Need a Good Chapter Book...

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  1. blondie77

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    This will be my second year teaching third grade at a private school. I have a very small class....11 kids! I need some suggestions of good chapter books to read as a class. Last year we read Frindle (loved!!) and Stuart Little (didn't like) together. Any suggestions? I want to start buying my 12 copies now.....:)
     
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    My students loved the Fudge books and also the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.
     
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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret is awesome. It's a very large book, a recent Caldecott winner. Pictures fill half of it.
     
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    My favorite novel units are Fantastic Mr. Fox and My Father's Dragon! They are both smaller books but have great story lines! I especially love My Father's Dragon - it has GREAT vocabulary to choose from and most students have never read it before!
     
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    Thank you! I will look into these. I read a lot of Beverly Cleary and other books during snack as a read aloud. The kids loved that. :) I really want to push reading this year with some great chapter books. Quick question - do you always include worksheets, etc. along with them, or do you ever just "read" a book together for the authentic purpose and just discuss? I am a first year (going into my second) year teacher...so I still have many questions!:)
     
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    We didn't read as a class (but if we got the book from the library we'd follow along) my 3rd grade teacher read the Box Car Children Books, Indian in the Cupboard are a few that I remember from MANY years ago!!! LOL!!!
     
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    I would include worksheets with some of my books but not all. We read How to Eat Fried Worms together and then I made "dirt cake" and we discussed the book as we ate. I want them to be able to read for pleasure too. I read Island of the Blue Dolphins to them and then showed the movie where they compared and contrasted the book and movie. I know it is a higher level book but it was just for pleasure and they loved it.
     
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    My son read a book called Obi, Gerbil on the Loose last year in the 3rd grade and he loved it.
     
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    I always start the year with Judy Moody as a read aloud. They then love to read the rest of the series as well as the Stink books on their own.

    I also do Charlotte's Web at the start of the year. It's a great book with wonderful vocabulary and lets us get into the friendship theme. We also tie it in with an introduction to non-fiction and research about spiders.

    As the year goes on we do some mysteries, the Fudge books and others that have been mentioned. I enjoy introducing a series because the kids run with it.
     
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    Class Clown
    Class President
    Teacher's Pet
    Frindle
    There's a Boy in The Girl's Bathroom
    The BFG

    My students LOVED these two!! (See below). I did them right at the end of the year and they were all so upset I couldn't keep reading the series. Once they found out there are 12 books in the series they begged me to make a list for each of them so they could read them over the summer.
    "The Boys Start the War"
    "The Girls Get Even"
     
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    I have done that with books and movies, too. We read for pleasure and then use a Venn Diagram to discuss the similarities and differences. :)
     
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    What books do you read strictly as a read aloud, say during snack? Unfortunately I am at a small, private school and would have to buy all the copies I would need for each student.
     
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    Do you read them aloud to them as they listened? How long did you read for, and did they do any activities with the book? Thanks!:)


     
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    Freckle Juice is a good one to start the year off with because it is short and entertaining.
    I also recommend the BFG and the Beverly Cleary Books. I use those as independent reading throughout the year.
    I read aloud several different books throughout the year by Roald Dahl.
     
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    We read The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Phantom Tollbooth (a little more advanced but fun), Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Cricket in Times Square, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to name a few. the kids loved these.
     
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    We just finished Literature Circles, and I had four groups reading four different chapter books - War with Grandpa, Chalkbox Kid, Pick of the Litter, and Fourth Grade Rats. I was so blessed to have 2 parents join us, and each took a different book. We did this for a 20-25 minute period 3 days a week, and it worked for one parent as this was her lunch hour. I met w/ the other two groups and split my time between them. It worked beautifully!
     
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    We read several biographies: Thomas Edison and Squanto. All from Scholastic. We also read: Molly's Pilgrim, Stone Fox, Clementine, The World According to Humphry, and The Boxcar Children. Enjoy!
     
