Walt is worried about how he is not growing as tall or he is not the curliest. This book is a great book for a first grade classroom to help the students understand that it is ok to not be the tallest or the smallest in the class. This book explains that everyone is special in their own way and that is how I would use it in my classroom. This book is also a fun way to teach your students about plant growth and how things grow.
I would use this to incorporate a science lesson. I would create a classroom garden and the students would get to watch and document, in their science notebooks, about the growth of each plant and the length over time it took it to grow.
Louis is a trumpet swan. He is struggling, compared to his siblings, to learn to play. His father finds him a true brass trumpet. Could this be the key to his success? This book is a great book to teach students to not give up. Just because you reach a hard part in your life, anywhere from school to home life, does not mean you should give up.
I would use this as a novel study in my classroom. We would do activities such as cause and effect, comprehension questions, and explaining parts of the book. Such as them picking out their favorite part of the book and writing a paragraph about why it was their favorite. Also, everyone has a dream. Louis from the book had a dream to be able to play the trumpet; I will ask the students to write, maybe two paragraphs, about what their dreams are and why.
Review: Dr.Seuss' book are such fun books for students to read. I enjoy this book especially because of all the rhyming he does throughout.I would recommend using this in a kindergarten or first grade classroom when you are introducing the different types of rhyming. This book is so silly that it will engage the students attention throughout the whole book as they laugh and enjoy it, not realizing how much they are actually learning.
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I would use this to introduce measurement. Each student would receive their own cut out foot. The student's would walk around the classroom comparing their feet with other classmates based on the teachers instructions. Such as, "Find someone whose foot is bigger than yours, find someone's foot who is smaller, or find someone's foot who is the exact same size.
Review: Stuart Little is a wonderful story about a little mouse growing up in a big city with his human family. This book will entice student's sense of adventure.Going through Stuart's journey to return home is thrilling and engaging and student's will be on the edge of their seats waiting in suspense of what will happen next.
The students will be given a choice board that has several different activities listed on the board. Some of these activities will include; Compare and Contrast Stuart and Snowball in a chart form, Write a script based on your favorite chapter and pick a partner to present it in front of the class, and create an acrostic poem using the word "friendship".