Wow–that’s quite a title! It’s a lot of words to tell about somethings that are the backbone of what we do in 1st grade., so I guess they’re worth it! Let me tell you about it. 🙂
First of all, we were able to enjoy our first read aloud with Mrs. Sisul this past week, as she came and shared We are All Wonders with us. Besides the fact that Mrs. Sisul loves books and all things reading, she came to share this one because it goes along with many of the “expected behaviors” we’ve been teaching during these first days of school. This one connected so well to I am kind and caring. And as a lover of the “big kid” book Wonder, this one (also by R.J. Palacio) was at the top of my list. Rm. 111 and 112 kids loved it, too!
Last year in first grade, my class embarked on a new and fabulous journey with a challenge started on Twitter that was called #classroombookaday. It’s really a simple idea: you read at least one book to your class, and keep track of them throughout the year. Simple right? Yes, but so rewarding and beneficial to students and teachers alike!
As we began this year, Ms. Turken and I hatched a plan to do our books together, which made sense in our new co-teaching adventure (which I am sure to tell you more about here soon!). We made a rule that if a book were to hang on our #classroombookaday display it had to have been read by both of us, or to both of our classes (like during a combined read aloud or during library time, for example). It’s been really fun to think through our “best” read alouds together, as well as to see books that are new since we embarked on this journey last fall. I’m so excited to finally have our books on display, and to watch how the wall is slowly filling up each day. AND even better than last year, our new classrooms are now in a hallway where EVERYONE in the school walks and so EVERYONE will see all the books being devoured by Robinson first graders! I’ve had many of last year’s kiddos walk by and comment on how fast the wall is filling up or noticing some of the same books we read together. What’s more exciting than sharing your reading journey with THE WHOLE SCHOOL??
Ok, so I’ve teased you long enough. Without any further ado, check out our display:
The best and worst part of this is how much it keeps changing! Even since this picture, we’ve added another half of a row! My plan from now on is to update our progress at the end of each week, with some highlights of what we’ve read. So far I will tell you we’ve had lots of fun with back-to-school and community building read alouds, as well as many that highlight grit and growth mindset. Some of them will be mentioned in later blog posts, as we did projects around their themes after we read them.
It’s a little easier to see this way, and I can share ALL of them up to today. We’re up to 53 BOOKS already and we’ve had 13 days of school. Ms. Turken and I keep joking about how we perhaps need to make up a new hashtag since we’re doing WAY more than a #bookaday. How about #loadsofbooksaday or #3to4adayhooray or #firstgradereadsandreadsandreads?
After last year’s success and the impact all of these books had on the readers in Rm. 202, I’m pretty sure I’m sold on #classroombookaday forever. Can’t wait to see what happens this year–we ended up at 542 last year. Think we can break the record?? Stay tuned and follow along with our journey, will you?