1. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

June 27, 2009 at 9:01 am 3 comments

Thank You Mr. FalkerRetell: Trisha has a difficulty with reading.  Though admired for her artistic ability, she gets teased at school for being dumb.  That is until her teacher, Mr. Falker, stands up for her and teaches her to read.

Topics: bullying, honoring the different ways we’re smart, family relationships, death of a grandparent, importance of small group instruction

Units of Study: Personal Narrative, Character, Social Issues

Tribes: mutual respect, personal best, appreciations/no put-downs

Reading Skills: envisionment, inference,

My Thoughts: This is a read aloud classic.  Since I start every school year off reading this book to my class, I thought it was only proper to start my blog year with one of my favorite read alouds.  Thank You Mr. Falker is one of those books that kids have heard a thousand times but never get tired of it.  I usually refer to this book and reread parts of it in several units throughout the year.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. raphaelabrams  |  June 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so happy! I will read this every day.

  • 2. melissa  |  June 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Yay! Another thing for me to check on daily. Love it.

  • 3. Katie  |  September 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! I just read this book for the first time, and tears are rolling down my cheeks. Its that amazing!

    -also possibly to teach some habits of mind?


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