After I sing “What do you Think my Name is, I Wonder if you Know?” I read, “The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi.
Edit: Beth also wanted to let you all know that; ” I use Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series a great deal those first weeks. With simple words and pictures, this hilarious author makes it easy to teach characters, setting, plot, character motivation and main idea. I have not had one 1st grade group that hasn’t adored them. Once I introduce them, the librarian can’t keep the books in the library.”
Oh and I have loads of back to school ideas for you on this super busy Pinterest board.