What an exciting week in first grade reading!! We hit 200 books!! We’re in that super fun time of year, too, where the topics we’re reading about are so much fun and we’re in a smooth routine that allows us to read even more than usual. Win-win!!
Check out our wall! Our updated total is 203! (yeah…I just noticed I put on book up there twice. Ignore that part. 🙂 ).
I was talking to my friend the other day about our wall and how happy we are that it’s in a place where EVERYONE in our school walks every day. We did so much with this challenge last year and no one got to see it or share it with us because our room was tucked up in a quiet corner where no one but us ever walked. This way all the readers in our school (adult and student alike!) get to check out what we’re doing. And besides showing all of our hard work, it’s just so PRETTY!! Sometimes I really do just stand there and look at it. Books can inspire you in so many ways!
This week we read lots of great ones by many authors and used them in many ways.
We came back to a few old favorite authors–and illustrators–this week (talking to you, Ryan T. Higgins, Marla Frazee, Mo Willems, Todd Parr, Steve Antony and Mem Fox!). We have worked through SO MANY of those friends’ titles, but still had some floating around that we had to finish up. Mem Fox has SO MANY and we were still working through hers from the Global Read Aloud (which, by the way, I am remembering I have forgotten to tell you about. More on that later, I hope!). We used many of them to help with some word work we have been doing, and some I picked to help revisit a friend/kindness theme (it’s that time of year when you need to remind kiddos that the things we talked about at the beginning of the year are still a thing!). Little i came in SUPER handy as we were working on the editing phase in our writing unit, and Pumpkin Jack is always a nice ending to our Literary Lanterns project and the “pumpkin” focus we had around Halloween.
Kiddos were our readers this week, too, as Celia shared Thank You, Mr. Panda and Campbell read The Thank You Book to us. 🙂
Funny kid reference from the week comes when I was sharing that we were going to read Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free. I was happily sharing how we’d read these and Louie says, “Oh, like Knuffle Bunny 2 and 3!” We all had a laugh and I TOTALLY didn’t even hear the titles like that. Good detail, Mo Willems, and good listening, Louie!!
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