Teaching someone to handle a Book



In cultures that have had little or no exposure to books, handling a book properly is a skill that must be learned.

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Animal Biographies


"A Dog's Life:  The Autobiography of a Stray", by Ann M.Martin

****My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (more of a collective  biography!)

Born Free by Joy Adamson 

****Isabella Hatkoff  Owen & Mzee

Jean Craighead    George has The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 other  wild pets.

Pamela Turner's Hachiko: the true story of a loyal dog. 

*****Marley and Me by John Grogan

.****Balto - the sled dog that despite all odds, managed to get to  a town in Alaska to deliver critically needed medicine.

Andre the Seal - A seal from Rockport Maine.

**** Rascal by Sterling North

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson   

****PUPPIES, DOGS, AND BLUE NORTHERS, by Gary Paulsen.  In it, Paulsen reminisces about his dogsledding days and focuses on his lead dog Cookie.

Black Beauty

Misty of Chincoteague?

****Koko's kitten is the story of a gorilla in a zoo who adopts a kitten.




Reading snippets

Have fifth graders each read a snippet over the
intercom each morning. One snippet is for PreK-2 and the other is 3-5. It is a few sentences from a popular book, must include the main character's name. Children can guess the title of the book. One winner is chosen for each group per day. Rewards are either left over bookfair books or a coupon to check out additional books.

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Spinning a Good Yarn

Learn how Brian Jaques writes his books










The story of a boy who becomes a caveman. Wonderfully animated with sound effects and a self marking comprehension test at the end! You have the option to have this story read to you with real audio! (right off the web!) or learn to read difficult story words before starting. It's all on the next page!

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