Fragility is a very solid and sturdy creature, but her feelings are well… fragile, and easily hurt. Fragility can’t take a compliment. Even the most well-intentioned compliments seem to hurt her feelings. Then a bully enters the picture. This book makes a good mentor text for teaching vocabulary to young readers. Complex, tier 2 words such as sturdy, resemble, and compare (among others) are woven throughout the book.
Giraffes Can't Dance (B&N Exclusive Edition)
Giraffes Can't Dance... A sweet book about doing your own thing even when others tease you. It makes a good mentor text, too. Tier 2 words include: slim, munching, buckled (at the knees), single, prance, arrived, elegant, bold, teamed up, splendid, clumsy, froze up, useless, clot, crept, clearing, swaying, imagine, shuffling, swaying, swishing, entranced
Dooby Dooby Moo|Paperback
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin. In true Doreen Cronin style, this book is a hoot! Tier 2 words and phrases include: Keeps a very close eye, borrow, slightly, rehearsed, interpret (interpretive dance), disguise, pacing, up to something, contestants, impressed, annoyed, standing ovation
Investigating Our Names
Idea for introducing math terms. this is from a K classroom but I use it in a grade 3 classroom and use as an anchor through the unit. I also make individual sheets for students to complete to add to their math notebooks - just replace the word we with I and our with our with this.
Max's Words (2006) As a mentor text for teaching vocabulary and story writing, a book can’t get any better. On the NCBLA 2007 list of outstanding literature, Max’s Words introduces us to Max, a little brother without a collection. Wanting a collection like his brothers, Max begins to collect words. His collection grows and grows until he has enough for stories, and for sharing.