Book Suggestion Needed

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  1. jd019

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to do Hatchet and Island of the Blue Dolphin as part of a survival theme for my novel study. I'm looking for a third book that would fit this theme that would have a third grade reading level for my lower students. :confused:
     
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    Those are great books... I use them in 5th grade with my whole class.

    Wondering what level you are looking at for your 3rd graders. As I looked at the two books that you are using, they seem to be higher level readers. Hatchet's Lexile score is a 1020 with a reading level of 6.3 or something. IBD has a Lexile of 1000 with a reading level of 5.5. One book that I could think of that would be definitely closer to a 3rd grade level would be CHARLOTTE'S WEB with a Lexile of 680 reading level of 4.9.

    Good luck with your search!
     
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    In our 4th grade Open Court there is a unit on survival. I know Island of the Blue Dolphins is in there. Maybe check out their website opencourtresources.com to help give you some ideas!

    I love Hatchet by the way!!! I read it for the first time ever this past school year! I can't wait to read it with my students this year!!!
     
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    YOu could try one of the sequels to Hatchet such as Brian's Winter.
     
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    I agree, these are great books but may be difficult for third grade. I taught fifth grade a few years ago and fourth last year, Hatchet was difinitely more for that age. However, they might work for read-a-louds. I like the idea of Charlotte's Web. Some of the books I'm thinking of are Shiloh, Sounder, but they may be too difficult.
     
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    Are you doing these are read alouds? If so, I think they are fine, but otherwise I agree that they might night be the best option for 3rd grade.
     
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    I think we read Shiloh in either third or fourth grade.

    Then we watched the movie.
     
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    I read Shiloh aloud to 3rd graders and they loved it. But, there is quite a bit of dialect in it, which could make it hard for some students. I think Hatchet and Island of BD are both too difficult for 3rd grade, unless they are all advanced. Even then, I think Hatchet is too raw.

    What about that one that was made into a movie with Jodie Foster - Nim's Island?
     
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    I teach gifted students- they are all at least at a fifth grade level with reading.
     
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    Yeah, my teacher in third grade had to stop a lot to explain the words in Shiloh.

    I remember reading the Island of BD in third grade. I remember that is where I learned the word ominous (I was the only one able to figure out the meaning from the context clues).
     
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    Danger in the Desert (by T.S. Fields - difficult to find, I got it online at B&N)
    Escaping the Giant Wave (Peg Kehret)

    I did both as read alouds this year and the kids ate them up. Definite winners as far as interest goes, but they may be higher than what you're looking for.
     
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    I will check those out, thanks Ashley!
     
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    no problem :)
     
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    The Cay -- Theodore Taylor
    My Side of the Mountain -- Jean Craighead George
    Call It Courage -- Armstrong Sperry
    Calico Captive -- Elizabeth George Speare

    You might even look in abridged versions of Robinson Cursoe, Kidnapped, or Treasure Island.
     
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    My Side of the Mountain-Jean Craighead George
    The Big Wave-Pearl Buck, also comes to mine, though I've never read it, i know it is a survival story
    My favorite survival story is Call it Courage, but it's pretty high even for 5th graders, but you know your students best!
     

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