This book starts out with a shoddily done report on bears. The main character writes:
"They are big."
"They eat things." and
"They are mean."
She is in for a surprise when a polar bear shows up in her room and declares that not all polar bears are mean. He then takes her out a tour of his habitat. The pictures are stunning. This would be a great book to show students what NOT to do for a report and what TO DO for a report. The story is touching and informational.
This is a book that was created from a song by Harris J. It is more of a poem than a story. It shows how to be kind and live your life to the fullest. Assalamu Alaikum is Arabic for "peace be upon you."
Writing ideas: Rewrite the chorus. What are other words that mean "peace be upon you". What does "peace be upon you" mean to you?
I love this book! It is written in a humerous, non-didactic way. I am going to use this book at the beginning of the year.
Culture: Lists of ways to say different things in different languages
(like "Thank You" and "Excuse Me")
Ideas: Create own manner book as a class
How authors get ideas: One theme
What a touching story this is. The plot line is intriguing and students can learn a bit about Hanukkah, too. A boy is going to America and after a crash, finds himself alone on an iceberg. A bear comes and their relationship develops. This book talks about miracles and has a great surprise ending.
Themes: sacrifice, positivity, friendship, and courage
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!