Starting a Chapter book - 1st week of school

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  1. teacherSMK

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    :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.
     
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    Is anyone familiar with "The School Mouse" by Dick King Smith?
     
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    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.
     
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    Maybe something by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume? My 2nd graders loved Ralph S. Mouse this year.
     
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    Oh, Ralph S. Mouse is a good idea! :)
     
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    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.
     
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    Oh, I will definitiely look into that one as well...sounds fun!
     
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    Depending on the level of your readers, a Cam Jansen or Bailey School Kids book would be good.
     
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    Have you tried Daily 5?

    Ralph S Mouse is a goody, but will be challenging for second graders.
     
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    Clementine:thumb:
     
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    I also agree with Clementine or Cam Jansen :)
     
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    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!
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree!!! :2cents:

    However, they may be ready for it toward the middle/end of the year.
     
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    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!
     

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