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alexblanco

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Are You My Mother? | P.D. Eastman
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“Are You My Mother?” is a fiction picture book written by P.D Eastman. My mom use to read this book to me all the time as a child. I absolutely loved it! It‘s about a baby bird looking for his mom after she went to find him food. He is so determined to find his mother, that he asks all of these different animals if she is his mother! It is so cute, you must read it. I would use this book as a read aloud in my classroom.

alexblanco The UDL strategy I‘d use for this book would be to offer alternatives for auditory information because there may be some hearing impaired students in the classroom. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to give enough wait time for second language learners to respond to questions. 3w
alexblanco This is important because it might take them longer to translate what you asked them in their head or to fully comprehend it, so by extending the wait time, it will maximize their opportunity to answer questions. 3w
alexblanco https://betterlesson.com/lesson/593822/are-you-my-mother This is the lesson plan I would use for this book. I loved the idea of the bubble map! It would be great for audio impaired students because they would be able to physically see the board and what we‘re doing. It also fosters collaboration which is another UDL principle. #ucflae3414f19 3w
haleyklein I love this book! Thank you for sharing your insight on how to use this in a classroom! (edited) 3w
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This is Not My Hat | Jon Klassen
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This Is Not My Hat is written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. It‘s about a little fish who took the big fish‘s hat from him. He tried to hide from him and steal his hat. I would use this book in my classroom as a PR so my students can talk about the book as they read it and discuss with each other about what will happen next and why stealing is wrong. #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco A UDL strategy I would use is to offer alternatives for visual information because the last part of the story doesn‘t have any words but the pictures speak for itself so it‘s important to have other alternatives for visually impaired students. 3w
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I would use would be to continually monitor students comprehension because this book could confuse some kids in the last part so it‘s important to make sure they understand what‘s happening as the story goes on. 3w
alexblanco The lesson I chose for this book is in the following link https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/This-Is-Not-My-Hat-by-Jon-Klassen-Le.... I chose this lesson because I feel as if it is a good picture book to use for kids to write about “describing” such as describe the little fish. 3w
kradebaugh This looks like a really super cute book. It has peaked my interest in wanting to read it. 3w
haleyklein This looks like a super cute read! I can‘t wait to give it a go! Thank you for sharing! 3w
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The Bad Seed | Jory John
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The Bad Seed written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald is a great nonfiction book that is also a NY Times Bestseller! This book is about a seed that one day turned into a bad seed after someone spit him out and he took a hard fall. One day, he decided he didn‘t want to be bad anymore, he wanted to be good. He still forgets to listen and shows up late but he also says thank you and smiles! #ucflae3414f19

Alexush I actually heard controversial things about this when i went to buy it. I‘m glad you enjoyed it though! 3w
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The Bad Seed | Jory John
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The Bad Seed written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald is a great nonfiction book that is also a NY Times Bestseller! This book is about a seed that one day turned into a bad seed after someone spit him out and he took a hard fall. One day, he decided he didn‘t want to be bad anymore, he wanted to be good. He still forgets to listen and shows up late but he also says thank you and smiles! #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco It‘s such a cute book and I think kids could relate to it. I would use this book as a read aloud. A UDL strategy to use is minimize threats and distractions. Since I know this book talks about being bad, the kids might try to act out so it is important to prevent that. A ESOL strategy to use would be to use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare. 3w
alexblanco I could do this to check for comprehension by asking them to compare and contrast what the seed did when he was bad compared to what he does when he‘s good. A lesson plan I found for this book this https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Bad-Seed-Activities-and-Lesson-P.... I like how the activities deal with believing there is good in everyone, choosing positive self talk and believing people can change. 3w
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The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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The Giving Tree is a poetry picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. I‘ve always loved this book since I was a kid and I just know I‘ll have to have it for my classroom some day. This book is about the relationship between a tree and a boy. He used to visit the tree everyday and as he grew older, he took advantage of the tree but the tree‘s love never faded, despite him growing up. This book would be great for storytelling!

alexblanco A UDL strategy I‘d use would be to develop self assessment and reflection. I chose this because I thought it would be good for the students to reflect and self-assess on this book because it‘s about giving and love which are great concepts. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to use preview/review actives. This way they are familiar and more comfortable with what we are doing. 3w
alexblanco My website resource is a simple and cute lesson plan https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Giving-Tree-Activity-Set-1417807. I would have the students cut out and color the boy along with write about the story inside of the apple. #ucflae3414f19 3w
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The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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The Giving Tree is a poetry picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. I‘ve always loved this book since I was a kid and I just know I‘ll have to have it for my classroom some day. This book is about the relationship between a tree and a boy. He used to visit the tree everyday and as he grew older, he took advantage of the tree but the tree‘s love never faded, despite him growing up. This book would be great for storytelling!

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Wonder is an incredible RF written by RJ Palacio. It‘s about a fifth grade student named Auggie Pullman. He was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from making friends because people would judge him, make assumptions, and would effect the way he was treated. This book would fit perfectly for an IR. It discusses so much about bullying which is a big topic in schools now a days.

alexblanco A UDL strategy I‘d use would be to optimize relevance, value and authenticity because bullying and different deformities amongst students are very real and relevant and it‘s important to recognize and value the authenticity of it. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses. Since this is a novel, it is important to make sure your students are understanding what they are reading. 3w
alexblanco A website resource I would use for this book would be https://wonderthebook.com/for-teachers. I chose this because the lesson plan is all about kindness and that‘s something I‘d really like to promote in my classroom. #ucflae3414f19 3w
AleciaM Great book to start a discussion about bullying. I like the UDL and ESOL strategies that you have chosen for this book. 3w
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Thank You, Omu! | Oge Mora
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Thank You, Omu is a great realistic fiction book written and illustrated by Oge Mora. It won the Caldecott Award also which is awesome! I loved reading this book in class so much that I decided to buy it! It‘s about Omu who cooks stew and gives it to everyone who knocks on her door and asks for some until she runs out. They were so thankful for her sharing her stew with them that they brought her food.

alexblanco It‘s such a good book because it‘s about sharing, coming together and spreading kindness. #ucflae3414f19 one UDL strategy I‘d incorporate would be to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. I think that‘s important for this book because it covers so much of it! A teaching strategy I would use would be RA because as a teacher, I could be able to read it in a way that would really get the point across to kids. 3w
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I‘d use is to encourage the use of diagrams and drawings aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships. My website resource is this super fun lesson plan https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/. It‘s a great way to teach kids about letter and sound identification. 3w
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is written and illustrated by Eric Carle. It is about the life cycle of a butterfly and it also teaches kids about counting and the days of the week! The caterpillar eats until he is ready to make his cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly. This book has won many different awards, a couple being the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award in 1970 and New York Times “Ten Best Picture Books of the Year” in 1969.

alexblanco A teaching strategy I would use for this book would be storytelling because it would be a fun and engaging way to get the students excited. A UDL strategy I would use would be to offer ways of customizing the display of information. I would have the actual book, an audio book, and physical objects. #ucflae3414f19 3w
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I would use would be to structure advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed. I chose this because for the lesson plan I would do, it deals with sequence of events so using an organizer would be beneficial in both areas. 3w
AleciaM One of my all time favorites. This is the perfect book to do a storytelling with. 3w
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee | Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee is written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. This book is a Caldecott Medal award winning book. The genre is nonfiction. #ucflae3414f19 The book is about a zookeeper who goes to visit the animals at the zoo every morning at 6 a.m. One day, Amos gets sick and doesn‘t go to work. The animals all wait at the bus stop, get on the bus, and go visit Amos at his house to help him until he went to bed.

alexblanco A teaching strategy I would use for this book would be readers theater. I would assign a student to be Amos and other students to be different animals and act it out. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to use direct instruction such as modeling, explaining, scaffolding, name the strategy and show how to use it. 4w
alexblanco By acting it out during readers theater, other students can model it for the ESOL students. I would also explain to them throughout the performance. A UDL strategy I would use would be to foster collaboration and community. I think by doing a readers theater, it would help my students work together and collaborate. 4w
alexblanco A lesson plan I would use for this book would be this complete literature study. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Sick-Day-for-Amos-McGee-by-Philip-... I think it is good because it includes cause and effect, sequence of events, and comprehension questions. 4w
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Dill & Bizzy Opposite Day is a book written by Nora Ericsson and illustrated by Lisa Ericson. It is a fiction picture book. There are no awards for this book. It is about Dill the duck and Bizzy the bird. Bizzy declares in the morning that it is Opposite Day. They do everything the other one would normally do.

