Category Archives: 2nd – 3rd Grade

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web is a fictional story that lends itself the opportunity to expand and explore using your imagination. A young girl named Fern saves a pig’s life that was on the verge of being butchered due to his size. Fern convinces her father to allow her to raise the pig. When the pig reached a large size the pig was moved to a barn filled with animals whom Fern developed friendships with. The animals feared Wilbur would be butchered during the upcoming holiday season. In…

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Turk and Runt by LisaWheeler

This book is a fiction book that I have used every year while teaching second grade, as it is one of my favorite books. This book is a comedy about a family of turkeys. Turk, is a strong bird whom his parents believe that he must be chosen for Thanksgiving, yet are clueless as to why different people are coming to choose the perfect turkey. The younger brother, Runt, is the only one who knows the purpose of the visit and does his best to…

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1 The Field Guide

The Spiderwick Chronicles are a series of books that follow the Grace children through a world full of adventure and mystical creatures. In Book 1 The Field Guide, the Grace children move with their mother into an family home that is very old and falling apart. The children quickly learn that this house is very different and is definitely more than meets the eye. They are not the only ones living in this home, it is full of mythical creatures and one very interesting book, “Arthur Spiderwick’s Field…

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Clementine’s Letter by Marla Frazee

The book is about a third grade girl who loves her teacher because he understands her behaviors. Her teacher Mr. D’Matz has been nominated to take a trip to Egypt. That makes Clementine very upset. Her anger about her teacher not staying for the whole year leads to strange behaviors from Clementine. It’s an exciting book that engages the young readers and they make personal connections with the main character.

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Every night a mother fruit bat searches for food while clutching Stellaluna, tightly. One night an owl attacks and Stellaluna’s mother loses her grip on her baby, who falls and lands in a bird’s nest.  Stellaluna then must learn to live life as a feathered bird.  It isn’t until fate takes an unexpected turn that Stellaluna is able to figure how she should be pursuing her life at a fruit bat-not a bird. Stellaluna is a wonderful book that teaches valuable lessons about learning the…

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The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

This is a summary of a story about family, fiestas, and friendship.  It has colorful illustrations.  My students enjoyed the book. The Family Diaz was going to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the the Land of the Living. The living humans were friends with the Family Diaz.They used an elevator to get to the Land of the Living. On their way there Angelito got lost and meet Pablo, who was wearing a skull mask. They both ran away from a parade and  when…

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

My students really enjoyed this book. This is a great read aloud for vocabulary building, comprehension and for students to predict and elaborate their thoughts on the story. For example I asked my students-Would you leave your family and go live with a herd of horses?.   This book received the Caldecott Medal in 1979.  This story is about a girl (her name was never given) who loves to see the wild horses-so much that she gets lost in a storm and then comes to the…

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Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon is an interesting character. He is a Siamese Cat that thinks or wants to be a Chihuahua. This silly “Gatito” has captured the love of my students. The author uses very complex words. As part of our lessons, we have been learning context clues and using them to understand those words.  My boys find it hilarious in this specific book that the “Chihuala” or “Poochito” is not interested one bit about a fairy tale chosen by his sisters Jezebel and Jujubee. He does not…

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The Pig Who Saved The Day by: Thomas Crawford

In the book “The Pig Who Saved the Day” author Thomas Crawford introduces Herman, a fun and delightful Pig who just arrived at the Millers Farm. Herman is excited to meet his new friends in the barn, but soon discovers that the other animals are not happy at all to meet him!  After hearing mumbles and groans about  being dirty and listening to all the things that he can’t do, Herman feels crushed and doesn’t want to be somewhere he isn’t wanted. Then everything changes as he sees a wolf enter their barn…

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Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

I have read this book to several groups now and always have had an captivated audience. Duck decides to ride a bike for the fun of it and greets the animal on the farm as he passes by. After spying a parked red cruiser, he decides to take a ride. As he passes the rest of his barnyard friends, they all express their opinions in their native tongues (moo, meow, squeak, m-a-a-a, etc…) Just like people, they all think something different. Some are scared, one…

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