Teachers and parents know that teaching is more effective when kids are having fun. We know this all too well at The Cloverleaf School. In the spirit of preparing to get “Back to School,” here is a list of books that will help teach difficult, abstract and important concepts. They also are a guaranteed FUN read aloud to your students or your kids!
Hedgehogs, ladybugs, and cowboys cross the path of a bullfrog searching for his lost hop in this colorful journey through the Old West, where nothing is as it seems. The creatively designed tale integrates illustrations and text placement to continuously keep the reader expecting the unexpected. In addition to the obvious tie with lessons on compound words, this could be used to inspire students to do creative writing.
2. Pig, Pigger, Piggest: Adventures in Comparing (Language Arts), also by Rick Walton
Join Pig, Pigger, and Piggest as they build their homes from the mud, muddier, and muddiest places. Of course there are the mean witch, witcher, and witchest, who seek to bring trouble into the lives of the pigs, but in a surprise ending everything turns out for the best for everyone.
3. Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day: (Language Arts) by Robin Pulver
It’s field day for the kids in Mr. Wright’s class and the nouns and verbs want to have some fun too. They pair up with their best friends for tug-of-words and the three-legged race. The nouns naturally pair with other nouns and verbs pair with other verbs. After all, would Throw and Catch or Cookie and Milk ever want to be separated?” But wait, they are not getting anywhere! Nouns and verbs realize that they have to work together to get anything done.
4. The Doorbell Rang: Division/ Fractions (Math) by Pat Hutchins
Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies.
5. 365 Penguins: (Math) by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet
When a box containing a penguin arrives anonymously on New Year’s Day, a family of four is puzzled, but as they continue to receive one penguin each day their problems — and food budget, and storage issues — are multiplied.
6. One Odd Day: Odd Numbers (Math) by Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed
A boy awakens to find everything around him is odd. He has three sleeves on his shirt, and his dog has five legs. Will his odd day end when he goes to bed that night? A great introduction to the concept of odd and even numbers that is supplemented by math teaching games.
7. What Time is it Mr. Crocodile?: Telling Time (Math) by Judy Sierra
8. How Do You Lift a Lion?: Simple Machines (Science) by Robert E. Wells
This book aims to introduce some of the theories of physics to very young readers. The concepts are those of gravity, leverage, friction, and pulleys. Each is accompanied by some physical problem involving animals.
9. Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, & Yawn: Human Body (Science) by Melvin Berger
Have you ever wondered what makes you sneeze when you’re in a dusty room? Or shiver when you get out of the bathtub? Or yawn when you’re tired? All of these actions are reflexes. Your body makes them happen even though you don’t tell it to.
10. P is for Peach (A Georgia Alphabet): (Social Studies) by Carol Crane
As you travel through the Okefenokee Swamp, keep an eye out for Tiger Swallowtails and Brown Thrashers, and be sure to pick some Yellow Confederate Daisies before taking a nap under a Live Oak Tree. This is the Georgia that becomes a wondrous reality within the beautiful rhyming verses. Check out all of the alphabet books by this author! Learning about each state couldn’t be more fun.