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Better Bring Your Umbrella!

— feeling hungry
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett

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! 

Grace, Grace, and MORE GRACE!

— feeling happy
Boundless Grace - Mary Hoffman

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!! 

The Power of YET!

— feeling excited
Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees

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. 

The Raft!

The Raft - Jim LaMarche

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!