I hope this doesn't make you too hungry!! I would use Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to not only talk about weather, but also to talk about cause and effect! This book is excellent in having AMPLE scenarios of cause and effects! I would use this not only in a whole group, but also in a small group guided reading lesson! I would even throw in some fun art projects to make a great bulletin board!
Boundless Grace is an excellent story that is PERFECT for so many reasons! I have seen this book used in a 3rd grade classroom for a character analysis of the main character (you guess it) Grace. The students compared Grace at the beginning of the story and at the end of the story. I personally would LOVE to use this as a way of talking about families! I won't spoil the books, but Grace has a unique family dynamic that could be relatable to some children. I would use this in any elementary grade above 1st grade!!
I am so excited to read this book!! I have not been able to find it...YET! I have seen so many uses for this book, but I am most excited to use it as a tool of empowering students in my classroom. So many times students get defeated when they can't master a skill...YET! Its so important, that three letter word, to say to a child and I think this book would be great way to do that! I would use this book for any Elementary grade and throughout the year.
I used The Raft for a whole group lesson on character analysis. This book is good for a comparison character analysis and we looked at how the main character, Nicky, changed from the beginning of the story to the end. I personally found the book on the drier side, but the boys in my class enjoyed a story that was set outside and involved wildlife. I would recommend using this book for 3rd grade and 4th grade!