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Looking for good read-alouds...

Mrs. M

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Does anyone have a good list of read alouds? I am thinking of starting Charlotte's Web, but was also curious to hear any other books that teachers loved to read to their students.
Thank you! Also - for anyone that does read Charlotte's Web, do you have any special activities to go along w/ the book or do you simply read and discuss it? Thank you!

Mrs. B

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A few teachers at my school suggested that I read My Fathers Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. The book is quiet old, written in the '40's, but my class loved it! There are two more books that follow in the series also, Elmer and the Dragon and the Dragons of Blueland.

I bought them from Scholastic but they also have them on amazon. You can read a review on there also.


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Magic Tree House books

my kids love them and I read them aound the themes we are working on in the room. I love them too, they are wonderful for all sorts of in class writing activities.


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A few we read...

We read a variety of chapter books throughout the year. Here are just a few:

Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Horrible Harry
Cam Janson
The Boxcar Children
Amelia Bedelia
Nate the Great
The Dimwood Forest Series (Ragweed, Poppy, etc..)
The Waterhorse
My Father's Dragon
Bailey School Kids
Stone Fox
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Popper's Penguins

I hope you enjoy reading some of these to your class!


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Magic Tree house

I love reading these books to my students. I know they are a great choice because the children never want me to stop reading! By far, they are my favorite chapter books to introduce to first graders!


Charlotte's Web

I just started reading Charlotte's Web and am thrilled by my students' responses. Many have "made" their parents read the book at home, trying to catch up to where we are in class, some are reading it on their own, and all are "really liking" the book. We stop and think about what has gone on so far, what might happen next, what words and expressions mean, the list goes on. They were a little taken aback by the fact that Wilbur was possibly going to be killed, but are reassured by Charlotte's resolve that he won't be killed. I can't wait to read another book to the children, and thanks for the wonderful list of books!


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I have been reading the Magic Tree House series to my students, I try to do a chapter a day but we get so caught up in it that we end up reading a few a day. It's so good to see their little mouths open and looking at you to see what's happening next. I get little groans when I have to stop. This is a great series to start, try to get them in order, they sometimes recap small events from previous stories. Good luck.


A Wrinkle in Time is another good book that I have read to 4th graders. There are other books that follow this one too.


We've read all the Junie B. Jones books, and the kids loved those! Next we'll move onto the Ready, Freddy! series which are just as entertaining.