This week we got to 367! February is a weird month–feels like almost every week we’ve had something extra or surprising with our schedule, and this week as no different–we had a surprise ice day on Thursday. But then Friday was a 1/2 day, which includes school-wide programming, so it means less reading time for us in Rm. 111. Anyhow, we did get 7 new titles on our wall, and enjoyed everyone of them!
Here’s our wall currently:
This week we added these new books!
We have happened in to a Dan Santat study, as he has written and illustrated SO MANY amazing books–most of which become our new favorites! This week were two I had never even seen before! Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is an oldie that I had never read, and Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon was a not-so-oldie that I’ve read lots and lots of times and never gets old! Cows Can Moo! Can You? came as a recommendation from a first grade friend, which always makes for a good read aloud. Be Kind is a goodie that you can read over and over and over (and connects to our recent Kindness Week activities as well as the Kindness Quilt our school school is working on), and Little Dragon and the New Baby is a sweet story and loads of first graders can make connections with the way Little Dragon didn’t want to have a baby to share his things with–at first. 🙂
Another great week of read alouds in first grade! Can’t wait to see what this upcoming week brings!
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The wall display is up to 360 and looks so amazing!
Every day that goes by brings more and more interested onlookers to our display! I think they might be wondering how long will we fill up the wall! Or maybe where will it go when that happens. We do have some ideas for where it will go (spoiler–look up!).
This week we added these new titles to the wall:
You’ll see some of our sweet stories from Kindness Week last week, and also a Mo Willems favorite we hadn’t read yet. My favorites were the two that included diverse characters–Big Hair, Don’t Care and Whoosh! And the best part, those two were probably the kiddos’ favorites, too!
What should we read this week? 🙂
I gave a little sneak peek of the newest books last time I updated but here are the titles up close. We’re up to 349 and are as excited as the first day–maybe more since we’re getting closer to the top of the wall every day! 🙂
(Btw, yes, I know there’s a book missing. I hung the wrong one there last week. Oops. 🙂 )
So this week we added these new books to our display:
Ok, so there are some of our newest favorites on this list, books that are new to us this year. Everywhere Wonder was a great reminder that if you look at the world in the right way, there is wonder–and a story–everywhere! I loved this one as a writer, and will use it next year as we launch Writer’s Workshop. Crankenstein was super funny, and we already knew we loved the illustrations from Dan Santat (um, hello, Rodzilla? Genius!). Grammy Lamby might just be the sweetest story ever about a secret handshake, and Whistle for Willie is a just plain classic. 🙂 . We continued our reading about important people (as well as enjoying another book illustrated by an author we know, Don Tate!) with She Loved Baseball, and read about another important person we recognized with Mae Among the Stars. This one was written about Mae Jemison as a child, which is a take on her story that I’ve never seen before. The pictures were beautiful and the story was so real. Kids could absolutely understand how THEY could become an astronaut when they grow up. Oh, and see that Toy Story book? That’s the one we got from the library when we won BINGO on World Read Aloud Day–Makhi and Hailey picked a favorite for us to keep in our classroom. 🙂
As I always ask, what did you read this week? What should WE read next week? Share your title suggestions in a comment down below! 🙂
Did you see it? Let me post the latest picture and see if you see what I see. 🙂
We made it to 300 books!!
I finally got around to adding the numbers to the side the other day (yeah..200 was there for a bit and I’ll fix it soon…long story), and kids of all ages are interacting with the wall in a new way. Seems like first graders (who have read all these books) weren’t really able to fathom that there were that many–the wall is just filling up and they know they’ve read a lot, but didn’t know just how many. “Big” kids were suddenly amazed that “little” kids had read so many books! Funny how just having something to relate to make you see things in a new way.
And, as you can see, we’ve actually read MORE than 300 books! We added 36 from World Read Aloud Day, and then finished the row with some from last week (plus a few that I haven’t had a chance to get up there yet). It’s been fun to make plans for what we will do when we fill up the wall (right now the plan is to go up and over the ceiling!). 🙂
Since I just posted all the additions from WRAD, the list from this week is small, but they were good ones nonetheless:
The books we added this week are all so different, but all so great! I remember first reading Yard Sale during the Global Read Aloud in 2016 when Lauren Castillo was the featured illustrator and LOVING it, and this class did, too. Such a simple story with such deep ideas. The Rescue of Winks in one in a series of books that are written about real animals from the Second Chance Ranch (and we even Skyped with the author the other day and got to meet lots of her animals friends!).
