It's only the 5th week of school and I finally feel like I'm getting into the groove of things. Maybe I should say the last 5 weeks have kinda been a blur, but that means we have been busy learning. One of my favorite things to do is read aloud. I think it is one of the most valuable things we can do with kids. How many of you remember being read to as a child by a parent or a teacher? I sure do and I think I might have even sat still for that. Oh who am I kidding I never sat still for anything but I still loved it.
Last year I started 12 different novels one for each 3rd-5th grade class. We only got to read about twice a month but that was ok the kids loved it and begged for it. It took me all year to finish those novels and I think even the last day of school I was reading to a class walking down the hall. We finished though and I'm so glad I took the time to do that. So I was determined to do that again this year and I wanted to pick 12 different novels and get started right away. I picked the books then let the classes vote on which one they wanted. Sadly for the last group of kids they kinda got what was left but that was ok because they were all great books. I thought I would share with you each book and which class is hearing it. Already even after only 2 weeks the kids are into the books and we have had some great discussions.
I asked the kids if they knew why it was important to have a novel read aloud to them. I got some great answers from "we need to sit still," "we need to learn to listen," but in truth the more a kid is read to the better writer they will be. They can easily pick out super sentences that grab their attention and when they sit down to write that should come out in their writing.
So here goes, the 2015-2016 Books.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park
The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
I Was a 3rd Grade Science Project by Mary Jane Auch
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Regular Guy by Sarah Weeks
PICKLE The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Middle School by Kim Baker
If you are interested in any of these books check them out!!1