Here are a few ideas we would like to share! We would also like for YOU to share with us how you are making the reading experience FUN for your students.
Ask Questions to Prompt Discussion
Read In Small Groups
Independent Writing: Expository, Persuasive, Narrative or Descriptive Passages
Draw a Picture!
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Latoya Tolefree says
My class is reading Bud, Not Buddy. Initially the students were not thrilled about reading a book that takes place during The Great Depression. They thought it was an old book, and could not relate to it. We began reading it as a class read aloud daily and using Post-it notes to record connections. We have a connections wall and it is now full. The students have fallen in love with book and can’t wait to read it daily.
Donna Rheaves says
That is so Awesome! I am from Flint, Michigan where the author of the book lived. My daughter made a Bud Not Buddy monopoly game as a literacy project …years ago, when we were living in Flint, Michigan. She was in 6th grade and is 23 years old now! It was a great project!!
My class is reading Wonder. When I passed out the books to my 5th graders, they immediately began huffing and puffing and some even rolled their eyes, as if to say, “What does this lady have us reading now.” To spark students interest and change their moods about what we were reading, I asked them to look at the book and read the title. We spent a few minutes talking about the cover of the book, and any clues from the reviews on the back of the book. After 10-15 minutes of discussing their thoughts about the book and making predictions about the story, the kids were starting to get excited! After 2 weeks of reading aloud during the beginning of our reading block, the kids cannot put the books down! They have written journal entries about August making friends and how if August attended their school how they would treat him. They have created pictures of what they imagine Auggie looks like according to what they have read so far. They have also written traits about him from the beginning of the book to the part they are currently reading. We are really excited about reading this book! They have even discussed going to see the movie when it comes out at the end of the month!
Bridgett Harper says
The 4th graders at our school, Rainbow Elementary, are reading Bud Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. When we passed the book out to the students, they were extremely excited. they became even more excited when they learned they would be able to KEEP the book. The students were engaged from the beginning, and quickly became immersed in the plot of the book. The students discussed the main character, Buddy, and his character traits. Some students compared his character traits to their own.
They have been reading in small reading circles, and some have participated in a read aloud with the teacher.
The students were not familiar with the Great Depression, so we have taken the opportunity to expose them to that time period and allow them to make comparisons between that time in history and the present. We will keep reading and keep you posted!!!
Javon C says
Bud,NotBuddy— In Chapter 11 Bud was in a lot of foster homes.On one page a man got a nice and cool jacket. Bud loved the jacket too!Bud was going through a lot of stuff he was in the Great Depsressison .(Oh My God)He was with a new friend of his , one morning Buds friend said Bud get up get up.Oh and Bud is a ten year old boy,he is geting ready to learn more about his dad,and that is my summary about the book Bud,NotBudd so far. I like this book.
max j says
The reason why you should read Bud Not Buddy is because it has adventure and horrors.
Bud not Buddy is a great book for people,even kids.Even though he was motherless he was awesome and kind to other people.Bud had to go to foster homes because he never knew his father.This is my comment on Bud not Buddy good-bye.