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It's hilarious to see the kids faces as they notice that they have the same characters--namely, Bartholomew and the king. ~Karen Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Bartholomew and the Oobleck We read this story every year as part of Read Across America week... and, of course, make our own oobleck! If you've never made it, it's about equal parts cornstarch and water (feel free to add green food coloring, or leave it out). It is the coolest compound since it takes on the characteristics of both a liquid and a solid. The kiddos will want to play with it all day--it's so much fun!
Dr. Seuss We read Daisy-Head Maisy for Read Across America week. The students use a paper plate, yarn and construction paper to create a model of their heads. Then we add a daisy die-cut to the top. They label themselves Daisy-Head John, Daisy-Head Sarah, etc. Really cute! ~Becki
Dr. Seuss We also read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. We were learning about ecosystems and extinction. We talked about what the Lorax did and why animals had to leave. We discussed cause and effects, then we rewrote the story! ~Amber
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We read Ten Apples Up On Top. Students then color a picture of a child to match themselves. I print pictures of their faces for their portrait. Then students draw a number from a bag (numbers are 1-10) and they color cut and glue that number of apples "up on top" of their heads. This makes a darling hall display with the title "Kindergarten Has Apples Up On Top." I also post a color copy of the front cover of the book.
Cannon, Janell Stellaluna- When I read Stellaluna to my students we complete a Venn Diagram with birds and bats. We also make bat paper bag puppets. My students love to use the puppet to retell parts of the story. ~Tanya First Grade is Fantabulous! Bucket Fillers I like to read many books about friends and what it means to be a good friend. Three of my favorite books to read has been Have you filled a bucket today?, How full is your bucket? and Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for the Young Child." We create buckets together. I have done this with many classes and the
Henkes, Kevin Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse- We read the story and talk about the consequences Lilly faced when she had to share her purse. I introduce the concept of Text-to-Self connection and everyone pair-shares their text-to-self connection. The children then write it on a special paper. Finally, we all make a purple purse (even the boys love it!) and add their text-toself writing inside the purse - along with clipart of 3 shiny quarters and movie star sunglasses. They all turn out just adorable and it's a real hit for the first art project of the year! ~Mrs. Mac http://firstclasswithmrsmac.blogspot.com/
Henkes, Kevin I'm planning to read Hooway for Wodney Wat by Kevin Henkes. It's about a rat who cannot pronounce his r's. The book gives an opportunity to talk about differences, how we should accept differences in others. I am using it as a lead in to the class determining our classroom rules. What does "Being Respectful" look and sound like? I think it'll be a good jumping off point. ~ Primary Inspired
Henkes, Kevin I use the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. One of the activities we do is to make a graph of the number of letters in our name. The students write their name on big blocked graph paper and then we glue it to our graph. We then discuss the results. ~Cindy
Henkes, Kevin I adore ANY book by Kevin Henkes. I use Chrysanthemum at the beginning of the year with learning student names (along with name glyphs & a name graph) I use Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and Owen when I am teaching the teaching strategies of Determining Importance and Inferring. Here is a link to one of my anchor charts where I used Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and students determined what was important in my purse. ~Jennyfer http://teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com/2011/ 04/i-heart-anchor-charts.html Henkes, Kevin Chrysanthemum - After reading, we make flowers that represent their names. I buy mini popsicle sticks for the stems (the number of popsicle sticks = the number of syllables in their name), the number of petals on their flowers= the number of letters in their name, and the number of leaves on the flower represent the number of vowels in their name. The leaves and petals are made from construction paper. They always come out super
Penn, Audrey The Kissing Hand – Read at the beginning of the year. I read the story then we talk about what their feelings were when they came to school. To commemorate the first day of school, and feeling that school is safe; I do a hand print with white paint on put it on brown paper. Then I give each student a red heart, tell them to kiss it like their mommy did that morning, then they put the sticker on their hand print.
