Our Class is A Family: Activity Roundup

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!

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.

A Reading Challenge: The Dot

Make your mark and see where it takes you. Join us as you let your creative spirit shine for International Dot Day on September 15th(ish)!

Now through September 16th, each time you read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds with your Novel Effect app you’ll be entered to win a Reading Challenge Reward.

Simply read aloud with your own copy of The Dot and the storyscape available in the Novel Effect mobile app. The more times you read The Dot with Novel Effect the more chances you’ll have to win!

1 Winner will win the Reading Challenge Reward:

  • A copy of The Dot and 2 Mystery Books
  • 1 yr Premium Membership to Novel Effect, for yourself or to share with a friend
  • $100 Gift Card for classroom art supplies to make your mark!

The Dot
by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti sits in font of a blank piece of paper. Though her teacher encourages her to try, Vashti can’t draw – or so she thinks. In frustration, she jabs at the blank piece of paper. Somehow, her one little dot becomes the beginning of a surprise journey of self-discovery. The simple, witty story delicately encourages the creative spirit in us all.

International Dot Day
Sept. 15th(ish)

Join a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration! What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Check out all sorts of resources, activities, and ways to connect.

Download the Novel Effect app for free to bring ‘The Dot’ and many more stories to life with music and sounds that respond to your voice.

Terms & Conditions for The Dot Challenge: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter. US and CA residents only. To enter, read aloud The Dot with your Novel Effect app now through 9/16 at midnight PST. One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via the email associated with their Novel Effect app. Challenge not affiliated with Peter Reynolds or Candlewick Press. Reach out to support@noveleffect.com for questions.