Archive for the ‘First Grade’ Category

First Grade – Second Semester

10:40AM   June 14th, 2019

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.

2019 First Semester – First Grade

11:58AM   February 4th, 2019

The goal of the Villa Library Program is to develop in students an enjoyment of reading, an appreciation of learning and to ensure that students can apply the skills, strategies and processes to be effective users and producers of information and ideas.


Library Responsibilities

Using a variety of picture books, students reviewed the care, location and purpose of resources. Students compared picture books with short chapter books and have been encouraged to self-select books from non-fiction, short chapter and the picture book sections.


Literature Appreciation

Using nominees for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, students have listened to and discussed stories representing differing views, cultures, perspectives and issues. They have compared the elements or parts of a story using various genres including fantasy, realistic fiction, biography, mystery and non-fiction.


Author Study – How do the stories written by Patricia Polacco reflect her family and beliefs?

Using a variety of books written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, students discussed how her works reflect her family, various cultures and differing beliefs. We also discussed techniques she uses in her illustrations.


How can stories teach us important character traits?

Students listened to stories with common character traits. The class discussed the stories and reflected on various topics including courage, acceptance, tolerance, perseverance, and respect for diversity.