Chapter Books

It’s that time of year for… chapter books! Here are some great series that hook emerging readers into a lifetime of reading. 

Reading aloud chapter books with your child is a great way to end your day together and also develops important comprehension skills. Chapter books have just a few illustrations so your child can practice visualizing the story events. These books can also enrich vocabulary and present interesting characters that change in surprising ways. Some of these Level J books might be close or right at your child’s level.

Look for these chapter book series at the library, bookstore or in future book orders. (You can always search for more titles online when buying books through our class book orders.)

You can also find more titles with the online tool Book Wizard. Use the Guided Reading and Subject tabs to refine your search.

Freddie Fernortner, Fearless First Grader by Jonathan Rand

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins (Level Q)

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner

Henry & Mudge by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant (Level J)

Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel (Level K)

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo (Level K)

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Andrew Lost  by J.C. Greenburg

American Girl Doll Books

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler (Level L)

Fancy Clancy  by Jane O’Conner

Jigsaw Jones by James Preller (Level N)

Soccer Cats by Matt Christopher (Level M)

Spring Donation Drive

We invite you to participate in our spring donation drive to support Hand2Hand — a community program that provides food to families in need through the school year and during the summer months. This blog post explains the types of donations needed, drop off location and time frame.

Learning Update

Math: We finished our study of place value this week. This unit was packed full of concepts involving numbers up to 120 and story problems with teen numbers. We’ve learned how to analyze stories for missing partners or missing totals, count with groups of 10, and add/subtract tens. We also continue to strengthen our fact fluency every day on MobyMax. 

Writing: On Friday, we celebrated our small moment stories with a special class celebration. We have really grown as writers and our stories now include strong leads and transitions, great details, the Who/What/Where, dialogue, and wrap up endings. We shared our favorite parts with the class and read our whole story to our partner. We finished the celebration with a punch toast. It was wonderful! 

Reading: To help us tackle tricky words, we spent time this week studying different vowel teams. As a class, we sorted words and practiced the sounds that vowel teams make, watching closely for any oddball words that don’t follow the regular pattern. Ask your child about the sounds that ow/ou, aw/ew, oi/oy, igh/eigh make in words. These vowel teams appear in many of our first grade books.

Learning Update

Math: During our math time this week, we continued to solve missing partner and missing total stories. We also stretched our thinking by using the Make a Ten strategy to solve equations and math stories with three addends or partners. After we looked for two partners that could make a ten, we found that adding the third partner to ten was a snap!

We are also working on counting and writing numbers up to 120. To help your first grader practice this skill, have him/her start at any 2 digit number and then count out loud to 120. This could be a great activity to do together in the car. As an extra challenge, you can even have your child write the numerals up to 120!

Writing: We have been adding leads and endings to our stories. Leads hook readers into our stories. We can use weather, season, and time of day for a strong lead. Some of our leads include: One day… When I was little… Last year in Kindergarten… and more!

Our endings wrap up our stories and signal to the reader that we are finished. Our favorite authors often wrap up their stories with a lesson or heart of the story at the end. Here are some endings that we have used in our stories: “I wish that I never get sick again.” “I hope that we get to play Four Corners again soon.” “I learned that I should never wander off at the store again.”

Reading: This week we practiced checking for understanding. After each page or two in our books we stop and check to make sure that we remembered what is happening. If we forgot, we practiced going back and rereading. We have also been working so hard to read ALL of the words in our books. After being able to read the words, we can focus our attention on fluency. Rereading a book helps our reading sound smooth and we can discover new learning.