New Raz-Plus and Reading A-Z Leveled Books - May 2018

19 Titles Added

The collection of leveled books available in Raz-Plus and Reading A-Z has expanded this month with 19 new titles. From levels aa-Z2, every student can find a new and engaging book to enjoy. These new releases include fiction books about the last day of school and how much money the tooth fairy gives, as well as nonfiction books about building tunnels and drones. You’ll also notice a book about mom just in time for Mother’s Day, as well as a book to help celebrate the life of Stephen Hawking.

Mom

Mom

Level: aa
Encourage emerging readers to identify characters and to recognize periods with this story about a typical day in the life of a mom. Detailed illustrations, high-frequency words, and repetitive phrases help readers follow a mom interacting with her family.

I Want to Be a Cat

I Want to Be a Cat

Level: C
The life of a cat can seem very appealing. Cats get to spend their days napping, stretching, and purring. Sounds a lot easier than being a kid, doesn't it? Use this book to teach students to recognize and use nouns, and to promote higher-order thinking using accompanying worksheets and discussion cards.

The Box

The Box

Level: C
In this fiction story, the character utilizes the power of imagination to embark on fun explorations without ever leaving the backyard. Detailed illustrations and a repetitive text structure support early emergent readers. This book can also be used to teach students how to visualize, as well as to identify settings to better understand the story.

Muddy Boots

Muddy Boots

Level: E
Why are there muddy footprints in Ella’s house? Who created this muddy mess? Follow Ella as she travels around her house cleaning up the mysterious muddy tracks. Muddy Boots is filled with detailed illustrations that will guide students to make, revise, and confirm predictions.

Flies

Flies

Level: H
Although many of us find flies to be annoying pests, they are fascinating creatures to learn about. Did you know that although flies look like they have two eyes, each eye is actually made up of many smaller eyes, allowing them to see all around? Students will learn why flies are important to the ecosystem as they also learn to determine an author’s purpose.

The Last Day of School

The Last Day of School

Levels: I, L, O
It’s the last day of school before students are released for summer break, and all of the students are excited to sign each other’s yearbooks. Detailed and colorful illustrations will keep students interested in this relatable story. The book can also be used to teach students how to identify character point of view, as well as retell to better understand the story.

The History of House Cats

The History of House Cats

Level: M
Cats have been kept as pets for a long time, but their history with humans is more complicated than one would think. The History of House Cats is an informational book about the evolving relationship between cats and humans over time. Students will enjoy learning about how today's house cats live differently than the cats of the past.

Building Tunnels

Building Tunnels

Level: Q
Tunnels allow safe and speedy passage for people and goods to travel under cities, rivers and even seas. The largest tunnels are amazing examples of the work engineers do. Teach your students about the fascinating history of tunnels, and their evolution as technology advances. The book can also be used to teach students how to identify cause-and-effect relationships and prepositions.

Incredible Icebergs

Incredible Icebergs

Level: S
This nonfiction text gives students more information about the mysterious and sometimes dangerous pieces of ice found floating in the sea. Engaging photographs and an unusual topic will capture students' interest. The book can also be used to teach students how to make inferences and draw conclusions, as well as to summarize to better understand the text.

Mike on Strike!

Mike on Strike!

Level: S
This serial book is the 6th installation of the Moneybags Mike series. Mike's friend Derek convinces Mike to either negotiate a raise from his parents or go on a strike. Will Mike's strike convince his parents to increase his allowance? Likeable characters and entertaining illustrations will keep readers interested while learning about the value of more than just money.

No Fair, Tooth Fairy

No Fair, Tooth Fairy

Level: S
How much money do you get from the tooth fairy? In No Fair, Tooth Fairy, Book 5 in the Moneybags Mike series, Mike finds out that his friend Derek gets more money for his teeth—a lot more! Mike tries to negotiate with the tooth fairy and finds out that sometimes, even fairies get stuck in bureaucratic red tape.

Tundra

Tundra

Level: U
The tundra is a place characterized by freezing temperatures and treeless plains. This nonfiction book provides students a comprehensive look at this unique biome where animals, plants, and humans have to adapt to survive. The book can also be used to teach students how to determine cause and effect, recognize dashes, and identify compound words.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

Level: W
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the continent of Africa and rises through several different ecosystems—from forests to glaciers—providing habitats for a wide variety of life forms. This book can be used to teach students how to understand cause-and-effect relationships and properly use possessive nouns, while promoting higher-order thinking.

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

Level: W
Rumpelstiltskin is the retelling of the classic German fairy tale in which the daughter of a poor miller finds herself in the hands of a wicked king who commands her to spin straw into gold thread. Unable to complete this impossible task, Evaline descends into despair until a strange little man comes to her aid—but at what cost?

Make an Impression

Make an Impression

Level: X
Make an Impression introduces students to art history through Impressionism, as well as its early key players, including Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. The book can also be used to teach students how to compare and contrast, as well to identify past-tense verbs.

Drones

Drones

Level: Z
Drones informs students about unmanned aerial vehicles, including their history and modern-day uses. The fascinating topic and detailed photographs will keep students engaged, while also giving them an opportunity to summarize and determine the author's point of view.

Stephen Hawking: Traveling Through the Universe

Stephen Hawking: Traveling Through the Universe

Level: Z2
Stephen Hawking was a renowned scientist—and an inspiring human being. Despite suffering from debilitating Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), Professor Hawking went on to develop scientific theories that changed our understanding of cosmology and the universe. The book can be used to teach students the elements of a biography and the proper use of dashes.


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