Monthly Reading Activities


Books about going to school:

School Bus by Donald Crews

The Day the Teacher Went Bananas by James Howe

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The School Mouse by Dick King-Smith

Writing Ideas:

Make a list of all the things you take with you to school each day

Write a directions for making your favorite sandwich

Write a letter to your teacher and tell him/her how excited you are or how nervous you are



Books to Read:

All about Owls by Jim Arnosky

Raccoons and Ripe Corn by Jim Arnosky

Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco

Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro

Johnny Appleseed Goes A'planting by Patsy Jensen

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Writing Ideas:

Draw a fall picture then write 3 sentences describing it

Make a list of all the clothing you will need on a crisp, cool, fall day

Write a story about a worm who lives in an apple



Books to Read:

I Will Chomp You by Jory John and Bob Shea

The Little Shop of Monsters by R. L. Stine and Marc Brown

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Windell Minor

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Writing Ideas:

What's your favorite fall event? Explain why you look forward to it and how you take part.

Describe your favorite Halloween costume.

Write a story from the perspective of a maple leaf in the fall.




If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katherine Ross

Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams

Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Writing Ideas:

Write a menu for Thanksgiving Dinner

Write the steps for setting the table

Draw a turkey, write a descriptive paragraph

Pretend you are a turkey, write a persuasive essay persuading the farmer to spare you from the dinner table



Some of our favorite Christmas books are:

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Greene

Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg
Writing Ideas:

Design a sleigh for Santa that includes modern technology like GPS and computerized devices. Draw the sleigh and write a paragraph describing it.

Taking a ride in Santa's sleigh.

Baking cookies with Mrs. Claus

A wonderful Christmas memory

Write a letter to Santa describing someone who has been extremely kind and good this year.

Write/draw the steps to decorating a Christmas tree

Rudolph's nose turned green

Change the ending to a Christmas story you have read



Books to Read:

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Hat by Jan Brett

Winter Story by Jill Barklem

Writing Ideas:

Create a SNOW acrostic poem

Does falling snow make a sound?

Every snowflake is unique. I am unique....

If I were a snowflake.....

The best snowday ever....

When it snows I like to .....

Oh no, it snowed, I can't.....

Write the steps for building a snowman, snowfort, having a snowball fight etc.

My favorite winter sport....



Books to Read:

Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Bett

Love Is by Diane Adams

Hug it Out by Louis Thomas

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Writing Ideas

Make a list of the people you love and write the reasons you love them.

Write about the ways you can show your mom and dad that you love them.

Write a poem called "Love is..."

Describe the best Valentine's Day you have ever experienced.

Describe a book that you love reading.

Write about a famous person you would love to meet and tell why you want to meet them.

I love to eat….



Books to Read:

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marian Bauer

Puddles by Jonathan London

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins

Writing Ideas:

March 2nd is “Read Across America Day” in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Explain to a younger student why it’s important to learn how to read.

Write a narrative story about finding a flour-lear clover. Where were you? What did you do with it?

Would you rather be a lion or a lamb? Explain why.

The wind blew so hard that…

I found a pot of gold and...



Books to Read:

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

Up In the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

The World is Awake by Linsey Davis

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Ava's Poppy by Marcus Pfister

Writing Ideas:

I know It’s spring when…

People think about spring as a time for new beginnings – what is something you would like to start doing this spring?

Why does spring symbolize birth?

Describe something you experience with each of your senses in spring

What changes could you make beginning in spring?

Fresh starts at spring are a great time to…

If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

When everything turns green, I think about…

Why do you think baseball is an American tradition?



Books to Read:

Boy Plus Bot by Ame Dyckman

Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker

The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don't Eat Friends by Ame 

Writing Ideas:

It's Teacher Appreciation Month! What qualities make someone a great teacher?

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Describe someone in your class who knows how to be a good friend.

Mother's Day is this month. List the qualities that make your mom special.

List three important things you've learned in school this year.

Describe your favorite day of the school year.