ERIC Number: ED327311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
"It Was a Calm, Quiet Sea...": Using Children's Literature.
Akers, Belle L.
This paper profiles learning activities for kindergartners and first graders that involve the use of literature. Numerous citations of literature for kindergarten children are provided. Curriculum components that have been used successfully in kindergarten and the first grade are addressed in a list of titles organized by theme and author, including bears, fantasy (Halloween preparation), animal friends, general literature, multicultural literature, and poetry. Classbooks and classbook topics are described. The list continues with citations for literature appropriate for reading aloud. Guidelines for creative projects, dioramas, bulletin board stories, and dramatizations are provided. Additional curriculum components recommended for the first grade include story maps, approaches to teaching skills with literature, and topics for creative writing activities. A language development program that involves child-centered activities for exploring storybooks from prekindergarten through the second grade is discussed. The paper concludes with citations and class projects on such favorite themes as winter, ocean life, fish, rain, animals, farms, mice, trees, and birthdays. (RH)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Northern California Kindergarten Conference (9th, San Francisco, CA, January 19-20, 1990).