Even if I have read the book by myself and or with other classes, the experience is always different. Students come up with profound ideas and help me see things in new ways.
They beg for more and they groan when it is time to move on to other things.
I'm going to keep this post short, but I'm sharing the chapter books I read aloud to my students this year and the main focus of our reading mini lessons for those books.
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Chapter Book Read Alouds
1st Quarter: Wings by Bill Brittainbefore, during, after reading; walking in the character's shoes/empathy; theme(s)
2nd Quarter: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamilowalking in the characters' shoes/empathy; theme(s); identifying and paying attention to symbols to find more meaning in the story; characterization/character traits; looking at how people deal with trauma/death; comparing/contrasting two characters; bullying; fitting in;
3rd Quarter: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinellibeing able to answer open-ended questions with text-based evidence; pre-writing with t-charts, venn diagrams, etc. before answering questions; Civil Rights/race relations; historical fiction
4th Quarter: Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinellifor the love of reading!!! Hokey Pokey was really a read aloud to keep us reading at the end of the year. It is Jerry Spinelli's newest book and I wanted to see how I liked it and share it with a group of kiddos. It is a coming of age story and was perfect for sending my 4th graders onto 5th grade. We did a LOT of fun activities with this book, and I hope to have time to share more about it with you. Think skits and classroom performances, illustrations, Hokey Pokey dancing, students reading aloud, and more!
I hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite chapter book read alouds. Please make sure to check out my other top 10 highlights from this school year.