Monday, August 9, 2010

What We’re Reading - August

Each month we will highlight some of the books we are reading in class.  Since school is starting in just over a week, today we’ll highlight some of our favorite back-to-school and kindergarten books.Chicka Chicka book cover

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a wonderful book to teach with at the beginning of the year.  We work on letter recognition,  rhymes, and ABC order.  We also discuss capital and lowercase letters, the physics of all the letters climbing the tree, and picture cues.  The repetition in the story makes it easy for new readers to remember the words and “read” along, enhancing confidence in their abilities from the first day of school.


Brown BBrown Bear book coverear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is another great book for new students.  It is usually a familiar book, so students are comfortable interacting with it.  When they see all the other students know the book too, they know they are  among friends.  This book is great for sequencing, discussing animals and colors, and for talking about questions and answers.  Each year, after reading this book, we take a tour of the school to look for the animals hanging out on the walls near the rooms or offices of people we will need to know throughout the school year.


The Monster Pet is one of the big books in our Rigby literacy series.  The simple text and pictures make it a great Monster Pet book coverbeginning-of-the-year focus book.  With this book, we study the comprehension strategy of retelling, and also color words, rhymes, syllables, and picture cues.  Students read the big book as a whole group during shared reading lessons and then use the now-familiar story when they work at the listening station throughout the year.

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Many more books will be reviewed throughout the school year.  What are some of your favorite books?


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