Welcome back!! I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! I know I sure have (hence the zero blogging!) But hey, I needed a break from all things teacher! If you’re new here, Books Teachers Love is a monthly blog post where myself and several other teachers share their favorite picture book to use in their classroom the following month. We do this so that you can prepare ahead of time as we give out freebies and great resources for you to use with those books. We also give you an opportunity to win 4 of the books we mention each month! If you want to check out the previous month’s posts, click here.
The book I chose for the month of September is Dr. Suess’s famous book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
It’s always been one of my favorite books and it sure is a classic. It’s a great book to use in the beginning of the year, which is what I do with my students. It starts the year off right by setting the tone that they can be anything they want to be! It not only gets them to dream big, but it also opens a door of conversation with your students. Another benefit is that you and your students can learn from one another and get to know each other, which is so vital at the start of the year.
The greatest thing about this book is that you can go many different directions with it! I have used it in a variety of ways, such as learning to read and interpret nonsense words, which Dr. Suess is famous for! You can also use it for an opportunity for students to interview other students. For this blog post, I’ll share how I use it in the beginning of the year. I start out by reading the book to the students. It is rather long, so make sure you give yourself enough time to get through it! Even though it’s long, there is a ton of colorful and exciting pictures for the students to keep engaged.
I love how this book shows the balloon flying high in the sky!
After reading, I hold the conversation with my students that they really can do anything they imagine to do. They can be anything they want to be and go anywhere they want to go! I tell them a story about myself when I was little and what I wanted to be when I grew up! I tell them how I always wanted to be a teacher and since I set my eye on that goal, I achieved it! I have my students start brainstorming what they want to be when they grow up. … Then, it’s writing time!
I hand out this free template to each student and they write about what they want to be when they grow up. As they are writing, I pull my students one by one to a white blank wall to take their photo. (If students are too young, recruit help to help them write!)
I let the students color the balloon, too. I usually do the craft part on day two since I have to get the pictures printed. I sometimes send them to a local pharmacy to print they pictures, but more often than not, I print just on regular paper at our school’s color printer.
If your students are too young, you may want to cut out their pictures for them or recruit help! 🙂
I cut a small string for each student’s balloon and I attach it for them (after school). I hang them all on the bulletin board for them to see them the next day when they come to school! It makes a great display for the school and my students LOVE seeing themselves “hanging from a balloon”!
Click here to download this freebie!
I hope you enjoy your transition back to school. Make sure you come back on the 15th of each month for Books Teachers Love. Before you go, don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win four of these books!
Check out the other teachers’ September read aloud choice!