Spring is upon us when March comes. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. It’s something about not being too cold and not being too hot that just makes me happy. I feel the same way about the books in the Spring. There are so many good books to read. I’m going to share four that I think you’re going to love using as your read aloud.
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During one of our book fairs, I happened upon Everything Spring. It’s from the same creator as some of my favorite apple and pumpkin books, Jill Esbaum. I love all of the books that I have from her. The photographs are gorgeous. The writing is quick and to the point.
I enjoy reading Everything Spring as a read aloud during the week that Spring begins. We discuss the ending of Winter and what that means for our world. For kindergarten, everything that I telling them is mostly brand new information. Unless they’ve seen it in a cartoon or watched a Youtube video about the seasons changing, this is new info. I love that fact. I get to tell them all about the seasons and Spring. What they learn, they’ll take with them forever. Isn’t that extremely cool? We jot down what we already know about spring before reading. After reading, we write down some facts we’ve learned.
This book is just the intro into a Spring lesson, but it’s a calm and simple intro without too much information all at once. You can find the lesson plans here.
Little Quack is about a mama duck and her little ducklings. This could also be a book that can be read for math. It does involve a little counting and adding as the ducks move to the water. We cover character, author/illustrator, beginning/ending and vocabulary. All the anchor chart pieces and plans are here.
This is also a book that talks about bein g brave. This is a perfect time to do an extension and discuss what it means to be brave with your students. They could tell about some times where they could have been brave and they weren’t or times where they were brave. You can find Little Quack here.
National Geographic Kids: Bees
Nonfiction books always excite me. Especially any book that is a National Geographic Kids book. They are always kid-friendly. Using these books keeps my teaching consistent. I always like to teach text features, table of contents, what a photographer is, why there are not any illustrations in this type of book, nonfiction vs. fiction and so many other ideas. You can find the book on Amazon here.
Depending on the type of book and if it’s an animal, I like to teach the life cycle of that animal as well. Students should know how animals grow. There are a lot of similarities to how we group, but there is also just as many differences. We have compared these as well. Teaching about bees also brings me to one of my favorite crafts. We create a beehive. Add little bees with coffee filters for wings and add facts that we learned about the bees. So much fun to create these. You can find the book here and all the lesson plans and the craft here.
My Lucky Day
The book, My Lucky Day, involves a fox and a very smart pig. It’s a read aloud that is just FUN. This book is perfect for covering a few different skills. One could be a sequence of events. This book lends for a nice beginning, middle, and end. Students can compare the two characters. This story could also be compared to The Three Little Pigs. There is a fox and pig in each of the stories even though they have different storylines.
Students can also rewrite the ending. This would be great for an alternative ending. It would be nice to see what kids think could also happen if the story ended differently. You can find a craft for the pig and fox and all your activities here.
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Want to check out books you may have missed? Check out February’s books.