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    Clementine is amazing! I also read Frindle which the kids love (and still often say instead of pen). We also read My Father's Dragon and The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl. The kids absolutely loved that one and it was a quick read. Because of Winn Dixie was popular with the kids last year (but depending on the population of your school I would be careful with that one. I had a student who also had a mother who left him and he was bawling a lot when that topic came up.) We just started reading Holes and I am considering letting the kids watch the movie to compare and contrast, though most have seen it. And Magic Tree House is always a favorite!
     
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    If you don't mind editing some words out and reading creatively two of my favorites are Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Hoot.
     
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    I always read aloud after lunch for at least 20 minutes. After we finished a book (the kids did not read along, just listened), I wrote the title and author on a sentence strip and placed it on the wall. The kids often looked through our list as the year went on, remarking about how many we had read, what their favorites were, etc. I liked that!

    I read aloud many that others have mentioned and also: A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte's Web (beginning of year), Because of Winn Dixie (end of year)/
     
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    During student teaching, I read Charlotte's Web to my 3rd graders. I made all of the animal sounds and "acted" the book out! The kids thought it was amazing! Anything by Roald Dahl or Avi would also be fun for the kids. I remember listening to my teachers read these books throughout the years.
     
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    I always read at least one Roald Dahl book to my kids each year. I also look on bookwizard.scholastic.com for chapter books, in the leveled search, a few times a year to see if there are any new books out there that may be good read alouds.
     
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    good on values

    Esperanza Rising, especially if you live in the Far West or Southwest.
     
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    Does anyone read "Matilda" by Roald Dahl? Does this make a good read aloud? I just finished "Freckle Juice" with my class, and the LOVED it! I want to do another one!
     
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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of the best and most beautiful books I've ever read for a chapter book read aloud.
     
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    I'm totally digging the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy. The third one just came out and I'm reading it right now-GREAT characters (I heart Constance) that have to solve mysteries using their above-average academic and social skills. This is a great series for vocabulary, too-they use a few large words but then explain what they mean as they use them.

    I also loved Captain Hook by J V Hart. Sooooo good! It talks about how he became Captain Hook-great for boys AND girls! And you can teach empathy (think Wicked for kids).
     
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    Try some of the other books by Andrew Clements:
    http://www.andrewclements.com/books-novels.html
     
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    chapter book

    how bout Diary of a Whimpy Kid! Jeff Kinney
     
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    I'm reading "Way Side School is Falling Down" right now. Not sure if all of my students "get" it yet.

    What is Frindle about?
     
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    I just started reading Matilda to my kids last week. We've only read the first five chapters, but they love it so far. The only problem is that with Roald Dahl books you kind of have to edit as you read. There are a few "bad" words that I change. I don't think it's anything too horrible, but I would rather avoid those words if possible.

    I read James and the Giant Peach to my kids in summer school and had to do the same thing. They loved it though. We also watched the movie on the last day. I read The BFG to myself and have considered reading this one also.

    Another one I read in summer school (I teach the kids going into 3rd and 4th) was Bunnicula. They really enjoyed that one also.
     
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    Ugly, by Donna Jo Napoli, is a good chapter book for third graders. It does have a few sad parts in it, but it really captures and holds their attention. I read it in installments to my fourth-graders last year, and even the class tough guy loved it!
     
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    Frindle is about a boy who changes the name of a pen and invents a new word...I think - I read it long ago.

    I love Hugo Cabret - just finished reading it myself during our snow days a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to share it w/ the class.

    I will do James and the Giant Peach later in the year, and just started The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

    I try to rotate between a modern book and a classic book or a book in a series that might prompt them to pick up another book in that series.

    Does anyone know if the International Stanley books are worthy to read aloud? I always did a Flat Stanley project when I taught 2nd grade. I would love to find people in other countries for the class to write to as 3rd graders after reading one of the new Stanley books.
     

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