Sunday, August 28, 2011

Awesome Read Alouds

Recently as we began to study Making Connections as a reading strategy I came across some super fun read-alouds that lend themselves to endless connections.
The first is Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown. I saw this at Barnes & Noble, browsed through it, and was immediately hooked. I knew that my kids would think it was hilarious! When I saw it in our school library I checked it out pronto. The whole premise is about a bear who wants a child for a pet. The kids loved the funny plot and were giggling the whole time.

Then we read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett. The little boy wanted any pet except Norman. Norman didn't do anything like all of his friends cool pets. What a sweet, yet fun story about pets. The text was predictable and I found the kids reading along at the end of every page with the "Not Norman" part.

Last we read Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst. Oh my goodness, I'm in love with this one. Lulu is a spoiled, rotten brat. She absolutely wanted a brontosaurus as a pet. She even sings a song about it. As I read it aloud in a sing song voice the kids cringed at Lulu's antics and tantrums. They laughed at her crazy adventure in the woods and the way the author talked to the reader in the middle of the book. What a fun read! The kids couldn't wait for me to read a couple chapters each day to them!
As we read all 3 of these, we practiced making text-to-self and text-to-text connections. Most of the kids had connections to wanting their own pet or something their pet could do. They also made connections between the 3 books.

What are some of your favorite books for teaching connections?

I'm linking up to the Favorite Read Alouds Linky Party at Swimming Into Second. Go check it out!


  1. Oh my goodness! I love Lulu and the Brontosaurus. I hope that she writes more books with Lulu in them. I found it last year and I loved reading it to my class. Thanks for joining my linky party!

    Swimming into Second

  2. I'm a new follower and a fellow second grade teacher! I've never read any of your book choices-I'll have to check them out!


  3. Can't wait to check out the Children Make Terrible Pets book! Glad to see another 2nd grade teacher out here in blog land! I'd love for you to check out my blog as well!

    Hilary :)

  4. Thanks for sharing these! I can't wait to check them out! I am a new follower and I'd love to have you follow my blog, too! =)

    Teaching First

  5. I put the Lulu book on my wish list. Looks so cute. I love finding new books and blogs.

    Yearn to Learn Blog