1st Grade Projects
For our project, we read If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. We talked about the story being a circle story and then worked on completing a cause/effect poster. Afterwards, we wrote a class book called “If you Give a First Grader a Slice of Pizza.” We wrote one together and then students created their own circle stories and wrote it out. We discovered that 1st graders can go a little crazy if you give them a slice of pizza. Beware!
Here are our pictures…
Mr. Barnes’ 1st grade class read If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. They studied Numeroff’s clever craft of creating a circular story by completing a story map in the shape of a donut. This activity taught kids about cause and effect and revolving story patterns.
After reading some of Laura Numeroff’s books with the circular story plot like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie the students created their own storyboard following Numeroff’s style.
We read four books by Laura Numeroff. Then we used tally marks to vote whether we liked or disliked the book. We wrote a response stating why we liked or disliked the book. I wanted to integrate math as well, so we also used this graph to do math word problems like “Ten students liked the book If You Take a Mouse To School. Eight students did not like the book If you Take a Mouse To School. How many more students liked the book?”
My students enjoyed each read aloud as well as the activities.
We read If You Give a Dog a Doughnut, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and If You Give a Moose a Muffin for a mentor text. We talked about how the books go in a circle and end up where they start. My students wrote their own books trying to model their books after our mentor texts. We also did cause and effect in reading with the books.