My Book Exchange Books

I am so happy to be participating in the Book Exchange that was organized by Randee at How About Them Apples?, Nicole at First Grade OWLS, and Jackie at Here We Go Loopty Loo

The book I chose to send is Courage by Bernard Waber. 
If you haven't read this book, it's a MUST read for teaching vocabulary or 6-traits. It's just adorable. This book centers around the word "Courage" and the many examples of what courage can mean. This book lends itself to a fun class book. You can have students write about their own examples of "courage", and then illustrate their ideas. Here is a sample page that can be used to create a class book:
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Additionally, it might also be fun to choose a new word for students to write about (imagination, friendship, love, kindness, determination, freedom...pretty much anything). Here's are more samples using different words:
One thing that I love about this activity is that it can be used with children of all different ages!!!

The best part about a book exchange is the giving, but the getting isn't so bad either!!! Yesterday when my daughter went out to play, she found a present waiting for me on our welcome mat. I was thrilled to find out that it was my Book Exchange book from Carmen at Exploring Third Grade! She sent me an amazing book called: The Party For Papa Luis
What I love about this book is that it is told in English and Spanish. This will be a great story for me to share with my students when celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Carmen sent some fun activities to go along with it. Head on over to her adorable blog, Exploring Third Grade, to learn more. 

This is also a great story for me to share with my daughters. My husband's family speaks Spanish, and we want our girls to be exposed to the language as much as possible. We sat down as a family yesterday, and I read the parts in English, while my husband read the parts in Spanish! It was a pretty neat experience!

Don't forget to head on over to How About Them Apples? for more Book Exchange ideas!!!