Books Teachers Love: September Theme

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Books Teacher Love shares monthly themed books and free reading resources for elementary teachers! We took a break over the summer but we are back for the year!

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My book is called, {Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!}. The story is about Johnny who loves school but that quickly changes when a new kid arrives. Gabe enrolls in school and everyone learns that he doesn’t speak any English. You would think that this situation would spur the children to be kind, but Johnny goes out of his way to be unfriendly towards him. In the midst of Johnny’s rudeness, he noticed that Gabe begins to make friends with his friends. As Johnny battles whether to continue with his attitude or see the light, he comes to the realization that differences should be celebrated.

Elementary teacher needs these free back to school ideas! Read aloud books for the month of September. Free read aloud activities to strengthen vocabulary strategies!

The author, Maria Dismondy, used her personal classroom experiences of an actual child in her classroom with this similar experience.

What a powerful story for the beginning of the year!

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A new student walks in and you hope and pray that your kids have remember everything you have taught them about being kind and that it transfers into their interactions with this new student. Instead of hoping, I feel like we should explicitly teach and have conversations with the kids regarding new student interaction. This book is the perfect conversation starter for just that. In addition, we can tie the book into our classroom community by sharing each other’s differences and celebrating them.

Elementary teacher needs these free back to school ideas! Read aloud books for the month of September. Free read aloud activities to strengthen vocabulary strategies!

After we read the {the book} we will put ourselves in Gabe’s shoes. How would we want our classmates to act? What specific actions could we take to ensure that our new student is as comfortable as possible? As we discuss these ideas, we will anchor our favorite ones on the template above.

Elementary teacher needs these free back to school ideas! Read aloud books for the month of September. Free read aloud activities to strengthen vocabulary strategies!

It’s also important to note the important character traits and vocabulary that we can bring up with this text.

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Elementary teacher needs these free back to school ideas! Read aloud books for the month of September. Free read aloud activities to strengthen vocabulary strategies!

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  1. Reply
    Kirstie
    August 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I love this!!! This is such an amazing book and I am so glad you recommended it! I just ordered it off Amazon to start the week 🙂 Thank you!!

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