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Grade by Kenneth Darby

I want to read this book. Is it an appropriate read aloud for the beginning of the school year? Any thoughts or suggestions? TIA


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someone on the next post down uses it as a read aloud. I never heard of it, but now I'm curious!! Thanks for the book suggestion!!
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I bought and read this book at the beginning of the year last year and plan on using it this year. My kids loved it!!! I plan on reading it at the beginning of this year too!
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This will be the third year in a row that I've use this book as my read aloud at the beginning of the year. The kids really enjoy it.

Last year, to go along with the book, I printed out an 8 1/2 X 11 sized color photo of David Letterman (He is a big part of the story--really , but in a good way.) ,and tacked it up on a bulletin board entitled, "The Top Ten Things Your Teacher Needs to Know About You." This title was written as a speech bubble coming from his mouth.

I gave all the kids an index card and had them list 10 things, brief things, they thought I should know about them. They were able to share some of them aloud when finished. Some kids needed more than one index card if their handwriting was too large.

This bulletin board was up at our Back to School/Curriculum Night for the parents to take a look at.
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Thanks for the responses...
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and thank you, trexteach. You have just convinced me to purchase the book because your idea is a great one


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Thanks for the title and ideas. I will definitely try it.
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I was going to do the same thing as trexteach, but since I am doing a "hollywood" theme this year, I was going to take a "head shot" of each kid, print it our in black and white and add it to their list. I wanted to find a cheap feather boa for the girls pics and a fidora-type hat for the boys pics as well, but not having luck finding those things yet this summer.
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Just ordered the book on-line - love the idea, trexteach!! And I like the black-n-white picture to post with their card, too. Thanks!! Been teaching over 25 years, and I still love to get new ideas!!!
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Ok
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It looks like I'll be adding photos as well This is very exciting!
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To add, I also wrote to David Letterman requesting an autographed picture. I haven't gotten it yet, but hopefully I will before school starts!


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try the dollar store... bet you can find something there!!! cute ideas! and yes i plan to get this book too!! sounds great!!!
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feather boas
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can be easily made(google for steps)

are found at the Dollar Tree

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/br...ue+Feather+Boa

I bought some for my daughter's party at www.myprincesspartytogo.com, but they were expensive!


Maybe you could substitute leis instead of the boas!
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A store like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric...not sure if they are by you or not.
A costume store would have a fedora...or a good will (get it cleaned first)
Good luck. I like your idea!
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Thank you.
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I think that I'll implement some of them this year!
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Thanks soo muchhh
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I just bought this book for the beginning of the yr! I'm new to 5th next year and I'm excited that I found SOMETHING to start the yr. with! Thanks for the ideas! Keep them coming!
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I used this book as a read aloud for the beginning of school last year for the 1st time. It was a huge hit... although I had to explain what the "Top ten" lists were and give some examples from The Letterman Show. I love the bulletin board ideas! Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the great ideas! I ordered the book tonight- I am so excited to have such a super idea to start the year off! I am going to make the bulletin board as well for our open house!
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I just placed my order for this book! Thank you for sharing!!

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This thread inspired me to order a copy of this book and see if I'd want to use it for the 1st week of school. Thanks for the ideas!
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Did anyone
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create any questions or activities for this book that they would like to share? I just read (somewhere else on PT) that students could write the top 10 things that they did this summer, and I thought that was a neat idea !
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I never received an autographed David Letterman picture. I requested one earlier this summer too for my BB display. Did anyone receive one? I guess Dave is too busy to sign a photo for a little ole' teacher in LA
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I teach 6th grade, but think this book would appeal to 6th graders as well. Students could make their own 6th grade lists.

I ordered this book and noticed that it also recommended the Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups. I taught a unit last year using this book and the kids loved it! They made their own secret knowledge stories using the same pattern as the book. This is a very funny book and kids love it. No one complained about writing their own stories. Most could not wait to read theirs aloud to the class.
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You can check out the website http://toptenschool.com
Kids can submit their own top 10 lists to be reviewed and possibly
posted online. Also, they give free printable bookmarks that are
really cool, I think perfect for 5th graders. Trying it this year, will
let you know how it went!
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