Bibliographic Information: Slate, Joseph. (1996). Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. New York: Dutton Children’s Press.
Brief Annotation: This book is a classic childhood favorite. It has wonderful pictures that depict the nonstop energy kindergarteners bring. It also has bolded letters from the alphabet. Students can learn about the first day of school while studying 26 special letters.
Grade Level: Pre-K-3
Readers who will like this: Readers who are working on memorizing the alphabet, or beginning their first day of school. Also readers who want to aspire to be a teacher someday or have a passion for animals.
Rating/Response: 5 This book has a fun and playful feel to it. Not only does it resinate memories of playtime and school work, but is allows students to feel excited about their learning environment.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think YOUR teacher did to prepare for the first day of school?
Reading Strategy: First Day
Rationale for Strategy: This book is a great way to open the year. It shows students that they had a lot to do to get ready for the first day, but so did their teacher.
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