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Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

Amelia is so upbeat and full of smiles, that she puts everyone she encounters into a good mood.

Strategies to use:

This is a circular cause-and-effect story - it begins and ends with Amelia's smile. Readers can compare it to If you give a mouse a cookie indicating how they are similar and how they are different. Which of the two stories do readers like best? Encourage readers to find other circular cause-and-effect stories to share.

Readers can take photos of classmates with and without a smile. Discuss how the smile changes how the person looks.

Events in this book happen all over the world. Readers can learn more about each of the locations in the story, find it on a map, discover interesting facts etc.

Credit to Peggy Sharp for strategies

Tech Tip

Cleaning up the Desktop

If your students are changing the desktop backgrounds and you are puzzled as to how to fix it -- Here's how its done.

Right click anywhere on the desktop and select Personalize from the bottom of the menu. This should take you to the change visuals and sounds on your computer. If it is a student laptop choose Windows 7 to put it back to the original screen background. If its your own computer choose whatever picture you would like from the menu or from your own picture file.

Try changing your own desktop settings sometime today. To keep learning check out this video on 7 awesome windows 7 tricks and how to's. I bet you'll learn something new!

7 Awesome Windows 7 Tricks & How-To's