Books to Build Classroom Community
These lesson plans and activities are perfect for the beginning of the school year.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Leo the Late Bloomer is an old favorite. This book is about a little lion who hasn’t learned how to read, write, speak, and eat like all of his friends. His dad gets worried because he hasn’t bloomed yet, but his mom knows he will bloom in his own time and they just need to be patient. Leo eventually learns to read, write, speak, and eat just like all of his friends. This is a great book to get students thinking about things they can already do and how they want to bloom this year in school.
These back-to school read-alouds wouldn’t be complete without Splat the Cat. Kindergarteners and first graders can relate to Splat, who has the first day of school jitters. He’s especially nervous that he won’t make friends so he hides his pet mouse, Seymour in his lunchbox and brings him to school. His teacher Mrs. Wimpydimple teaches important lessons about cats but Splat doesn’t understand why cats chase mice. When the milk cupboard gets stuck, Seymour saves the day and convinces the cats that they “don’t chase mice.” Splat is thrilled that his new friends love his best friend Seymour. His can’t wait for his second day of school. Splat the Cat is a perfect springboard for reflecting and writing about feelings the first week of school.
You can purchase each of these read-alouds individually or as a bundle from our TPT store. Teaching with this bundle will help you meet many more Core Standards during your read-aloud time and have meaningful conversations about classroom community, which will benefit you and your class all year long.
We hope you have a great school year!
-The Core Coaches