Community Building Read Aloud Lessons - Community Building Activities

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The Colorful Apple
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I love all of the books featured in these plans. The plans, sticky notes & activities add a whole new level to teaching SEL lessons in the classroom.
This was a great way to start off the school year! The lessons and activities were a great way to reinforce our focus!

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    Community building in the classroom is so important! Picture books are a great way to teach important social skills. These community building read aloud lessons are all done for you! Each of these books are perfect for setting the tone for your classroom throughout the year.

    Each interactive read aloud lesson plan is ready for you to simply print and teach!

    These Community Building activities will start important discussions with your class about many SEL skills.

    Community Building Read Aloud Lessons:

    • being yourself
    • making friends
    • accepting others
    • growth mindset
    • personal space
    • speaking up
    • making positive change
    • having confidence
    • making mistakes
    • participation


    How to use this resource:

    ★ Teacher Guide

    Each community building read aloud includes a teacher's guide that outlines the lesson. It provides an introduction to help prepare your students for their learning and set a purpose for the read-aloud. It also includes important vocabulary words and the strands that the lesson covers.

    Talking Points

    There are higher level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. Each one has a page number so that you know exactly where in the story to stop!

    These will guide students to deepen their understanding of each community building social skill and respond in meaningful ways. These questions can be printed out on a one page guide or on sticky notes, which will allow you to place them right in the book!

    Student Response

    The interactive read aloud also comes with a written response and activity sheet to really help your students connect with the text and build their knowledge on the social skill. There are multiple response sheets that allow for differentiation. An answer key is also provided for your reference.

    Community Building Activities

    The craftivity provides a hands-on, engaging component to help students practice the social skill. It helps connect the focus to the picture book and to students' lives.

    Community Building Task Cards

    The task cards can be used a few different ways. the cards could be used orally as a whole class discussion or in small groups. Students could also respond to the task cards individually on the recording sheet that is included.

    The task cards provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions to help students apply the community building social skill to their own life.


    Who is this resource for?

    This resource is for classroom teachers who need a simple, yet effective way to integrate social skills into their day. This low prep resource is easy to implement, but can be used when teachers have time.

    It is ideal to focus on one skill per week and there are 10 different interactive read alouds in the full bundle. All you need for the first few weeks of school!

    The interactive read aloud lesson plans for community building are meaningful and engaging, yet they are simple and can be completed in a short amount of time.

    What book lessons are included?

    *books are not included*


    What are other teachers saying?

    "These interactive read alouds are saving me these first few days of school! The books are extremely engaging on their own and the printable sticky notes for discussion questions are amazing!! I checked out all the books from my local public library to save money. I highly recommend this community building bundle!!!" ~ Teach with Kids

    "As I prepare for the upcoming school year; I have been looking for a resource that would tie into community building. I believe I have found exactly what I am looking for with this resource. The read alouds that are in this resource fit perfectly in with my ELA, Writing, and my SEL lessons. Thank you!" ~ EDFB

    "This was a great way to start off the school year! The lessons and community building activities were a great way to reinforce our focus!" ~ Kathryn K.

    Keep your teaching colorful,

    Sara ☺

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    250 pages
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