September Read Alouds for Kindergarten

September means it's time for fall! Fall read alouds are some of my favorite to share with my students! Here is a list of my favorite fall books for different themes in September.

Apples
Apples, Apples, Everywhere! by Robin Koontz
Take your students on a trip to an apple orchard and learn all about apples! This book is a great introduction to an apples unit with it's realistic illustrations and many facts. 

 
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway
This is a great story about friendship. A worm and an apple become unlikely friends, until the other apples start calling him "rotten". I like to read this during the first week of school to discuss the importance of being kinds and to emphasize that we are all friends in this class!

 
10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
This story fits in perfectly with a counting to 10 math lesson! It also has so many beginning sight words that students can find! There are so many ideas on fun crafts that go with it! My favorite is spelling their name with apples and gluing them on top of a picture of their head! It's the perfect bulletin board!

 
The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
Two mouse friends set out to create the biggest apple ever. Little did they know, they were helping it grow together! This is a great story to tie in the importance of teamwork.

Apples by Gail Gibbons
The perfect non fiction read to round out apples! Students will be introduced to new vocabulary, like pollination, as they learn more about apples.

Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
This book tells the legend of Johnny Appleseed, with its illustrations and storyline tailored to the younger crowd. I use this book to introduce Johnny Appleseed, as it is a fun and easy read. 

Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
All the details in the illustrations brings John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed to life! This book is a little more detailed than the other two, and make take two or three days to read with your students. 

The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
I recently discovered this book about Johnny Appleseed. My students really enjoyed the pictures and the simple story. This book would even work for preschool age kids!  

Community Helpers
What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry's books are some of my favorite! His colorful illustrations really captivate my students. This is a great read aloud as an introduction to your community helpers unit. In this story, your students will travel to Busytown and find out how everyone spends their days. Many community helpers are introduced in this colorful story. 

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
Any story with a lovable dog as the main character is a favorite in my mind! Officer Buckle teaches kids about safety, but his lessons are BORING, that is until Gloria the police dog comes along! This story encourages teamwork and is laugh out loud funny! 

Career Day by Anne Rockwell
This story takes place during a Career Day in a classroom. It would be perfect if you are planning on doing the same with your student's parents. My students loved learning about different careers, and afterwards we discussed "What do you want to be when you grow up?" 

Whose Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
This is a fun guessing book, where students try and guess what community helper wears each hat! My students love to make a silent guess, then get really excited when the community helper is revealed to them! 

Whose Hands are These? by Miranda Paul
Another guessing book about community helpers! It's a great book to teach about community helpers and learn some new action words. 

Colors

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
What a CLASSIC! I fondly remember my own Kindergarten teacher reading this story and having a play for our parents. This story teaches all the different colors, as well as repetition. My students catch on fairly quickly and like to read along with me. One year, I had my students make animal masks and perform this play for their parents. It was a HIT! 

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
This is a sweet story about a chameleon trying to find his color! He thinks he found the perfect shade of green, until fall arrives! The illustrations are beautiful and your students will oooh and ahhh over each page. I love to incorporate a little watercolor painting for my students to show off their own color. 

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
I love the Pete the Cat series! There is a fun song that goes along with the book that you could play and sing with your students. This story has Pete walking down the street in his nice new white shoes, but then he steps on different things, which make his shoes turn different colors.

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
This is from the same author that brought you Bear Snores On. Find and explore different colors with Bear and his friends!

Color Dance by Ann Jonas
I love all the colors and movement in this story! The illustrations tell the story, as there is not much to read, but so much to see. We like to make up different movements for the different colors in the story. 

Do you have any books to add to this list? I'd love to hear your suggestions!













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Interactive Notebooks in Kindergarten

When I first saw interactive notebooks, I wanted to do them in my classroom! They were like a worksheet but 100 times better, because they were hands on, engaging, and kids loved them. However, I was under the impression they would be "too hard" for Kindergarteners. I wish I didn't underestimate my Kinders ability and tried them years ago! After using them in my classroom for the past year, my students were the BIGGEST FANS of interactive notebooks! They practically begged me for more!
Interactive notebooks are an amazing tool for your students, because you can pack an entire year's worth of skills into one handy notebook! My students proudly displayed theirs for Open House, and the parents were impressed to see how far their student came in just a few months. There are so many options on Teachers Pay Teachers, and for every grade level/subject! We did a page in our Phonics notebook every Friday to review our phonics skill of the week. At the end of the year, my students were able to take it home and it had everything they learned for the year in one place.

There are so many benefits in using interactive notebooks in your classroom! All the cutting and gluing helps your students develop their fine motor skills. I have so many students that come into K, not knowing how to hold scissors or glue without drowning their paper in glue. Doing these notebooks allows your students to have lots of practice with cutting. At first, the notebooks may look like a hot mess, but that's okay because they are practicing these skills and learning along the way. By the end of the year, you will be surprised at how far they've come!

Interactive notebooks in Kindergarten can seem daunting at first, so I'm going to share some tips and tricks I learned along the way!

To get the most bang for your buck, buy the notebooks when they on sale during the back to school season. I think I got 50 for about $5 at Target! Another option is to put it on the student supply list if you are able to. Personally, I like the spiral bound notebooks because they are easy to fold back and flip the pages, but the black and white composition books work too!

 Don't want to use notebooks? You can use a piece of construction paper or Astrobrights paper instead!

To prep our weekly notebook page, I would pre-cut the edges. I used this handy paper cutter to do multiple pages at once. This alone saved my students time and only took me about 3 minutes. I would have all the pieces ready to go for more students and their notebooks in our notebook bin. We developed a routine starting the first day and stuck to it for the year.

Every Friday, at my small group center, we would review our phonics skill of the week using the interactive notebook page. Completing this in a small group setting, really helped my students get the hang of it. It was only a couple students at a time that I needed to help, and I was right there to help them if/when they needed it. Doing this activity on a weekly basis helped my students remember the steps and feel confident in doing it independently. After a month or so of doing this once or twice a week in small groups, I would have them do it independently at a center or during our phonics time. They were able to do this with minimal help by mid October!

I try not to "baby" my Kindergarteners, aka do every single task for them. Yes, I prep the pages, but they do the majority of the cutting and gluing! Teach them to do it independently. They CAN do it, if you give them the chance. I model how to put it together, step by step, SLOWLY, then help them along. By the 3rd time you're working on it, you will start to hear students say, "Oh! I know how to do this part! I don't need any help." Once you hear that, you know you've succeeded!
Remember: You are not looking for picture perfect. You are looking for two things: if they tried their best and they understand the skill being taught! This is what an interactive notebook looks like in Kindergarten and I think it's wonderful!

There can be A LOT of pieces when you are working on your interactive notebooks. We like to keep a "tidy tub" at the table. A tidy tub is a small bin reserved for scraps of paper. When students cut something out, they put the scraps in the tidy tub. Once the table is finished with the activity, one of the students goes and dumps it in the big trash can. I love using tidy tubs because their work space stays clear and students don't accidentally lose the little pieces that go with the notebook.

Almost all of my students were able to complete a page in about 15 minutes. However, if a student was taking awhile to finish, or we had to switch centers, I would just clip their extra pieces with a paperclip to the page that they were working on. They would have to finish it at some point in the day or during our Finish it Friday time.

Here's a free page for you to try out! All About the Letter Aa Phonics Interactive Notebook Page

Want to try phonics interactive notebooks in your classroom? Grab the yearlong bundle here!

I hope I helped you feel more confident in branching out and trying new, engaging activities in your Kinder classroom!

-Kristina

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