Claiming My Blog & Beginning of Year Books Linky

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I am joining First Grade and Fabulous and Collaboration Cuties book linky parties.

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I use a variety of books at the beginning of the school year. For the past several years, I have used Filling Bucket books to introduce the concept to my students. This is the start of my classroom management. Two years ago, one of my teammates introduced me to Howard B. Wigglebottom. My kindergarten students relate to him, and enjoy his stories. Last year, I delved into Pete the Cat with my kinderkids. What makes it so great is the songs and repetition that goes along with the stories. I just got the new one yesterday. I will be starting Reading Street in my district, and the first story has to with a bus picking up children. I typically use The Kissing Hand on the first day of school in kindergarten. My favorite book for first grade is Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. The illustrations are fun and cheerful. Molly Lou Melon is a character who overcomes a bully who becomes her friend at the end.

One book I would like to go into more detail is David Goes to School. My kinderkids and firsties loved David books. These books make them laugh and use their imaginations. One of my social studies standards touches upon rules in the classroom. David is a child who tends to not follow the rules. This is a great lead in to a classroom discussion about classroom rules. With my firsties and my kinderkids, I made classbooks titled, "No, First Grader or Kindergartener, No!" Each student made a page for our classbook about something they would do that is not allowed in the classroom. When discussing about class rules, I think it is also important to talk about nonexamples as well.

Here are some great ideas that deal with David books. I plan to do more with David this upcoming school year. I think my kinderkids will enjoy making a David.

Fall Into First has a freebie David craftivity on TPT.
Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten has a great activity about Peacemakers and Peacebreakers.
The First Grade Parade has a great post about Peacemakers and Peacebreakers.
The First Grade Parade has a great inferencing with David activity.
First Grade Wow has a cute craftivity with David.
First Grade Wow has a great inferencing activity.
Kindergarten, Kindergarten has a free David puppet craftivity.

Click above to see other Social Studies mentor texts at Collaboration Cuties.


  1. Great selection there. I am going to have to buy some Howard Wigglebottom books. I've checked them out from the library before, but they are stories worth rereading! :) Thanks for linking up.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. Love the books you chose! I'm adding Pete the Cat and H. Wigglebottom to my list. Thanks for the suggestions!

    I have a techie question for you regarding Bloglovin'. I switch over weeks ago, but finally tried to claim my blog yesterday. However, the html code I was given to paste did not turn into a clickable link like yours did. What did I do wrong? I ended up just deleting the html in the post because it looked messy.

    Take care!

    Read With Me ABC

  3. Cute books! They look so fun! Thanks for linking up!

    Collaboration Cuties


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