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Moving to an isolated community to teach grade 1: best books to take?

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Jan 2, 2014, 10:53pm

I am moving to an isolated Aboriginal community in the North of Canada to teach grade 1, and would love some suggestions of books to take! My previous experience is with grades 5 6, so this is an adjustment period for me.

I am not yet sure of the amount of books available at the school, but I figure it's better to have too many rather than too few...

What are the best read-alouds/browsing books for 6-7 year olds at an emergent reader stage? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Fev 2, 2014, 9:54am

I just moved from a middle school (6, 7, 8) to elementary, and I only have one sure winner to recommend to you so far:

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

I'll come back and edit if I come upon more titles that have my younger students jumping up and down with excitement.

Fev 2, 2014, 4:15pm

How exciting!

If you're looking for books you want them to read independently I would recommend Dr. Seuss books. He started his career writing books with first graders in mind.

Read Alouds: Skippyjon Jones, Chicken Soup with Rice, Hattie and the Fox, To Market, To Market, Stranger in the Woods, A House Is a House for Me, Wolf!, Strega Nona, The Ant Bully, and any version of The Gingerbread Man are some favorites for my class that I can think of off the top of my head.

Good luck! First grade is my favorite.

Fev 8, 2014, 4:23pm

Children always enjoy Dr.Seuss stories also any with a good flow such as "Miss. Mops lucky day".... "But No more Elephants",!

Fev 15, 2014, 8:59pm

All the diary books: Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider.