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Read Alouds to Build Classroom Community

Apr 28, 2013 6:36pm

What are your favorite read alouds to use at the start of the year to build classroom community and teach character traits?

  • English Language Arts
  • Pre K-8
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Apr 30, 2013 11:24am

      As an introduction to Freytag's pyramid, I like to bring in various children's books for my seventh graders so they can identify the elements of plot quickly. In the spirit of UDL, I usually offer students a choice and don't read one book to the whole class. Instead, I'll bring in 10 titles and students can work with partners and pick the book they like. Then, they read the book together and diagram the plot. Finally, they read the book to the class, and I encourage them to use funny voices. They love anything by Dr. Suess and are big fans of many classics because they remember them from when they are little, like The Mitten, Make Way for Ducklings, etc... Allowing the kids to read is also a great way to have a formative assessment about their speaking skills.

      Good luck!

      • May 30, 2013 11:05am

        First Day Jitters by Julie Danningburg, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. I used all three of these in my first/second grade combo, my fifth/sixth combo, and my third grade class. In addition to being wonderful for discussion about life skills and the apprehension some feel about the first day of school, they are good to use as Directed Reading and Thinking Activities. I also found they are excellent for modelling and introducing some of the Six Traits of Writing. Finally, they are good jumping off points for Personal Narratives and Problem Solution essays.

        • Apr 28, 2013 7:38pm

          Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

          • Apr 30, 2013 10:46am

            I like to read a selection of Shel Silverstein poems as a class. Even at the high school level it helps to break the ice with a little silliness. :-)

            • May 2, 2013 3:28pm

              My 5th graders loved hearing Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It taught them about acceptance.

              • Apr 30, 2013 10:44am

                I like to read a selection of Shel Silverstein poems as a class. Even at the high school level it helps to break the ice with a little silliness. :-)

                • May 8, 2013 1:55pm

                  I have read Tattlin' Madeline, My Mouth is Like a Volcano, Mean Jean the Recess Queen for kindergarten. It talks about tattling vs. reporting.

                  From Carrie and Jamila

                  • Aug 6, 2013 4:25pm

                    A couple of books that I use every year are: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Patty Lovell); The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (Patricia McKissack); A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue (Julia Cook); The Quarreling Book and The Hating Book (Charlotte Zolotow).

                    This year, I am also excited to try out some books by Helen Lester: A Porcupine Named Fluffy; It Wasn't My Fault; Me First; and Listen, Buddy.

                    • May 1, 2014 9:26am

                      If bullying is an issue in your school, try Bystander by James Prueller.