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read aloud novels


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I need some new ideas for read alouds for first grade. :confused: I'm not looking for books on their level (magic tree house or junie b)... rather, I'd like some "classics" or just good literature that they can understand. So far we've read: Charolette's Web, My Father's Dragon, A Chocolate Touch, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, and A Mouse Called Wolf.

Any other ideas?


good ones

"No Flying in the House" by Betty Brock is a wonderful story from my childhood days that I still read to my students, and they love it. It's about a little girl who discovers she's part fairy and can fly. It has a delightful mystery intertwined. The students beg for it!


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Tale of Despereaux
you can also do the Ralph S. Mouse/ Mouse and the Motorcycle
anyof the Fudge Books
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

That's all I can think of for now. My kids couldn't get into Charlotte's Web last year. This year they LOVE it. Weird how each group is different.


Read Alouds

My student's LOVE to hear Pippi Longstocking books. There are some condensed versions with a few pictures. They are not as advanced as the "real" Pippi books, but still a higher level read aloud.


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Books we read

I used to start the year with one of the Ramona books. I don't remember if it's Ramona the Pest, or Ramona. It's the kindergarten one and the kids when they listened we so cute 'cause you could tell they were thinking been there, done that.
I also read at Christmas Best Christmas Pagent Ever. I read the Boxcar Children, and at the end of the year I read Indian in the Cupboard. I have tried Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, but the language was not good for read alouds and I lost the kids. I have thought about other Beverly Clearly books, but where I am now, the listening skills still need work.


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I was thinking the same thing! I,too, could use some new ideas. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was good. We are reading My Father's Dragon right now and the kids love it. I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions or activities to enhance this booK.Thanks for your suggestions!


We did "A Cricket in Times Square" by George Selden. My students LOVED it! Also, as mentioned in other posts, any of the Ramona books, "The Mouse and The Motorcyle" by Beverly Cleary. I also know a teacher who did "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"...I don't know if it's right for my kids, but it may be for yours. Enjoy!


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my father's dragon

We did this one at the beginning of the year, and my kids LOVED it too! I don't really have an activity, but one thing we did that they loved is that I drew a simple map of the islands on chart paper and plotted his journey. They loved watching that and it helped them visualize. Then, at the end, I copied the map from the back of the book on beige colored paper and rolled it up in scroll for each kid. They thought it so special!! (I didn't want to give them a map ahead of time, because it kind of ruins it by showing what's next).


Enid Blyton

LAst year we read The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, and ... what ever the other one is. They are very old fashioned but some of my Year 2s still beg to borrow them.
We've also read 'The Wizard of Oz" and 'Simons Witch'