Literature 2019/20

Dolphin Swimmers - Literature Session One

During this session, we will be reading books with color words in the titles!
These books will introduce the class to a variety of authors and illustrators.
Each week’s activity will vary, depending on the theme of the book.
Our main goal is to enjoy good books together!


Week 1 (9/6/19)
Mary Wore Her Red Dress adapted and illustrated by Merle Peek

Week 2 (9/13/19)
It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Week 3 (9/20/19)
One Yellow Ribbon by Marthe Jocelyn
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Linus The Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon

Week 4 (9/27/19)
Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young

Week 5 (10/4/19)
Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Week 6 (10/11/19)
Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Week 7 (10/18/19)
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown

Week 8 (10/25/19)
Vincent Paints His House by Tedd Arnold
The Case of the Missing Chalk Drawings by Richard Byrne
Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch


Dolphin Swimmers do not have weekly Literature homework.
Occasionally, I may ask students to bring something to class, or wear something theme-specific, but I will give adults at least one week notice if something is requested.
I will send home a note, put the information on the homework section of the ODE website, and post it on the ODE Facebook page.


Course Description

Each week, we will explore a new story.  I enjoy sharing not only classics and award winners, but books with great illustrations and engaging stories & themes.  We will explore various authors, illustrators, genres, and writing styles.  Each book will lend itself to a different lesson or activity.  We will discuss characters, setting, rhyming words, alliteration, illustration techniques, describing words, word recognition, and more.  These stories will inspire our own class books, art work, storytelling and writing.


Teacher: Mrs. Allison Andrews

Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College.  She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools.  For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children.  Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children's schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.

This will be Allison's third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes.  She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story's theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books.  Allison looks forward to  spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE.  She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!

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