Tag Archive: Book Units

Apr 02

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

  Mr. Popper’s Penguins is one of those rare classic tales that students love! I’ve discovered that this book is perfect for both third and fourth graders who love the silliness of a family dealing with a house full of penguins. The story centers around Mr. Popper, a house painter who longs for adventure. He writes to …

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Mar 26

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

  Even though The Mouse and the Motorcycle was published in 1965, I had never read it until about a year ago. I was working with a teacher who ability grouped her students. During a 45-minute period on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the special ed teacher took a third of the class, I took a third, and she worked with …

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Mar 19

Because of Winn Dixie

  Approximately 14 years ago, a group of teachers from my school got together and wrote a grant for a computer lab. This was really a big deal because our school’s only computer lab at that time was equipped with Apple IIe computers. They were fantastic when the lab was first set up in the 1990s, but when the Internet came …

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Mar 12


  Frindle by Andrew Clements is the humorous story of a fifth grade boy named Nick who comes up with the idea to start calling an ink pen a frindle. His teacher, Mrs. Granger, makes a huge deal when Nick and his classmates use the word frindle in class. Large groups of students begin to stay after …

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Aug 05

Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness

1.   Water Humans need eight cups of water each day. When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty. Sixteen drops of bleach will treat one gallon of water. Approximately 4000 people are treated annually from drinking contaminated water in the United States. A person can …

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