Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fall Read Alouds Linky Party!

Hi peeps! :) 

I'm linking up with Learning with Mrs. Parker to talk about my favorite back-to-school (fall) read alouds! 



I'll start with a few first day favorites...


I love this book! I know it's about a little boy starting kindergarten, but it is just too fun not to share with my kiddos. Jake (and his parents) manage to make it through his first day with a lot of laughs along the way. (Hey! That rhymed!) This is one of my early-in-the-day read alouds to get everyone "warmed up."


I know this book is in the same "vein" as Jake Starts School but it's also another cute and fun read aloud. We also use both books the next week to begin talking about text-to-text connections. I do like the supportive themes throughout this story as well. 



I start this book on the first day as our first "chapter book" read aloud of the year. I use it to talk about the7 Habits and how we should/should not treat each other. :) We only read a chapter a day in the beginning because: 
  1. I want to build excitement for our read aloud time together.
  2. I want to have time for meaningful conversations about our read aloud every day. 
  3. I also use it to model filling out our nightly reading logs. We do this for a week before I begin sending them home with the kids. 
  4. I read it twice, to both of my classes. I can only do so much in a day. :) 
The kids LOVE this book and we do a lot of laughing together. I can usually finish this midway through the second week of school if I am consistent about our read aloud time.

These last three books are on my "wish list" and in my "cart" at Barnes and Noble's website. 


I've been looking for read alouds that celebrate coming back to school since my favorites tend to revolve more around characters who are starting school for the first time. This also addresses the "nervousness" that many of our kids deal with when starting back with us. 



Do you ever get "tired" of a book? I am starting to feel that way about Katie Couric's Brand New Kid. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book, but I need to take a break. :) However, I also wanted to find a book that dealt with a character who was starting a new school on the first day. Lots of teachers at my school use Brand New Kid as well and I just wanted something new. Again - you could practice text-to-text connections the following week if you wanted to with both books!



I know this book has been around for awhile, but I've never used it and I think the beginning of the year would be the perfect time! Once we finish up The Twits, I want to start using this during our read aloud time each day. I think it will help me continue to build on their excitement and then I can move on to a new genre.

Alright, I've shared my favorites and my "wish list" for the fall. Now it's your turn! I know you all have great ideas to share. Hop on over to Mrs. Parker's website and link up!

8 comments :

  1. Love the chapter book idea! I have been looking for other chapter books. I have read Roald Dahl's BFG to my 3rd grades (I now teach 1st) and it was a cute book! There is also a movie at our library that goes with it! Might be time to get back to him!

    Sarah
    Fantastic First Grade

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  2. Thanks for the book recommendations. I love this linky party. I am getting some great book ideas. I'm on my third order to Amazon. YIKES!!!

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  3. I use the 7 Habits in my room, too. I'll have to check out The Twits. I teach 3rd grade, too. You can check out my read aloud list if you want!

    Jennifer
    http://3rdgradelearners.blogspot.com

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  4. We LOVE New Bear At School! We also found two new friendship books this spring that we really enjoyed: Bird Child by Nan Forler and You're Mean, Lily Jean by Freida Wishinsky.

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  5. I love your idea about The Twits! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower.

    ✰ Mrs. Kincaid
    Mrs. Kincaid’s First Grade

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  6. Love Reading the Twits! I have read it with my 4th graders for the past 2 years.

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  7. This is amazing!!! I am definitely going to try the read aloud, The Twits. Sounds really amazing! I am now following your blog.

    - Mrs. Williams Whiz Kidz

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