What a Whirlwind!

It has been quite a while since I have been able to sit down and blog.   Between meeting new students, new parents, PD meetings, lesson plans, grade level meetings, being a wife and a mom, I have been just a bit busy. 

However, I am here to finish a post that I started before school started. 
My Favorite Beginning of the Year Read Alouds:

(To recap- #10-Today I Feel Silly; #9- The Kissing Hand; #8- Nugget and Fang; #7- Chrysanthemum; #6- Swimmy)

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#5 The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
The main character in this book shows kids that it could be worse than what they are going through. :)  
My students love to see on each page how this horrible teacher solves the students' problems. 

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#4- First Day Jitters
This is a very common first day of school read aloud, but it would not be the first day without reading it.  
The students who have heard it read before always keep quiet to the very end for the surprise (the teacher is the one with the jitters-shh). 

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#3- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
This is for sure one on my favorites, not just for the beginning of the year, but for all year.  Molly is a tiny little thang who won't let anyone get her down.  
I love how this book teaches my students to look for the positive in what they think are their weaknesses. 

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#2- How Full is Your Bucket
This is a great book to visually show kids about saying kind things verses non-kind things.  
Students can see the bucket above everyone in the story heads.  We pretend to have buckets on our heads and practice with partners how to fill others' buckets.  Great team building activity for the first day!  
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#1-How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Wallace gets kidnapped during his summer vacation and writes home to tell all about his adventures becoming a real cowboy. 
This is a great read aloud to get my students excited about writing to tell about their summer vacation.  The kids find this book funny and it is a great example to see how much detail they can add to their writing.  

Now off to more learning, laughter, and loving! 
(I promise I won't be gone as long this time.)