Category: novel study

Five Novels to Teach Character Traits for Upper Elementary

Five Novels for Teaching Character Traits

Make sure you read to the end for something you can use today! Start with Character Traits as Vocabulary Inferring character traits is one of the skills I love to start the year with. Fourth graders usually have some prior experience, which is helpful. The bonus is that it’s a

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Why you need to change your read aloud books and how to find something new

The one about changing your read aloud books

Do you remember the read aloud books your teachers read to you? I didn’t have that many teachers who read aloud to us, especially as we got older. I remember in fourth grade, our teacher read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Island of the Blue Dolphins. In

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Image: dog with glasses behind a pile of books, Text: Developing poetry readers and writers using love that dog, a verse novel

The one about engaged poetry readers and writers

It’s all about a dog. I mean, how can you look in those eyes and not fall desperately in love? This is why I loved creating a poetry unit for elementary around Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. First: gratuitous picture of my dog! ? Okay, but really, I’m here

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The one about a growth mindset novel unit

Often when I see posts and activities about growth mindset, they usually include some amazing picture books. While I love picture books, novels are a huge part of my classroom. My yearlong curriculum is based completely on using novels (with some additional resources, especially for non-fiction). This is when I

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