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Old 07-30-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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I like to try and always be reading a capter book with my first graders, 1 chapter a day usually. Last year we read many Junie B. Jones books, which they love, and some random other chapterbooks. I was wondering what chapter books or series you read to your first graders that they really enjoy.

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We're a huge Junie B. Clasroom, there's no end to what you can teach from those - One year I did read Charlotte's Web - we all cried when Charlotte died, so I decided no more drama....
I tried reading the Mouse and the motorcycle, but it wasn't the best read for 1st. I'm sticking with Junie B. from now on!
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I only read one of the series because I was kindergarten last year and some of the other books were a bit over their heads..but I read the first book of Flat Stanley to my kinders and they loved it, they begged me to read it everyday, sometimes twice a day!

I'm not sure how well it'll more in 1st since they're a little maturer, but our school has done a project in past years on Flat Stanley and the kids have loved it.
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I read a few of the Junie B. books last year but decided this year I want to read the Ramona series instead.
I do have 5 or 6 of the Junie B. First Grader books in my library though for my higher readers.
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Junie B. is #1 in my class and they can't get enough. I add lib and delete words as I read sometimes, but over all the kids LOVE them. Toward April/May I start the Magic Tree House books and they LOVE those too Flat Stanley books are good and of course at the end of the year Amelia Bedilla to show idioms. GREAT LAUGHS!


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Old 07-30-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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They love My Father's Dragon. It is an old series (3 books) and considered pretty classic but often forgotten.
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Magic Tree House books are the number one fave in my room! Each chapter ends in such a way that the kids never want me to stop. "Read the next chapter...PLEASE?" is what they say! They soon start trying to read them on their own... LOVE the series!
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I've read the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar to my class (Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Wayside School is Falling Down, and Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger). The first graders love these books...they are very entertaining! Our school library had to get a few extra copies because the kids wanted to read them along with me and at home!
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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My class LOVES Magic Tree House books. This year i am going to hang a wold map and plot where the stories take place.
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My kids beg for me to keep reading Cam Jansen...I start out with the young Cam Jansen books to get them hooked, then move to the chapter books.
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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My first graders LOVED the Magic Tree House Books. They couldn't get enough. They also liked Cam Jenson and Flat Stanley. I would like to read Charlotte's Web to them but it would be too emotional!
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This is an award winner although older book and I use it every year.
I also read Mr. Poppers Penguins.
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In addition to some that have already been mentioned, I would include these:
Tomie DePaola's autobiography series: 26 Fairmount Avenue, etc.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
and the last book I read every year that my students always love:
the first Boxcar Children book
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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My class loves Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant. This is a great story about friendship. They always ask if there is another Gooseberry Park story to read after we finish reading the book.
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I also read the Junie B and The Magic Treehouse chapter books to my class. I read the chapter book to them after recess because it calms them down a bit!
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Magic Tree House is our favorite
Old 07-30-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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My students just love the Magic Tree House series. I finish one book and a student is running back to the library for the next in the series.

Other chapter books:
Ready Freddy series
A-Z Mysteries
The Puppy Place series (my girls really like it)
Cam Jansen
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I bought Horrible Harry books. There's four short stories in every book. The stories are hysterical My class last year loved the George and Martha books...asked for them constantly and the Curious Geroge books. I'm also going to read some Roald Dahl books this year as well as lots of nonfiction.
Hope that helps you.
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My class is obsessed with Ready Freddy! I love the books. Sometimes I have to edit some words (stupid, loserface, etc.) but the stories are great! The kids find them hilarious and get sooo into them! I dont read Junie B because of the incorrect grammar. I also like Magic Treehouse, Flat Stanley and Cam Jansen.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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Every year I read The Boxcar Children (what a classic!); All About Sam (great book for reading in first person) ; Snot Stew (the all time favorite with past classes!). I also read several nonfiction. They love anything Science related.
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Alvin Ho, L. Look - interesting - hilarious
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My kids LOVE the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy. The students really get to know the characters (the same 3 main characters in each book- Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose) and I love to hear them laugh and say things like, "Josh is ALWAYS hungry!" We begin the year with one chapter after lunch due to the children's short attention spans, but after the first book, the students beg for more when it's time to stop. We usually begin reading 2 chapters each day by the time we begin the B or C book (though they still beg me to read more), which helps us get to the Z book by the end of the school year. The students love these books so much that I've had several students purchase the entire set from our Scholastic Book Club order, some students write their own A to Z Mysteries during writing time, and some students race to check-out the books we've already read to take home and read with their parents. Several parents have even commented about their children's obsession with A to Z Mysteries. I love that these books get my students so excited about reading!
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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These are the chapter books I read to my first graders:
  • June B. First Grader at Last
  • Magic Tree House #1
  • Ready Freddy
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles
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I always read from the Geronimo Stilton series. I start out with Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House in October. My kids have loved listening to the stories. My first class will be 5th graders this year and they still tell me how much they enjoyed listening to and then reading the books.
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I love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!
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I read Junie B. I try to read a book that goes with the theme or season we are at during the school year. For example, at the beginning of the year I read First Grader at Last. At Christmas I read Jingle Bells, Batman Smells... The last month of school I read Graduation Girl. The kids love the series. When I read, I try to read in a voice I think Junie B. would sound like. The kids love when I get into character.

