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I'm moving from fifth grade to fourth. What do you think of The Phantom Tollbooth as a read aloud? I like it because of the word play, themes, and the fact that the main character's age is close to my students.


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I read it
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in fifth, but that class wasn't into it. It was really deep, and came highly recommended to me by a fabulous teacher. I really liked it though!
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I love The Phantom Tollbooth, but it doesn't work fabulously as a read aloud since the puns make more sense when you *see* the words.

In fourth you'll need to do a lot of pre-teaching of vocabulary and stopping to explain. It could work, but not without a bit more forethought and prep than read alouds typically take. I read it to 6th and 7th graders and they struggled to "get it" when listening, but my fifth graders who read it have loved it.
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While it's a terrific book, probably not the best choice for a read aloud. For previous reasons stated. The fun play on words may be lost if you can't see the words. There are also lots of words that need explained. It's a level w, so way above most fourth graders
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I have a classroom set.
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For the past five years I've read it to/with my fifth grade students. Some years we just read it and others we've done word play activities around the chapters.


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Thanks for your response.
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I have a classroom set because it is more engaging to see the word play.
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