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A Novel Idea: Read Alouds

Throughout the year, I read novels to my first graders. My main purpose is purely for the joy of reading. I know it will help their reading and writing skills and also expose them to literature that they may not be exposed to otherwise.

I thought I'd share my next read aloud with you:

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

A boy tells about his father's adventures as the father tries to save a flying dragon from an island filled with dangerous animals.

My friend, who is a school librarian, suggested this book. Last year, my students couldn't wait for me to continue the story each day. It now has become one of my favorite read aloud novels.

I created some follow up activities.

You can download the packet HERE.

First Grade Schoolhouse


  1. I read this book every year to my class. They love it so much that they usually beg me to read the next two books in the series. It's such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing the follow-up activities!
    Teacher Gone Digital

  2. I absolutely love this story! I can't wait to check out those activities!


  3. Hi Mona- I read this story to my first graders every year and have never had anything this awesome to use for their connections. Thanks for your creativity and most importantly- generosity!


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