My top ten favorite children’s books and summaries

Top 100 Children’s Books of All-Time

  1. Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham is about Sam-I-Am, trying to convince the narrator to try green eggs and ham. He spends most of the book, offering the unnamed character different locations and dining partners to try the delicacy. In the end the unnamed character relents and eats the green eggs and ham, and end up loving the food.

  1. Corduroy

The genre of the story is fantasy because it includes the fantastical element of a stuffed animal that is alive and has feelings, which is not something that could happen in this world. But it could be argued that the story is fiction because although the stuffed animal is able to talk, Don Freeman uses Corduroy to depict a relationship between a girl and a boy in a real-life setting. From this perspective, although it might be looking too deeply into it, I think that the story is about a girl who sees a boy at a store and wants to bring him home, but her mother will not let her because he is clearly not up-to-par with a person she thinks her daughter should be hanging out with.  Corduroy goes to steal the missing accessory for his clothes, but gets caught and is put back where he belongs. The girl buys him, and mends his clothes.

  1. Charlotte’s Web

Right off the bat, we know Wilbur is in for some trouble. Just after he’s born, Papa Arable wants to kill the little piggy merely because he’s the runt of the litter. Thankfully, eight-year-old Fern Arable isn’t going to stand for such injustice. She convinces her daddy to let her keep the pig as a pet and then gives him a memorable name: Wilbur, of course.

  1. The Little Engine That Could

When the train full of toys gets stuck, no one but the little blue engine can seem to find a way to help. “A time-honored classic and one of the greatest stories of self-motivation and success.”

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a simple one that emphasizes numbers and days of the week. The caterpillar is not only very hungry, but he also has unusual tastes in food, ones that delight children. After popping out of an egg on Sunday, the very hungry caterpillar eats holes through the book’s pages as he eats his way through a variety of foods, beginning with one apple on Monday and two pears on Tuesday and ending with five oranges on Friday and 10 different foods on Saturday (chocolate cake, ice cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, sausage, a cupcake, and watermelon).

  1. The Giving Tree

The tree sadly states she has nothing left to give, as her apples, branches, and trunk are gone and only a stump remains. But the boy wants only “a quiet place to sit and rest,” which the stump can provide. This final stage of giving, and the entire story, end with the sentence “And the tree was happy.”

  1. Curious George

The man with the yellow hat named Ted Shackleford works at a natural history museum that’s fallen on hard times. The museum director’s son wants to turn it into a parking lot, but Ted offers to bring back a mysterious idol from Africa that’s guaranteed to pull in crowds. Unfortunately, the idol turns out to be three inches tall. But Ted accidentally brings back a lonely yet irrepressible monkey, soon dubbed George. They set off on a non-stop action, fun-filled journey through the wonders of the big city toward the warmth of true friendship.

  1. Chika Chika Boom Boom

The story in this entertaining alphabet book is a simple one. It starts with A telling B and B telling C to meet “at the top of the coconut tree.” The letters, in alphabetical order, but as more and more letters climb up the coconut tree, the tree begins to bend over more and more until “Chicka chicka. . . BOOM! BOOM!,” the letters all fall off. Comforted by their parents and other adults, the letters get untangled, again in alphabetical order. The story ends with A daring the others to climb the tree again, a subtle invitation to read the story again and again.

  1. A Winkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. At the beginning of the book, Meg is a homely, awkward, but loving girl, troubled by personal insecurities and her concern for her father, who has been missing for over a year. The plot begins with the arrival of Mrs. Whatsit at the Murry house on a dark and stormy evening. Although she looks like an eccentric tramp, she is actually a celestial creature with the ability to read Meg’s thoughts. She startles Meg’s mother by reassuring her of the existence of a tesseract–a sort of “wrinkle” in space and time. It is through this wrinkle that Meg and her companions will travel through the fifth dimension in search of Mr. Murry.

  1. Owl Moon

A young girl and her father take a nighttime stroll near the farm where they live to look for owls. It is a beautiful night, a moonlit winter night. Bundled tightly against the cold, they trudge through the pristine snow, “whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl.” As they go, hidden in ink-blue shadows, a fox, a raccoon, a field mouse and a deer watch them pass. A delicate tension builds as the father imitates the great horned owl’s call once without answer, then again. Finally, from out of the darkness “an echo/came threading its way/through the trees.

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Dictated Story

In class today we completed a dictated story, below I am going to post my dictated story. I did my ditched story based of the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.

I chose to do my dictated story with older pupils, I gathered a group of my friends and read aloud a poem by Maya Angelou titled “Still I Rise.”  Before I actually begun to read the poem aloud I asked “Were they familiar with the poem,” majority answered yes. Another question I asked before beginning to read aloud was by seeing the title, what feelings came to mind?”  Some of the responses that I received were that the poem would be about self-empowerment, encouragement, and rising no matter what trials and tribulations you go through.  Next, I began the choral reading because my group of friends were being lazy and didn’t want to read on their own.  As I read I asked them to write down what they got from the poem upon completion of me reading the poem.  Once I finished I told them to share amongst each other what they got from the poem.  I focused mainly on the part when they stated that there were words that were not familiar to them.  Two words that stood out to them that they didn’t know were “haughtiness and wondrously.”  I had them to define the words, then go back and reread the poem now that they knew what those words meant.  By doing that it allowed them to get a better understanding of the poem and what the message was behind the poem.  Overall they understood the importance of group and choral reading.

