First Grade Collection Teacher's Guide
Exceptionally appealing characters.
Every book in the First Grade Collection is about the King School Kids, spirited students in Mrs. Hall’s class at the King School. Mirroring the diversity of today’s classroom, the King School Kids represent various ethnicities and come from a variety of family structures. Your students will have no trouble finding King School Kids with whom they can identify. Once they read just one book about their favorite characters, they will clamor for more.
Engaging leveled stories.
Your students will be “hooked” by these vibrantly illustrated stories based on young children’s interests, concerns, and experiences: losing a tooth, being afraid of the dark, learning to ride a bike, squabbling with a sibling, wondering what it’s like to be a grown-up, and much more. Besides being charming, these stories have been written to fit carefully defined leveling criteria, which are compatible with several widely used reading systems (see “Leveling Criteria” tab). From one level to the next, the books advance slowly but steadily in difficulty, making The First Grade Collection ideal for new readers—whether early emergent, emergent, or early fluent.
Ideal for differentiated instruction.
Because the leveled books in the First Grade Collection progress gradually in difficulty, every student can be matched with just the right book—not too hard, not too easy. Five separate titles at each of the twelve levels give students plenty of practice reading at one level before moving to the next. This upward spiral of achievement fosters confidence. The more confident students feel, the more they want to read. The more they read, the better readers they become.
Colorful illustrations and a student-friendly format.
Brimming with humor and warmth, the illustrations do more than grab students’ attention. Great care has been taken to make sure the illustrations support students’ understanding of the text. In the early books, the illustrations actually cue the text, helping students figure out unfamiliar words. Font size, text placement, text spacing, and line breaks have also been carefully designed to foster students’ reading skills.
Lively, compact stories.
Experiencing the sheer pleasure of well-plotted stories is an important step in turning new readers into accomplished, eager readers. Even the most basic books in the First Grade Collection have compelling narratives that drive the stories forward and keep students reading to see how things work out. Though varying in complexity, all books in the Collection are 16 pages long, with at least 8 of those pages being fully illustrated. This compact length means that even brand-new readers have the satisfaction—and fun—of reading a book, from start to finish, in just one sitting.
Continuing its long-standing commitment to publishing quality books at affordable prices, Townsend Press is pleased to offer a 6-pack of each title in the First Grade Collection for $12.00—just $2 per book. A Complete Set (60 copies—1 copy of all 60 titles) is just $120.00, and a Classroom Library (360 copies—6 copies of all 60 titles) can be purchased for only $720.00!