Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Seasonal Books for a Kindergarten Classroom

Seasonal books can help teach about the different seasons in the year.  You can explore plants and animals, the changing weather, and holiday traditions!

It's week 2 of the Summer Reading Stash Blog Hop hosted by Katie from Minute Mommy!
Today we are focusing on our favorite seasonal books!



Here are my top 5 SEASONAL books for your Kindergarten classroom!



FALL - It's Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall
This is a book about a brother and sister who plant pumpkin seeds in their garden. The story shows them taking care of the growing plants - seed, sprout, flowering vine, small green pumpkin, and large orange pumpkin - and then carving jack-o-lanterns out of the pumpkins.  The book is great to use when teaching about the life cycle of a pumpkin.


WINTER - Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
I love reading this to my students during Christmas time.  This is a holiday story of a little girl who thinks that she lost her mother's diamond ring while making tamales.  In order to find the missing ring, she enlists her cousins to help her eat all the tamales.  The story reminds us to tell the truth even though we may get in trouble.


The Mitten by Jan Brett
This is a story set in a white winter wonderland.  My students always enjoy watching the different animals squeeze into the mitten.  And when the bear sneezes, they sneeze with him - and laugh and laugh!


Each year my students love acting out the story of The Mitten.


Be sure to visit Jan Brett's website {HERE} for these free printable masks, coloring pages, activities, and lots of other fun things.

SPRING - Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
This book teaches the life cycle of butterflies in a rhyming pattern.  The illustrations are simply gorgeous!  Also includes a butterfly information page as well as tips on growing your own butterfly garden.


SUMMER - One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
Join this little girl as she participates her favorite activities on a hot summer day in her urban neighborhood!  She plays with her shadow, draws with sidewalk chalk, heads to the playground, eats popsicles, and finally cools off in a rain shower.


After reading the book, I like to ask my students what they do on a hot summer day.  I record their answers in a circle map, and then the kids write and illustrate their favorite activity for a hot summer day!


Now click below to continue reading about more seasonal books from Katie!


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3 comments:

  1. I love Too Many Tamales! And The Mitten is my favorite! I love that they act it out!

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  2. Love your writing activities to go with One Hot Summer Day! Never read that one. Looks great! :)

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  3. Hi Kay! I love The Mitten, and those little masks are adorable. So cute! I will have to check out One Hot Summer Day. That looks like a great one to prep for summer and it has a diverse character, something I'm always looks for. Thanks for sharing.
    Paige
    Our Elementary Lives

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