Monday, February 9, 2009

First Grader's New Favorite Author

Last week we began our new author study on Kevin Henkes. If you don't know this author, then you must check out his books to find out why first graders and teachers love him so much. Last week we began by reading one of my favorite books - Chrysanthemum. Our study began by making connections to this book and writing about these connections. Over the next 4 weeks we will continue to read many of his stories, write connections, discuss his books and characters, and complete retellings. We will learn to respond to literature in many ways. Below is a list of some of the books we will be reading throughout the study:
* Owen
* Julius the Baby of the World
* Wemberly Worried
* Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
* Lilly's Big Day
* Sheila Rae, The Brave
* Chester's Way
* A Weekend With Wendell
* Jessica

Check out more books by Kevin Henkes. Watch for samples of student work!

1 comment:

Beth said...

Chrysanthemum is a favorite story in my Kindergarten class, too!! After we read the story I have my students make glow in the dark name posters to show pride in their own names. I mix some glow powder ( with glue and then have them trace and decorate their names with the mixture. When it dries they have a glow-in-the-dark poster celebrating their own name!!