A Letter From Author Eric Litwin
I'm excited to share stories about Groovy Joe with you! Groovy Joe is totally positive, fun, and a real problem solver. He's full of life and ready to help you get groovy, learn to read, and do math!
The Groovy Joe books have sensational singing, rocking rhymes, rolling rhythms, inspiriing illustrations, and an unforgettable, caring character. You'll love reading, singing, and dancing with Groovy Joe and his friends.
Visit the English-language website and the Spanish-language website to get free print, video, and audio downloadables in English and Spanish. While you're there, check out "The Groovy Dance" and "Disco Party Bow Wow," Joe's very own doggy dance tracks!
Fill in the Rhymes!
For each group of sentences, fill in the blank to complete the rhyme. Use the word bank below to help you.
- Groovy Joe saw something yummy. Groovy Joe started rubbing his _____________.
- Groovy Joe was living the dream. He had a spoon and a tub of doggy ____________.
- He put on a bib! He pulled up a chair! What did Joe say? "It's awesome to __________!"
- The ice cream was through. What can Joe _____________?
- The dinosaurs laughed. They rose from their chairs. They started to dance. They jumped in the ____________.
- ice cream
This Is How I Share
Solve the following three math number stories by drawing each situation. Remember to show all of your work to explain how you got your answer! Make sure to write out the number sentence along with your drawing. CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.2
- Groovy Joe and his friend get hungry from their dance party. They decide to order a pizza. Knock! Knock! The pizza delivery man is at the door and wants to join the party. How many friends are at the disco now? Draw out the number story.
- Groovy Joe and his four friends have been dancing for hours! Two of his friends get tired and decide to go home. How may friends are at the disco now? Draw out the number story.
- Groovy Joe is having his own disco party all alone! Suddenly, he hears knocking at the door. When Groovy Joe answers the door, he finds his nine friends ready to rock! How many friends are at the disco party now? Draw out the number story.
Joe's Groovy Teaching Tips
Sharing Makes Me Feel...
Give each student a set of cards showing a variety of facial expressions — happy, sad, angry, etc. Begin a discussion about the importance of sharing. Ask children to think about a time when someone shared (or didn't share) with them, as well as a time they shared (or didn't share) with someone else. Go around the room and encourage kids to hold up cards representing each emotional response.
Sharing and Keeping
Joe is very inclusive when inviting his friends to join him at his disco party. Turn and talk to a friend about when you can be inclusive to friends during the school day or at home.
Share and Tell
Instead of typical show-and-tell, invite students to create their own instruments made from objects that they can find in the classroom — like rubber bands, tissue boxes, erasers, water bottles, tin cans, etc. — that they can share with the class.