These are three of my favorite back-to-school read alouds. They're wonderful for classbuilding.
For about $30 a year, teachers can use the ad-free version of Voki. With this upgrade, students can create a Voki without logging in. I plan to use Voki a lot this year for summarizing and sharing facts/opinions.
Lesson Ideas for Big Al
Each student had his/her own color of construction paper to allow for individual accountability. They worked together to create a scene from the book, Big Al. Besides paper, the only supply available was glue.
I got this idea at a cooperative learning workshop I attended years ago and have been using it ever since.
Big Al is a big, mean, scary-looking fish.
Big Al disguised himself in seaweed so the little fish would talk to him.