Many of my teacher friends are headed back to school next week. Students in my district begin on Monday. We'll spend the first few days getting acquainted, building relationships, and learning classroom procedures and rules. I found a gem of a read aloud that is perfect for the beginning of the school year.
Story Overview: Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. He loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark's teacher helps him figure out a way to tone it down.
Lesson Idea: Clark the Shark is a great book choice for launching a conversation about classroom rules. After reading the story, explain to students that classroom rules are made to keep us safe so we can learn. Ask students to brainstorm rules that they think are important. Make a list on chart paper.