Books To Read In Kindergarten

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

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Author: Judi Barrett
Publisher: Scholastic (1976)
Binding: Paperback, 32 pages
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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Questions to talk about with your child: 
What foods do you like to eat?
What food would you like to “rain down” on you?
Why did the people of Chewandswallow leave?
Looking at the pictures, can you see a difference between the pictures that go with the story Grandpa tells about Chewandswallow and the pictures of Grandpa and the children together?
Can you think of some other things that look like or remind you of food?
Fun things to do together: 
Make a necklace or bracelet from different colored macaroni. Lay out a pattern for your child to follow and have them finish the pattern accordingly until the necklace is finished.
Use cookie cutters and have fun with food by cutting out shapes from sandwiches or pancakes.
Do some experiments with different foods, including bread, to find out whether they will sink or float? Make a picture chart and decide together beforehand whether they will sink or float. Discuss the reasons why the hypothesis was right or wrong.
Book Skills
Tell A Story (Narrative Skills): 
Identify the “story within the story.” Read the story several times. Encourage narrative skill practice by having your child describe the different meals and the effects of them, in order, that fell from the sky.
Use Books (Print Awareness): 
The text is placed inside colored boxes on each page, apart from the illustrations, which sets off the text and makes the words very visible.