August and September Read Alouds
September 14, 2016
In August, my students are introduced to an interactive read aloud while we review the basic concepts of print and focus on respectful listening and interactions. The main skills I teach during this month are centered around the importance of illustrations as it connects to the text of a book. Four books I love to teach these skills are:
How To Read a Story by Mark Siegal:
This is GREAT book to kick off reader’s workshop at the beginning of the year. I read this book to show my students that the illustrations in a story match the text that is written.
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola:
This wordless book is a classic. This story always helps emphasize that illustrations tell a story and that even though the author didn’t write ANY text… he still told us a wonderful story.
The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak:
This is a relatively new book and is a HILARIOUS hit in my first grade room. This book has no pictures (shocker, ha ha) and is perfect to show my students that text has meaning.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann:
This book is a fun one to teach students that illustrations can give us more information than the text alone. We look closely at the pictures to see what is happening in the story and use our beginning inferring skills.
You can grab any of these books here:
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
& Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae:
A Weekend with Wendell &
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes:
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
& The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch:
I also spent all of last year creating one page lesson plans for all of the above books with stopping points and questions that relate to the skills I mentioned! If you want to see those and try a FREE one click the image below and download the preview: