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July 21, 2019 No Comments

Starting school can be an emotional time for students as well as teachers. Whether you are beginning kindergarten, or having been attending school for years, it is natural to have mixed feelings. Here are some books that can help ease the anxiety and get everyone off to a good start. If you want to know more about these books, CLICK HERE.

Back to School Collage

Looking to ways to extend the story beyond the read aloud time? Here are two resources available at my store!

This resource is jam-packed with a week’s worth of activities to help you go beyond the read-aloud!

✽ Lesson Plans & Teacher Tips

✽ HOW to PRINT on STICKY NOTES (I’ll show you!)

✽ Interactive Read Aloud Questions (place inside the book)

✽ CRAFTIVITY (with writing activity)

✽ Story Elements Flip Book

✽ Vocabulary / Word Study booklet

✽ Mentor Sentence (complete with how to instructions)

✽ Responses to Reading

✽ Writing Activities ( 2 different lined styles)

✽ Author Biography

✽ Student Bookmarks (kids LOVE to collect these)

✽ Sequence of Events

✽ Summarize the Story

✽ Character Traits

✽ Vocabulary Posters

✽ Letter to the Author

✽ Table of Contents included

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This is a great story about a boy who has to share with the class what he did on his summer vacation. In order to make his speech interesting, he uses his imagination to take him on a wild adventure with some cowboys.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation is written by Mark Teague. You can extend the tale with this response to reading activity:

Included is a summer themed writing activity and clip art for your students to customize their frame.

How to print on Post-it notes

I’ll also teach you how to print on Post-it notes. I’ve provided the questions to ask during your Read Aloud time. You can print the notes and add them to the story. Great also for substitute teachers!

I’d love to know what are some of your favorite stories for the start of school Please let me know in the comment section below!

Have a wonderful school year!


Alison Monk

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Welcome! I'm Alison Monk, a primary teacher with a passion for creating educational materials that engage kids and teachers love! I hope this blog encourages and inspires you. I'm so glad you are here! Read More

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