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Ms. Spell
by Ethan Long
Ethan Long, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 8 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823432929 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 6 to 9

Themes: Language Arts, School, Humor
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.2.1, 2, 2c, 2d, 3, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 6
RF.2.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-4, 6
W.2.3, 5, 8
RL.2.1, 3-7, 10

About the Book

An unorthodox teacher gives one of the most unforgettable spelling lessons ever in this zany adventure with eye-popping wonders as well as excellent spelling advice.

Poof! There is magic in the air, and readers will need to prepare themselves for some outlandish surprises—especially when Ms. Spell waves her wand to demonstrate the marvels of good grammar. The spelling review gets a bit out of control when a giant chocolate cake, zombie monkeys with laser-shooting eyes and the irate school principal get involved.

Filled with pointers on remembering commonly misspelled words, this rollicking picture book uses comic book format to make spelling less threating and more fun.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why do you think author Ethan Long wrote MS. SPELL? What does he want to describe, answer or explain? RL.2-3.1 / SL.2-3.4

2. How do you feel about spelling? Compare and contrast your point of view with those of the characters in Ms. Spell's class. Describe spelling strategies you use when figuring out difficult words and phrases. See if you and a buddy can spell the words on Ms. Spell's list of frequently misspelled words. RL.2-3.6 / RF.2-3.3

3. How does Ethan Long create suspense and humor in the book? RL.2-3.4, 5, 7

4. Create a memory aid for your spelling list. Share with the group. RL.2-3.1, 4 / SL.2-3.4

Educators' Guide
Lesson plan aligned with Common Core State Standards.