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EINY Cara Frey's English Recommendations for First Grade / CP

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The following English books are recommended by Cara Frey for 

First Grade/CP students.

Cover image credits: Photo by Aaron Burden


What continues to expand to take up all the space it can? Gases! Gas is a state of matter, like a liquid or a solid. But it has properties that are quite different. In this book, read all about the differences and what makes a gas a gas.

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What does this book, a table, and your big toe have in common? They are all solids! A solid keeps its shape and always has the same volume. Read this book to learn about solids and how they are different from liquids and gases.

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What takes the shape of the container it is in and changes shape when the container changes? Liquids! Liquid is a state of matter that has some big differences from solids and gases. Learn all about liquids with this colorful title!

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Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building

In this engaging nonfiction picture book, five young friends --- Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and Martin --- spend the day traveling around their neighborhood and participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it means to be a part of one. A map opens the story, with each of the places the children will be visiting labeled, including the gas station, retirement home, school, police station, soccer field, community garden and, of course, the library! Then each of the following spreads features a different location, detailed in a bright, busy illustration. Illustration captions expand the locations' connections to the concept of community. For example, when they stop at a yard sale, the caption reads, ?Donating means you give something to help a good cause. You can donate money, things or your time.? In some cases, readers are asked to find things or people within the illustrations, which adds an interactive experience. Author and illustrator Scot Ritchie has created a rich resource for social studies lessons on places, roles and jobs within a community, and what it takes to be a responsible citizen. But there is also the potential here for even broader classroom discussions, including about the economy of a community, geography and mapping, and how the character education concepts of cooperation, responsibility and teamwork apply. The author has also included step-by-step instructions for a puzzle-making project.

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