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Back to School, Books

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So, I love picture books and I especially love picture books that serve multiple purposes. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite books to use during the first few weeks of school.  These books can also be found on my Amazon List – Back to School Books.

First Day of School Books:

I always start the first day of school every year with the book First Day Jitters.  It’s a cute book that gets some of those nerves and jitters out of the way.  I also like that it shows that teachers are nervous too.

PIctures of Back to School Books - FIrst Day Jitters, The Night Before First Grade, First Grade Jitters, Wemberly Worried, Chrysanthemum

Be Kind Books:

Teaching social skills and life lessons are extremely important during the first week. These books are great for talking about being kind and respectful to one another.

Picture of books - Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Peanut Butter & Cupcake, Have You Filled a Bucket Today, Thelma the Unicorn, Hooway for Wodney Wat

Classroom Management:

The first few weeks of school are full of learning about classroom expectations and procedures. I love using the books below to discuss some of those topics.  These books are also good to bring up throughout the school year if an issue arises.

Picture of books - I've Won, Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen, The Boy Who Wouldn't Share, Tattle Tongue

Growth Mindset:

Growth Mindset is such a valuable skill for kids to learn. I love using these books to talk about it in kid friendly ways.  It’s important for kids to know that it’s ok to make mistakes and that they won’t be perfect at everything on the first go – and these books do a great job of explaining that.

Picture books - The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, The Most Magnificent Thing, ish

Those are some of my favorites. What are your favorite back to school books? Comment below…

New Book Study

Book Clubs, Books, Literacy Stations
I’m so excited to have my next book study up on TPT.  This book was one of my favorites from this year. I teach 2nd grade and this AR level is 4.8 so it is high, but many of my students were ready for the challenge. I picked this book specifically for one student who really loved reading historical fiction and non-fiction.  He enjoyed this series and I thought this would be a great book to create a book study on. 

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My next book study, now up on TPT is for I Survived – The Great Chicago Fire, 1871.  In this book study, you’ll find questions for each of the 15 chapters along with an answer key.  Some questions are more direct while others offer room for students to dig a little deeper – make predictions, infer, etc.  Check it out on TPT here.

 

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Book Club/Book Study – Cam Jansen – Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones

Book Clubs, Books
One of my favorite things to do during literacy stations when I’m pulling small groups is to have a few partnerships or groups working on book clubs.  Book clubs are special (but not anything that takes a ton of extra prep for the teacher).  Kids love book clubs because they get some independence and they get to read and discuss a book like an actual book club. 
 
In my first and second grade classrooms, I’ve used book clubs for the higher readers that had mastered the phonics skills needed at that time or were quite a bit ahead on the phonics front from the rest of the class.  The reason I did this was because the other kiddos weren’t really ready for their own chapter book and the kiddos struggling with phonics or fluency really needed group time with me working on that the whole 15 minutes or so.  So, for the kids that were ready to move on from the phonics and fluency – that’s where these comprehension book clubs came in.
 
I’ve done them with partnerships or groups of 4 working on a book. I would not do more than 4- too many little people in a group to try to get a long and get the work done with.
 
During small group time, I would pull back the kids working on say Cam Jansen.  We’d discuss the chapter they read the day before with their partners and also go over the questions and answers. Then, I would assign the next chapter of reading and the next group of questions.  The good thing about this is that the check-in only lasts a few minutes. Then, the kids are working independently on their chapter and questions. While they’re working independently, I’m able to pull groups that need more time to cover missing skills.
 
You might be asking yourself, where does she get the questions.  Well, often I make them up.  I go through the book and come up with 3-4 questions per chapter. Then, I put together a little packet/booklet of all of them for the kiddos to work on as they go.  See my example below that is now in my TPT store.
 
 
 
Book Study for Cam Jansen - The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
 
 
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Be sure to check out my first book club packet on TPT – Cam Jansen – The Mystery of the Dinosaur
 
Do you use book clubs? How do you use them in your classroom? Comment below – I always love to get new ideas and see how other are doing things in their classroom.
 
 
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New Favorite Kid’s Books!

Books, Common Core, Reading
I came across these books on Pinterest and recently bought them for my unit on Point of View and Comparing and Contrasting Fairy Tales and had to share them!  I loved them and so did the kids! These authors did a wonderful job of updating fairy tales.  These books work great for the RL2.6 and RL2.9 standard, but they are also just great to have in the classroom.  I highly recommend purchasing them for your classroom library.  I purchased the three below and they also have a few more – one for Snow White, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk.  I’ll be adding those to my Amazon cart ASAP!
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What are some of your favorite new kid’s books?  Share in the comments below…