I started by reading The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza to the students.
They were excited to see Laura's autograph!
The book is about four friends who call themselves "The Jellybeans"...they are all different but they go well together (like jellybeans)! In the story one of the characters shows her friends the joys of reading and they also find out that books are like jellybeans...all different! I made a giant jelly bean out of construction paper and they shared what kids of books they like to read. I wrote their answers on post-it notes and put them on the mega bean.
Once we brainstormed ideas of our favorite kinds of books, the students wrote a sentence using the phrase: "I like to read _____ books." Then they drew a picture that corresponded with their sentence.
After they wrote a sentence and drew a picture about their favorite type of book, they glued it to a giant jellybean.
On the top of the jellybean, I wrote a quote from Laura Numeroff's book...
We were able to also graph jellybeans during math time. I gave each student a small cup of "sweet tart" jelly beans and they graphed them, and counted them using tally marks. I love using candy for math in kindergarten. :)
Thank you Chalk Talk for hosting the book giveaway! Please check out her inspiring blog!!!