Book Descriptions/Lessons

Book Descriptions and Lesson Plans

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TK and Kindergarten Book List and Lesson Plans 

These books are part of the Learning to Get Along Series by Cherie J. Meiners, M.Ed 
Book 1  -  September
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
Listen and Learn      Lesson Plan
  • Watch with your eyes
  • Hear with your ears
  • Keep your mouth and hands quiet
Book 2  -  October
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
Join In and Play       Lesson Plan
  • Smile and say hello.
  • Invite someone, “Do you want to play?”
  • Ask to join in, “Can I play?” 
Book 3  -  November
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
Talk and Work It Out   Lesson Plan
  • Talk about the problem.
  • Listen to understand.
  • Think of ways to solve it.
  • Choose the best plan.
Book 4  -  January
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
Accept and Value Each Person    Lesson Plan
  • Treat everyone kindly.
  • Find ways that you’re alike.
  • Include someone who is new.
Book 5  -  February
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
Understand and Care     Lesson Plan
 Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
 Activities:  Virtual Field Trip
 School Wide Art Project:  Apps
  • Watch and listen to the person.
  • Remember when you have felt the same way.
  • Imagine how you might feel. 
Book 6  -  March
May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer Morris
Be Polite and Kind   Lesson Plan
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
Activities:  Songs About Manners, Manners Signing, Magic Manner Words, and When You Thought I Wasn't Looking.
  • Words show others that they are important to you.
  • You’re welcome, Excuse me, I’m sorry, May I?, Hello, Good job!
  • Polite words show respect to others.
Book 7  -  April
One Smile by Cindy McKinley
Reach Out and Give    Lesson Plan
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
  • Being generous brings out the best.
  • Help someone without being asked.
  • Make something or spend time with someone.
Book 8  -  May
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Try and Stick With It   
Parent Letter (English/Spanish)
  • Decide to finish what you start.
  • Remind yourself to stick with it.
  • Do it one step at a time.


Grades 1 – 5 Book List: 

Please go to this Google folder, which contains all of the books and lesson plans for Year C.

NEW REPORTING PROCESS:  Please fill out the information on the clipboard near the books stating what book you read, when, and in which classroom.  This will allow us to report to Project Cornerstone the number of students and classrooms being read to in our school, which helps with funding the program across the county.