Last week, I shared a bit about the book, Betty Lou Blue as part of First Grade and Fabulous's First Week Picture Book Linky. Since everyone seemed so intrigued by this book, I figured it was the perfect one to share for Collaboration Cuties' Back to School Mentor Text party.
Betty Lou Blue is the cute story of a girl who is made fun of for having excessively big feet. One day, her classmates get stuck in the snow drifts and need help. When Betty Lou sees them, she has to decide whether or not to help those who made fun of her.
She ends up making the right choice and rescues everyone by using her big feet to balance on the snow as she pulls them out.
It's a great story to use during the first week of school because it helps establish the idea that each person is the classroom is special and can contribute to the group, as well as the fact that bullying is not acceptable and hurts people's feelings. I often use it along with Chrysanthemum, since both books have similar themes.
Now for more picture book fun with DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous.
I already blogged about both of these books here.
This book provides a variety concrete examples of what zero is, so that kids can begin to better understand this tricky number.
I LOVE this fun book for teaching even and odd. The characters Even Steven and Odd Todd are so fun and they totally represent their respective number categories. There are tons of fun ideas to go along with this book on Pinterest like this one from First Grade Parade.
Last summer, I discovered these two wonderful books at the Scholastic store. Both of them are full of fun math riddles using colorful and fun pictures. I usually read the poem/riddle aloud and let the kids discuss the picture for awhile before sharing how they solved the problem. I usually end up hearing a variety of different methods because the pictures and riddles are open-ended and allow students to think freely. I would highly recommend both books.
Hope you found some new ideas for books to use with your kiddos!