Trombone Shorty was a toe-tapping addition during our library visit on Tuesday, and I Don’t Want to Be a Frog is a fun read-aloud with lots of voices and funny lines. :). I have a few more, but they’ll be included for next week since they’re not on the wall yet.
What did you read this week? Leave us a comment and share your favorites! 🙂
Hi! How are things where you are? It’s COLD in Missouri, and we’re enjoying a day at home. 🙂 . I realized I didn’t update you on last week’s books, so here’s what the wall looked like last Friday, after another great week! We are up to 291! 🙂
We had a short week this week, so only added 10 titles. They are all good ones though (Man, I say that every week don’t I? I guess they’re ALL good titles!):
A couple of cool things happened this week with our books. First of all, we read another SUPER book by Peter Reynolds, and it sparked ANOTHER super project (which I’ll share in the next few days! Stay tuned!), and also, Mrs. Fry brought out some really great big books! I have been in first grade for almost a decade altogether, but somehow I forget about those! And goodness–I should bring them out more often–what fun it was to read together and also hear a new story! Plus everyone can see so easily! We read a new David book this week (Thanks, David Shannon! Those are always a hit!), and also enjoyed a new story about the Hindu holiday, Holi. It was BEAUTIFUL and we all wanted to read it again. :). I did not get this title on the wall until after this picture, but we also celebrated Children’s Multicultural Book Day on Friday and Mrs. Davis read Outside My Window to us, sharing the importance of seeing the world outside ourselves and reading texts that show the whole world!
What did you read this week? What do you suggest for us? 🙂 . Stay warm and happy reading!
Another SUPER week in our first grade reading world! We’re up to 281 (woohoo!–more than halfway to the top!) and read some good ones this week. First check out the updated display:
Here’s what we added this week:
You will notice some more fraction titles, and a couple of Cinderella books I somehow forgot to post until now. What? I am so obsessed over this wall display I usually get the pics up the MINUTE we are done with them. LOL. Better late than never, I guess. :). We added a ShowMe nominee book–Seven and a Half Tons of Steel–during our library visit on Tuesday, and it was a great one. I had NO idea there was a ship made out of the Twin Towers! Art & Max delighted us with great illustrations (as David Wiesner books often do!), and since it was snowy recently, we read some great winter snow books, too. One of our favorites was Rodzilla (which I think kids love EVERY year!) and also a reread of The Invisible Boy. We’re excited to add more books about problem solvers to the wall for next week, so stay tuned for some great books about great people! 🙂
It’s not on the wall yet, but I hope to share the book Kate suggested in the comments from a few weeks ago, too–My Hair is a Garden. It was beautiful! Have a great reading week, friends, and don’t forget to leave us some suggestions for what we should add in our upcoming choices!
Welcome back to school! We are getting back into our routine after a fantastic holiday break and I’m excited to share another great week of reading in first grade! Check out our wall and how fast it is filling up!
As of January 11, we were at 266 books!
Check out the books we’ve added since last week! 🙂
You may or may not be able to tell that we are working on fractions, problem solving, persuasive writing, and also did some learning about penguins. Going Places and I Built a House were included in some design challenges (which I will share soon!) and some were just for fun. :).
I have gotten a couple of suggestions for new reads, please continue to share your ideas for what we should read next! 🙂
**Sidenote: As I was adding the Twitter mentions for this post, I realized how many authors we read this week had written other books we already love! Thank you, Laurie Keller, for writing Potato Pants! Just realized you also wrote Arnie the Doughnut, which we loved form last year. Genius! And of course, I noticed when we read Mae’s First Day of School that it was the same author as Hannah and Sugar (you’re awesome, Kate Berube!), another one we love–which has a song we love from Emily Arrow! It’s worth a share here, since it’s so good. 🙂