I'm moving to third grade this year after teaching fourth and I need some help choosing our first read aloud. In fourth I used to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing followed by The Witches, but neither one seems appropriate for the beginning of third grade. I'm thinking of something by Beverly Cleary or Chocolate Fever or Frindle. Any help would be appreciated.
I love Chocolate Fever!!!! I'm reading The Lemonade War as our first read aloud this year. I read it earlier this summer and it's really cute. One of the kids is in 3rd grade. I figured it would be a nice "after the summer break" book. I usually read The Invention of Hugo Cabret as our first read aloud. ALWAYS a hit with my students. It seems like a pretty thick book, but most of it are pictures that allows for students to make inferences throughout the story. This book hooks my third graders to begin reading chapter books if they have not yet already. I always have students reread this book on their own throughout the year.
BTW....Unseen has made some great task cards to go along with Frindle.
The Kid in the Red Jacket.....about a 5th grader who moves and his search to find friends and be accepted...good bullying message, too. very 3rd grade appropriate.
Amber Brown is not a Crayon is also good.
I always begin the year reading Ramona Quimby Age 8. Ramona is starting third grade in the book. Later in the year I read the book Clementine and the students make some text-text connections between Ramona and Clementine.
it was very easy. I gave one for skipping math homework, one for skipping spelling homework, one for no laps at recess time, one for going to the cold water fountain in the hallway (room water is not refrigerated), one for sitting in the teacher's chair, one for sitting next to a friend during class for the day and one to skip the twenty minutes of nightly reading.
They are valid all year. I did decide to limit it to one student a day sitting where ever they wanted. They have to stay focused on the lesson or they move back to their regular desk.
I was recently at a conference about the common core and one of the read alouds recommended was "The Cricket in Times Square". I had never heard of it but went to purchase it today for my first read aloud. Looks cute and it was the last copy at the store because the lady said it is very popular.
I taught 4th grade for 10 years and am now moving to 3rd. Cricket in Times Square was in our 4th grade basal....really cute activity I used to do with my kids was have them pick which of the 3 main characters they are mostly like (all three have different personalities...which most kids will be able to identify with). They write a compare/contrast paragraph about how they are alike and different that ______(Harry, Chester, or Tucker) using supportive details from the novel. Then they make the character (cricket, cat, or mouse) out of various art supplies. Take their picture have them cut it out and stick it on the character they create and attach to their paragraph. Always a fun! It's a great story!!!
This is a great chapter book that goes along with ecosystems/habitat and a HILARIOUS read aloud. It has been my kids' favorite for years. There is a "questionable" section where the frog talks about mating but it is easy to get around. It also links well with fairy tales.
I am moving to third grade this year after 11 years in first. I saw your post about the Prince of the Pond and was so interested that I bought it. Well, you said that you can get around the questionable part, but I'm wondering how? I absolutely love this book though and would appreciate any suggestions.
I really appreciate the suggestions. I have taught K - 2, and 4th. Am moving down to 3rd so I appreciate the book suggestions. I gave my students coupons too at the beginning of the year and they loved them. One was also for a special treat on a blah day. It had a pencil and other smile stuff in a smile bag. As for books, my 2nd graders loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and I think that would be good for beginning 3rd as well. It is an oldie but goodie and parents love it too.