Category Archives: 1st Grade

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

This text is a collection of stories representing each of the 7 Habits of Leadership made popular by Stephen R. Covey.  In kid-friendly language, the characters of Seven Oaks have adventures and experiences that help them share character education that  can be connected to children’s own lives.  There are lively illustrations and notes to parents to help families connect and discuss the positive messages.

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The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

This is a summary of a story about family, fiestas, and friendship.  It has colorful illustrations.  My students enjoyed the book. The Family Diaz was going to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the the Land of the Living. The living humans were friends with the Family Diaz.They used an elevator to get to the Land of the Living. On their way there Angelito got lost and meet Pablo, who was wearing a skull mask. They both ran away from a parade and  when…

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

My students really enjoyed this book. This is a great read aloud for vocabulary building, comprehension and for students to predict and elaborate their thoughts on the story. For example I asked my students-Would you leave your family and go live with a herd of horses?.   This book received the Caldecott Medal in 1979.  This story is about a girl (her name was never given) who loves to see the wild horses-so much that she gets lost in a storm and then comes to the…

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Fly Guy Presents DINOSAURS by Tedd Arnold

This book was both fun and educational!  A boy and his pet fly (Fly Guy) visit a history museum to learn about dinosaurs.  The book gives a lot of information about  Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Stegosaurus, as well as great pictures of each one.   It describes their scales, dinosaur eggs,  their sharp teeth, and the fact that some dinosaurs are carnivores.  It also informs readers about Paleontologist (scientist who study the history of life on Earth).  This is a great read for both girls…

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Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

This is  one of my favorite books to read to the students during Halloween week.  It is like a mystery book with some intensity. It is about a rabbit named Jasper, he loves to eat carrots and the carrots start to haunt  and follow him.  He sees the carrots  following him in the patch, under his bed and  in the shed. He is very spooked out , so he decides to make a plan to trap the carrots. His plan worked and was never followed…

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Fall Leaf Project by Margaret McNamara

This is a great book for 1st graders with emerging reading skill.  Mrs. Connors first grade class discovers that not all trees drop colored leaves.  They decide to gather and send leaves to first grade friends in another part of the country who do not get to experience the colors of fall.  My tutoring group enjoyed this book because they also realized that we have both evergreen trees and deciduous trees in our area. This book introduces first graders to autumn vocabulary. This is a good informational text…

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What If Everybody Did That by Ellen Javernick

This book is great for teaching students about rules and why we have them. This book gives different scenarios about what happens if someone is not making the best choice, and what would happen if everybody made that same choice.  For example, this book asks “what would happen if everybody littered?” This book helps students understand that all actions have consequences.  This book also shows that just because someone else is doing something, you don’t have to follow along. 

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The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf

This book is a favorite of mine to read to my students. The book is about a box of crayons that do not like each other. A little girl buys the crayon box and takes it home. She decides to draw a picture using the crayons and of course she needs different colors to create her picture. After she is done with her drawing, the crayons see the picture that they have all helped create. The crayons then realize that beautiful and great things can…

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