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Grade 1 Books Overview

I Like Me - Nancy Carlson

The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper

Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae

Wolf! - Becky Bloom

Grade 1 Discontinued Books

Doggie In The Window - Elaine Arsenault (Discontinued)

The Little Engine That Could – Activity #1: “Staying on Track”

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  • The Little Engine That Could – Activity #1: “Staying on Track”

Activity #1: “Staying on Track”

This activity reinforces the idea of perseverance and encourages students to set individual goals.


  • Train car templates (provided)
  • Tag board
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • White pencil crayon
  • Stickers, sequins, sparkles, etc. to decorate train cars
  • Black paper
  • Strips of black paper for the railroad tracks
  • Lead engine for bulletin board display (template provided)

Teacher Preparation: 

  • Print enough train car templates onto tag board so there is enough for each student. Cut out each train car.
  • Trace 2-inch circles onto the black construction paper with a white pencil crayon. There should be two circle tracers for each student.


Step by Step:

Step One: Brainstorm activities in the classroom or out on the playground that might require the class to persevere – “Class Perseverance Goals”. Then, brainstorm activities in the classroom, out on the playground, or at home that require individual students to persevering – “Own Perseverance Goals”. Record ideas on chart paper.

Step Two: Provide each student with a train car cut-out and two circle tracers.

Step Three: Students complete and write the following sentence stem directly on their train cars: “I can _____”

Step Four: Students paint and decorate their train cars.

Step Five: Students cut out the circles from the black construction paper.

Step Six: Glue two circles on the bottom each train car to be the ‘wheels’.

Option: Student can chose an idea of something they are trying to learn to do and complete the frame on the provided worksheet: I think I can ________ and I won’t give up trying!


End Product:

Teacher creates a display board titled, “Staying on Track.” Have the students’ train cars following behind. Create railroad tracks with thin strips of black construction paper.

Fun with Fin:

Cut out the provided Fin Conductor image and glue it to the lead engine on the bulletin board display. Fin is making sure that everyone stays on track!

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