Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book by Alice Kuipers

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Violet Small is on a mission to write the best book ever.  She enlists her twin, Victor’s help, but he’s only interested in worms.  Together, though, Violet and Victor discover the magic of storytelling! 


violet and victorLesson Idea: Mentor Text: Creating Readers and Writers: Read aloud Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book to model the magic of storytelling.  Building a collection of books around reading and writing provides model texts for students as they become readers and writers themselves.  Violet and Victor are great characters to encourage the budding writers in your room.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from Mr. Schu’s blog Watch. Connect. Read  Thanks, Mr. Schu!

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Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley

Theme: Creating a Classroom Full of Readers and Writers

Reading Workshop: Challenging Students

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind finds Miss Malarkey determined to turn every last one of her students into a book lover.  She sways even the most stubborn nonreaders, but is left with one.  Can she convince him to trade in his video games for books in time to meet the principal’s challenge of reading 1,000 books in a school year?

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book.  Challenge your students to read a certain number of books for the school year.  Help students set reading goals.  Provide students with reading logs/journals.  Ask them to list the books they read in their journals, and write briefly about each book and whether they liked it or disliked it and why.

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Previously by Allan Ahlberg

Theme: Creating a Classroom Full of Readers and Writers

Writer’s Workshop: Organization/Getting to Know Students

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

Previously by Allan Ahlberg is a neat little book I found at the library.  The inside cover states, “Every story, every person, and every thing started somewhere.  Find out what all of your favorite fairy tale characters were up to. . . PREVIOUSLY.”

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book.  Discuss the word, “previously” and how the author used the word to organize the book.  At the beginning of the year, use it as a model to teach students how to write about themselves.  Model for students using your own life first, _________ was a fifth grade teacher, previously she ____________.  Work backwards to describe specific details of your life.  Then, ask students to do the same.  A fantastic writing model to learn more about your students!

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