:help:We have a set curriculum for reading at my school. I am teaching (with help) a k-3rd split level classroom this year. It is a very small class (11 students so far) in a very small private school(less than 40 students so far). I would like to start my second and third graders on a chapter book the first week of school, just as a group project that they can work on while I am working with my younger students. This is going to be a monumental task:unsure:, with such a wide gap in learning levels. I was wondering if you guys had any ideas on what a good book would be for a group of 5 2nd and 3rd graders, just back from summer break. As a side note, as it stands right now, these 5 kiddos are all returning students from last year and are all great readers, well above their grade level.

I'm not sure about "The School Mouse." I've never read it. But I think a chapter book would be a great way to start. Just be prepared that they will need some guidance from you as you get this started with them.

How about "Miss Daisy is Crazy!" It is very funny, and the kids can't help getting caught up in the story. Its about a crazy teacher named Miss Daisy, who can't read, write, or do math. The students have to teach her everything so the principal won't catch on that she can't do it.

Very good suggestions, everyone! I am getting quite excited about picking out just the right book. In general, is scholastic the best place to get class sets? Or do you know of a more cost effective manner? I am using my own money for this project and need to pinch pennies. Thanks!

Maybe this link will help? I just stumbled on it moments after reading your thread and came back to share http://blackboard.wcpss.net/webapps...&url=/bin/common/course.pl?course_id=_26632_1 edit: tested the link, it doesn't quite work....click on SUMMER RESOURCES to find the book list for CHAPTER BOOKS 2nd & 3rd GRADE

I would choose a book that students can decode with high accuracy, since they will be working together, without a teacher. It should also be easy for them to understand the "on the surface," literal comprehension, so that they can "dig deeper" as a group. Just my thoughts!