Classroom Book Activity – How Rocket Learned to Read

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Classroom Book Activities for: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Story Summary

In this wonderful story about words and reading, a little yellow bird teaches a dog named Rocket the alphabet. Soon he discovers the joy of using letters to make words and reading stories all by himself!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce How Rocket Learned to Read. As a whole class do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as marvel and captivated. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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Classroom Book Activity – Rosie’s Walk

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Classroom Book Activities for: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Story Summary

Rosie the hen is going for a walk on the farm. As she walks around the farm, she doesn’t seem to notice the fox following her. Read to find out what happens to the fox and if Rosie can get back home safe.

Recommended Age: 1st Grade

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce Rosie’s Walk. As a whole class, do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as flour and mill. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

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Classroom Book Activity – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Classroom Book Activities for: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Story Summary

In this rhyming alphabet book, letters are racing each other to the top of the coconut tree. Will all the letters fit in the coconut tree? Will they help each other get to the top of the coconut tree?

Recommended Ages: 

  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten

Activity 1

  • Introduce the letters of the alphabet to the students. Place the letters (you can choose to use uppercase or lowercase letters) in a plastic bucket.
  • Have the students sit in a circle and place the bucket in the middle of the circle.
  • Each student gets a turn to pick a letter until all the letters have been picked. Have the students try to name each letter that is picked.
  • After all the letters have been picked, count how many letters there are altogether. Review with students that there are 26 letters in the alphabet.
  • Ask the students what else they know about letters (letters in their names, letters in words, the ABC song). Then sing the ABC song together.

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Educational Activities Using Wooden Paint Sticks

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New Favorite Product Alert! I love our new wooden paint sticks pack. Not the actual sticks by themselves, but the possibilities of activities and crafts you can use them for. Paint sticks are great to use for organization, classroom lessons and of course an unbelievable amount of fun DIY crafts. Here is a list of my favorites from the following categories: Educational Lessons, Organization Ideas, and Crafts.

Educational Lessons with Paint Sticks

Creative Learning:

Identifying the planets in our solar system and what they look like is easy with this paint stick solar system lesson from 123 Homeschool 4 Me. You can even have children paint them! There are so many ideas that stem from an activity like this besides using our solar system. Imagine identifying food groups and the foods in them with vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy. Math lessons using factor families and having the clothespins be the multiplier. So many opportunities to connect children with what they are learning in a fun and visual way.

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Classroom Book Activity – Arthur’s Thanksgiving

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Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Story Summary:

It’s time for Thanksgiving! Arthur has been picked to be the director and cast the roles of his school play. All his friends want to be the star of the show, but no one wants to be the Turkey!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug and read the story Arthur’s Thanksgiving, by Marc Brown.
  • After reading, explain to the class that they will be doing an activity where they have to write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Continue reading


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