Curriculum overview


Reading and sharing stories at home


Unit 1: How do you act responsibly in a library? Active listening in the library/Book care


Unit 2: How do you make a book? Becoming authors and illustrators


Unit 3: What types of books do you like? How do you select books from the library?


Unit 4: Why do people celebrate holidays? Intro to Non-Fiction

Unit 5: Comparing animals: different texts about same animal
Unit 6: Making animal books
Unit 7: Favorite characters: Gossie, Yoko, etc.

Other lessons/ideas:

Information Fluency

  • Finds books by favorite authors using A-Z organization of picture books. (Info Fluency 1.3.1) SEE UNIT 2
  • Begins to use Dewey numbers for ABC books, 123 books, fairy tales, dinosaurs (Info Fluency 1.3.1) SEE UNIT 4
  • Finds books on own interests with assistance (Info Fluency 2.3.1 & 2.3.6) SEE UNIT 4

ELA Integration

  • Poetry and Songs: Start off each library session with a song or poem written on chart paper.
  • Fiction vs. Nonfiction(not real vs. real): Reading fun stories about animals and interesting non-fiction books about animals (Info Fluency 2.1.6)
    • Where the Wild Things Are, Cinder-eyed Cats, and The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    • Nonfiction titles about dinosaurs, big cats, bears, mice, and strawberries.
  • Enjoying fiction books to wonder: What would happen if... discussions
  • Using non-fiction books to learn: Asks simple questions & finds facts using bins of nonfiction books (Info Fluency 1.3.13)
  • Study the illustration: Wordless books; Retelling stories (Info Fluency 2.1.2, 2.3.5)
    1. The Lion and the Mouse
  • Genre study: Fairy tales (Info Fluency 2.1.5. 2.2.4, 2.3.2, 3.1.1)
    1. Same/Different across stories
    2. Illustrating favorites parts (Info Fluency 2.1.5, 3.1.1)
  • Author/Illustrator study (Info Fluency 2.1.6)

Technology integration

  • MS Paint : Drawing pictures of me and what I like (see below) (Info Fluency 2.2.4)
  • Online storybooks : One More Story, Tumblebooks, Bookflix
  • Online educational games: Tux Type, Learning Planet, Starfall, Playkidsgames.com
  • Favorite apps: iWriteWords, Monster at the end of the book, Numberlys, and Cinderella (Nosy Crow).

Social Studies Integration/Visual Literacy skills


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student work comparing self to Deaf character in the story

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discussion chart of stories read