Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Social/Emotional/Literacy
- children's favorite books
- basket or bin for books
- sentence strips
- a favorite (teacher's) storybook
Objective: Children will bring in their favorite books from home to share during group reading time to help them get to know one another and make the transition to a new classroom.
In Advance: Send a note home requesting that families assist their children in choosing a book to bring into the classroom to use during read-aloud time. Remind families that books will remain at school for a few days.
1 At reading time, share your favorite read-aloud with children. Discuss with children why this is your favorite story and encourage them to share their opinions about the book.
2 Ask children to bring in a special book of their own to share with their classmates. Designate an area for children to keep their books. (A basket or bin will help to keep their books from getting lost.)
3 Ask children to bring their books to meeting time and take turns sharing the title of their book with the class. Ask them to talk about why the book is special to them. Record each of the book titles on separate sentence strips. Read the titles of the stories with children and invite them to assist you in placing the titles in alphabetical order. That will be the order in which the books are read.
4 Some children may want to read the stories themselves. Following each reading, engage the class in "book talk." What does this book remind you of? Could this story really happen? Who was your favorite or least favorite character? Why?
5 Ask children: What would I learn if I were reading a book about you? What other people might we meet in your story?
Writing: Create a Letter for a Friend. Provide children with paper, pencils, and envelopes. Explain that they will write a letter or draw a picture depicting something they really like to do and send it to a new friend. Children can pick a name from a hat so that each child receives a letter. Provide children with envelopes that they can decorate. They can paint a small box to make a classroom mailbox to put their letters into. Then, a special time can be designated for mail delivery. Encourage children to continue letter writing throughout the year.