 

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My Plan and Why I Chose This Profession

My choice of going to school to become a teacher was not made lightly.  Because I know that it takes a special individual to fulfill the job of a teacher.  I plan on becoming a sixth grade English teacher, but only for about three years while I am working on getting my masters degree.  Once I obtain my masters degree in Education Administration I plan on becoming a principal at either an elementary or middle school.  I am a senior here at my university and I only have three semesters left as an undergrad.  Even though I am excited as I get closer to becoming a teacher I still get nervous.  But, overall I can say I am definitely ready to be in the classroom and sharing my gift with children.

I have chosen a career in education because I believe that it is one of the most important functions performed in our culture.  I believe that teachers individually and collectively have the ability to not only change the world, but to improve it.  Within the process of teaching, I hope to find both personal and professional renewal.  I want to be a part of a noble profession with the hope of one day being counted among those in whom future teachers find inspiration. I want children to learn in a safe and comfortable environment so that their self-esteem will be increased.  A high self-esteem will enable them to strive for and accomplish any goals they set for themselves.  As a teacher, I will play a part in helping them to do that.  I will have the privilege of shaping future parents and productive members of society.  For all of these reasons, I ask myself, what better job could there be. My answer is none, because teaching is more than a job.  It is an important contribution I can make to better our society, and I am excited about my future opportunity to do so.

Tips on Becoming a Teacher

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Do You Have What It Takes?..

Often times professors and even family members ask me “Do you think you have what it takes to become a good teacher?”  Of course I answer with “yes.” But no one has ever said what exactly a “good” teacher is.  Let me explain a few things that I believe a good teacher is and what it takes to become a good teacher.  A great teachers set high expectations for all students.  They expect that all students can and will achieve in their classroom, and they don’t give up on underachievers.  Also, a great teachers have clear, written-out objectives.  Effective teachers have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is.  Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills.  The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely manner.  Furthermore, a great teachers are prepared and organized.  Teachers are in their classrooms early and ready to teach. They present lessons in a clear and structured way.  Their classrooms are organized in such a way as to minimize distractions.  Another thing a great teachers engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways.  Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; they ask “why” questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next.  Teachers ask questions frequently to make sure students are following along.  Teachers try to engage the whole class, and they don’t allow a few students to dominate the class.  Teachers keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches. A good teacher form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people.  Teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.  Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make themselves available to students and parents who need them.  All these characteristics are what I believe a good teacher has.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104138/chapters/The-Qualities-of-Great-Teachers.aspx

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Becoming Certified

These past few days I have been studying for my state exams that I must past to become a certified teacher.The two exams are named the PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities) which is a theory test, and the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), and my concentration is Early Childhood – 6th grade. The TExES tests are criterion-referenced examinations designed to measure a candidate’s knowledge in relation to an established criterion rather than to the performance of other candidates.The TExES certification process is broken up into two separate exams for each candidate. First, the candidate must pass a content exam focused on their area of expertise, then the PPR. To earn an overall status of passed on the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and Core Subjects 4–8 (211) tests, each individual subject test must be passed by earning a scaled score of 240 or higher. The passing score of 240 in each subject area, the subject areas are Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education.  As I prepare for these exams I have been learning so much content in my field of study that I do not get to learn in the classroom with my professors.  Also, in the education department here at Praire View they offer us practice exams, which are taken in the computer lab in the Delco building.  There are so many helpful resources for preparing for these exams online as well.

Additional information about the TExES exam.

Here is a quick look at a sample practice question that I have found online. The correct answer for this question is D.

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Summary of Corduroy

In my Children’s Literature class we read a children’s and completed a summary on it.  The book I chose was one of my childhood favorites, Corduroy. Overall this is a great book I will be reading to my future students in my class.

The genre of the story is fantasy because it includes the fantastical element of a stuffed animal that is alive and has feelings, which is not something that could happen in this world.  But it could be argued that the story is fiction because although the stuffed animal is able to talk, Don Freeman uses Corduroy to depict a relationship between a girl and a boy in a real-life setting.  From this perspective, although it might be looking too deeply into it, I think that the story is about a girl who sees a boy at a store and wants to bring him home, but her mother will not let her because he is clearly not up-to-par with a person she thinks her daughter should be hanging out with.  Corduroy goes to steal the missing accessory for his clothes, but gets caught and is put back where he belongs.  The girl buys him, and mends his clothes.

Here is where you will see what the book cover looks like, in case you are interested in finding it and purchasing it.

