We hope your students are enjoying these read-alouds as much as our kindergartners and first graders are. We love seeing the students' excitement as we introduce the new book each week. There were so many fun books to pick from for our February pack, it was hard to choose just 5.
This adorable series by Rachel Bright is irresistible. Monster feels down because he doesn't fit in in a world of cute, fluffy things. He ventures out to the Big Wide World to find someone who will love him. He searches high and low to no avail. Just when he is ready to give up, something unexpected and wonderful happens. For the first lesson, students make a map of the story's setting, which will help them recall key ideas from the story. The second lesson has students analyze how Monster's feeling change in response to events. Next, students think about how illustrations and text work together to tell the story. As a culminating activity, students make their own Love Monster Craftivity.
Please Mr. Panda is a simple story with a positive message. Mr. Panda offers each of his friends a doughnut. Penguin, Skunk, Ostrich, and Whale all lack manners. They make demands, are picky, and forget to say "please" or "thank you." He finally finds a friendly lemur who remembers his manners and gives him ALL his doughnuts. Students have to infer the reason Panda keeps changing his mind. The first lesson, students sequence the story by putting the characters in order. The second lesson, students learn about dialogue by completing a speech bubble activity. The last lesson has students consider cause and effect as they analyze the moral of the story. After students have a deep understanding of the story, they will love the supplementary craftivity and retelling puppets.
National Geographic Kids Readers are perfect for close reading. They are complex enough to merit several revisits and contain beautiful photographs and a variety of text features. The first lesson students compete a koalas idea map to recall key ideas and details from the text. The second lesson students learn about the author's point by listing reasons the author gives to support information. Students will use the information and facts learned in previous lessons to write an "If I were a Koala" informational book. Students will have a blast making koala masks to present their books to the class, which is perfect for hitting speaking and listening standards.
You can purchase each of these read-alouds from our Teachers Pay Teachers store. Your students will love these read-alouds and you will love meeting so many Reading Literature Core Standards. Download our free scope and sequence to see what standards are being taught in each read-aloud.