One of my favorite parts of working with first graders is sharing some of my favorite books. This week we read The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, one of my all-time favorite books about friendship breaking down barriers. The story is told with enough whimsy to provide children the comfort of humor while accessing the gravity of the main character's mean disposition. And Laura Huliska-Beith's illustrations are magical.
Throughout first grade, we develop our comprehension of a story by retelling the main story components and by making connections. The students worked in small groups to discuss the importance of key story elements and personal connections to the book. Some of the children may post additional connections and thoughts next week. For now, we will share our current work-in-progress with you. Enjoy!