Help your students feel confident and excited about starting school by reading The King of Kindergarten. Read on to find The King of Kindergarten activities and read-aloud questions to promote self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
In The King of Kindergarten (also known as King of the Classroom) a young boy is ready for Kindergarten. He meets new friends and takes part in many new experiences. He enthusiastically tells his parents about his day and how he can't wait for the next day.
The young boy shows readers that school is a place to make new friends and have fun, and being positive and happy makes trying new things less scary.
The King of Kindergarten allows you to promote:
- Independence and courage
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Making Connections
- Back to School
- Classroom Routines
Scroll down for The King of Kindergarten activities, discussion questions and videos.
The King of Kindergarten Summary
A boy wakes up and tells his mommy he is “going to be THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN!” He's excited about the first day at school. He will have the chance to make new friends and try new things. He is excited and courageous enough to do anything he puts his mind to.
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
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- All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
- Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
- I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
- I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong
- Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The King of Kindergarten Story Activities and Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for The King of Kindergarten. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
- Inference and Prediction
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
The King of Kindergarten Activities and Links
- Penguin Classroom: The King of Kindergarten Educator Resources
- Scallywag Press: The King of Kindergarten activities
- Storyline Online: The King of Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide
The King of Kindergarten Activities
Would you like free graphic organisers for The King of Kindergarten?
I have a freebie that is part of a larger resource so that you can try it out in your classroom today!
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Click on the image to the left to see the full resource on Teachers Pay Teachers.
The King of Kindergarten Read-Aloud Questions
Read-aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- How did the illustrations help you understand The King of Kindergarten?
- How does Derrick Barnes show the boy's emotions throughout the book?
- How does Derrick Barnes make it clear that the boy is confident?
- How did the main character show he was a King of Kindergarten?
- How does this book make you feel? What connections can you make to the story?
- Is there a problem in the story? Why do you think Derrick Barnes wrote a story without a problem?
- What have you learnt from the attitude of the boy?
- How can you be more confident and optimistic about school?
- How can you make new friends? What can you learn from the boy about how to do this?
- How would you like your classmates to treat you?
You can find a full set of discussion cards in The King of Kindergarten Activity Bundle.
The King of Kindergarten Video
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