First Grade Blue Skies is hosting a Linky Party for the things that you LOVE! Somethings in my classroom that I love are the animals and books from Kohls Cares for Kids Program. Kohl's department store sells children's books and matching stuffed animals for $5.00 each. The money is raised for children and community members.
I wish I had pictures from last year that showed them better, but I have a slight addiction to these animals and books. I usually have them lining my bookshelves and above my cubbies. I rotate them throughout the year as our themes and the seasons change.
In the past I have let students who are free reading, read to the stuffed animals. The kids love doing this! Another way I have used them is by making take home packets. The student takes home a book, matching stuffed animal, and a journal. The studens write about his/her favorite part of the story or answer another writing prompt, regarding the book. Then he/she brings it back the next day and share with the class.
Some of the ones I have are Curious George and friends, Dinosaurs from How Dinosaurs Say GoodNight, etc. Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Guess How Much I Love You, and TONS of Dr. Suess characters and books.
Right now they have Clifford and friends. Check them out!!
The books they have are Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford's First Day of School, Clifford's First Birthday, and Clifford the Firehouse Dog.