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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

This is a classic chapter book about two unlikely friends. Leslie, the new girl in school makes friends with Jesse, and teaches him to expand his imagination. The friends build an imaginary world called Terabithia where they go on many adventures. Through tragedy, Jesse learns a lot about friendship and what it means to be brave.

 

There are so many great activities to do with this book, that is would make a great Tic Tac Toe project for older students. Some of the activities on the board could be drawing a map of Terabithia based on the description in the book, creating a wanted ad for a Terabithian knight, or writing an alternate ending to the book.

 

AR Level 4.6

The Ugly Pumpkin

The Ugly Pumpkin - Dave Horowitz

This is a story about a pumpkin that looks different than the other pumpkins. Because of this, he gets picked on, and none of the children who visit the pumpkin patch ever choose him. He eventually decides to leave the pumpkin patch, an encounters some struggles along his journey. At the end of the story, the pumpkin comes upon a patch of squash, and realizes that he is not a pumpkin, but is actually a squash. The ugly pumpkin makes his home with the squash, where he feels like he belongs.

 

This would be a great Halloween/Thanksgiving story. Students could do a sequencing events activity on a piece of paper that looks like the ugly pumpkin. Students could also write about a time where they felt like they didn't fit in or about where they feel like they do fit in.

 

AR Level 2.3

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

This is a the story of Wilbur the pig, who was born a runt and was taken care of by a little girl named Fern. As Wilbur gets older, Fern is forced to send him to live at her uncle's farm, where Wilbur soon learns the fate of pigs that live on farms. He meets a spider named Charlotte, who tries to help him scape his fate by writing words in her web to describe the amazing pig. 

 

This book would be a great tool to help students learn about descriptive words. Students can "spin" their own "word web" with traits about themselves.

 

Lexile Level 680L

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

This book is a collection of letters written by a child's crayon to the child. Each letter is written by a different crayon and includes a humorous explanation of how each crayon feels about being the color that they are.

 

This would be a great book to introduce the format of letter writing. Students could practice writing letters to their favorite crayon, or take the point of view of the crayon.

 

Lexile Level AD730L