My Philosophy of Reading

My philosophy of reading in my elementary classroom is to develop good readers who actively interact and make connections with the text for in-depth comprehension. My students will be motivated, fluent, and flexible; and choose reading as a lifelong pursuit in becoming lifelong learners. Reading in my classroom will be an interactive process between the reader and the text. My students will construct meaning by combining their knowledge of phonics, structure of language, and meaning of words. In addition, I will relate my students’ prior experiences and knowledge during the reading process. Reading is developmental in nature and complex; thus, it requires learning the relationship between spoken and written language. The process of learning to read varies with each child. Literate individuals must have the tool of reading in order to continue to acquire knowledge. They will use the tools, skills, and knowledge I teach them throughout their life to learn, explore, and to understand the world. I hope to teach all my students to be successful readers who read with passion and purpose. Reading is more than the disentangling of composed words into sound. Reading is an unpredictable correspondence process, which obliges thought and individual development of importance. My reading direction at the rudimentary level will contemplate the general formative needs of my understudies and in addition their individual reading capacities. At the point when considering the reading needs of my understudies, understand that all readers contrast impressively to their greatest advantage, aptitudes, identities, foundations, and learning styles. I will promote opportunities in my classroom that will provide for various group structures to interact such as heterogeneous as well as homogeneous; interest groups as well as ability level groups. Reading development varies depending upon the personal, social, and cultural experiences of my students. When readers have mastered the how-to-read skills, they develop higher level thinking skills, attitudes, and behaviors in reading. Finally, reading in my classroom will not be taught in isolation. Reading and the reading curriculum will be integrated into all subject areas when I teach. I will be a reading teacher everyday in every subject. Furthermore, I hope to make my students realize that learning to read does not happen just at school and only during reading time. Learning to read happens in every subject at school, home, everywhere! Therefore, my students will take notice of all the environmental things that surrounds them in their lives.

The Importance of Philosophy

Life of An Educator On A Friday

Today was a very interesting day, I spent more than half of my day creating a lesson plan for my Foundations of Reading Instruction course.  Below is my lesson plan that I’ve constructed from scratch, a picture of the book and a link where you will find reviews about the book.  The overall purpose of creating the lesson plan was to give each student a chance to begin to see what will be expected as a future educator.

Click to view reviews on Last Stop on Market Street

Book Review: Last Stop On Market Street

Grade Level Kindergarten

Directions: Complete the following book review activity

The book I selected to read to my children is Last Stop On Market Street.

The Educator Standard I chose is English Language Arts and Reading EC-6 Standard VII

Reading Comprehension: Teachers understand the importance of reading for understanding, knowing the components of comprehension and teach young students strategies for improving comprehension.

Standards for the Reading Professionals-Revised  2010, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

(6) Reading / Comprehension of Literacy Text/Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.

Students are expected to:

(A) Identify elements of a story including setting, character, and key events

Questions

  1. Describe the front cover of the book. –Knowledge
  2. 2. Show how the book relates to your life on the daily basis. –Application
  3. 3. Criticize how the young boy acts in the beginning of the book compared to how he acts at the conclusion of the novel. –Evaluation
  4. 4. Give one example on how the story relates to your life. –Comprehension

 

Reference

 De la Peña, M. (2015). Last Stop On Market Street. New York, NY. Print.

 

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Stop bullying in schools!

Today in class we discussed how bullying in schools is starting at a very young age.  Most kids are beginning to get bullied about materialistic things, such as clothes, shoes, etc.  Bullying is not only happening because of the materialistic items a child has but also there looks such as teeth, hairstyles, smell, and weight.  As we discussed the topic I begun to think of ways that bullying could be stopped.  One idea was to get your students to sign an anti-bullying pledge.  Another idea, establish a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect.  Use staff meetings, assemblies, class and parent meetings, newsletters and the student handbook to establish a positive climate at school.  By having your students know and feel safe in the classroom will allow them to be comfortable and open to you as an educator.

This link gives you 11 additional ways you can help stop bullying

Bullying isn’t just happening in schools, but mainly online.  Cyberbullying has several ways that you can prevent it from happening.

  1. Talk with your child about cyberbullying 
  2. Learn about what your child is doing online
  3. Add restrictions to certain websites 
  4. Set rules for your child as he/she is online
  5. Teach your child safe online behavior

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First Day of Summer School Nervousness

Today is my official first day of summer school on the campus of Prairie View A&M University.  Since I have been an undergrad here this will be my first summer taking classes on campus.  I have always chose to take my summer courses in the city, because of the comfort of being close to home, and not far away from family.  Until recently, I thought it was time for a change.  That is when I made the decision of taking classes here at Prairie View A&M University.  Today in class as we were going over the syllabus, I began to get nervous, because we have to learn fifteen weeks worth of work in a total of five weeks.  I thought to myself “How will I be able to keep up?” As we continued to go through the syllabus I saw the very clear weekly calendar.  The weekly calendar included each assignment you should have completed upon the end of the week.  Once I saw the weekly calendar my nervousness went away. (LOL!) Once class came to an end, the professor assigned us a homework assignment.  The assignment was to print the list of Newbery Medal Winner novels from 1922- Present.  Overall, the first day of summer school wasn’t bad at all.

Here is a link that will share more information about Newbery Medal Winner Novels

Also, here is a screenshot of some of the many Newbery Medal Winner novels.

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