As read alouds go, it is a must-read at Easter time. The simple text makes it a great addition to your interactive read aloud lesson plans for kindergarten or first grade students. The Easter Bunny is getting his Easter eggs ready and his assistant, Skunk, is SOOO EXCITED! When Skunk gets excited, stinky trouble happens. With my class, this book ranks high on the all-time favorite books list.
We have found that interactive read alouds that use engaging picture books are the best way to strengthen young children’s listening comprehension skills. In addition to instilling the love of reading, recent research confirms that listening comprehension and reading comprehension both take place in the same part of the brain. In order to have great conversations, you must start with great books.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Lesson Plans
Here are a few of the Easter Bunny’s Assistant lesson plans we do with this sweet story.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Day 1 Making Predictions
Students will predict whether the Easter Bunny will let Skunk help him with the Easter Eggs.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Day 2 Cause and Effect
Students will discuss the cause and effect that Skunk’s excitement.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Day 3 Connections
Students write their own experience with dying eggs and retell how the Easter Bunny did the same with a “how-to” dye colorful eggs response page.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Day 4 Character Analysis
Students will examine the character of Skunk and discuss how he feels at the beginning of the book and the end of the book. This is a great lesson to use when you want to focus on the importance of character expressions.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Craft and Sentence Study
We love to combine a craft with our interactive read aloud lessons. In this example, we added the student version of the cause and effect response page with the sentence study.
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Day 5 Opinion Writing
Students are asked if they think they would be a good assistant to the Easter Bunny.
You can find all of these classroom activities for The Easter Bunny’s Assistant as part of our March Read Aloud Lesson:
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant Video
It is imperative that a book is used during an interactive read aloud, but since we read this book each day, it is nice to have a different model of reading fluency. A video works perfectly for this.
Other Favorite Easter Books for Kindergarten
Here are a few of my other favorite Easter books. I hope you will find a few new books to add to your collection.
This is a great book that is part of a series. The Easter Bunny talks about all the ways he has escaped traps. This is a fun Easter book you can use as a launch for STEAM activities.
We also have created a few activities to go with this fun Easter book.
I’ve always loved picture books by Jan Brett and this book is also special. Hoppi is trying to make the best Easter egg and help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. He has a hard time and goes into the woods to think. There he discovers a blue robin’s egg that had tumbled out of its nest. Sweet Hoppi takes care of it and keeps it warm until the bird hatches. I love the colorful illustrations and the message of kindness.
This is a funny story about an old lady who swallows a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow! Then she meets the Easter Bunny! This book has a rhyming text and your students will want to join in as you read! So fun! PLUS it is part of a series.
I have a few activities that go with this series that you can see here:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the original classic by Beatrix Potter. I distinctly remember being in grade school and going to the school library to check these books out.
The books were so small they felt like little treasures. The beautiful illustrations make this one of the most beloved children’s books that Beatrix Potter ever had published.
Don’t you just love Clayton and Desmond? We loved THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER so the Easter version is a must-read. Town mouse Clayton and country mouse Desmond continue to teach the benefits of collaboration and friendship in another sweet story centered around this joyful holiday.
This book is a series book also. Cat wants to know why only the Easter Bunny gets all the love. So he dresses up, jumps on his motorcycle, and he sets out for an Easter adventure. He soon realizes that Easter activities are exhausting. The Easter Bunny comes to his rescue! This is really a sweet book.
Non Easter Books for Kindergarten
Perhaps you are needing a few books that you can use around the spring, that does not mention Easter. Here are a few that your kindergarten or first grade students are sure to love.
This is beautifully written. This sweet, lyrical story by Douglas Florian follows a family of rabbits as they have fun doing everyday things like digging holes, building snow rabbits, thumping their feet, and more. But as the day comes to an end, their favorite thing to do is say “goodnight” with a hug and a kiss.
This is a simple book that asks students for their perspectives. Even though it is fun, it also offers a great opportunity to teach lessons on right versus wrong and differing points of view
Informational Books You Can Read Around Easter
Gail Gibbons is a non-fiction legend and she has created this great expository text that teaches young children all about rabbits. This would make a great book to incorporate in a spring writing unit of study.
This picture book is beautifully illustrated! The entire book is about animals that lay eggs. I have read this with my kindergarten class, but it is also great for older kids too.
Interactive Read Aloud Activities
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