<![CDATA[Abby Cooper - Reading]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:32:14 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[New Friend Friday: EllRay Jakes]]>Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:20:06 GMThttp://abbycooper.weebly.com/reading/new-friend-friday-ellray-jakesPicture

Why He's a Guy You Want to Know:

1. He gets it. EllRay is a relatable, realistic eight-year-old boy who's just trying to get by. He has his friends, he has his enemies, and he has his quirky, likable way of dealing with everything that comes his way. 

2. He makes mistakes. Whoops! EllRay accidentally gives away his dad's super valuable rock collection. These things tend to happen in third grade. But even in a tricky mess, EllRay figures out a way to solve his problems and learns what's really important.

3. He's got a good support system. EllRay recognizes that his parents, sister, and teacher all care about him, even though they aren't always the best of friends. EllRay will remind readers that people care about them, too, even when it seems like they don't.

<![CDATA[New Friend Friday: Alvin Ho]]>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:45:25 GMThttp://abbycooper.weebly.com/reading/new-friend-friday-alvin-hoPicture
If you don't know Alvin Ho, he's a guy you've gotta meet. He's like a boy Junie B. Jones combined with a human Scaredy Squirrel. What could be better than that?

Top 3 Fun Alvin Facts:

1. He's afraid of pretty much everything. And I think this is awesome. How many of our students are secretly terrified to go to a birthday party, a mall, or even to their own classroom? Not every child is the outgoing, life-of-the-party, try-anything-once type that so many book characters seem to be. Some of our students are shy. Some are scared. All students deserve a book character they can identify with. For these students, look no further than Alvin Ho.

2. He looks at what could go wrong with any situation…and then he gets through it. Alvin is a great role model for showing kids what real bravery looks like. His stories demonstrate that it's okay to be scared and to admit that you're scared. True courage is taking that fear and doing something productive with it, like talking to a teacher, going to your brother for advice, or making a PDK (Personal Disaster Kit.) He might not always come up with the best solution, but Alvin gets an 'A' for effort. 

3. He's original, lovable, and real. Students who don't see themselves reflected in Alvin will still enjoy his laugh-out-loud adventures, and may even develop extra empathy for their worry-prone peers. By the end of the an Alvin Ho book, all of your students will want him for a friend.

<![CDATA[Spring Break Suggestions]]>Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:42:01 GMThttp://abbycooper.weebly.com/reading/spring-break-suggestionsPicture
Fun fiction for 3rd grade.

With spring break coming up, I'm making extra sure that no one leaves the library empty-handed. I pulled "a few" favorites (above) to show fifth grade classes.