Books Shared During Literacy - Read Alouds
During the month of September, many Read Aloud books were shared that focused on both summer memories and the story elements. Students focused on story elements such as characters, setting, rising action, falling action, and conclusions. Reading response journals were created and letters written focusing on the author's language and purpose for writing the book. We shared the following books this month:
The Relatives Came by Cynthis Rylant
A Summery Saturday Morning by Selina Young
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon
Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Dream Catchers by Lisa Suhay
Anansi and the Magic Stick y Eric A Kimmel
As October blows in and the weather start to change so will our focus on Literacy and Writers Workshops. Reading groups have begun with nonfiction books focusing on the main idea and details, sequencing, and cause and effect. In addition, we will continue working on story plots and elements. This month our class will be working on an Author Study focusing on Chris Van Allsburg. Students will be journaling in their readers journal. Many Read Alouds are being read and the students are writing a mystery finishing the Harris Burdick Mystery.
The Wretched Stone
The Harris Burdick Mysteries
The Wreck of the Zephyr
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
The Harrisburg Mysteries
The Widow's Broom
In November the temperature continues to drop but not our appreciation of literature. This month as our thoughts turn to family traditions, Eve Bunting is an thoughful author that captures the true spirit of family. She entices students to appreciate the simple comforts in life. We will continue reading, writing, and journaling about her story plots, and endings. Students will focus on main idea and details, sequencing, and context clues. Students will complete many community projects that relate to the themes in these stella works of classic children's literature.
Picnic in October
Fly Away, Home
Someday A Tree
Thanksgiving by Valerie Bodden
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Thanksgiving by Gail Gibbons
As the December winds begin to howl, literacy contines to blow in. This month we share books written by Jan Brett. The stories continue to focus on winter and holiday traditions. These beautifully illustrated books again take students on a journey into fantasy. We have also been sharing books by Brian Heinz and Josephine Nossio authors who visted ESM.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Annie and The Wild Animals by Jan Brett
Country Angel Christmas by Tomi dePaloa
The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell
One Candle by Eve Bunting
The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy by Jane Thayer
Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian Heinz
For the Sake of a Cake by Josephine Nobisso and Anton Krajnc
Owls by Gail Gibbons
Owl Moon by jane Yolen
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
In the chilly month of January students are enjoying some wonderful rhyming stories written by Dr. Suess. Students are really enjoying the fabulous journey into fantasyland during storytime. The Read Alouds are filled with imagery,escriptive illustrations, and chanting rhymes.
The Butter Battle Book
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Horton Hears a Who
Horton Hatches an Egg
I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew
Yertle the Turtle
In honor of Black History Month our focus will be to learn about influential African Americans that helped shape the history of the United States. After many projects, biographies, and DBQ sources, students have a better understanding of Civil Rights and equality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Last Safe House
Martins Big Words
In Honor of our field Trip to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center to see the play Frindle based on the children's novel Frindle by Andrew Clements we will be sharing many of his picture books and other novels for young readers.
Double Trouble in Walla Walla
Because you Dayy Loves You
Circus Family Dog
Naptime for Slippers
The School Story