alexblanco At the end of the story dill says “if it‘s truly Opposite Day we can‘t be friends at all, we are worst enemies.” And Bizzy cried and said “never! Dill, we are always best friends on every day!”#ucflae3414f19 It was a cute story about friends and that no matter what, they will always be best friends. I would use this book as a PR. Since there are two characters they could read it together. 1mo
alexblanco My UDL strategy would be to optimize access to tools and assistive technology. I would do this by finding a video online about Opposite Day and showing it to my class. My ESOL strategy would be to use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities. I would do this so they can compare what the ducks doing to what the birds doing to make sure they‘re understanding. 1mo
alexblanco My website resource would be this standard “Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5688 1mo
GroeningsC this book sounds so cute and fun! great post. 1mo
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Spots in a Box | Helen Ward
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Spots In A Box is written and illustrated by Helen Ward. It is a fiction/poetry picture book. This book is about a guinea fowl that doesn‘t have any spots and he just wants to fit in. He orders many different spots in boxes but none of them are right. Finally he realizes that the best spots to chose are the ones that put a smile on your beak! I love the illustrations and the textures in this book. Kids would love it so much.

alexblanco There are no awards for this book but it is absolutely amazing! Since this book is a fun nonfiction/poetry book I think it would be good to use as a read aloud. #ucflae3414f19 A UDL strategy I would use would be to clarify vocabulary and symbols because there are words like “guinea” and “disappointed” that young kids probably don‘t know. 1mo
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I would use would be to teach questioning for clarification. I would use this standard for the book “Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5739 1mo
ArianaG Excellent source and cool book! I would really be interested in reading this! 1mo
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Marching With Aunt Susan is a historical fiction picture book written by Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrated by Stacey Schuett. This book is about Susan B Anthony‘s experiences and fight for woman‘s suffrage. It started with her papa not letting her go hiking with him and her brothers because “it‘s not ladylike” and “strenuous exercise is not for girls”.

alexblanco She was then determined to have a voice for women and created a suffrage parade, wrote letters and painted posters. A teaching strategy I would use for this book would be literature circle (LC). A UDL strategy I would use would be “optimize relevance, value, and authenticity” because woman‘s rights is a huge part of our nations history so I think it‘s important to recognize the value and relevance of it. 2mo
alexblanco And ESOL strategy I would use would be “reinforce the key ideas I present again and again”. I‘d do this to make sure they understand the concept of women‘s rights and how it came about. #ucflae3414f19 the standard that I would use for this book would be “describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5692 2mo
Erinehart I think this is a great book choice especially when teaching about the woman‘s right movement. 1mo
katiehamlin I really like the standard you used for this book. It seems like it would go along with it very well! 1mo
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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Where The Wild Things Are is a traditional literature book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It‘s about a kid who‘s imagination is so big he escapes into his own world with a bunch of “wild things” that seems as if it took him over a year to get there and back but he was really just in his room the whole time. He‘s given the title of “king of the Wild Things” but after a while, he feels lonely and returns back “home”.

alexblanco This book won the Caldecott Award in 1964. The illustrations in this book are so amazing and well done, I love this book! I would use the read aloud teaching strategy for this book. A UDL strategy I would use would be “foster collaboration and community”. I would do this by asking questions like “what do you think is going to happen next” or “has there ever been a time where your imagination has taken you into your own world before?” 2mo
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I would use would be “integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities.” I would use this as an activity to do with my students. I feel like it would be very fun and creative! https://deannajump.com/wild-thing-you-make-my-heart-sing/ #ucflae3414f19 2mo
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Wake Up! | Helen Frost
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Wake Up! Is a really cute picture book that‘s written by Helen frost and illustrated by Rick Lieder. The genre is poetry so it‘s a great way to introduce poetry into a classroom. It didn‘t win any awards but it is still a great picture book! It is a simple poetry picture book that uses rhyming words. The pictures are beautiful and capturing. It also uses animals which kids will love! #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco I‘d use choral reading as a teaching strategy. A UDL strategy I would use would be to offer alternatives for auditory information. I could find a short audio book of it to help aid my hearing impaired students. An ESOL strategy I would use would be to continually monitor students comprehension to make sure they understand poetry & rhyming words. The standard I‘d use for this book would be https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5693 2mo
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Action Jackson | Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
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Action Jackson is a biography about Jackson Pollock that I read from the CMC. It‘s written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. It was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. The teaching strategy I would use for this book would be guided reading. I chose this because even though it is a picture book, there is higher level vocabulary #ucflae3414f19.

