6 Best October Read-Alouds for 1st and 2nd Grade
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
During these lessons, we compared and contrasted the two stories Piggie Pie and Zoom Broom. For Piggie Pie, we focused on key ideas and details by having students complete a “somebody-wanted-but-so-then” flip book. Students wrote an alternate ending to the story and designed a disguise for Gritch to hide from the wolf. After discussing the key ideas in Zoom Broom, students were able to complete a Venn diagram, comparing the two stories.
Bats by Elizabeth Carney
We love National Geographic Kids Readers for teaching nonfiction. They are full of interesting information, vivid photographs, and many text features. “Bats” is no exception. Students will love diving into this high interest topic with this close read. We included one of our favorite strategies with this book, “Drawing to Retell.” Students will draw a bat before and after reading the text and write about the changes they made to their illustrations. Students will also collect key ideas and details on either a web, or note-taking sheet. To address craft and structure, they will analyze text features to find more information. Finally, students will synthesize all the information they have learned to write bat facts on a darling bat craftivity. To teach the informational text core standards with Bats click here.