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The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle

In Autumn, a strong wind blows some flower seeds. The wind blows them for a long time. Some seeds do not make it due to the sun, icy mountain, the ocean, and the desert. The other seeds continue sailing while a tiny seed is unable to go as fast as the others seeds and it stays lower to the ground. When all the seeds finally land on the ground, a bird eats most of the seeds, but not the tiny seed because it is too small for the bird to see it. The seeds are now settled in the ground. During the winter time a mouse living in the dirt eats a seed, but not the tiny seed. Then comes Spring and the seeds become plants. A big fat weed grows much faster than the new little plants takes away what is needed for the new plants to grow. Seeds start growing into plants but the tiny seed is still a seed until a rain shower comes. The other seeds have become flowers. Later the tiny seed becomes a flower and grows really tall. In Autumn, the tiny seed that became a flower has many seeds within it that the wind blows and starts the whole process over again. This is a great book for K-3rd grade to help them understand the process of how seeds grow into plants and what causes them to not grow into plants. I would have my students to plant seeds and write about the process of the seeds growing.

The Three Little Pigs - Elizabeth Ross, ROFry

Three little pigs build their own house. Each pig uses different material to build their house and a big bad wolf attempts to blow their houses down. He successfully blows down the first two houses but the third house unsuccessfully. Compare and contrast this book and "The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark" in K-2nd grade would be a great way to incorporate this book. 

Anh's Anger - Gail Silver, Christiane Kromer

Anh is building a big tower and his grandfather tells him to come and eat dinner. Anh wants to continue building his tower because he wants to build the biggest tower. Anh's grandfather tells him again to come and eat. Anh becomes very angry and unable to speak and his knocks his tower down. His grandfather then tells him to go to his room and sit with his anger. Anh throws a fit in his room and a red hairy monster shows up and tells him he is his anger. The monster helps Anh understand his anger and how to work through it. Anh's anger tantrum begins to exhaust him and him and his anger eventually sit silently still and begin to breath slowly. As Anh is breathing slowly, he begins to feel better and his anger becomes smaller and smaller. This book would be great for K-3rd grade because it teaches students that it is okay to feel angry and that anger can go away when you sit with your anger and began to breathe slowly.  

The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy, Kim Shaw

Pete is at a new school and he is somewhat of a bully. Luckily he is in a classroom with students that know how to handle situations with a bully. They learned how to handle bully situations from what went on in 2nd grade ("Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun"). The teacher and the students have made "The Promise" to not be a bully and to not be a bystander when someone is being a bully. Pete continues to be a bully even after the students share with him "The Promise" that they all have made in their class. He makes a girl named Ruby really mad when he poured his juice box all over her shirt. Ruby get really mad and decides to forget about "The Promise" and she tries to get the rest of the class to do the same. Her classmates choose to not be bystanders and stick to their promise. This is shocking to Pete that someone would stick up for him after he was so mean. This is a great book for K-5th grade. It teaches students that being a bully does not work, but sticking together and helping others out is always the best way to go. I would have 1st-3rd grade students do a character analysis before and after with this book and "Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun". This will helps students have a better understanding of how "The Promise" changed the students and why they came up with "The Promise". 

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are - Maria Dismondy

Lucy is picked on my a boy named Ralph in the 2nd grade. Ralph makes fun of her hair and what she eats, spaghetti in a hot dog bun. Lucy kindly asks Ralph to stop being mean to her, but he continues to be a bully. When Ralph finds his self in trouble and in need of help, no one wanted to help him, instead they laughed at him. Lucy debates whether or not to help him, but she finds to courage to help him. Although Ralph had been so mean to her, Lucy chose to make the right choice and help him. Ralph was no longer a bully to anyone after Lucy helped him. This book would be great for the 1st and 2nd grade students. It teaches students to make good choices and have courage even when faced with a difficult person. I would have 2nd graders read this story and "The Juice Box Bully" to do a character analysis before and after chart. Some of the same characters are in "The Juice Box Bully".  

The Three Little Pigs: A Wheel-y Silly Fairy Tale (Little Simon Sillies) by Gallo, Tina (2011) Hardcover - Tina Gallo

This is a silly, interactive book for kindergarten or 1st grade. Based on the original three little pigs fairy tale, but with a twist. Each page of the book allows the readers to spin a wheel for each page on this paper-over-board book and choose a word to complete the sentence. With which ever word they choose, they can spin the wheel to choose the picture that matches the completed sentence with the word chosen. I would use this in my classroom because it would help students gather an understanding of story writing and it is fun and silly. I would have students write and draw their own creative ending for which ever page and draw a picture. 

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

A little mouse goes on a walk through the woods and has encounters with three animals that want to eat him. He runs into a fox, an owl, and a snake. He tells each of them that he is meeting a gruffalo (a grizzly bear/ buffalo) near by, which he made up. He tells them that the gruffalo likes to eat fox, owl, and snake which deters them from eating him. After leaving the last animal, the mouse runs into an ACTUAL gruffalo. The gruffalo was going to eat him, but this clever little mouse warned the gruffalo that he was frighting and everyone in the woods is afraid of him. The mouse tells the gruffalo to follow him back through the woods which he does. The mouse and the gruffalo encounter the snake, owl, and fox. Each animal runs away scared when they see the mouse and the gruffalo. This would be a great book for 1st and 2nd grade to incorporate sequencing events in the story. 

The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark - Ken Geist, Julia Gorton, Will Grace

The mother fish tells her three little fish that it is time for them to go out and make their own homes. Each fish makes a home differently and the big bad shark bothers them and ruins their homes. This is a great book for compare and contrast with "The Three Little Pigs". 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

August was born with a facial abnormality. His parents home schooled him and at age 10 he wanted to go to school. He is a normal boy, but he looks different and everyone at school pays close attention to this difference. In this book, August shares his point of view. In the further chapters, others share their point of view which helps the audience gather a better understanding of point of view. I would incorporate this book in a 5th grade class and teach how important point of view is. This book would also teach the students the importance of what their actions and words really do to others. This is a perfect book for preventing bullying and it also shares a bullies point of view.