We started the class by watching the book trailer from Little Elliot and the Big City by Mike Curato.
I then had students imagine an elephant. It could be one they had seen on a movie, in a book, or real life. They had to share their ideas with a partner. We then compared how all of our elephants were different to how we are all different readers. Some of us like to read, some don't, some can read for long periods of time, some can't.
We then read the book:
We made these connections:
Sometimes when our first and second graders start checking out books at the beginning of the year they can feel overwhelmed. So MANY choices, so MANY great books, so MANY decisions. Because of this I decided to read Little Elliot and the Big City. After reading we discussed how just like Elliot felt overwhelmed in the city they may also feel overwhelmed in the Media Center when looking for books.