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Old 11-05-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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I'm looking for a new book to do as a class novel. I have a ton of Scholastic Bonus Points and would like to buy a class set of something new this year. Any suggestions?


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Stone Fox
Punished
Aliens For Breakfast
Little House in the Big Woods
Muggie Maggie
7 X 9 + Trouble
The Monster's Ring
Marvin Redpost Alone in His Teacher's House
Rain Forest Magic Treehouse Research Guide
Space Magic Treehouse Research Guide
Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
Cam Jansen Mysteries
Chocolate Touch (I think I saw this one for a dollar in a recent Scholastic catalog)
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Have you thought about Stone Fox or Charlotte's Web? Those two are my favorites!
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We do Stone Fox. It's my favorite. We also do Chocolate Touch and Chocolate Fever. I'm ready for something new to add in. What about Frindle? Anyone do that? I'm looking for ones where there are good skills to teach. Character development, etc. And resources online so I don't have to reinvent the wheel. Keep 'em coming. Thanks!
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A couple of the books I do are- Love That Dog and Dear Mr. Henshaw.

I use Love That Dog concurrent with my poetry unit. Sharon Creech has a website, and I have the students write their own "Love That.." poems.

After finishing DMH, each child writes a letter to their favorite author. It is so much fun to see what kind of replies we get.


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Love That Dog is such an amazing book. Sometimes I wonder if it's too tough for third graders? I've always stayed away from DMH because of the divorce issue and I wondered if it was too hard, too. Maybe I'm not giving my third graders enough credit!

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Tiger Rising by Kate Dicamillo.
Great characters on of my favorite books.
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Edward Tulane
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By Kate DiCamillo

That book is magic. How the character changes, the highs and lows in the book... (when he "has it all" he's miserable and when he has nothing he's happier, etc, and they pick up on that on their own!)

I read it after How to Steal A Dog (by a different author) and Winn Dixie (same author) and there are some deep, deeeeeeep conversation coming from those third graders. Every year they come up on their own with deep thoughts and understandings that I'd overlooked even though I study it every year.

Can't recommend it enough.
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Don't know the level but...
Old 11-06-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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I have been using a book for a read aloud called Donavan's Word Jar. We have started a word jar for the class and they are so excited about learning new words so they can put them in the jar. Just a thought
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Love all the suggestions above;
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I'd add The Homework Machine (average/high third) and Gooney Bird Green (possible spelling errors!) which is lower/middle third grade.

I'd also recommend that you consider some nonfiction, or a bio on Benjamin Franklin.


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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Old 11-08-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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by Grace Lin
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The tale of Despereaux.
Old 11-08-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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My students are captivated by this book every year. It looks as if a lot of teachers use DiCamillo's books!
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville is fantastic for character development and also for cliff hangers at the end of the chapter.
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I have read Gooney Bird Greene. It is excellent & you can use it to reinforce writing. Edward Tulane is also an awesome book. The kids pick up the character change very easily. Both are fantastic books
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Edward Tulane
Old 11-13-2011, 06:12 AM
 
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For those that use Edward Tulane, do you do it as whole class novel - like every kid has their own book and you do questions and activities? Or as a whole class read aloud? I've always done it as a read aloud, but I'm looking for books I should get sets of.

Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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Michael Morpurgo The Butterfly lion. is very good for a class read.
http://www.collaborativelearning.org/butterflylion.pdf
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a great read and very high interest. I bought the audio CDs from Amazon so my lower readers (or my whole class some days) can listen to the chapter and follow along in their book.
This book: http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Motorcyc...ef=pd_sim_b_22 has amazing resources with questions to go with the chapters and writing prompts.
We also show the movie from United Streaming.

My third graders truly love this book study!
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Another one I use is The Canada Geese Quilt. A short, powerful novel about a multigenerational family.
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