Our Class is a Family and A Letter From Your Teacher by Shannon Olsen are two of the newest titles to get the storyscape treatment. Olsen’s picture books have resonated with teachers in the classroom. With over 15 years teaching experience, she knows well the invisible work that goes into building class community and positive relationships with students.
Our Class is a Family is a book that will help build and strengthen that class community. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it’s safe to be themselves, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s important to be a friend to others. When hearing this story being read aloud, students are sure to feel a special sense of belonging.
A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School is a picture book to support teachers and students as they set the tone for the new year together. With a sweet and thoughtful tone, this is a read aloud that helps lay the foundation of a positive relationship between kids and their teachers. Use it to kick off getting-to-know-you activities and class community building.
These two top picture books for the classroom are sure to let your littles know they are loved and important. Both are now available on Novel Effect with ebooks included for Premium members!
Activities & Resources
Reading books is a gateway to the imagination. Take your story and lesson further with activities that reinforce the important takeaways and add a little fun! Check out some of our favorite classroom activities to pair with the latest additions to Novel Effect’s library of storyscapes!
Make a Class Family Album!
It will help build classroom community, foster reading and writing skills, and is ideal for back to school time during the first week or first day of school.
Friendship bracelets to celebrate and remember your class family will also help to strengthen bonds. For a fun twist, have each student make a bracelet for another! From @borntoedukait
Sticky Notes & Role Play!
Create a poster and invite students to write on sticky notes ways they can celebrate, respect, and support each other. Role play together as they demonstrate what those qualities look like in action. Learn more from @terrificteachingwithmrslong
Record a Video!
Welcome your students before the first day with a pre-recorded read aloud! Share with students on a postcard with a QR code link to the video. From @foreverfirstiefriends
Download the Novel Effect app for free to bring these titles and many more stories to life with music and sounds that respond to your voice.