alexblanco This book is about a great painter and the way he painted. He spent so much time working on his painting. It was very abstract, something that‘s original and no one saw back then. “If a penny fell out of his pocket, he would leave it. An insect lands in the wet paint, and there it stays.” 2mo
alexblanco A UDL strategy I would use would be to clarify vocabulary and syntax since there is a lot of higher level vocabulary in this picture book. An ESOL strategy I would use would be teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts. The standard I would use for this book would be “know and apply grade level phonics and analysis skills in deciding words.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5794 2mo
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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Out of My Mind is a RF by Sharon M. Draper. It won multiple awards, some being Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, and ILA Young Adult Choices. It‘s such an inspirational story about a 5th grade student named Melody who has cerebral palsy. She can‘t walk or talk but she‘s one of the most brilliant kids in her class. Everyone looks at her different because she‘s “disabled” except for her family, Mrs. V, and Catherine.

alexblanco She decided to try out for the Whiz Kids competition and everyone doubted her, even Mr. Dimming. She ended up getting the highest score and made the team. Once they got to nationals and had to fly to D.C., she was left behind and couldn‘t compete. Ironically, they won 9th place. They tried to give Melody the trophy but she laughed and said she didn‘t want it and that they deserve it. 2mo
alexblanco A teaching strategy I would use in my class for this book would be LC. I think that would be a good way for students to connect with the book and their peers. #ucflae3414f19
One UDL strategy I would use would be to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. I think this would work best because it‘s a upcoming topic and a big thing that‘s getting more noticed so it‘s important that to highlight it.
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alexblanco One ESOL strategy I would use would be to promote cooperation (small groups). I think with reading a novel, it is important to incorporate small groups. It can benefit the readers and the other peers. 2mo
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alexblanco A standard I would use for this book would be “determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgement.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5990
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haleyklein I just finished Blended so to hear about another one of her books being a hit makes me excited to dive into more of her novels!! I love the standard you applied to this as well! Thank you for your post!! 2mo
KevinKantola I love your analysis of this book! 👍 2mo
ArianaG Just finished reading this and it was honestly amazing!!!! Haven‘t read anything like this in so long and I missed that feeling from a book! Great post, excellent book! 2mo
CPettersen I really want to read this book now! Great post! 2mo
ccipriati I like the UDL strategies that you picked out 2mo
Lrobertson The book that made me cry! This book is great for your UDL! Definitely a book to get students talking and seeing that just because someone looks different or may not be able to speak does not mean they are all that different from us! 2mo
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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School is a nonfiction (NF) book written and illustrated by Mo Willems. There‘s no awards for this book but I think it‘s such a cute children‘s book. It‘s about a pigeon who has so many fears about going to school but when he gets there, everyone is different in their own way. I thought it was so cute because when you first start school you have so many jitters and you‘re nervous, but in the end it‘s all going to be okay.

