I have to be honest, February hasn’t always been a month I’ve enjoyed. We have dental health, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Groundhog’s Day and so many other things. It’s usually a month that overwhelms me quite a bit. However, I do enjoy a good read-aloud, no matter what is going on in the world. Here are 4 books that I like to read in February. They’re perfect to work on listening comprehension with your students.
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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
This book is a perfect tie in to teach your students about Wilma Rudolph. With so many getting recognition in February, I love the way this book ties in a historical figure. The way the book is written is superb. The illustrations really bring you into the book. I imagined I was there as the parade was happening.
The best thing, my students really liked reading this book and learning about someone they had never heard of. This read-aloud also can be used to teach or review sequence, listening comprehension, character, retelling, and problem/solution. You can find the book here.
The Biggest Valentine Ever
My favorite Valentine read-aloud for some odd reason is this book, The Biggest Valentine Ever. It’s about two mice who want to make a valentine for their teacher. However, once they realize they want different things, they decide to make one on their own. The series of events that happen in this story is PERFECT for primary students to recall the information.
It also gives a bit of problem/solution or cause/effect to be taught here. You can also work on listening comprehension. It all depends on what you want your students to take away after listening to this story. In the Literacy Diner, we give you everything you need from lesson plans, vocabulary from the book, anchor chart pieces, and a cute craft to make Valentine mice. You can find The Biggest Valentine Ever book here.
Bear’s Loose Tooth
Earlier, I talked about Dental Health so I can’t forget a book about teeth. I love all the Bear books and this one does not disappoint. In Bear’s Loose Tooth, Bear and his friends are on another adventure, but this time it’s all about Bear’s tooth that is loose. There is some wonderful vocabulary in the book as well as a great time to practice sequence of events.
After reading, have your students retell the story, create a cute bear craft and they can even share ideas of when they lost their first tooth. It’s a super simple text to self-connection that can happen with this book if any of them have lost a tooth. You can grab Bear’s Loose Tooth here.
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
With imagination not being there for some many of our kids lately, this is a timely book to read. It’s about a girl name Molly Lou Melon. She uses her imagination to the best of her ability. Molly Lou doesn’t need toys, video games or fancy things to have fun. She creates fun all on her own by using her imagination. The funny thing is that it takes her neighbor a while to figure it out.
It’s a really good book to read for enjoyment or you can teach with it. Your student can also practice their listening comprehension with this book. There is a lot to take in. I really like getting into the details of the illustrations with my students. There is a lot going on on a few of the pages and I make a note to bring it to my students’ attention. If Molly Lou tickles your fancy, you can find that book here.
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