Category: Read-Alouds

  • Top 8 Picture Books for Teaching Beginning Writers

    Top 8 Picture Books for Teaching Beginning Writers

    Every teacher I know loves a good picture book, especially if it helps us to teach an important concept. When it comes to teaching beginning writers, I always use picture books! Picture books are perfect for supporting students in the drawing and storytelling stage. The Drawing Stage Oftentimes in kindergarten, students are rushed to write…

  • My Top 10 Favorite Picture Books of 2022

    My Top 10 Favorite Picture Books of 2022

    The end of each calendar year always brings lots of round-ups, listicles, and best ofs… (Spotify unwrapped anyone?) I thought I’d jump into the mix but with a literacy twist! How about some favorite picture books? I love really good picture books! Today I want to share with you some of my favorite new picture…

  • 11 Tips for Oral Storytelling Practice in Kindergarten and First Grade

    11 Tips for Oral Storytelling Practice in Kindergarten and First Grade

    Even if children cannot yet write, they can still learn to tell stories. This is why oral storytelling practice is such a valuable tool for our emergent writers! Learning to tell stories with detail will help your students write with detail later on. Yet, with all the rich benefits, oral storytelling is often a skill…

  • Books That Are Perfect For The End Of The Year

    Books That Are Perfect For The End Of The Year

    The end of the school year is a time of mixed emotions. Students have worked hard all year and are almost at the finish line. Some may be excited for their summer vacation, while others may feel anxious to say goodbye. All these emotions can make classroom management a bit of a struggle! However students…

  • Discover New Mentor Texts for Your How-to Writing Unit

    Discover New Mentor Texts for Your How-to Writing Unit

    Procedural writing or “How-to” is one of my favorite units to teach during Writers’ Workshop! There are so many fun ways to introduce the unit that will engage students. One of the best ways to help students during any writing unit, however, is the use of mentor texts. Mentor texts provide concrete examples of great…

  • The best books for Teaching sequencing and retelling

    The best books for Teaching sequencing and retelling

    Recently on my blog, I discussed the importance of teaching sequencing with teaching tips and activity ideas. One of my tips for teaching sequencing was to practice with simple texts. Texts that have a clear beginning, middle, and end.  Today, I wanted to share 16 of my favorite books for teaching sequencing. When making this…

  • Story Sequencing and Retelling With Pop-up Scenes

    If you teach pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade, you know how important retelling a story is. Language, comprehension, story vocabulary….there are so many skills covered when students practice retelling! One of our favorite ways to retell stories was acting it out, whether using pieces on a pocket or with popsicle stick puppets. Both of these…

  • Favorite Picture Books for a Gingerbread Man Unit

    Favorite Picture Books for a Gingerbread Man Unit

    Gingerbread men are a staple during the holiday season! So many people are a fan of the little elusive cookie that everyone wishes to devour. Maybe that’s why there are SO many different versions of the classic story. But you don’t have to go digging through all of them to find the best picture books…

  • 13 Picture Books for Teaching Phonological Awareness and Phonics

    13 Picture Books for Teaching Phonological Awareness and Phonics

    Using read-alouds to practice phonological awareness activities is a great way to motivate your little learners while exposing them to lots of important skills. Here are some great picture books for teaching phonological awareness and phonics. I also added ideas for activities to do with most books! *You can click on any title to purchase…

  • How to Use Interactive Read-Alouds in the Classroom

    How to Use Interactive Read-Alouds in the Classroom

    Do you remember your teachers reading to you? I don’t remember much about being a student in first grade, but something I do remember is the feeling I’d get when it was storytime. Mrs. Mayerhofer had a way of engaging us with stories and it seemed magical! Read-alouds are a cornerstone of instruction. We all…

  • Gingerbread Man Activities

    Gingerbread Man Activities

    Do you love Gingerbread Man activities as much as I do? I just love using these fun stories and incorporating all content areas in my gingerbread man unit. Here are some of the fun things we do! All of the activities shown are included in my Gingerbread Man Mega-Pack. I start by reading The Gingerbread…

  • Back-to-School Read-Aloud for Phonemic Awareness

    Back-to-School Read-Aloud for Phonemic Awareness

    Don’t you love when you find a great book to read aloud? I am always looking for amazing read-alouds and when I found The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian, I hit the jackpot! It’s such a funny story that’s perfect for rhyming and phonemic awareness. If you don’t have the book, I included links in…