alexblanco I would use the RA teaching strategy because it would be difficult for kids to read by themselves due to all of all speech bubbles in different areas on the page. A standard I would use for this book would be “with prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear.” https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5732. #ucflae3414f19 2mo
alexblanco One EL strategy I would use would be to reinforce the key ideas I present again and again. I chose this because it is easy for EL‘s to get lost and not understand what‘s happening in books so if I reiterate it, it‘ll help keep them on track. A UDL strategy I would use would be to activate or supply background knowledge. All of my students would have had their first day of school before so I will ask them what some of their fears were. 2mo
maciforster The books seems so great!! I‘ve attempted to use the same standard for my teachlive but I didn‘t address this properly, however I think it would be great to use! 2mo
Erinehart This is such a cute book. I agree with you on using this as a read aloud due to all of the speech bubbles. That could be different for a younger child. 1mo
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OH NO! is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat. This book is about a girl who build a huge robot for her science fair experiment. The robot then caused so much chaos and was ruining everything in the city. She took a frog, went to her laboratory, made it huge like the robot and told it to destroy the robot. The frog did destroy it, but when it leaped, it started damaging the city also. #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco The genre is science fiction (SF). It won The NY Times Best Illustrated Award in 2015.I loved all of the illustrations in this book. It makes it entertaining to read and look at. I would use to IR teaching strategy because that way, the kids get to look at all the pictures themselves and examine it further. Their isn‘t that many words so it wouldn‘t be difficult for them to read. 2mo
alexblanco An EL strategy to use for this would be to give enough wait time for second language learners to respond to questions. By doing this, I would be maximizing their opportunity to answer questions and further comprehend. A UDL strategy I would use is minimize threats and distractions. This book has to do with destroying things so I would want to make sure that the kids didn‘t get in that mindset, start acting crazy, and cause distractions. 2mo
alexblanco A standard I would use for this book is https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5728. With this standard I‘d have them describe the connection between the robot and the toad, the events that took place and their thoughts. #ucflae3414f19 2mo
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The author and illustrator of Watermelon Seed is Greg Pizzoli. This book is very light humored and fun. It‘s about a crocodile who loves watermelon, ate a seed, and thought he was going to turn into a watermelon tree, turn pink, and be put in a fruit salad. After he burped it out he said he‘d never eat it again and then ate watermelon right after. It‘s super vibrant and the colors are bold so it definitely would attract kids. #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco The genre is realistic fiction and it won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award in 2014. A teaching strategy I‘d use for
This book would be RA. It seems like an entertaining book to read and use good intonation to capture the students attention.
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alexblanco The standard I‘d use would be the one that follows: https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5678. It deals with describing the relationship between the illustrations and the story which I thought would be great for this book because there‘s so many illustrations that help form the story line. 2mo
alexblanco An EL strategy I would use is to promote cooperation (small groups) because other students can help them if they are having a hard time. A UDL strategy I‘d use is to guide appropriate goal setting. This is important because some kids might get off task with such a fun story but it is significant to ensure that they have a set goal and achieve it. 2mo
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The Rainbow Fish | Marcus Pfister
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This book is written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister. The genre is modern fantasy (MF). This is an award winning book. It won the Wallstreet Journal Award and Christopher Award. The Rainbow Fish is a very popular children‘s book. It‘s about sharing what you have, and that happiness is more important than beauty. It conveys such an important message to children and teaches them that if you have happiness you have everything. #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco A teaching strategy I would use in the classroom with my students for this book would be SR. Reading this book with others would be ideal because they can share their thoughts and ideas about it and discuss the meaning with their peers. A standard that I would use to teach this book would be the one in the link https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5742. 2mo
alexblanco One EL strategy I‘d incorporate would be to continually monitor students‘ comprehension. By doing this I‘m making sure that the are understanding the material and the message of the story. One UDL strategy I‘d use is to foster collaboration and community. This ties in to my EL strategy because I would be asking and answering questions throughout the book and using examples. 2mo
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Whoever You Are | Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
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Whoever you are by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub is such a great book. Even though it isn‘t award winning, it is a good book to incorporate into the classroom. It teaches kids about inclusion and diversity. The book talks about how no matter where you‘re from, what language you speak, what type of school you go to, the way you look, and the foods you eat, you still have feelings. You feel the same joys and the same pains. #ucflae3414f19

alexblanco @alexblanco This book is NF. One teaching strategy I would use for this book would be RA. I chose RA because I feel as if it is a good way for teachers to teach about diversity and to make sure they are understanding thoroughly. One standard that I found that would work well with this book is linked here https://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewStandard/Preview/5680 2mo
alexblanco @alexblanco An EL strategy I would use for this book would be to incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners into my curriculum. This would be perfect because we would be learning about diversity! One ULD strategy I would use would be to clarify vocabulary and symbols. This would be beneficial because it would teach them about other cultures symbols and minimize any barrier. 2mo
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