Author Study!

Discussion in 'Third Grade' started by Starista, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Starista

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    UVAgrl928 gave me the fabulous idea of doing an author study. One author per month. Do any of my fellow fantastic 3rd grade teachers already do this? If so, can you please share which authors you choose to focus on? THANK YOU! :love:
  3. UVAgrl928

    UVAgrl928 Habitué

    Sep 25, 2008
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    Here is where my thought process is going for my 2nd grade class... I don't know if you would find some appropriate for 3rd or not! It has each of the books that I am planning on doing my read alouds with.

    I have some that people probably don't traditionally pick, but I wanted to pick authors whose stories I already had (I'm trying to not spend so much money). I'm hoping to use my book stand to set out a bunch of books by the author!

    The one I am most excited about is Judith Schachner. I have read aloud several of the Skippyjon Jones books, and my kids LOVED them. I have a very large Hispanic population, so the Spanish cracks them up (and my really poor attempt at reading it!). Her Skippyjon Jones website is a lot of fun, with her reading parts of the story, and the animation. I wanted to do her first, but figured the Henkes and Thaler were more appropriate.

    Kevin Henkes
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
    • Julius the Baby of the World
    • Owen
    • Wemberly Worried

    Mike Thaler
    -Ask staff members to come and read the Black Lagoon stories to the class
    • The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
    • The School Nurse from the Black Lagoon
    • The Principal from the Black Lagoon
    • The Librarian from the Black Lagoon
    • The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon
    • The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon

    Judith Schachner
    • Skippyjon Jones
    • Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
    • Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice
    • Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
    • Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

    Maurice Sendak (totally stolen from Mrs. Bond, and her site is what got me really wanting to do author studies this year)-
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    We make our own "wild things". I drew and cut out monster head shapes and then traced them onto cardboard to make a sturdier template. I have children choose which monster template they want and which color construction paper they would like it to be, then I trace the monster and send them off to cut it out and make the monster's face. Each child receives a bag of "monster parts" to decorate their monster with (eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, pipe cleaner antennae). Then we do a writing project about when we feel "wild".

    Barbara Park
    • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Schoolbus
    • Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth
    • Junie B. Jones has a Monster Under her Bed
    • Junie b. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine

    Dr. Seuss

    April- poetry month
    Jack Prelutsky/ Shel Silverstein
    • The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders (JP)
    • A Pizza the Size of the Sun (JP)
    • I Like it Here at School (JP)
    • I’m Glad I’m Me Poems (JP)
    • Where the Sidewalk Ends (SS)
    • A Light in the Attic (SS)

    Debbie Dadey
    • Ghosts Do Splash In Puddles (Jr- #1)
    • Vampires Do Hunt Marshmallow Bunnies (Jr)
    • Ghost Class (GE- #1)
    • Ghost Game (GE- #2)
    • Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots (BSK- #1)
    • Aliens Don’t Wear Braces (BSK)
  4. Starista

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    These are AWESOME ideas. Thank you so much for sharing them with me! :hugs:

    I can use several of them for 3rd! :)

    When I come up with something concrete I'll be sure to post and share. :) Love the idea of poetry month.
  5. MissKH81

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    Oct 31, 2007
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    I alternate between genre of the month and author of the month.
    Here are some of the authors I feature:Patricia Polacco
    Mary Pope Osborne
    Beverly Cleary
    Roald Dahl
    Judy Blume

    Genres featured include:
  6. CFClassroom

    CFClassroom Connoisseur

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    We do read alouds and sort of spin off our authors from there. We do Judy Moody, Charlotte's Web, Matilda, Muggie Maggie, oh gosh I'm blanking on the others.
  7. applecore

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    Sep 12, 2006
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    Jul 28, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    With the Beverly Cleary movie coming out, I'm planning on doing our first author study with her books.

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