Throughout the year, I read books about cultural diversity, geography, non-fiction and character education. Students will have the opportunity to discuss issues of race, empathy, friendship, bullying, manners and problem solving.
First graders will also be reminded of library expectations in the following areas:
- Returning books
- Book location skills/ Shelf marker use
- Library manners
- Book Care
Students enjoy hearing my chapter book book talks when I introduce books such as Captain Underpants, Junie B. Jones, A to Z Mysteries, Bailey Schoolhouse Kids, Geronimo Stilton, etc. Students learn the process of renewing their books when they begin seriously reading chapter books.
This year we will read five books up for the Patricia Gallagher Award. All first and second graders will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite story. Students were asked to focus on the message of the story, the illustrations, and the characters to make their voting decision. Once the students vote, they anxiously wait on the announcement of the winner on May 1st. Click here for more information on these books:http://www.oregonread.org/gallagheraward09.html