First Grade 2004-2005

The Ducks are Back!
A mother duck has come back to lay her eggs for the second year in the Grandview garden. Children will listen to non-fiction and fiction selections about ducks and ducklings.
- Coloring Pages, About Ducks (short non-fiction), Duck Song
Possible Book Selections:
Have You Seen My Duckling, by Nancy Tafuri
The Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Anderson
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
Secret Place, by Eve Bunting

Dinosaurs to the Rescue
coverby Marc Brown,Laurie Krasny Brown
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- The Browns' sensible, cavorting dinosaurs are back again, this time regaling readers with some advice on how they can rescue our ailing Earth. In this latest foray into social issues, the authors present major environmental problems with such practical, easy, and entertaining solutions that children will be enthusiastic from the very beginning. The first page introduces Slobosaurus who is ``full of excuses for why he can't use less, use things again, and give something back to the earth.'' Succeeding pages show the boorish way he reacts by tossing his empty soda can on the ground, wasting water, using electricity unwisely or unnecessarily, etc. Plants, animals, and insects, too, are given a place in this environmental treatment. (From School Libray Journal)

I Love You Stinky Face
coverby Lisa Mccourt
"But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?"Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE. Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that. (Amazon)

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh
coverby Janet Nolan
In the time of the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree so that he could take a piece of Ireland with him. On the journey, he whittled the branch into a shillelagh. Each St. Patrick's Day, Fergus told his story of coming to America and of the shillelagh that he brought with him. Throughout the years, one generation after another passed the shillelagh on along with Fergus's story, adding their own life experiences. On this St. Patrick's Day, Kayleigh finds the shillelagh and listens to her grandfather share their history. He then places the shillelagh in Kayleigh's hands, making her the keeper of the family story. (Amazon)

In the Small, Small Night
coverby Jane Kurtz
In the middle of the night the world can seem huge and frightening, especially when you've just moved far from home. On Abena and Kofi's first night in America, it is late and it is dark and they are up worrying. What if a giant lizard or a slender-snouted crocodile crawled into their suitcases? What if the people in their new school laugh at them? What if they forget Grandmother and their cousins, now that they are an ocean away? But Abena knows a secret to help them. It is a secret that can make the world and the night seem small again. She reaches for her new flashlight and turns it on. She says to her little brother, Kofi, "Pretend this is the moon. Close your eyes." And then she begins ... (Amazon)

A Kitten Called Moonlight
coverby Martin Waddell
Airy, light-infused chalk pastels illuminate this tender tale-within-a-tale of a girl, her mother and a stray rescued one cold, wintry night. Curled up in her house by the sea, Charlotte asks her mother to tell her again about that eventful night when, coming home in their car, the child was convinced she spied two bright eyes reflected in the headlights. At Charlotte's prodding, they searched for the creature and discovered a small white kitten that Charlotte named Moonlight (because "we'd never have found him without the moonlight"). Related entirely in dialogue, the story exudes all the warmth of a mother obliging her child's frequent interruptions and embellishments and showcases Waddell's (Owl Babies) keen ear for the natural ebb and flow of conversation. Birmingham's (A Baby for Grace) artistry evokes the loving bond between mother and daughter; the misty, softly shaded portraits are shot through with light, from the faint glow of a streetlight and silvery stream of moonlight on the sea to the cozy golden warmth of their home. Ages 3-6 (From Publishers Weekly)
(Story is recorded so that children may read again in the library or classroom listening center.)

In the Rain With Baby Duck
coverby Amy Hest & Jill Barton
Mr. and Mrs. Duck happily prance along in the rain, Baby pouts and wails about wet feet, wet face, and mud, mud, mud. "I've never heard of a duck who doesn't like rain," frets Mrs. Duck. But Grampa has. He takes Baby up to the attic and pulls out a beautiful red umbrella and matching boots that once belonged to another baby duck who wasn't so fond of the rain--Baby's mother. Large watercolor illustrations make the rainy day look bright and cheerful as, arm in arm, Grampa and Baby waddle, shimmy, and hop in all the puddles. Hest's delightful text exudes charm, and beginning readers will find the large type and simple vocabulary a helpful bonus. Perfect for a rainy-day story time. (Booklist)

White Snow, Bright Snow
coverby Alvin Tresselt
When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grownups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on thier tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book -- the frost ferns on the window sill, the snow man in the yard and the mystery and magic of a new white world. Roger Duvoisin's pictures in soft blue half-tones with briliant splashes of yellow and red emphasize the gaiety and humor as well as the poetic quality of the text. (Amazon)
(Share Poem at beginning of book first. / Present book on Smart Board as Powerpoint - Story is recorded so that children may read again in listening center.)

Winter Wonderland
coverby Stacy Lamb
A wonderful wintery addition to our Sticker Stories series, this book is a delightful romp through a winter's snowy day. Children can enjoy all the fun activities a snowfall can bring. Sledding, skiing, making snow angels, and ice hockey are just some of the exciting activities in which the reader can vicariously partake. Let's build a snowman!
(Present book on Smart Board as Powerpoint - Conduct a "picture walk" and have children talk about the story. Write a story to accompany the pictures -- while students dictate, add story to the powerpoint -- help them to make their writing rich by incorporating dialogue, adjectives, adverbs etc. Use student names in the story text. Model the entire process. Have children record the story they have written using the digital voice recorder - embed audio in Powerpoint. -- Note: A new copy is saved under each teacher's name. Samples will be published as PDFs and viewable here.)

Snowmen At Night
coverby Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-1-6 S1-2-4 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-5 S2-1-6 S2-2-2 S2-2-3 S2-2-4 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

coverHenny Penny
by Paul Galdone
Henny Penny is a old English folk story about a hen who is one day gathering acorns.When one hits her on the head and she is convinced that the sky is fallling.So naturally she feels it's her duty to tell the king. Along the way she meets some of her friends and asks them to join her on her quest to tell the king. When they almost get to the king's palace, they meet Foxy Loxy who tricks them. (K-1st Graders will act out play - See Script)

In My Own Backyard
cover by Kurjian Judi, David R. Wagner
Geologic time collapses into a single morning when a youngster peers through a bedroom window and wonders "how many people had stood where I was, looking at this very same place." Suddenly, the quiet landscape of garden, brook and mountain reverses its usual forward course toward noon and turns backward in time. A succession of scenes--showing, variously, people cutting hay with scythes; a sawmill and oxen teams; settlers; Native Americans celebrating a harvest--carry the reader deep into history. (Publisher's Weekly)

Hansel and Gretel
coverby Rika Lesser, Paul O. Zelinsky
Magnificently illustrated Caldecott Honor book. "Artfully understated retelling and magnificent paintings result in an unsurpassable presentation of the ancient fairytale. (Publishers Weekly).
(Have children divide into groups to work on drawings of story scenes. Ask teachers if they would like to work on joint project ... Pop-Up Books.) Pop-Up Book Directions
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-2-1 S1-2-2 S1-2-3 S1-2-4 S1-2-5 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-3 S2-1-4 S2-1-6 S2-2-1 S2-2-2 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

The Real Hole
cover by Beverly Cleary
Father comes to the rescue when the twins can't agree about what to do with the big hole in the backyard. "Deftly captures the quirks of youngsters leaving toddlerhood behind."--Booklist.

coverby Carol Carrick, Illustrated by Paddy Bouma
Heather is disappointed that Mama can't stay home from work to spend the holiday with her. Making cookies with Grandma-including a big, heart-shaped one for Mama-cheers her up. But when Heather and Grandma check on the sheep, they find one of the new lambs cold and still.
Activity Sheets: Valentine Pictures & Valentine Words

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