Friday Favorites – Book Studies


Every Friday this summer I am sharing some of my favorite things with you! The month of June is focused on books!

Check out past Friday Favorites…
PD Books
Read Alouds
Kids’ Favorite Series

This week I’m wrapping up talking about books for the month of June and sharing with you some of my favorite books to use for book studies…. I teach second grade and have used all of the books below with my second graders. Some books are great for whole group and some books are better for a small challenge group.

Chocolate Touch by Patricia Skeane Catling – This book is funny and entertaining. We always read this book every year as a class and the kids love it.  Every kid can relate to wanting candy and the situations John finds himself in throughout the story are humorous!
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – A classic book to read with your class. I also use this book whole group.  We read this one towards the end of the school year and of course we watch the movie when we finish.  This is a book that really captures the classes’ attention. We read a few chapters a day and every time I stop I always hear groans and please keep reading!
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Charlotte’s Web by EB White – Another classic! We read this book towards the first part of the year and it’s our first whole class book study. We also do a reader’s theater version of the book for grandparents on Grandparent’s Day.  This is such a sweet story and has many great life lessons in it!
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Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty Birney – My students have really started to get into the Humphrey series the last year or two. Since this is more of a fourth grade level book, I use it in small group for kids who are ready for a challenge.
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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire by Lauren Tarshis – I’ve also had students take a big interest in the I Survived Series. I’ve used the Great Chicago Fire book with a few small groups.  It is definitely a heavier content then say a Humphrey book, but for kids who enjoy history – they love it!
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Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows – Ivy and Bean are great characters that again students can relate to.  I’ve used Ivy and Bean a few times also with small groups.  The characters have real-life situations and have some interesting personalities which keep the kids entertained.
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Thank you for stopping by to check out some of my favorite book studies! I do have book study packets available in my TPT store (Jordan Johnson) for many of the books above and more. If you are interested, check it out here….

Next week I’ll share some of my favorite technology apps and websites!

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