Got an Interrupter?

If you have an interrupter in your life either in the classroom or at home, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook and Carrie Hartman is a good book to use in order to teach them how they effect others when they interrupt. Louise erupts (interrupts) because he feels that. all of his words are important to him and he is afraid they will float away if he doesn't say them. After being interrupted on his important day Louise…

It’s always better to share a good story

I used the book Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher and Keith Graves as inspiration for my first ever Love of Reading door decoration contest. My class won 1st place for the 1st grade. My kids loved this book. For our door decoration we dressed the rabbit up to look like me and then all of my students turned themselves into frogs.  We had a lot of fun making it. In the story rabbit reads a book every night. One…

Stuff

How much stuff do we actually need? Too many people these days are worried about stuff instead of the important things. Friends and family! Big Brown Bear learns this lesson in Big Brown Bear's Cave by Yuval Zommer. He sees all of the humans stuff and thinks he needs some of his own. He soon realizes that he doesn't have the room nor the need for all of his stuff. Once he gets rid of he he understands that he…

Listening

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld teaches us that sometimes just listening is the most important thing to do. All of the animals try to help the little girl solve her problem and then leave when what they are doing doesn't help. Little did they know all she needed for them to do was listen. Rabbit did that for her. Rabbit never left and the little girl ended up solving her problem. Listen....

Working Together is Better

In That Fruit is Mine by Anuska Allepuz five elephants learn that working together is better than working alone. Especially when a team of mice figure out how to get the delicious fruit. This book inspired an engineering project with my students. They wanted to create a way that the elephants could have worked together or a device that they could have used to get the fruit. I love when I read a story with my students with a lesson…

Importance of a Sidekick

Arnold the Brave  by Gundi Herget and pictures by Nikolai Renger is about a sheep who believes in himself with a little help from his sidekick Milo. Arnold teaches us that its always good to have a side kick, or someone who believes in us. Should Arnold have to prove himself or should the other sheep have believed in him? At the end of the story Arnold gets a cape for his bravery. I have my students make capes for…

Use to Inspire a Love of Reading and Writing Through Choice

How Rocket Learned to Read, R is for Rocket, and Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills are great books to use to inspire reading and writing! How do you inspire reading and writing? Encourage the kids to choose what to read and what to write. Don't limit their choices or levels. Kids become better readers when they get to chose. When you hear 'thats a girl book, or that's a boy book' remind them that there are no such…

Squirrels

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of squirrels in my life (both kid and adult) and I like to honor them once a year with this hilarious book and engineering project. After reading the book I challenge my students to either build catapults or impenetrable bird houses. Then we see if the squirrels can catapult themselves into the bird house. It makes for a hilarious afternoon of engineering and problem solving. The best is when those…

Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching! Kids are getting excited! I love this book because it is not your typical Halloween alphabet book. Each page is dedicated to a Halloween word, but it also includes a poem, as well as Halloween facts and where the lore came from. I encourage my kids to create their own poem about their favorite Halloween word or subject.

Powerful

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful book about regret and lessons learned late. In this book a new student named Maya joins Chloe's class. The kids immediately notice that she is different based on her appearance and instead of treating her with kindness, they treat her with disdain. After weeks of ignoring her or being unkind, Maya no longer comes to school. Chloe's teacher brings in a bowl of water one day and as she drops a pebble…