First Grade – Second Semester

Literature Appreciation – How do characters in stories set examples for behavior?

Students defined and gave personal examples of traits and behaviors such as: cooperation, self-control, compassion, forgiveness, courage, patience, perseverance, tolerance, and responsibility. They listened to stories that emphasized these traits and shared examples of how characters in the stories used and reacted in a positive way to these traits and behaviors.


Literature Appreciation – How do stories adapt to different cultures?

Students read and discussed various adaptations of a folktale from around the world and examined how the story changed and explained possible reasons why stories change.


Literature Unit – Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Nominees

Students continued to read the nominees for this years’ Picture Book Award. After listening and discussion each of the 20 nominees, students voted for their favorite. The winner is, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt.


Summer Reading Suggestions

I have compiled four lists of new titles and award winners for a range of grade levels. The titles on each list include a variety of genres and have been selected to appeal to a wide range of reading abilities and interests. All four lists can be found on my website.


The Seattle Public Library at and King County Library at offer summer reading programs to keep kids involved with books. Visit their websites or a branch to learn details of the programs.

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