Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth

Publication Date: February 10, 2014

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Recommended Grades:K-2

A rhyming story of sticking to something when faced with mistakes or failures. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Perseverance:  Read aloud Not the Quitting Kind and discuss the concept of perseverance with your students.  What is the author’s message in the book?  Why is this an important message for children to learn?  Provide a challenging activity for students to engage in to demonstrate the act of perseverance.  Encourage students to stick to it as they work through the challenge.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

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Fly Guy Presents: Space by Tedd Arnold

Recommended Grades: 2-4

Buzz and Fly Guy learn about space in the next installment of this hybrid fiction and nonfiction.  This time Buzz and his friend go to the space museum. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Writer’s Workshop: Share Fly Guy Presents: Space using an ELMO or another projection device.  Enlarge the pictures for all to see and discuss how the author takes elements of both fiction and nonfiction to write an interesting story.  Use the book as a model text in writer’s workshop where students may be writing informational pieces; perhaps they want to write in the style of Tedd Arnold instead.   

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The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Recommended Grades: K-2

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story. Today, Fish wants to show Snail in a new story. But, Snail wants to remain safely at home in the book he is in. What happens to the story when they disagree?

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Building Community/Theme: Read aloud The Story of Fish and Snail and discuss what it means to be a food friend. How was Fish a good friend? How was Snail a good friend? Or use the story when discussing themes of literature.   What evidence can you find in the text to support the theme?Pair The Story of Fish and Snail with other books with the theme of friendship.

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