.org/blog/2018/07/storytime-activity-everyone-loves-bacon/
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DrSpalding Oddly enough, my husband does not love bacon! 😂You have fallen in love with her books and I hope that you would consider adding them to your classroom library. This would be a very fun storytelling that knowing your storytelling skills, you could pull off easily! 2y
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Grace for President | Kelly S. DiPucchio
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“Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

This timely story centers around Grace who is inspired to become the first female US President. It follows her on her journey to become class president. Along with diverse representation, the book centers around the process of the electoral college. This would be an excellent shared reading to accompany Social Studies election content.

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ToddSalerno Putting real world topics, such as political and election content, into stories that are easy to comprehend for students will help them (ESOL 30. Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings to identify concepts). Attached are worksheets that could accompany a SS lesson to solidify understanding of a topic. (UDL 3.3-Guide information processing and visualization).

https://www.education.com/resources/?q=elections&cid=11.75
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DrSpalding Books that teach other content like social studies are so important for you to utilize in your classrooms. This book truly teaches about the electoral college in very simple terms. 2y
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Antoinette | Kelly DiPucchio
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“Antoinette” by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

This book is the sequel to Gaston. Antoinette the poodle searches for what makes her special. She gets the chance to save the day and show that bravery makes her stand out from the pack.

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ToddSalerno Students can learn basic sequencing from the events depicted in this book. (ESOL 42-Use timelines to arrange and sequence). The resource attached has templates for students to explore the main events and story map based on different difficulty levels. This will aid in student comprehension of text (UDL 3.2-Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships).

https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=54553&lf_id=9
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PatriciaS Great review 👍 good job 2y
DrSpalding You could add author study to all of your authors books and you could include your URL to your author study as a resource. 2y
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“Gaston“ written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

This heartwarming story of Gaston the bulldog and his poodle family examines themes of belonging, individuality, and the idea of what it means to be family.

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ToddSalerno Since this is a fantastic read aloud book, here is a video that can be utilized for virtual learning. The reader helps students understand the text as she reads (UDL 2.1-Clarify vocabulary and symbols). In working through vocabulary, the reader also uses comprehension check techniques (ESOL 6-Continually monitor students‘ comprehension).

http://maistorybook.com/2018/03/30/maistorybook-library-gaston-puppy-dog-memory-...
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DrSpalding Very well done and includes all required elements of the rubric! 2y
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Couldn‘t ask for a better setting to read on this crisp February afternoon. Go Knights!

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The heartwarming story of Gaston resonated with me after I welcomed into my heart and home a spunky rescue greyhound named Armani this week. I absolutely adore the message of family and belonging in the book and can‘t wait to share it with future students!

DrSpalding ❤️🐶 2y
AndreaEfres Let‘s go to the shelter, I‘ve been meaning to get a dog🥺 2y
faithcella19 Love it!! 2y
LibrarianRyan I love this book. I hope you share photos of your grey hound. I never see them around here, but they were popular in Denver when I last lived there. They are such a beautiful dog. 2y
DrSpalding I hope you will consider continuing to post on Litsy when you read and or obtain new books for your future classroom library.❤️📚 2y
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Practicing shared reading with my sweet boy Armani until I can share in a classroom! Beautiful read.

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