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Old 02-20-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Some other posts got me thinking: What are you currently reading to your students?

We just finished The Lightning Thief and will read Maniac Magee next.


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Old 02-20-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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I'm reading Matilda right now.
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Kids Pick the Funniest Poems (selected by Bruce Lansky).
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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Just finished The BFG and are starting Tom Sawyer. We'll see how that goes. This is the first time for me (for this title).
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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The Sisters Grimm. I may read The Lightning Thief next also. Anyone know a book of funny short stories like Sideways Stories?
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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I'm reading the Sister Grimm as well.

Another short story collection similar to Sideways Stories is The Classroom at the End of the Hall.
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I am currently reading Poppy and Rye by Avi and the kids are disappointed every time I have to stop. I will probably read Journey Back to a Lumberjack Camp by Janie Panagopoulos because it is set in Michigan during the lumberjack era. I love all of her books and the kids really enjoy going back in time.
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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I am reading Acquaintance with Darkness right now. The next thing that I am going to read is The City of Ember. If you are going to be reading Maniac Magee next, you should watch the movie. It is so different then the book and students love to compare and contrast the book with the movie.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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The Tale of Despereaux.....my FAVORITE!!!!


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Trouble Don't Last by Shelley Pearsall. It is a FABULOUS historical fiction book about two runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. It is a definite MUST READ!!! (even if you don't read it to your class, I am sure you will enjoy it!!)
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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I am between novels so I have been reading some shorter stories of late. On Friday we finished Goin' Someplace Special. We have Michael Dooling coming in soon so I have several books he has illustrated in the plans for the next two weeks.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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Riding Freedom, they LOVE it!!
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I am currently reading....
Old 02-21-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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The Lightning Thief! I gave them a brief lesson on Greek Mythology. They seem to be enjoying this read!
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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We are reading 'The Maze of Bones', first book in the 39 Clues series.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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I am reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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I love this story. With spring just around the corner, it seems like friendships can start to take a beating. This tale of true friendships brings out many topics for discussion. And yes, the kids love it too.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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I'm reading one of the books from the "Humphrey" series. They're about the adventures of a classroom hamster. The kids absolutely love the books!! The one I'm currently reading is "Suprises According to Humphrey".
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What am I doing wrong??
Old 02-21-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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I am so envious of all of you. Where do you possibly find the time in a day to do a read-aloud??

Math, ELA, social studies, science, band, chorus, orchestra, instrumental lessons, speech pull-out, gifted and talented pull-out, GT Math pull-out, computers, reading buddies..I never have all of my students together at one time.

Seriously though...I would love to see how you schedule your day because I would love to do a read-aloud!

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Old 02-21-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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disneynut, I have about 10 minutes at the end of the day for a read aloud time. (After we've filled out our planners, collected what we need to take home, and I've given behavior marks/stickers for the day.) Sometimes, we just don't get to the read aloud. That's why it is taking forever to finish a book.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks chalkdusty....I go back to school tomorrow after a week-long break...I think I was in one of those anxiety moments!
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I often do read aloud during our snack break mid morning...I try to work in minutes here and there throughout the day when possible and often use our chapter book read aloud for the minilessons I teach for my readers workshop/CAFE time.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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We are reading the first book in the 39 Clues series. The kids love it.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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A Dog's Life, The Autobiography of a Stray....by Ann M. Martin
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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The Lightning Thief. We are almost done and my kids who went to the movie are enjoying telling the class how different the two versions are.

For the poster who asked about a book similar to Sideways Stories: The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary. I didn't get it in time for my traditional literature unit this year, but I will read at least a few of the stories next year.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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Do you pick books and just read aloud? Or do you have students read along in the same book?

Do you have them fill out any summary, etc? or just sit back and enjoy?

I started the year doing a read aloud-- just read for about 10 minutes a day aloud to them while they sat back and relaxed. They loved it. I need to get back to it!

I was reading- -Double Fudge.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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Stilton....my kids love this series....
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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We just finished The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman. It's a great read aloud and you can copy off the puzzles for the kids ahead of time. Many of my students read the book themselves to get to the end because it was taking so long to read it aloud.
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I recently started reading a book called "Punished" it is on the Sunshine State Readers list in the state of Florida. I started yesterday at the end of the day and read about 20 minutes today and I plan to be finished tomorrow. It is absolutely hillarious and the kids didn't want to go home today. I can't wait to finish it tomorrow. We also have the AR test and I will the kids take the test when we are finished. It is appropriate for grades 3 and up.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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I also have trouble fitting it in...I like to read when everyone is in the room, which is rare!

We are currently reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. One of my faves. It ties in nicely with Chinese New Year and Black History Month, but it looks like we will be going into Spring training!

The only other book I have read this year was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

I am totally bummed, because I love reading to my kids!
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:38 PM
 
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I am reading Dragon Rider...I read while the kids eat as we have to eat in our classroom.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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To students: Johnny Tremain
With students: The Cabin Faced West
(Can you tell we are studying the Revolutionary War????)

Personal book I'm reading: Rhythms of Life by Mathew Kelly
CD I'm listening to in the Car: Good to Great by Jim Collins


Incidentally we were doing characterization in reading/writing workshop so I read the first 10 pages of Johnny Tremain to the kids since Esther Forbes is so great with the characters. I wasn't going to read the whole book (It's too old for my kids--particularly the third graders--but they begged me to keep reading it--so I'll try it and see how much we can finish by spring vacation. It's a LONG book and we're studying pioneers after vacation.)
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:11 PM
 
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We are reading Elijah of Buxton
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Bridge To Terabithia.... I read Holes as my first read aloud which the kids seemed to like alot better...
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We just finished Fabelhaven by Brandon Mull. He came yesterday to do a presentation with the uppergrades and now students want to read Candy Shop Wars
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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I am fortunate enough to have a class set of the Tale of Despereaux. I read aloud and they follow along. I give them a page divided into sections where we list and classify figurative language as we come to it in the story. I would be glad to share, but I can't attach it to this message. If you'd like me to email you a copy of this page, just let me know. Also, at the end of each chapter, we identify unanswered questions, systems of rules, key vocabulary, etc.
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We just finished Because of Winn Dixie and my class liked it, but they loved The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming. They didn't want it to end.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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Poppy by Avi is fantastic!! SO difficult to stop at the end of the read aloud time. Each character is richly developed.

Kids are also fascinated by any Harriet Tubman story.
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