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 Stranger

    The Wretched Stone

    The Harris Burdick Mysteries


    Ben's Dream

    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.

    The Wall

    Picnic in October

    Fly Away, Home

    Sunshine 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

    Daisy-Head Mayzie

    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.

    Marcus Allen

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Lebron James

    Barak Obama

    Langston Hughes

    The Last Safe House

    Joe Montana

    Martins Big Words

    Steve McNair

    Harriet Tubman

    Freedom Chain


    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

    Temple Cat

    Bright Christmas


    The School Story