Yesterday I finished this read aloud with my students.
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When I was a kid, this was my favorite chapter book. Every year I read it to my students, and I remember why I loved it so much!
They absolutely love the book. It's a great opportunity to discuss important concepts like realism vs fantasy, predicting, inferring, summarizing, and the skill for which this text is greatest:
So many second graders are making the plunge into chapter books, and I find it absolutely necessary to model the thought process and skills necessary every time we pick the book back up:
1. Use of a bookmark.
2. Reviewing (summarizing) what was happening when we left off. (Yes, it may take some re-reading to put the story back in your head.)
3. Predicting what might be coming up.
It seems so simple, but many children need this modeled frequently.
Plus, this is the story where several of my classes have realized that sadness when a great book is done! They were pretty excited to hear there were 2 sequels to this book! (Click the image for a link to the trilogy.)
I admit, I was a little sad to finish this book on Friday, since I don't have a new chapter book ready to go!
I plan to read this one on Monday.
then I'm open for suggestions!