Miss Tucker's Bookshelf

Give a helping hand

Jack and Rick (Green Light Readers Level 1) by David McPhail (2003-07-01) - David McPhail

The story of Jack and Rick is all about helping each other. Jack and Rick worked together to get across the river. My class would work together with a friend in this game. I would partner the students up and ask the students to stand side by side with your friend/partner. I would go around and tie one of the students legs to the other student. I would then ask the class to try walking or hopping together. We would then discuss what happened. I would also talk about what they learning about working together?


Intended/Audience/Grade Level: 1st Grade.

Count down to Birthdays

Only Six More Days - Marisabina Russo

In the book, Molly gets jealous of her little brother, Ben. He is planning his birthday and Molly is not enjoying all the attention being on him. She has a very negative attitude towards her brother throughout the entire book. At the end Ben gets two baseball cards, Molly's old roller skates, a gum rapper chain, and a letter. The letter is sweet from Molly and Ben feels special. In the classroom we would read this book and then talk about if my students have ever felt jealous of someone else. I would have the students talk about why they felt this way and something they could have done to change the outcome.

I would then have a birthday chart and we would fill this out together. I would write students birthdays on my chart and begin a countdown for everyone's birthday. The students would then get a sheet of paper where I could tell them how many more days until their birthday. We would start a countdown with helps students to learn to count backwards.

Compare and Contrast

Sisters - David McPhail

The book Sisters deals with the differences between these two sisters. I would want to use this book in my classroom to introduce compare and contrast. We would talk about how the sisters are different and alike. I would then call the students to the rug and ask them to help me complete a Vinn Diagram. The Vinn Diagram would be relating back to the story and how they are different. On one side we would talk about Sister 1 (names are not given in the story) and the other side we would discuss Sister 2. This would help the students understand comparing and contrasting and hopefully help them relate it to future books they decide to read.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Survival Camp

Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp   [DANNY & THE DINOSAUR GO TO CAM] [Prebound] - Syd•(Author) ; Hoff,  Syd(Illustrator) Hoff

Danny the Dinosaur goes to camp and spends time with his friend. The dinosaur was included in every activity they did at camp. In my classroom we would read this book and discuss what it would be like to bring a dinosaur with you around everywhere. We then would play a game called "I'm going on a picnic" but instead it would be called "I'm going to camp". I would explain the rules to the students. The first student would say, I am going on to camp and going to bring an "Axe". Each student after that would have to repeat what the rest of the class said and continue on with each letter of the alphabet. This would help with brain exercises and learning letter of the alphabet.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 1st Grade

Be Different

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is made fun of for her name being different. In my classroom, I would teach students about how different our community is. From race, gender, sex, beliefs, and customs, there is many attributes that come into making you who you are. I will discuss with my class that you should always be accepting to one another. You may not know what they could bring to the table if you never gave them a chance. The students would be given a "secret friend" and would then have to write on construction paper one thing they liked best about their friend. We would share this to the class. It would bring my class together and make every student feel good.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 2nd-3rd Grade.

The coconut tree

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom goes back to when I was a child and learning the alphabet. This book can be incorporated into the classroom in many ways. One of the ways I think my future students would benefit would be by learning the alphabet. Some students coming into Kindergarten do not even know the Alphabet song or their letters. This would be another fun way that students can learn their letters and even go over what sounds they make. In addition to learning the alphabet, I think students could be taught a counting principle with the way this book is structured. On each page They could add how many letters are climbing up the tree at one time.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten


Biscuit Goes to School - Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories

Biscuit decides he is going to sneak with his owner to go to school with her. In my future classroom I would want this book to be read and used as an activity. This activity would be introduced during the first few days of school. I would hope this would make my students feel more comfortable about going to school and safe. We would then talk about if they could bring a pet/animal to school who would they decide to bring. This would be a writing prompt that the students could work on and then discuss together as a class.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.

Alphabet Quack

Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

The entire book goes over the alphabet using very descriptive nouns. I would want to get my class to read this book while learning the alphabet. I would get my students to tell me what sound each letter makes. I would also get them to stop at each letter and tell me another noun that start with the certain letter we were on. I could also introduce nouns to the class. I would tell them this would be a person, place, or thing. It would be a very simple lesson about nouns so they did not get confused.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten.

