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 – 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


Classroom Book Activity – Ira Sleeps Over

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classroom book activity ira sleeps overOctober Book Activity: Ira Sleeps Over By Bernard Waber

Story Summary:

Ira is excited to spend the night at his friend Reggie’s house. It is his first sleep over. Ira isn’t sure if he should bring his teddy bear. He’s never slept without his teddy bear before. Will Reggie make fun of him if he brings his teddy bear to the sleepover?

Recommended Ages

  • Grades 1 – 2

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Monthly Book Activity – The Napping House

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The Napping House Book Activity

July Book Activity – The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood

Story Summary

It is a rainy afternoon.  A boy, his granny, and their pets are all sleeping peacefully piled up in the same bed.  Suddenly a flea bites the mouse and wakes him up.  This causes a domino effect of one waking up the other and ends with a broken bed.

Recommended Ages: Grades 1st – 2nd

Activity 1

Gather the class on the carpet and tell them they are going to read a story called The Napping House.  Before reading, talk about the word napping.  What does it mean?  Make a list on chart paper of other words that mean the same as napping.  Words from the book to add to the list include: slumbering, dozing, and snoozing. Continue reading



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