Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

Zack thinks 2nd grade is going to be just as boring as previous years in Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.  Then Miss Smith walks into class with her special storybook.  Miss Smith has a way of making stories come alive.  When the class becomes overrun with storybook characters, what will happen?

Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers.  Read aloud this book and ask students to discuss books that “come alive” for them.  Begin a class list of recommended books.  Post it prominently in the classroom.  Continue adding to it throughout the year.  When students say they can’t find a book to read, direct them to the recommended list by their classmates.

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