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Garden City School Library: Welcome to School, K!

Essential Question

How is school different from home? How can I show good manners at school?

Lesson 1 - Two Different Worlds

  • Introduction: Welcome the students to the library. Ask if any of them have ever been to a library before. Explain that at the school library, we read books, play games, do activities, and sing songs. Including the name game. Which you sing now.  

  • Readaloud: Read The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, then recap what rules the mom  had to learn. 

  • Video: Explain that school rules are different from home rules. Show the Sesame Street video "Two Different Worlds" with Ed Sheeran, then recap some of the differences.

  • Activity: Practice listening and following directions by playing Simon Says.

Lesson 2 - Rude Cakes

  • Introduction: Ask the kids for examples of manners and being polite. Ask them to explain why it's important to show good behavior at school. 

  • Readaloud 1: Read Rude Cakes. Recap what the rude cake learned about manners. (Families can read the book at home and download an activity kit from the publisher, Chronicle Books.)
  • Activity: Make cyclops headbands and attach very rude cakes as hats! See Matthew Winner's craft idea in Publisher's Weekly

    If you'd like to draw a rude cake exactly the same way as author/illustrator Rowboat Watkins, he has instructions online.

    During the last few minutes of class, have each student show off their hat and share one way to show good behavior in school.  

Lesson 3 - No Fits!

  • Readaloud 1: Read No Fits, Nilson! using discussion questions and role play activities from Lindsay Bonilla.
  • Readaloud 2: Read Horrible Bear! and discuss the feelings and actions of the characters. Point out that the same illustrator drew the pictures for both books, even though he was the author for only one. 
  • Video: Show this video that explains the jobs of an author and an illustrator.


  • Activity: Give each student a crayon or a pencil. Explain that if you're holding a crayon, you are an illustrator. If you're holding a pencil, you're an author. Have the authors go to one side of the room, and the illustrators go to the other. Check to make sure that everyone is standing in the right place.

Standards Addressed

AASL: 4.1.1 - Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth; 4.1.2 - Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading

Common Core:  RL.K.1 - With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.; RL.K.10Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.