Sunday, September 22, 2013

Picture Book "Picks"!

If your house is anything like my house on the weekend, the discussion centers around everyone's football picks for the week!  I thought I would steal the idea for today's blog post and ask people to share out some of their favorite read aloud picture books they have used so far this year.  Many of the books I have shared with my class so far have focused on behaviors and other "big ideas" that we needed to discuss to get our classroom community established.

Our first big unit in literacy involves realistic fiction, so I will not be looking to pick books that really help me teach those elements.  I'd love to hear what books YOU have "picked"--and for what reason!  For example . . .

We are reading "Shredderman" as our read aloud and are finding nifty words in it that we don't know and are making a chart.
Not a single of my students knew the word "assertive" or what it meant so . . .

I picked this book . . . read it to them the next day and asked, "Why do you think I selected this book today?"  They had great ideas, but it took 10 minutes before one little one said, "I think it's because Katie Sue was assertive--like in Shredderman yesterday."  Whew.

So . . . I'd love to know . . . What books have you shared with your class this year--and WHY?  Why were they "top picks" for you?  I hope you picked better books than I picked football games this week!  Ouch!



12 comments:

  1. I blogged about it for you! Go see: msgattsclass.blogspot.com

    And... I LOVE Shredderman. Great choice!

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    1. Cool! Thanks for the shout out--it was fun to read your selections!

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  2. Well, I like 5 of the ones on your list - the other two I haven't read yet :) Sounds like fun!

    Lynn

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! You always have books I haven't heard of!

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  3. We're going to read "Oliver Button is a Sissy" tomorrow. It is excellent for bullying. Then we are going to do bullying skits. :)
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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    1. I haven't read that one...but based on my class this year, I might want to invest in it!

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  4. I have used several of the books you mentioned! I did not use Shredderman, but definitely will be using it! Great idea creating the list of words! I did use "Wild About Books" at the beginning of the year when we were talking about our classroom library and Readers Workshop. I love that book!

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    1. Bev, I haven't read that one! I'm off to Amazon to check out more about it!

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  5. We're reading aloud "True (...sort of)" as our read aloud. My kids are loving it. Great for character traits. Also realistic fiction. Kids are making lots of interesting connections.

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    1. OOOOH...that was in my book election last year. It was the runner up! Is it taking forever? That was one concern my kids had--that it was so long! I enjoyed reading it myself, but I haven't used it as a read aloud.

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  6. Last week, I read "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?". I chose it because I had a new student and my students were pretty awful to her on the first day. I was mortified, since I had most of them last year in my 3rd/4th combo class, and they already knew about being bucket-fillers. They have done much better after I re-read them the bucket-filler book.

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  7. I've never heard of Shredderman, but it's on my ever growing list now! I had never read Enemy Pie, so that is one we tried out this year that I loved!

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