I'm looking for some great suggestions for potential 'book clubs' or literature circle type activities for my third graders. It's time for us to put in some orders for the upcoming school year and I would like to order some 'sets' of books for my class. We've used a basal in the past, so I haven't done much with chapter books, but I'd like to do at least one book unit next year.
Which books would you recommend that would be great for most (or the average) third grade reader? What about the lower third grader? Or the higher third grader?
I'd like to have a few groups running in my class at a time...
Check out the post "Novel ideas" which is 2 or 3 posts below this one for some other suggestions. Judy Blume is also a good series. I love everything that Barbara Park has written. She has her Geek series and Skinnybones series. She also wrote MY MOTHER GOT MARRIED (AND OTHER DISASTERS).
My class loves this story. It is sort of a right of passage in my classroom. It is a level 38/40 so of course not everyone is ready to start the year reading it but I always start my highest reading group with this book then as the other groups reading levels increase they get to read it as well. By the end of the year almost every group has gotten to read the story and they just absolutely love it! The characters are easy to relate to and there are good opportunities for lots of reading discussions. Most of the my students then went on to read the sequels to this story and loved those too.
I would also recommend Frindle as well but it definitely has a lot more difficult vocabulary than Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Because of Winn Dixie
Hank the Cowdog
Bud Not Buddy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Horrible Harry Cracks the Code
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
The Magic Finger
There are probably more but can't think of them all. I hope this helps!