Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our Fall Favorites!

After a full month of school, all our classes have had the chance to hear lots of great stories during library visits. Here are brief descriptions of our favorites. Ask your student about their favorite stories because talking about storytelling and books is a crucial piece of emerging literacy!

Each week, students have helped read stories by saying repetitive parts out loud with me. Ask your child which part of these books we all said together and the action we used with it!
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams
  • Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
We have spent a few classes learning about different places in the library and how to take care of books when they go home.
  • I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel: students did a great job listening AND walking around the library finding animal books!
  • Read It Don't Eat It by Ian Schoenher: students already knew lots of these rules and it was extra silly to see them in action!
Second graders learned how to decide if a book is fiction or nonfiction and have been working on storytelling styles.

  • Alphabet picnic game: ask your student what they would bring to the alphabet picnic (hint, the food should begin with the same letter as their name)
  • Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
  • "Poor Little Bug on a Wall" poem: Ask them to tell you the poem in an extra sad voice!
We have talked a lot about fairy tales and have found that sometimes stories go in circles or even go backwards!
  • The End by David LaRochelle: This story starts with "The End" and moves backwards, we had to work together to think of ideas about caused the action.
  • The Stonecutter oral story from Japan
4th and 5th
Older grades have really enjoyed hearing folktales and oral stories. Some of their favorites so far were the ones with sound effects. Ask your student about the sound effects for these stories!
  • Roly Poly Rice Ball oral story from Japan
  • How Camel Got His Hump oral story from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
  • Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
Feel free to leave a comment with your own favorite readalouds or oral stories!

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