For many of us, February can feel like a ‘blah’ month stuck in the middle of winter break and spring break. But I’m here to tell you that you can pack a ton of fun activities for your kindergarten, first, and second graders with all of the holidays in February. Think about it…Groundhog’s Day, President’s Day, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day. There are so many holidays to teach students about and to celebrate. One way to do this is through books! You can pack so much teaching through February Read Alouds.
Why Read Alouds Are Powerful
Interactive read alouds are a powerful time of day! Not only do you get to know your students better through conversations, but you provide strong teaching and authentic practice so students can learn important reading strategies and skills. You can also invite the students to interact in a meaningful way with the text along the way and/or after reading.
With read alouds, you can model thinking like a reader and fluent, proficient reading. You can also help students build schema and expose them to a wide variety of genres. Plus, you can help develop their interest in books and a love for reading.
6 February Books and Lessons For You
When choosing books for February read alouds, I wanted to pick books that your students possibly haven’t read yet. These are some of my favorite books for this month, and I hope you love them too! Each of these February read alouds easily lends itself to reading strategies and skills for you to teach and for students to practice.
- Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh (If you love Olive, The Other Reindeer this will be hit!)
- Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
- Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill (Love this twist on a traditional holiday!)
- Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
- President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett (This book is SURE to make your students laugh!!)
- Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio
I put together everything you’ll need for lessons in the February Interactive Read Aloud Lessons unit. Each book has a full lesson plan with objectives, vocabulary to introduce, direct explanation, modeling, guided practice, and closure components. I guide you through the entire lesson!
You will also find vocabulary cards to help support students’ understanding and build schema. My favorite piece that’s included for each lesson is the printable sticky notes! Each book has printable sticky notes that are all filled out for you so you know what page to stop on, what to model and think out loud, and how to have students respond. You can leave the sticky notes in your book so they’re already done for you next year.
This resource truly makes your interactive read aloud time so much easier! Be sure to grab it today to be totally set for your February read aloud lessons!
What book would you add that is a must read for February read alouds? Let me know in the comments below!