Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Read-Aloud Round-Up: Blair Turner's 3rd Grade Picks

Yesterday, Mr. Hughes told you all about his awesome new Read-Aloud Round-Up over at his blog. I want to share some of my favorite read-alouds that my third graders love. Read-aloud time is absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt my favorite time of the school day. It is something that my students and I both look forward to each and every day. I love that it gives us a rich, shared literary experience - and levels the fluency playing field. My lowest and highest readers all have the opportunity to share in rich discussions of a high-level text.

Every year, I try a few new read-alouds, but I have a few standbys. I want to share those with you here.

1) Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

My first read aloud of the year is ALWAYS Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. I start reading this on the first day of school, and it's my absolute favorite. I read this first for a few reasons. 1) It was one of those books that I could read over and over and over as a kid. It just never stopped being funny. 2) It's HIIIIIIIIILARIOUS. Kids are literally ROFL. Even the kids who don't think they like to read suddenly get it - "Whoa. Some books are funny! I better find some of these funny ones the next time I'm at the library!" 3) I am a performer at heart, and this book really allows me to showcase all my voices. :) I do a pretty awesome Mrs. Gorf if I do say so myself.

2) Matilda by Roald Dahl

Another personal childhood favorite. Reasons this book is awesome: 1) It's hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. 2) It opens the door for me to say things like, "Hey, you may not be happy with me right now for taking your recess away, but think of it this way - at least I'm not the TRUNCHBULL!" 3) Speaking of the Trunchbull, my Trunchbull voice is pretty on point. I'm realizing that most of my read aloud choices are dependent on whether I can do funny voices, but hey - engage the teacher, engage the kids, right!? :)

3) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson

Reasons I read this story: 1) It's a truly beautiful story of friendship, imagination, love, and loss. It's heartwarming and touching, and painful at times. It's a lot like real life. 2) It's leads to such rich discussions of friendship and family, as well as of author's purpose. Why would an author make the choice to let a character die? 3) There's a lot of rich vocabulary in this story.

Thanks for reading about a few of my faves! If you are a fellow blogger, make sure to link up some of your own favorite read-alouds over at Mr. Hughes's blog!

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  1. The BFG's my favorite Dahl read-aloud, but I LOVE Matilda too, and the opportunity to watch the movie (one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever, in my opinion) is great, too.

    These were GREAT picks! I also think Bridge to Terabithia is great because it's showing kids how powerful books can be. Most of them are used to relatively light books, and I think the first strong, deep, emotional book they read (or have read to them) is usually something of an eye-opener to just how much you can dive into the heart of a really great book.

    My only other suggestion is Holes, but you've already hit on another Sachar book... looks like great minds think alike! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. Bridge to Terbithia always makes me cry! Love that you use funny voices!
    The Puzzle Den


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