A few favorites.....
1. I like to start the year out with Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown. Students are introduced to Deskarina and learn that she will fly to our classroom and visit once a month. It really does help promote clean desks! Sometimes students choose to write Deskarina while they are at the Work on Writing center.
2. Hopefully a new favorite - The first chapter book read aloud will be How to Eat Fried Worms. My goal is to make a worm farm for the students to observe. Temporary pets!
Worm science experiment:
(See my science experiment post to see a photo of this experiment.)
3. The next several read alouds:
4. Quiet work music....
Great to use during Writer's Workshop. Students often request it if I forget to turn it on. I love music in the classroom!
5. Martian fingers... for Read to Self
Find many more ideas here: Mrs. Bainbridge - blog link