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January

December 24, 2009

The January book list contains books that help to address the Challenge theme, winter, animals in winter, and Martin Luther King. Our second semester in Science begins with the study of animals. Pairing up the fiction and non-fiction books about bears, penguins, ducks, and other animals is a brain compatible strategy that is also fun.
The After – christmas Tree by Linda Wagner Tyler
How do you extend the spirit and excitement of Christmas? How do you make it last? Make an after-Christmas tree to help the animals and let the tree experience a “second season of giving”.

 All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
Celebrate the New Year by reading about the possibilities each day brings us. Everyone loves the promise a new day brings!

 All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Students learn to identify the sequence of events in an enjoyable rhythmic pattern. They also learn the meaning of the word, except, which is one of the words some students find difficult when the word  appears on TAKS.
 Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke
This is an enjoyable read aloud that will inspire children to write their own stories! Aunt Isabel and Penelope take the children through the elements of a story.

The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska-Beith
Everyone has had their experience with a bad idea! Students will be inspired to share their experiences with bad ideas.
Start the new semester with  this hilarious book that will help students of all ages develop ideas for writing.

 The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Clayton and Desmond unite to accept the challenge to build the biggest snowman. This is a story of teamwork and persistence in the face of a challenge.

  Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg

How many teachers know a student who only hears half of an announcement? Stanley prepares for Crazy Hair Day at school, only to find out it is picture day!
Students will connect with this adorable character and learn how Stanley faced this challenge. This is a great read aloud for developing ideas for writing.
  The Duck Who Played the Kazoo by Amy E. Sklansky
Join in on duck’s journey to find friendship and companionship. The rhyming verse, accompanied by students and teacher playing a kazoo, make this a story to remember.

 The Eagle and the Wren a fable retold by Jane Goodall
The second semester in Social Studies begins with the study of fables and cultures. A wren and an eagle use determination, dreams, and intelligence to face a challenge . Their achievement is an inspirational story for all.
 Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big: Explained by Fannie Fudwupper by Berkeley Breathed

This is a cautionary tale and contemporary fable about a young boy whose skill as a liar gets him into deep trouble. Edwurd is challenged when it comes to being truthful, and it is young sister who helps him.

  Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger
Children will love the rhythm and the rhyme as they read and sing along with this book. Use this book in conjunction with a unit of study about penguins and the Tacky the Penguin books.

 A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Kevin Henkes provides another point of view and helps to answer the question, “What can turn a bad day into a good day?”

 How Big is the World? by Britta Techentrup
Little Mole asks this enormous question, and he accepts the challenge to journey and find the answer. This book is a good transition from the theme of discovery to the theme of challenge. Little Mole meets many interesting animals along his epic journey. This story can be used as an Engaging activity for science. Children can Buddy Book and read a non-fiction book about the animals in this fiction book.
 Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

Jean Marzollo provides a simple introduction to the life of a man who changed the world.

 Incredible You! 10 Ways to let your Greatness Shine Through by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Children love to make lists, so why not make a list of the TOP TEN WAYS to Let YOUR GREATNESS SHINE THROUGH! This book by Dr. Wayne Dyer provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their strengths that help them to face challenges. There is a question and answer section in the back of the book.

 Little by Little by Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow
Otto faces the challenges of learning how to swim. He learns that courage and practice will help him reach his goal.
 The Magical Snowman by Catherine Walters
Rabbit builds a snowman and discovers a magical friendship.
 Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
This is an award winning picture book biography that introduces children to the words of a man who changed the world. Even the youngest of students make connections to the words spoken by Martin Luther King.

 Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley
This hilarious book helps to re-ignite the interest in reading. Students will enjoy coming up with their own possibilities of what happened to their favorite book.
  Mine, All Mine! by Claire Hawcock
An adorable squirrel discovers a beautiful snowflake and does not want to share it with anyone.

 My Brother Martin: A Sister Remenbers by Christine King Farris 
“Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.”
A sister describes the childhood and the times in which she and her brother, Martin Luther King, lived.

  The Peace Book by Todd Parr
Introduce the topic of “peace” with Todd Parr’s simple and inpirational book. Read the book prior to a unit of study on Martin Luther King.

 Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon
A heart warming circular tale of friendship!

  The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
Introduce the students to the 7 Habits  that will help them take charge of their lives.

 Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright
Poor old big bear has a hearing problem and he keeps misunderstanding Old Man Winter! Hilarious rhyming book.

 Someday by Eileen Spinelli
This is an excellent book for teaching present day and future. Students will connect with the main character as she dreams of her future.
Great discussion starter for goal setting!

 A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley
Celebrate the joy of reading along with bear.

 Tacky and the Emperor by Helen Lester
Students love this wacky, unique penquin. Read this adventurous tale about friendship and kindness.

 Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester
Just in time for the Winter Olympics! Tacky takes on the challenges of the winter games in his usual hilarious manner.

 Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester
Tacky is meeting more challenges on another far-fetched adventure.
 

 Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Introduce this eccentric, unique penguin to the students. Tacky faces the challenges that come with being different.

 Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen Lester
Tacky the Penguin comes back to help his friends win a cheering contest.

 The Three Questions: Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy by Jon J. Muth
Start the New Year with reflective discussion after reading this story aloud.


 Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr.Wayne W, Dyer
Children learn 10 important lessons to help them reach their goals and dreams.

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