Shaw, Nancy I teach fourth grade science, but I love using books to help me teach lessons! We used Sheep In A Jeep to talk about force and motion. I had purchased toy jeeps and sheep and we went to different centers to see what different surfaces did to the speed, what happened if we didn't wear seat belts, and what happens at different heights! The kids loved it!! ~Amber
Barnett, Mac Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale We talk about alternative endings (it's not my favorite book ending) and then begin the real fun! We use the National Geographic's Interactive Blue Whale site to research blue whales. We brainstorm (Circle Map), sort (Tree Map), and choose the things that are the most important to us to put in our "research paper". Then, they illustrate their writing. They also got to make a larger picture of their work, recorded a fact about the whales, and then we published it as a "movie" (their picture and voice together). They LOVED it! ~MNH
Wise Brown, Margaret The Important Book I don't have any pictures handy, but I like to make a class book based on The Important Book. We go outside to the playground and each student picks a friend. Then we take pictures. When we come inside, we read the book. Then we talk a little about what is important about friends. I give them a paper that has prompts such as My important friend is____, the important thing about my friend is ___, we like to _____ together, etc. While they are writing, I print out the pictures. They glue these onto the top of their page. Then they decorate a border around their whole page. I laminate the pages and let them hang them in the hall for a few days. When we take them down, I assemble them into a class book for our library. They love looking at books with their own pictures, writing, and drawing! ~BMoyers
Emberley, Ed We read Go Away Big Green Monster when discussing the Five Senses. The book is perfect as it talks about each part of the body. We make our own green monster heads and we label the five senses on them too. For the hair, we trace our hands on purple paper and use the fingers for the hair and write the sense of touch on that. Other than that, the others are all on the face. ~Shauna We paint paper plates green, then cut out face features using construction paper. They get to choose the colors they use. Then, they fill out a sheet that has sentences such as: ____ ______ ______ ______ nose. (Go away big red ) This is excellent practice of their sight words. Then we glue the face and sheet on a large sheet of paper and hang in the hallway. ~alwayslearning http://www.joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com/
Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. After reading the book and thinking aloud with my students, I lay present a poster with the days of the week and laminated drawings of the items the hungry caterpillar ate. I'll draw a student's name out of a cup and that child will select an item and place it on the day the caterpillar ate it! We're practicing sequencing and retelling at the same time. We do this once by doing a picture walk through the story and then they will do it as a class without the book. We then recreate the story, using our own input as to what the caterpillar will eat. The students create their own versions of the tale and make books to take home. It's so much fun! Sometimes I'll bring in a fruit salad and we'll talk about what the caterpillar was eating. ~Lauren LaRae
Carle, Eric One of the back to school activities we do uses the book The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. I use it as a getting to know you activity. Students write from the stem sentence, "I am perfect just the way I am because," Then students use water colors to paint a chameleon. I have also seen people put the chameleon on top of a piece of scrapbook paper, and the students paint the chameleon to match the paper. ~Jena 1st Grade with Miss Snowden
Crews, Donald One activity I like to do with Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews is to make a class number book. Each student gets a page and a certain number of dots (1 to 10) to create a picture (there will be more than one of each number). Students then complete the sentence (fill in the blanks) with the number and what the dots make. _____ black dots can make ________________. ~Randee How about them apples?
Jackson, Ellen During the first week of school, I read aloud different selections from It's Back to School We Go! This book tells about the lives and schools of kids around the world. My kids love it! We find the countries on the map and talk about what we know about them. We use this book to practice Venn Diagrams too. Then they get to write and illustrate their own page to go in a classroom book that I put in our library center! It is a great writing activity and they love to read each other's writing. Once Upon A Teaching Blog
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. After reading students colored a picture of the girl and glued it to a paper bag and glue retell cards on to the back of their puppet. When finished the students paired up and retold the story using their puppets. ~Mrs. Shepherd Shannon, David During the first week of school there are SEVERAL books that I read-some of them more than once! I like to read No David and David Goes to School multiple times throughout the first week. We discuss all the things that David did that were not wise choices. We then talk about why we should not make those choices. On Friday, we write our class contract and all sign it. We talk about our promise to each other and what a "contract" is. We hang it in our classroom and it serves as a reminder throughout the year!
Offill, Jenny One of the books I use to talk about rules is 17 Things I Am Not Allowed To Do Anymore. We read it several times and discuss things we should not do at school, then each student writes and illustrates something they are not allowed to do at school. Once I have all their responses, I make it into a class book that gets read over and over and over again! ~Tina http://quenchyourfirst.blogspot.com
Cowley, Joy One book I use to illustrate rainforest is Red Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley. It has real photographs that depict the rainforest and the many animals that live there. I have my students make the different levels of the rainforest and add animals that belong in each section. We use the book as a guide for drawing. ~Jess
McMillan, Bruce and Brett 1st Puniddles by Bruce and Brett McMillan a puniddle is a pair of photographys that suggest a literal or obvious solution in a punny way. My kids guess the puniddle on each page and then make one in pairs by taking pictures of common things and making a punny. My favorite one they did was fancy feet. They took a picture of the principal who is always dressed to a t and my feet! ADORABLE!!!! ~ Mulitage Madness
Laminack, Lester My second book is Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack . After reading this book, we talk about how we are all different and how we should always have a win win attitude!!!! ~Mulitage Madness
Snowmen at Night. Not only is the story creative but the kids LOVE to look for the hidden pictures on each page. Then I will ask each student to imagine they have built a snowman in their own yard. What do they think their snowman might do at night? You can download the writing response paper at http://finallyinfirst.blogspot.com/2010/12/sn owmen-at-night.html ~Jenn Bates
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