Yesterday, I published a post about flipping my classroom, so I thought today I would gather a text set of picture books that I would use with my 5th graders for first quarter mini-lessons (of course, I'll use a lot more than 10, but I had to narrow it down for this list). I'll be videotaping myself reading these books and using them for mentor teaching texts on various skills: analyzing theme, point of view, and character - all standards we're teaching during first quarter. Of course, biographies are great for analyzing character, but I'm going to stick with fiction for this list. I also chose texts according to theme topic. My first theme topic for August/September is EMPATHY, so all my choices will address empathy. Here we go!
So cute! Deborah Freedman is able to capture expression, personality, and friendship so perfectly in her words and illustrations. This would be the perfect book to teach collaboration, creativity, cooperation, conflict and resolution, and character traits. Fits great into writing workshop, also. Love it!
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