In the past I read Nate the Great, Charlotte's Web, Gooney Bird Green.
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I have always read The A to Z Mysteries to my class. There are just enough books (26+3 super specials) to read for the entire year if I read a chapter or two a day. The kids love them and start to really think about the stories and relate to the characters.
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My students love Ready Freddy books as well. I kind of go back and forth between those and June B., but I might try some Magic Tree House books this year.
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I use quite a few of the previously mentioned titles, but I also have used
Mercy Watson
Jigsaw Jones
Henry Huggins
The Littles
We usually do the first one in the series as a read aloud. Students will then borrow others from the class/school library to share at home. Sometimes (if Scholastic has a good offer), I'll give students one of the series at the end of the year as a summer gift.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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A few questions...
*Do you start reading chapter books for read aloud at the beg. of the year?

*When your kids check out books at the library, what chapter series do you let them check out? My kids last year always wanted to check out goosebumps & diary of a wimpy kid & other ones that seemed way too hard for them. I was just wondering if you have a list or tell your kids that they can only check out certain chapter books...
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Kids always get into Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig books. By second semester they start looking for them in the library.
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Christmas series.....
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Bobby Bright series is great. It is by John R. Brooks. It's about a strand of Christmas lights that talks and the adventures they go through. My kids love them and Mr. Brooks comes to our school and introduces his next Bobby Bright book around Christmas time. We are lucky to have such a great local author here in Oklahoma.
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Chalk talk is so right about Mercy Watson! My first graders have adored all of the Mercy Watson books for two years in a row! We have had so much fun reading about that crazy pig! Some of the parents thought Mercy was a person.

I agree with all of these suggestions!
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I read the first 3 Boxcar Children books. We even made a 'museum' as they do in the second book. That's how we became infested with fleas.
Moral...ALWAYS make sure the ziplock bags are CLOSED.
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Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins is without a doubt the funnest book to read to first graders. It's kinda like Toy Story where the characters are toys, but that's really the only similarity. The characters are so wonderful. They have the same fears as we do. They want the same things we want. They make us laugh. I've found I can model almost any reading strategy with that book. There is a sequal, Toy Dance Party, which is also very good.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is my favorite. We fall in love with Edward as we watch him change and grow. It's pretty serious, and some very sad things happen, but my students' have all loved it.
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Roscoe Riley is a great chapter book series by Kristina Applegate. There are 7 in the series all titled with Rule #1..... Roscoe is a first grader who always tries to do the right thing but it doesn't always turn out the best for him. It's Junie B. for the boys but none of the sassiness. My students love them.
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I love to read series books to my first graders. What I like to do is to read the first book of many different series books. After 3 or 4 different books, we would vote as a class to see which series we wanted to read the second book of. the children got to be exposed to many different series. I have used many of the above listed and we also loved Bailey School Kids, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew Clue Crew and Animal Ark!
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Roald Dahl - Matilda and James and the Giant Peach
Charlotte's Web - yes, its sad, but it makes them think
Peter and the Starcatchers - its long, but really neat - it's the story of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan!
The tale of Desperaux - not the movie version - the real book -by Kate DiCamillo - its very different from the movie
Because of Winn-Dixie

All the chapter books I choose to read to my first graders are books they might not read on their own. I choose chapter books that are longer because it helps my students to stay focused on something that might last a month to get to the end. They stay interested right up until the end, then want more. Peter and the Starcatchers was over 450 pages! James and the Giant Peach, they are appalled and intrigued as to how the Aunts treat James.
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I start a chapter book read aloud on day 1.

