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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin

Young Wanda is teased by her classmates for being different than the rest. When Wanda doesn't show up at school students start to wonder why. This is a great story that allows students to understand what bullying is. Leveling system is The Lexile, reading level 870L. Students can participate in "I like you because". The students will put their name in the middle of a piece of construction paper and have it passed around the classroom for students to leave nice comments on.

Frindle

Frindle - Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick

Nick a fifth grader comes up with a new word. Despite Mrs.Granger not believing in his new word, it became a worldwide sensation. The leveling system is The Lexile, reading level 830L. Students can create a new word, write a definition and write where the word would be placed in a dictionary.

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Camilla Cream  is young girl who has a love for lima beans. However this is a huge secret of hers. Due to her worrying she wakes up on the first day of school covered in rainbow stripes. Throughout the book Camilla goes through several changes because of nerves and others opinions. Leveling System The Lexile, Reading Level AD610L. The teacher can bring a basket full of veggies that the student are not allergic to. The students can taste test these vegetables and rank them from their favorite to least favorite than the class can have open discussions.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

This is a book with many themes such as coming of age, society and morality. The narrator is a nine year old named Kenny Watsons. Kenny's family has to go south to Birmingham when Kenny's older brother gets in trouble. The family so happens to come into down when troubles of the civil rights movement was in full swing and their grandmothers church is in shambles Leveling system Lexile, reading level 920L. An activity a classroom can participate in is creating a time of the civil rights movement through the characters of the book.