Posts Tagged ‘school’

Welcome back to school!

Here are a few back to school reads.

The Dot is a lovely book to launch the year. When Vashti does not draw anything on her paper, Vashti’s patient teacher encourages her to make a mark and then sign it. When she returns to school the next day, Vashti is surprised to see her dot framed and hanging on the wall. Inspired to create more, Vashti’s confidence grows.

Author and illustrator Shaun Tan‘s Rules of Summer is a highly engaging read aloud, and requires serious inferencing. Read the rule, read the images, and predict what will happen if you break that rule. Perfect for writing prompts: have your students write stories about kids who break the rules in the book. Your students can also write their own rules for summer.

A perennial favourite, David Goes to School is a sure hit with your younger students. Just like No, David!, David is goofing off in school and always gets into trouble. I encourage them to yell out the text as we read.

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If Dork Diaries met Harry Potter, if Twilight were written for the middle years… I was told this is one of the hottest books right now, but it was poorly written.  I chose to read it so I could recommend it to kids and have conversations with kids, but not for my own personal entertainment.  Although I fully expected to trudge through it, I quite enjoyed this novel.  It moved at a brisk pace,  the villains were fun, the princesses were snooty,  good was against evil, and there were some surprises.  I heartily disliked the misogynist perspective of the ‘good girls’ needing to have male approval in order the succeed, although this was turned around in the end.

Entertaining.  Great for kids who aren’t quite at the Twilight stage, but would enjoy a fantasy romance.

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Back to school is an important time for teachers and students. Getting to know your class, building relationships, establishing routines, and setting expectations are all important things when launching a new school year. This rhyming picture book is a humorous look at what not to do, from a student’s perspective.

Start with a book: read the book and talk about expectations – expectations for students and for teachers. As a class, add, delete, edit, these ideas and create a list of agreed upon expectations and then everyone, including the teacher can sign it. Put it up on the wall. You could discuss consequences as well.

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