Dear Dragon Goes to the Aquarium - eBook-Classroom
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Dear Dragon Goes to the Aquarium - eBook-Classroom

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978-1-60357-737-3-C-1-1 One-to-One $29.99 + -
978-1-60357-737-3-C30SEAT-2YR 30 seat license-2 Year $29.99 + -
978-1-60357-737-3-C30SEAT-5YR 30 seat license-5 Year $39.99 + -
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Language Arts Correlations Teachers' Notes Look Inside A boy and his pet dragon explore the aquarium and the animal life that lives in water. They learn about various fish, penguins, turtles, and much more. This pre-primer book contains high-frequency and sight words. Teacher resources include reading activities to strengthen phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Beginning Reader with word list.

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    Margaret Hillert
  • Subject
    Going Places
I was very happy to see a new ""Dear Dragon"" book. The students in my elementary school enjoy these stories - mostly because they can read them on their own. The trip to the aquarium is basic, but I think they will like it. 5/5 stars

NetGalley Reviewer, February 2015

Adorable. Kids will love the silly element to this book. It is so cute - the guide at the aquarium suggest they look for something like a cat - but cats aren’t found in aquariums. Then the guide shows the kids a catfish. It’s a great tool to teach kids what belongs in an aquarium and what doesn’t. 5/5 Stars

NetGalley Reviewer, February 2015

One thing I did before writing my review of this book was I read it to my nephew who is now in the second grade. I also let him read it to me and when we were finished we talked about the pictures, the words, and whether or not he actually enjoyed the story. So on a cold, Sunday afternoon me and my nephew sat on the couch together and read the book. He snuggled up to me and we enjoyed the whole 7 minutes together reading about Dear Dragon's trip to the aquarium--alternating who read between the pages. Of course he enjoyed the story and he enjoyed the artwork. I asked him what he didn't like and he said 'the sharks'; I asked, 'why?' And he replied, 'Because they eat people.' His favorite part was the goldfish--but I was unable to get out of him exactly why he liked the goldfish. It could be that he's 7 and just liked the goldfish. Finally, he was able to read it with little effort. So if this book is rated for K-2, it might be too low for those at the high-end of second grade. In some instances, this might be too low for those more advanced first grade readers also. I think each teacher will need to assess if the book is appropriate for a student; although, to be sure, one can't practice too much even with 'easy' books.

Personally, I like the artwork. It depicts happy people at an aquarium enjoying and afternoon or morning looking at various animals that might live at an aquarium including penguins, catfish, sharks, and more. I like very much that there is an adult guiding the children through the aquarium and teaching them about all that they are seeing and I also like the play on words with the various names for fish: cat, clown, gold, and star. This is a fun way to involve the student and help them make predictions and also requires a bit of pre-knowledge in order to make such predictions. Students shouldn't have too much trouble with this exercise. Finally, this book will be helpful in practicing sight/high-frequency words.

At the end of the book there is a section featuring Reading Reinforcement practices for teachers to use in group work or for students to practice on their own with a parent or other. Some of the exercises are phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension--all important things for young and emergent readers to practice. I am glad this section is included because, personally, I love to build curriculum and academic games around literature. Having some ideas built into the book is helpful in that regard...The story reminds me a little of The Magic School Bus which is a good thing. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the useful text and the play on words. It's a good thinking book and the reading is easy enough (although I think it's rated too low for higher readers who may not enjoy the textual simplicity. I should also note that this story is part of a larger series of stories featuring Dear Dragon--when I checked it was 14 stories. 4.5/5 Stars.

NetGalley Reviewer, February 2015
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