It is Back-to-School time for many students and teachers!
Starting the year off with picture books can be a great way to build a classroom community. Reading books together as a class provides a shared experience for all that can be referred to throughout the year!
Big Universe Learning has some great books to choose from!
Here are a few that I have found this week:
- Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? by Lois Grambling
- First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg
- Last Day Blue by Julie Danneburg
I know that each class is different and at the beginning of the year, teachers may not be exactly sure how to appeal to the variety of new learners they have, but using a read aloud followed by some type of art and/or writing activity would be a quick way to see some interests, abilities, and concerns of students.
Following the reading of one of the books listed above (or any read aloud), students could draw/write about what they think would help them at school, what things they have questions about, or even what they hope they will do during the year that they will be able to look back on and enjoy at the end of the year!
Don’t forget that Big Universe Learning has a writing tool you can use as well!