Originally Posted by jessiiteach
My class is about to finish our read aloud, Because of Winn Dixie. I have never seen my students so interested in a book before! I really need the next book to be a good one.
What do you recommend? My students are third graders. I was thinking of reading "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" and integrate it with Black History Month. But I know it is a heavy read. Thoughts?
I agree that Because of Winn Dixie is a great book. You made an excellent choice. I used Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry with 7th graders. I don't recommend reading it to 3rd graders.
A great read aloud book for your 3rd graders would be Shiloh. If they love Because of Winn Dixie, they'll really like that book.
For Black History month, I would read "I Have a Dream" by Margaret Davidson. It is a great biography on Martin Luther King Jr. and the students enjoyed it a lot when I read it to them when I was a 3rd grade teacher.
Some other great books for 3rd grade read alouds are:
1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
2. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
4. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
5. Stone Fox by John Gardiner