07-04-2007, 05:11 AM
Well, I don't know how grade specific these are but I usually start the beginning of the school year with these books. I teach fourth grade students and I like these books because of their content and the type of writing activities I can do with the students.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (Picture Book)
I have my students use a Learning Log as we are reading the story and I also act out the introduction page of the book when the grandfather is drizzling honey on the cover of a book. I give each child a graham cracker and then I drizzle honey over it. This represents the sweetness of knowledge, and just like you have to chase the bee that made the honey, you have to chase knowledge through the pages of a book.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Picture Book)
This is a great book to use at the beginning of the year when students are getting to know each other. I usually follow-up this story with a writing assignment in which students have to write about their names, its meaning, and why it is special.
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald (Chapter Book)
The first book in this series is full of humorous events, as Judy gets ready for the beginning of third grade. Students of all ages love to hear this book and learn more about Judy Moody's Very Bad Mood as she starts the school year. I use it as a read aloud.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (Picture Book)
This is yet another book I use as a read-aloud and then follow it up with a journal entry where students can share their feelings about their first day of school.