by C. Elkins, OK Math and Reading Lady
Whether you are participating in an online or traditional classroom setting, building classroom community is still important. As part of building a classroom community, you likely will have many discussions about diversity, friendship, and showing respect in various ways. Here are some great resources for literature that might emphasize the point you are trying to make.
- This site is one of the best because it doesn’t just give a summary of the story, but it provides very practical follow up ideas include a get-to-know-you bingo, anchor charts, self-portrait, writing, posters, brainstorming, drawing, etc.
- For the above book, “Dear Teacher,” she suggests writing a postcard to a friend or family member telling them about the first week of school.
- For the book, “Name Jar,” the article suggests brainstorming and creating a poster showing different ways to greet a new student.
- There might be some new titles here that kids haven’t heard in previous years.
- This teacher provides some printables to accompany the books she recommends. These deal with more advanced issues such as kindness, diversity, perseverance, homework and writing.
- One of the books she features is “The Important Book” by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s been around for awhile (for a good reason). A perfect book for getting kids to write details around one topic. Text in this book follows a pattern similar to this: “The important thing about a crayon, is that you can color with it. They come in many colors. They make your pictures come alive. They can be big or small. But the important thing about a crayon is that you can color with it.” This can actually be used any time of year – not just the beginning. Send me a message and I will send you more information about this book and its link to writing possibilities! Or, of course, I can help you do a lesson using these any time of the year.
In the next post, I will share some ways to do number talks via an online format. Stay tuned! Let me know how you are doing!
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