Discussion in 'Third Grade' started by EiffelTower, May 24, 2009.
May 24, 2009
Does anyone have any good suggestions for read aloud? Thanks!
I always start with Sideways Stories From Wayside School - and never get tired of it! This year my kids liked it so much we read the sequels too.
Also this year we read:
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
A Dog's Life (but it has sad parts - I cried!)
May 25, 2009
Thanks for the suggestions, nattles! Have you read any of the Fudge books to your kids?
Question about Edward Tulane.... some of the amazon reviews say it is really dark and not appropriate for children. What do you think?
My kids enjoyed James and the Giant Peach.
I have not read any of the Fudge books to my kids - or to myself! With Judy Blume it must be good.
I read Edward Tulane to my students every year, so I do think it's appropriate. Parts of it are sad, but the book does not dwell on it. There is one part when a father comes home and is described as being drunk and yells at a boy. Some years I say he is "mad". This year I said drunk, the kids giggled, and we got on with it.
There are themes of loneliness and loss that perhaps may be described as dark?
I wonder if the people on Amazon who say it is not appropriate are the same kind of people who object to students reading The Witches. I don't see a problem with it. Maybe read it yourself first...it's a very quick read. We finished it in a week.
I just went and looked on Amazon and found the review titled 'Edward Tulane -horror story". One of the person's problems is the book includes "transgender dressing"! She makes the book sound evil!!
I read James and the Giant Peach, and some might say with its mistreated main character and parents who tragically die - it is dark, too. Kids love it, along with The Boxcar Children, Fudge books, Wayside School books, Because of Winn Dixie, Homer Price, The Hundred Dresses (great character and bystander bullying lessons), Mr. Popper's Penguins, Spiderwick Chronicles, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, oh - I could go on and on! (One word of advice - read the book first so you aren't surprised...or disappointed. The couple of times when I didn't, I was not pleased and decided not to read the book again the following year.) :reading:
Don't forget to read nonfiction too. All the books above are great! There are some good lessons on teachershare.scholastic.com, especially one on Junie Jones books. Take a look there by typing in read aloud in their search box.
Jun 7, 2009
A new one I read this year was The Secret School by Avi-the kids loved it.
Jun 8, 2009
The Mouse and the Motorcycle,.......a big hit with my 2nd graders!! I would read it for 3rd grade as well.
I'm switching from 2nd to 3rd next year and have to think of new read alouds as well because I am looping with my kids.
I think I will do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I'm not sure about Mr. Popper's Penguins, and I can't think of others. I think I will revisit old threads about read alouds.
I used to be unsure about doing read alouds that had been made into movies, but then a colleague pointed out the benefits. They can help those students who struggle with comprehension because they have kind of a "Cliff's notes" version to refer to.
The mention of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made me think of that. I had great success with Holes, too.
Matilda is another one. I think I will read that and maybe watch the movie afterwards. I'm not saying watching the movie is always a benefit, but I definately like to give my kids a "visual" of the book and allow us to have the conversation about comparing and contrasting both. And its always a treat to have them watch the movie after listening to a read aloud and doing all the envisioning and thinking for a couple weeks.....with watching the movie, they can just sit back and enjoy it.
They all seem to love 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Geronimo Stilton", but the Stilton books they seem to like to read on their own because of the different styles of writing the author uses. Beverly Cleary books are also popular.
Yes, I agree. My kids love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series as well. We went to the school library and 5 kids checked out one of those books. I thought wow, this is great! Because I've built an atmosphere/community in my classroom where students can recommend books to other classmates and I've also encouraged them to investigate/explore series books which will help with their comprehension and book talk. I think this is an effect of both. Once one students gave this series rave reviews, other students wanted to read the series, just like recommending a restaurant!:lol: So Im okay with that!
Jun 10, 2009
My students loved Muggie Maggie last year. It's about a girl who doesn't want to learn cursive handwriting. Great way to start off cursive!
Jun 18, 2009
My kids really loved Jake Drake:Bully Buster by Andrew Clements. I can't wait to read it to my new group this year. I just finished reading The Report Card on my own and I think that's another Clements book that I may read aloud.
Jun 21, 2009
I love the Incredible Journey of Edward Tulane and wouldn't hesitate reading it to my class. It is my favorite each year to read and the kids love it!
A few more I read every year are The BFG and The Boys Start the War (it is a series). I always read my favorites from when I was in third grade - The Twits, Hundred Dresses, Ramona...
Jun 22, 2009
Please, please, please read the Sisters Grimm Fairytale Dectectives to your 3rd graders. This year I read the first and second book in the series to my students. I promise they will LOVE it. In fact, my school librarian had to order several extra copies because it was in high demand.
It is a higher level book but is a great read aloud. My students eventually would bring their copies of the book and read along with me during read aloud (silently of course).
The only thing you have to watch out for is the length. They are pretty long books.....but so worth it!
A few others I read to my kids this year:
The Hundred Dresses
As for the Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane - I read it last summer and really liked it! I 'think' my students would like it as well.
I also read the Tale of Desperaux - and interstingly enough, I thought THAT book was too morose and depressing for my 3rd graders. I would never read that one to my kids. Isn't it interesting how different our viewpoints are?
Jun 24, 2009
Young Teacher, do your students recommend the books verbally to each other, or do they take turns being a book reviewer and do something written for the rest of the class?
Jun 26, 2009
I agree :thumb:
My kids LOVED these books! After reading the first one, I gave them a choice of reading the second book in the series or reading a different book. They ALL wanted to keep reading the series!
Jun 30, 2009
I read the first Sisters Grimm book to my 5th graders last year, and they loved it as well. Glad to hear it may still work in 3rd grade!
Jul 7, 2009
My kids liked when I read The Tale of Despereaux last year. You can never go wrong with a Roald Dahl book or Beverly Cleary
Jul 21, 2009
My kids absolutely love Roald Dahl! I have read Fudge books in guided groups. Be aware though that in Superfudge Fudge says he knows Santa is not real. Not sure why Judy Blume felt it necessary to do that but I stay away from that book now!
Aug 22, 2009
I LOVE Judy Blume, but some of the language in the books is "sketchy" for third grade. You'll see words like "stupid" that some third graders believe to be a bad word. Definitely don't read Blubber aloud.
Aug 24, 2009
My kids have really enjoyed Shilo, The BFG, and Josephina (from the American Girl series, since we live in New Mexico). I will sometimes read the first book in a series (Magic Treehouse, Boxcar Children, Bailey School Kids...) to get them interested in an author. I also read excerpts from Chicken Soup For the Kid's Soul regularly, followed by discussions and the sharing of similar stories from their own lives. We have had some wonderful conversations based on this book.
My number one favorite read aloud to third graders is Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (the real Pinocchio, not the Disney version). They are spellbound by this book. It is a wonderful story that is far superior to the Disney version.
The version that is translated by E. Harden and illustrated by Roberto Innocenti has gorgeous illustrations.
Sep 2, 2009
I just finished the Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl and the kids loved it. My new FAVORITE is Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Absolutely hilarious book with three currently in the series (the kids beg me to read more!). Last year I did Pippy Longstocking and Frindle too which the kids really enjoyed!
Sep 18, 2009
A new one this year Punished. I can't remember the author but it's a cute quick read with a ton of good information. It talks about oxymorons, anagrams, redundency and palindromes. My students enjoyed listening once they caught on to the puns.
Sep 22, 2009
Dunwool, I just got done reading Frindle to my class and every day they would ask when it would be Frindle time. This book is easy for the students to listen and relate to.