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Macey Thompson's Tales

I have recently become obsessed with collecting books for my future elementary classroom. I look forward to creating an online library of some of my favorites and planning how I will use each book in my classroom.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Officer Buckle and Gloria - Peggy Rathman

Officer Buckle attends schools and gives safety speeches. Unfortunately, many of the students and teachers ignore the safety tips that Officer Buckle gives the school. Gloria, the police dog, begins attending the speeches with Officer Buckle. With Gloria's help, Officer Buckle is finally able to get the school to start implementing his safety tips. I can see myself using this text in my classroom to jump start a conversation about our own class and school safety. Also, this text would be a great resource when addressing community helpers. I could read this book to my class before we dive deeper into the variety of people who help our community remain a safe place. Officer Buckle and Gloria is on a 3.4 AR level. 

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This book is about a young girl by the name of Camilla Cream. Camilla Cream will not eat lima beans because none of her friends like to eat lima beans. She begins to get sick and turn different shapes and colors. A doctor comes and gives Camilla Cream various medicine and advice, but nothing works. Eventually, Camilla Cream eats lima beans and she is cured. I would use this book I'm my classroom to encourage students to not be afraid to like things that are different than what their peers enjoy. Also, I can see this book being a great resource when teaching character traits. Camilla Cream offers an audience an abundance of internal and external character traits to identify. A Bad Case of Stripes is on a 3.8 AR level.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

This text is about the alphabet and each letter gets to the top of a coconut tree. Unfortunately, with all of the letters in the coconut tree, the tree is full and all of the letters fall out. This text could be used as a fun way to learn letters since it has a fun rhyme and saying throughout the text. In my classroom, I could build a coconut tree out of tin cans and paper. I could place magnetic letters by the tree so students could reenact the story and learn their letters. Also, it could be fun to assign a letter to each student and let them act out the story. The Lexile level for the beloved story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, is AD530L. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

This text offers vivid illustrations that are appealing to a reader's eye.The story does a great job of incorporating sequence in a fun and meaningful way. Also, the text offers a valuable lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly. I see myself reading this book in an elementary classroom when discussing both sequencing and life cycles. After reading this book, I would like to let my children role play the life cycle of a butterfly by pretending to eat the same things as the caterpillar. Once the children have finished eating, I would wrap them in a sheet like a cocoon and allow them to push out of the cocoon like the butterfly did at the end of the story. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is on a 2.9 AR level.