We love reading chapter books to our class. If they are shorter chapter books in a series we read a few titles from the series. We also go to see plays of the books we have read if possible. For instance, this year we went to see "Nate the Great". Although we have a few titles that we've read over the years, we would love some suggestions if you have some that you like.
One of our favorite activities is reading to the children while they use wax to mold. We give them the wax ahead of time to play with and get used to. Before reading we ask the students to get inspired by what they hear in order to create something. Usually they make one of the characters in the story or something from the setting. At the end they share what they made. Molding the wax not only works the muscles in their hands but it helps keep them focused on the story. This is the first year we are doing this and our students LOVE it. At first we heard some moans and groans because the wax is pretty hard but once they realized that it does soften after a while they really enjoyed it.
Here are a few of the books that we've enjoyed reading:
Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein: The story of a lion who is turned into a famous circus star. In the process of becoming more civilized he looses track of who he is and becomes increasingly unhappy. By the end he doesn't even know if he is lion or human.
Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins: The adventures in the daily life of three toys who belong to alittle girl.
Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkis: The sequel to "Toys Go Out". In this book, the three friends are left behind when the little girl takes other toys on her vacation and they wonder how they will always have her love.
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett: The story of a boy who runs away to rescue a flying dragon on Wild Island. With an alley cat by his side and a few "tools" such as lollipops and rubber bands, he goes against the beasts on the faraway island and frees the dragon.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren: Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another! (www.bn.com)
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat: Each book in this series follows Nate, who considers himself as one of the greatest detectives, as he tries to solve a new mystery.
Please let us know what your favorites are so that we can add them to our list. You may conatct us here or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks you!