Are you looking for the perfect back-to-school read aloud? Well look no further, because School Days According to Humphrey is that book!
I stumbled across the Humphrey series of books by Betty Birney while visiting Barnes & Noble about two years ago.
The main character (Humphrey, the hamster) struggles with adjusting to new classmates at the beginning of the school year. The new classmates represent a wide variety of personalities, just like your average present day classroom.
I created a PowerPoint presentation to introduce each of the chapters in this book, and it can be yours for free at my TpT store.
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The PowerPoint slides in this product introduce each chapter of this inviting book, as well as Humphrey's Rules for School. Also included is a reflection booklet for students to visualize and respond to each chapter in the book.
I have projected the slides from the PowerPoint on my Interactive WhiteBoard as I read the chapters aloud. The book could also be used for small group guided reading activities.
Betty Birney, the author, has given permission to use photos from her teacher-friendly website (http://www.bettybirney.com) in the PowerPoint.
The reflection booklet supports CCSS for ELA. Additionally, the concepts of cooperation and responsibility presented in this book support PBIS strategies.
This book provides a key lead into a study of series books.
I hope you are able to use this in your classroom in the coming year.