5 Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Eileen Christelow

In this book, it talks about monkeys jumping on a bed, one falls off each time and bumps their head. In my classroom I would want to read this book to my students and incorporate a math lesson with it. Each time a monkey fell off the bed we would stop and count the Monkeys. As a class we would also talk about subtraction and how the monkeys are being subtracted each time someone falls off. The students could then go back to their seats and I would have simple practice subtraction problems for them to do. I would not use numbers, but monkeys to help relate the text to better understand subtraction.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.


Picky Mrs. Pickle - Christine M. Schneider

Picky Mrs. Pickle talks about how she does not want to try anything new. She likes what she likes and does not want to try anything else. At the end of the book Picky Mrs. Pickle makes a deal with her niece that she will try a new kind of ice cream. She ends up loving it and is now open to trying many new things.


I would integrate this into my classroom by talking to students about getting out of their comfort zone. They may never know if they like something unless they try it. As a class I would ask the students to write down something they were very picky about and also have them write something down that they have never tried before. I would then discuss this with the class and encourage my students to go home and try what they had written down.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 4th Graders.

Classroom Jobs

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash - Sarah Weeks, Nadine Bernard Westcott

Throughout this book, Mrs. McNosh is doing laundry and hanging up all of her clothes on a clothes line. I would incorporate this into my classroom when I feel they are responsible enough to take on a classroom job. I will relate this back to the book and how Mrs. McNosh had laundry to do as her job. In our classroom we will have jobs that will keep our classroom running smoothly. Everyone will get a job and I would alternate them either every 9 weeks or monthly depending on what worked best for my class.


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Goonight Routines

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd

I would want to incorporate timing into this lesson. As the story continues many things are put to sleep. I would use this book as a guide for students and learning about time. I would have students make their own clock. I would provide the materials for them. I would then have a handout that has different times on it. Starting with 5:00pm-9:00pm, I would want the students to tell me what their nightly routine looked like at each certain times. We would then talk and discuss students responses who would want to share. I would make the class move their minute hand and hour hand to what each student shared with the class to get more practice of telling time.

What are fairies?

The Tooth Fairy - Sharon Peters

The Tooth Fairy would be a very engaging topic for Elementary School students. Every child loves when they lose a tooth and the excitement of the tooth fairy coming. This book would dive deeper into thinking. I would ask students questions about the book while reading. I would also bring out their imagination and what they think of the tooth fairy who has came to their own house. After reading the story I would have them do a writing prompt and draw me a picture of what they actually think the tooth fairy looked like. Is it a boy or a girl? What kind of hair do they have? what do the wings look like? etc. Then write about why they chose to draw about the details of their own picture.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 2nd grade.

Always Giving

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

In the Giving Tree the tree gives up almost everything it has so that the boy can be happy. Once I read this to my class we would do an activity where I would let each student think of three things that were very important to them. I would have them write it down in the center of a tree shaped handout. We would then talk about if you could up the things they chose that were important to them. We would also talk about how it would make them feel, why they chose these things, and how the tree felt when it gave the boy all its special things.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: First graders or second graders.

If you give

If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

Throughout this book the snowball effect begins once the pig asks for pancakes and then syrup. The plot behind this book is a cause and effect pattern. For example, when the pig gets in the bathtub from being sticky from the syrup, he then asks for some syrup. As a teacher I would teach cause and effect and use a poster. On each side there is cause and effect written out. The students have to help me fill in the chart for each scenario that the pig goes through throughout the story.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 5th grade, English Language Arts


Happy Father's Day

Froggy's Day With Dad - Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz

I would implement this book into my classroom to appreciate the dad's and introduce Father's Day. Many Elementary teachers always do a Mothers/Fathers day craft or something to give to their parents for this holiday. I would read this to my class and talk about why dads are special and why we should always respect our parents. If some students in my classroom did not have a father in their home I would tell them to think of something who is very close to them.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten all the way up until 4th graders. This is the time the fathers day is very much appreciated and talked about.