• Reading & Books!
    If there's one thing I love more than anything, it's a good book! I am constantly on the look out for new and interesting things to read--both for myself and for my students. On this page you'll find all kinds of information on reading procedures in the classroom, the books we currently have, and highly recommended (but little known) books by yours truly! Enjoy!
    Reading in Miss Strohl's Class
    The process of teaching reading in our classroom is based heavily on student selection and the teachings of Lucy Calkins. When students are interested in books, real, authentic learning can most easily take place. Students are encouraged to select their own books for reading class. With a little guidance from the teacher, students are always able to find a bunch of "just right" books for them to read.
    In our classroom, books are leveled in an easy-to-use system so kids are able to locate books on their current level. When helping students to select books at home, in the store, or at the library, please n them to make use of the Five Finger Rule.
    For a list of all the books currently in our classroom library and their level (along with other information), click here.
    Favorite Teacher Recommendations
    There are so many good books out there for kids these days! While I would love to tell you about all of them, I'm going to stick to some of my all time favorite, but lesser well known, favorite children's books!
    Books in a Series:

    Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

    Summary: This graphic novel follows Emily and her family as they find themselves in a mysterious land of magic, danger, and an array of mysterious creatures that could be friend or foe. At the center of this is the amulet Emily's grandfather left for her that has untold power. This series has a great storyline and amazing pictures. Kids in the class who start it can never put it down!

    Half Upon a Time by James Riley

    Summary:  This book puts your average fairy tale together with a modern twist. In the story Jack must help May find her grandmother, Snow White. May is from the real world, so the world of giants, fairies, and witches tends to freak her out a bit. But to save her grandmother, she has to encounter all of them and step out of her comfort zone into a world of danger and mystery.

    The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle by Bill Myers

    Summary: This series follows the quarky, lovable Wally McDoogle on his many adventures to survive bullies, school, family life, and the many unfortunate, hilarious situations he finds himself in. A laugh out loud comedy for all, there are currently 28 books in this series.

    Cracked Classics by Tony Abbott

    Summary: This series follows reluctant readers and best friends Devin and Frankie who always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thanks to their English teacher, school librarian, and mysterious library gates, the pair has a bad habit of being transported INTO the very books they try to avoid at all costs. The only way out--finish the book! This series is a great way to introduce kids to classic stories in a funny, entertaining way!

    The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff by Jason Lethcoe

     Summary: Orphaned Benjamin Bartholomew Piff closed his eyes, blew out the candle, and wished with all his might. Soon after, sirens wailed all over the Wishworks Factory-Ben had followed every rule of birthday wishing to a T and had made the most dangerous wish of all...a wish for unlimited wishes
                     Ben is delighted with his clever wish, until he learns that he has disrupted the fragile balance in the magical realm of wishes and curses. Before long, Ben has been recruited by the Wishworks factory president himself to fight the evil henchmen of the Curseworks Factory-giving new credence to the old adage: "Be careful what you wish for..."

    The Anybodies by N.E. Bode

    Summary: What if I were to TELL you that this is an all-true story, every word? You see, once there was a VERY REAL girl named Fern who found out that she'd been swapped at birth. This might disturb some people, but it made Fern happy because she'd never felt at home with her tragically dull parents, the Drudgers. Fern finds out about the mix-up when the Bone (er, her father) and his "son," Howard, show up at Fern's front door. Now both families decide to UNSWAP the kids for the summer, and Fern heads off with the Bone on a wild adventure into a world inhabited by the Miser, a sinister fellow; and the Great Realdo, a true hero, to name just two.

    You Wouldn't Want... by Various Authors

    Summary: One of my absolute favorite, this series takes historical events and people and puts a funny, informative spin on them. Readers get a fitst hand look at how things REALLY went down while being able to learn new and interesting facts about nearly anything! I'm not sure how many there are, but eventually I plan to collect them all!

    The Mysterious Mr. Spines by  Jason Lethcoe

    Summary: When Edward's mother dies, his aunt sends him to a school for troubled youths. There, Edward develops an itch in his back that he can't scratch, and when he gets angry it seems like he can move things with his mind. When the itch erupts into a set of wings, an evil teacher tries to cut them off. Edward is rescued by Mr. Spines, who reveals that Edward is a Guardian, a magical being who guards and guides souls in the Woodbine, a stopover between life and death.

                      Edward will now have to battle the most evil force in the Woodbine, the Jackal, and his army of fallen Guardians. They have destroyed the bridges that lead to the afterlife, trapping countless souls. Edward is unprepared for so much responsibility and he runs away and becomes lost in the Woodbine. There he must find his own voice and learn to master his powers as he is pulled from side to side by magical forces he is only beginning to understand.
    Books NOT in a Series:
    My Mother Got Married (And Other Disasters) by Barabra Parks
    Summary: Twelve-year-old Charles experiences many difficulties in adjusting to a new stepfather, stepsister, and stepbrother

    Only Child by H.M. Hoover

    Summary: Twelve-year-old Cody  has never set foot on a planet before. He was born and raised on a starship. When he  and his crew mates finally get the chance to explore the new planet Patma, Cody discovers that the colonization corporation is illegally destroying the intelligent native inhabitants, giant insectlike creatures with their own language and religion. Can Cody help save them? Should he?