Books for My Classroom

Books for my future classroom as an elementary teacher

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

Pete the Cat goes to school in his really awesome school shoes. He sings about all the different activities he does during the school day in his shoes. 

 

I would use this book with younger grades and have them draw or color a page with 'school shoes' on it and allow them to design their dream school shoes. For younger grades, especially with children who haven't been to school, I would take them around the school on a tour, especially highlighting the places in our school that Pete the Cat went to in his school. I would make sure to add any other important locations in our school that were not in the book, however.

 

Lexile Level - AD600

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

Bully Beans

Bully B.E.A.N.S. - Julia Cook

Bully Beans is a story about standing up to bullies and being brave. Bully Beans, really just jelly beans, give courage and bravery to children to stand up to the bully, Bobette, who threatens to turn them into human pretzels.

 

I would use this book closer to the beginning of the school year, and maybe make it an interactive reading depending on the students. Providing jelly beans for each student is one connection to the text that I could provide for them.

 

ATOS (Accelerated Reader) Level - 3.6

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type is a story about cows owned by Farmer Brown. These cows type and post memos or letters to Farmer Brown about their demands/requests for different things. The cows type on behalf of other animals in the barn as well.

 

This book lends itself well to talk about writing a letter to someone and the specific parts of a letter (heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature). I would allow my students to write a letter to a relative or friend for this activity. There is a song about the parts of a letter (set to the tune of "The Addams Family") that I would use as a memory aid for students, adding movements or snaps with the song. Before having them write their own letters, I would do an example with class input then, or we would have been preparing by writing letters as a class.

 

Lexile Level - AD160

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

Red: A Crayon's Story

Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael  Hall

Red is a story about a crayon labeled as red but that is actually blue. The story is composed of the crayon's family and friends attempting to 'fix' it so it can be a red crayon like it 'should be' since it is labeled red. Close to the end of the story, a new friend encourage the 'red' crayon to draw something blue, which is what this crayon truly is. The 'red' crayon realizes it is blue and nothing has been wrong with it.

 

I would use this book in my class close to the beginning of the school year. I would encourage my students to think about a time when they felt like the red crayon and maybe write a short story about it and what happened with that situation. I would especially use this story with a class that had students with disabilities to emphasize their abilities and that they might just need to try another way to accomplish a task.  

 

Lexile Level - AD120 

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)