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Month: February 2016

Saturday? A Slice of Life


A Slice of Life

by Ms. Bless

I sat behind the my table, listening to pages turning and kids who thought I couldn’t hear them whispering.  The next group of readers approached, carrying their notebooks, a pencil, and the article they were supposed to read the night before.

“Did you read it?”  I asked the first as he sat.

“Yes.”  he nodded.  I could tell he was being truthful.

“Did you read it?”  I questioned the next boy who arrived.

Pause.  Nod.  “Yeah.”  He finally mumbled, unsure of answer. Obviously, he was not a skilled liar and he did not read it.

“Really?”  I asked.


“When did you read it?”

Pause.  “Saturday?”  And almost as soon as he said it, he realized what he said…today was Thursday and he got it yesterday.  He did NOT read it and he gave himself away.

5 Favorite Read Aloud Books

Read aloud time is my favorite time of the day!  However, the book we read is so important!  Here is a list of some of my favorites:

1.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is one of my favorite characters!  She is so special, despite her horrid family.  I love that she loves books and goes to great lengths to continue learning.

Even though I love Matilda, I also thoroughly enjoy the villain of the book, Mrs. Trunchbul.  Trunchbul is the headmistress of Matilda’s school and is evil to the core.  But she is so unbelievably evil, that her antics are entertaining.

2.  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Poor James, the main character, becomes an orphan and must live with his evil aunts.  Luckily, something magical happens that sends him on a journey with some very special friends!  Third graders love the excitement, action, and humor in this book.  I highly suggest it!

3.  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  by Kate DiCamillo

This is a quick, yet heart-wrenching read.  Edward is a china rabbit.  Through his journeys across the world and into the hands of many owners, he learns an important lesson about love.

4.  Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters  by Lenore Look

I love to start the year out with this realistic fiction read.  Alvin is afraid of pretty much everything and always gets into sticky situations.  Alvin is sure to keep your class in giggles.

5.  Tale of Despereaux  by Kate DiCamillo

This one is not appropriate for all third grade classes, as it follows the point of view of multiple characters.  If your class can understand the shifts in point of view, they will love it!  Despereaux is a tiny mouse with big ears who loves fairy tales and struggles to fit in to the mouse world.  Will he become the hero he dreams of being?


As you may have noticed that I am a fan of fantasy.  Although I try to include nonfiction read alouds into the classroom, I don’t fall in love with them like I do with fiction.  I’m working on it…



I Can Write About…

1.  Small Moments aka Personal Narrative

2.  Lists

3.  Stories

For example, you can write about fairy tales.

4.  Things you learned

5.  Letters

6.  Books

7.  Persuasive Speech



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