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Keeping Track of Books You Have Read

Relief Teacher Tip

I keep a post it note in the inside cover of the books that I read to classes. I record which classes I’ve read the book to & which ones I’ve done an activity with the book too.

It’s an easy way to keep track of which classes you’ve done what with!

I also have a checklist of activities and classes, that I keep in my folder. The post it notes are just a quick way to check when I’m choosing books to pack for the day!

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

What a delightful, whimsical book!

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The Leaf Man uses the shapes and colours of different leaves as inspiration for its illustrations. The story explores where the mythical ‘Leaf Man’ goes, whenever the wind blows.

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This gorgeous book was brought to my attention when I posted these photos of leaf creatures on my Facebook page.

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Pictures & craft ideas found here: http://atelierpourenfants.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/des-feuilles-tres-tres-chouettes.html?m=1
and here: http://spoonful.com/crafts/foliage-friends

One of our members mentioned that they had read The Leaf Man to their class and then used it as inspiration to create similar pictures. I ordered the book soon after!

I think it would make a lovely afternoon of reading, collecting leaves and then creating leaf creatures of their own. Students could also use their pictures as a writing prompt for a story or poem.

I will post photos of some leaf creatures that I have made soon!


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Book Recommendations

I love books! So much in fact, that at one point I considered opening my own little book store. The economic realities of such a venture stopped me. I’m always looking for new books to add to my own private collection though.
On my Facebook page we often have people asking for book recommendations.
This post is something I’ve been wanting to do since I started Relief Teaching Ideas; create a list of book recommendations, made by teachers, for teachers!
Thank you to all of those who contributed their favourite books that they like to use in the classroom. I’ve started compiling people’s answers, adding them to some of my own, and now have this document to share. It is still very much a work in progress. There are so many more books that can be added and more learning opportunities that can be inspired by these pieces of literature! Ideally, I would love to have activities typed out for each book. Time prevents me from doing so now, but I hope to continue to add to this document throughout the year.
I have both a PDF & Word version for you to download & use as you wish. With the Word version you can add to it & make it your own.

Book Recommendations Word
Book Recommendations PDF

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Disclaimer: These are recommendations only. It is important to read these books first yourself, to determine if the content is appropriate for the needs of your students and your lesson objectives. The age recommendations are only a guide. I sometimes use junior picture books for older grades too, depending on the lesson’s objective.