Community building in the classroom is so important! Picture books are a great way to teach important social skills. These community building read-aloud lessons are all done for you! Each of these books is perfect for setting the tone for your classroom throughout the year.
Each interactive read-aloud lesson plan is ready for you to simply print and teach!
These Community Building read-aloud activities will start important discussions with your class about:
- being yourself
- making friends
- accepting others
- growth mindset
- personal space
- speaking up
- making positive change
- having confidence
- making mistakes
★ Teacher Guide
Each interactive read-aloud includes a teacher’s guide that outlines the lesson. It provides an introduction to help prepare your students for their learning and sets a purpose for the read-aloud. It also includes important vocabulary words and the strands that the lesson covers.
★ Talking Points
There are higher-level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. Each one has a page number so that you know exactly where in the story to stop!
These will guide students to deepen their understanding of the social skill and respond in meaningful ways. These questions can be printed out on a one-page guide or on sticky notes, which will allow you to place them right in the book!
★ Student Response
The interactive read-aloud also comes with a written response and activity sheet to really help your students connect with the text and build their knowledge of the social skill. There are multiple response sheets that allow for differentiation. An answer key is also provided for your reference.
The craftivity provides a hands-on, engaging component to help students practice the social skill. It helps connect the focus to the picture book and to students’ lives.
★ Task Cards
The task cards can be used in a few different ways. the cards could be used orally as a whole class discussion or in small groups. Students could also respond to the task cards individually on the recording sheet that is included.
The task cards provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions to help students apply the social skill to their own life.
This resource is for classroom teachers who need a simple, yet effective way to integrate social skills into their day. This low-prep resource is easy to implement but can be used when teachers have time.
It is ideal to focus on one skill per week and there are 10 different interactive read-alouds in the full bundle. All you need for the first few weeks of school!
The interactive read-aloud lesson plans for community building are meaningful and engaging, yet they are simple and can be completed in a short amount of time.
- Be You
- The Bad Seed
- Say Something
- Meesha Makes Friends
- Don’t Hug Doug
- The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do
- The Name Jar
- The Dot
- Raise Your Hand
- The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
*books are not included*
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