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Garden City School Library: Welcome to School / Book Care Basics

Essential Question

How can I show that I am ready for kindergarten and checking out library books?

Lesson 1 - Welcome!

  • 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. 
  • Readalouds: Read The Pigeon Has to Go to School! and We Don't Eat Our Classmates. 
  • Discussion: Besides not eating our classmates, what are some other ways we need to behave in school?
  • Activity: If there is time, have the kids color in Penelope; it's the last page of this publisher activity kit. 

Lesson 2 - Read and Draw the Pigeon

  • Review: Ask the kids ways they have shown Bulldog behavior this week. Let them know we are going to read two more Pigeon books ... Pigeon behavior is not what they should be going for, because he doesn't like to follow rules or expectations.  
  • Readalouds: Read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, encouraging participation (kids love to scream "NO!"). 
  • Discussion: Ask the kids if they think the pigeon seems to be good at following rules. Ask them to share some rules that they need to follow in the classroom and in the library. Tell the kids that they are going to learn how to draw the Pigeon today.
  • ​Activity: Move to the tables and give each student a piece of blank paper and a pencil. Use the whiteboard to show them the step-by-step instructions from Mo Willems

Lesson 3 - Teach the Pigeon

  • Introduction: Let the kids know that the Pigeon wants to take out books, but he doesn't know how to take care of them yet. Our job today is to teach him, and then he AND the kindergartners should be ready for first checkout next week. 
  • Discussion and video: Ask the students to share some ways they think the Pigeon might not know take care of books.  Then watch "Don't Let the Pigeon Read the Books!"


  • Activity: Tell the kids that they are going to pick one rule to teach the Pigeon about taking care of books. Have them share ideas as a group before explaining the drawing activity borrowed from Functional and Practical Teaching on TeachersPayTeachers. Move around the room to see if anyone is having trouble coming up with ideas or needs help writing out what they're not letting the Pigeon do.

  • Video: Once a few kids have finished, you can put on a video version of a Pigeon book. Here is The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

Standards Addressed

AASL: I.B.1 - Generate products that illustrate learning; III.D.1 - Actively contribute to group discussions; V.A.1 - Read widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes 

Common Core: R.I.K.10 - Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding; SL.K.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations; SL.K.5 - Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail 

Rhode Island Cross-Curricular Proficiencies: Collaboration - Provide examples of how words, actions, attitudes and behaviors impact others; Communication - Use a method of communication (e.g., written, oral, visual, graphic, audio, and/or interactive) to present ideas