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Grade 1 Library Guide, PXES: Small Moments

Grade 1 Library Guide, PXES: Opinion Writing Materials to help support Grade 1 literacy units


These resources, notes, texts, and links support Grade 1 students' exploration of personal narratives and "small moment" stories.  

This is Not a Book by Jean Jullien (Play the "Small Moment Game")

Is it a book?  Is it "not a book"?  What is going on in this playful, original collection by Jean Jullien?  Use each two page spread to encourage your students to complete the sentence, "This is a small moment when . . . . . "  They will have to think very hard about the images, small moments, and how to communicate the surprises between the pages.  Small moments have never been so much fun!

The Crocodile and the Dentist by Taro Gomi

Visiting the dentist happens just once or twice a year, definitely a small moment most people do not look forward to.  So, why would someone choose a dentist visit as the subject of a book for children?  Find out why this deceitfully clever title has become a classic.  From master Japanese author and illustrator Taro Gomi, this text is also wonderful for choral reading.

"This fun (for readers) dental visit has underlying lessons of empathy, bravery, and good oral hygiene."-Kirkus Reviews
"This crowd-pleaser will have children and adults laughing out loud." -School Library Journal

Under the Umbrella by Catherine Buquet & Marion Arbona

The Shortcut by Donald Crews

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James

Small Moment Stories with Nature Themes

Camping Out by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright

Read all 20 books in the Farmyard Tales series and be sure to spot the yellow ducks!

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Salt Hands by Jane Chelsea Aragon and Ted Rand

Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe