Chrissi’s Class Reads #9

We read another 5 books since I last posted this feature, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

Remember, clicking on the book image will take you to the Goodreads page for the book!

Horse Pie

This is a short chapter book with a lovely donkey that helps others that hurt him. He’s a good one! ūüôā My class enjoyed this story!

The Twits

I absolutely love Roald Dahl and you’ll definitely have seen this book on this feature before, possibly with my class two years ago? Well, I read it again to my 2017-8 class. They absolutely adore Roald Dahl. The chapters are short and snappy and they just lap up any grossness.¬†The Twits¬†has that in abundance!

The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf, and Grandma

This is a book that we read for pleasure. It wasn’t for a reading or a writing lesson. They absolutely loved this book. So much so, that I’m considering purchasing it myself for use in the future. They laughed out loud which is always a sign of a great book.

The Dark

The Dark¬†is another book that we read for pleasure. It’s all about facing fears head on. The children thought this book was a little creepy but they enjoyed it!

The Lorax

We used this book during a topic on sustainability! The perfect choice!

 

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Chrissi’s Class Reads #8

We’ve read another 5 books, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

Remember, clicking on the book image will take you to the Goodreads page for the book!

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

I wasn’t sure about this book before I read it. It looked like it wasn’t going to capture their attention as there’s not much to it, but I was wrong. My class absolutely loved it and voted for it as one of their favourites as a year. It just shows that they don’t always need an in-depth story to enjoy! Sometimes ridiculous works just as well!

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As a teacher, I love when children make connections between stories they know. This is what happened with this story! It makes my bookworm heart happy.

The Bad Bunnies' Magic Show

I thought this one would be the favourite of my class! They like anything that mentions bad or naughty characters. They did enjoy it, but Danny McGee stole their hearts.

Wilf the Mighty Worrier: Battles a Pirate

Last year, my class read two books in the¬†Wilf¬†series with their last teacher. They requested that we read another in the series, and of course I had to fulfil that request. I don’t think this book is for everyone as not all of my class were engaged by it. However, the majority of them did enjoy the story, laughed out loud and joined in with some repeated language!

Cheesemares

My class really enjoyed this book which didn’t take us long to read at all. It made them laugh out loud at many moments. I liked that it was a short, snappy read after it taking us a while to get through¬†Wilf.¬†They often asked me to read this book, unlike¬†Wilf!¬†

Chrissi’s Class Reads #7

I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! ūüôā

Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!

The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick

The Utterly Otterleys

A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.

The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea

I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.

The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey

The Pea And The Princess

I read the children this book before they created their own story of¬†The Pea and The Princess.¬†You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!

Tidy- Emily Gravett

Tidy

This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…

Chrissi’s Class Reads #6

I’ve already read 5 books with my class and I’ve only had them for 10 weeks! That might seem like a long time, but it’s really not when you’re spending time really delving into these books and exploring them deeply with the children.

Lost and Found (The Boy, #2)

Oliver Jeffers is such a fabulous children’s author. His books are often heartfelt and I love that.

17262290I absolutely loved this wordless picture book. Yes, you read that right… a wordless picture book. This stimulated their imaginations so much. They all wrote amazing stories following this book. ‚̧

8493424As part of the curriculum, children have to be introduced to different books by the same author and make connections. So, I used the wonderful Oliver Jeffers again! This book was adorable.

Sensational!: Poems Inspired By the Five SensesAt first I was¬†dreading¬†the poetry unit that came from this book. As time went on though, the children seemed to ‘get’ poetry more. They loved several poems from this book and I can imagine that I’ll continue dipping into it throughout this school year.

Rama and Sita

Our latest read has inspired our children! I was worried that they might be a bit scared by a ten headed demon king but apparently not…

Chrissi’s Class Reads #5

Over the past two terms (7 months) my class have loved being read to. Now I am teaching older children, I don’t get a chance to read to them as much as I used to read to my old class. However, me being me, manages to read to them at least once a day if only for 10 minutes.

The children always have a choice of 4 books to vote from. I ask for ideas of what could be our class book and then they vote from them. This year my class are very into David Walliams as you will see!

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The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

This kicked off our class read! The children absolutely loved this book which talks about some pretty disgusting children. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully gross. I loved reading it to them. I’m happy to find out there’s a sequel too. I’ll be getting that!

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Billionaire Boy

This was another hit with my class! They loved the antics. They found it hilarious in places and literally laughed out loud!

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

This is a book that I picked myself for them to study in their reading lessons. It’s such a powerful, powerful read about bullying. There was a moment where the children gasped out loud. I absolutely love when a book can have that much impact. That’s when you know you’ve captured their attention.

Oliver and The Seawigs- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Oliver and the Seawigs

This was another book that we read whole class. The idea is that every child reads a part of the book together. My class have absolutely adored this way of reading and the work that they got out of these lessons was absolutely fantastic. We read it in under four weeks.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

This one was a bit of a slow burner for my class. They didn’t seem as enthused as they were by the other books so far this year. However, towards the middle of the book they started to gain interest and hated when I stopped reading (for lunch time) at the end of the chapter. This book does have a very sad scene which also made my class gasp and I noticed some eyes watering. Bless them ‚̧

Our next read is another David Walliams (surprise, surprise…) they’re going to be reading¬†Grandpa’s Great Escape.¬†It’s one I haven’t read before, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

Blog Tour- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher for the book tour!

Synopsis:

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this¬†action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!

Thoughts:

I am a primary school teacher, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I decided to test it on some guinea pigs. Well, some classes at school. I read it with two groups of children. Year 1s (5-6 year olds) and Year 3/4 (7-9 year olds). The book went down well with both classes. Here are some words from their mouths… (real names have been changed)

  • I liked it because it was adventurous. (Mandy, Age 7)

  • I like it because it’s got teamwork. (Natasha, Age 8)

  • I liked it because it had everything a story needs. I think it would be great for younger children. (Tim, Age 9)

  • I think the moral of the story is teamwork. (Hannah, Age 6)

  • I liked it because when the plane broke down, Jane had to ¬†learn to work with a different plane that she didn’t really know. ¬†(Harry, Age 7)

  • I like it because it was for boys and girls. I thought at the start it was just for girls but it changed into boys as well. (Tobias, Age 8)

  • I liked the book because Mitch and Jane had to work together. (Jason, Age 8)

  • I liked the girl and boy power! (Lauren, Age 5)

As for me, I think it’s such a cute book for young children. Both the infant and junior school children took the message from the book, which makes it highly successful in my eyes!

Chrissi’s Class Reads…#4 Poetry

Today I’m going to share two poetry books that my class are obsessed with! They had a Roald Dahl phase (to be honest… they’re still reading Roald Dahl as their independent reads!) which I was very pleased about. My next mission was to encourage them to read different genres. I started with including non fiction books and magazines into our book corner. I then decided it was time for me to experiment with some poetry with them.

Here are their two favourite poetry books at the moment… (book images go to Goodreads)

Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum: poems by

I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson really. They enjoy her writing and the poems are short and silly. Perfect for 6 years old +. They adore the title poem about a mother putting silly food together.

The Day I Fell Down the Toilet and Other Poems

You might have guessed by now, but my class really enjoy silly. I enjoy silly too. There’s far too much seriousness in the curriculum and I like to have lighter moments! The children really enjoy the title poem and¬†The Vegetables Strike Back¬†which is all about vegetables having feelings too. They find this poem hilarious!

I’m not a massive fan of poetry myself, but I’m really enjoying exploring the poetry genre with young children!