As for checking out chapter books, I don't allow Goosebumps. I tell them that if they want o tread them at home, then by all means, great! but at school, i don't allow them. They have to show me the book they want, and I have a list of suggested chapter books to try. As long as I say the book's ok, they can check it out - if no OK, then no check out. But, I do have the small group of kids that know what they want to read, and I just let them fly with it. since in first grade everyone is so differentiated, those kids reading chapter books learn really early and really fast which books are appropriate for them and which are not.
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the Russell series by Joanna Hurwitz. The children love them as they can make personal connections. There are about 5 books about Russell. Some are: Russell Sprouts, Russell Rides Again, Russell and Elisa.
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Thanks.........do you have a copy of the suggested chapter book series that you give your kids? I would love to have that or make one so that I can have it handy during library time & give it to the parents.
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Motorcycle! My class LOVED it. They actually clapped at the end and asked if we could read it again...we didn't of course because I was ready to move on to anopther book...
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However, I have had horrible luck using it as a read aloud in both 1st and 2nd grades. Many of my students had a difficult time with some of Cleary's word choices. For example, the aunt is referred to as being gay several times in the story...no matter how many times I explained the correct usagfe of the word it ended up in a religious debate or kids saying it was a bad word....

I was disapointed becuase I used to save up my allowance when I was younger in order to buy myself these books.....
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Every year I read The Boxcar Children (what a classic!); All About Sam (great book for reading in first person) ; Snot Stew (the all time favorite with past classes!). I also read several nonfiction. They love anything Science related.
Are there any nonfiction chapter books or just picture books that you use for read aloud?
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My students love Ready Freddy books as well. I kind of go back and forth between those and June B., but I might try some Magic Tree House books this year.
The only thing I hate about using the Magic Tree House books is that they are torture to me as a read aloud...Evvery other word is "said Jack" or "said Annie" or "Whispered Jack" or Whispered Annie" I am sure you get the idea....

The kids love them but after 2 years of reading them I moved onto other books last year.
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I had asked this same question a few months ago, as last year was my first year teaching first grade after many years in intermediate. I found my class loved the Junie B. Jones books and really inspired some to read them on their own or take home and read with a parent. A funny thing.... the first one I read was The Stupid Smelly Bus and when I read the title the first time, they all gasped in shock because I said "stupid".

I thought about the Magic Tree House series but thought it might be over their heads, but sounds like a lot of people here use them so I will give one a try this year.
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Charlotte's Web
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Henry Huggins
Magic Elizabeth
Ramona
Martin's Mice
Runaway Ralph

I start on day one. I read others but I just can't think of them right now.
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Stuart Little
The Boxcar Children

We then watch the movie.
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I love this idea! My theme is Kids Around the World and I would love to implement this! I also LOVE Magic Tree House books! Will you use the world map as a bulletin board? Please give me details! Thanks!
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Wow this has been an amazing thread!! I have just added so many titles to list of chapter books to read this year! Thanks everyone for sharing
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I always read The Magic Treehouse! The first 8! That gives them 2 arcs to build on..... and by the time I'm done, several can start reading them by themselves. I also try to fit in a couple of Hank the Cowdog. I do this to give them a completely different series.
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A funny thing.... the first one I read was The Stupid Smelly Bus and when I read the title the first time, they all gasped in shock because I said "stupid".
Yes, 'stupid' is the 's word' in first grade.
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I have been teaching for 4 years and have never read a chapter book to my students other than Junie B. I really wanted to read them Charlotte's Web.

As a professional read, I recommend The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It opened my eyes to the benefits of reading aloud. It also gave me some useful information to pass along to my parents about reading aloud to their children. Parents often ask me for recommendations and after reading this book I felt more confident of supplying them with a list of good literature.

My students were not affected by the sad outcome in Charlotte's Web because most of them were familiar with the movie. We read the novel and then watched the movie. I spoke to them about how many movies are based on books. I told them that I like to read the book before I watch the movie and try to note the differences. Who knew, by the end of the movie they were making all kinds of connections between book and movie!

Had I known the new Ramona movie was coming out I could have promoted reading that book and then watching the movie!
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