Here are some of our favorite titles to engage students in creative project work that gets them excited and sets the tone for reading and writing the rest of the year.
Decide if you want to have each learner create a single page, work collaboratively to adapt as a class, or ask each student to create their own book.
After reading, have students write their own rhyming sentences about the different ways they arrive at school. Combine the work together into a class book.
Have your youngest learners complete a sentence about their favorite school activity, and then color and decorate a pair of shoes to reflect their unique personalities.
Students write an acrostic poem using their name, sharing their interests and describing the things that make them feel special. Combine into a class poetry book and send home with students.
After reading this collection of hilarious letters aloud to your class, ask students to write you a letter sharing something that they are looking forward to this school year.
Explore cause and effect by recreating this fun story about a mouse's adventures visiting your school.
Our Class is a Family can make your students feel special and spark meaningful conversations about ways they can contribute to a classroom community that promotes kindness and acceptance.
Encourage students to create a poster describing the ways they can contribute to your classroom culture in a positive way. Hang the posters around the room as a daily reminder.
After reading this book filled with comparisons between members of a family, put students in teams of five, have them interview each other, collect data on similarities and differences and write their team's version of Five Creatures.
Put those first-day jitters aside by having students create a memory book about their own first day of school.
Enjoy this beautiful story and its celebration of diversity with students. Have students write and illustrate a story about themselves that they would like to share with others.
After reading the story aloud to students, encourage students to design their own dream school. Students can create a blueprint-style plan along with text or voice explanations.
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