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3rd-Grade Picks

last modified on 02/29/2008

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This Winning Ideas contest winner contains Picture Books, awesome fiction read-alouds, and chapter books used for social studies and reading.

Total: 18
Status: Public
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Cam Jansen and The Mystery of the Television Dog

(Cam Jansen Adventure)

by David A. Adler, illustrated by Susanna Natti

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Mystery and Suspense, Series

Resources: Yes

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Clementine

by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction, Series

Resources: Yes

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Hilarious story, I was laughing more than the kids!

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics, Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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Great for predictions and putting yourself in the character’s shoes.

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Lady Lollipop

by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Jill Barton

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Very cute story about a princess and a pig, the kids love it! I use it for compare/contrast. We also study characters and see how they changed from beginning to end.

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Mayflower Treasure Hunt

(A to Z Mysteries - Super Edition)

by Ron Roy

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Mystery and Suspense, Series

Resources: Yes

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My class loves to read mysteries during D.E.A.R. time. I have more collections of mysteries in my classroom as well, but these are among their favorites.

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Miss Nelson Is Back

by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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The kids love all of the Miss Nelson series!

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, edited by Tim Peck

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics

Resources: Yes

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Beautiful illustrations, excellent plot, lots of action, the kids love it!

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

by Louis Sachar, illustrated by Adam McCauley and Julie Brinckloe

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Series

Resources: Yes

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Extremely funny story that the kids love to hear, and they always end up wanting to read it again on their own.

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Stone Fox

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.0

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Classics

Resources: Yes

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Great for a unit on Problem/Solution and summarization.

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The Girl Who Owned a City

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A younger version of Lord of the Flies. Teaches that you can do anything you set your mind to. This is an excellent read!

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The Scrambled States of America

by Laurie Keller, illustrated by Laurie Keller

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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Very funny picture book; we read them when we study the 50 states.

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The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend

by John Steptoe, illustrated by John Steptoe

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Western

Resources: Yes

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Inspirational story, teaches love and selflessness.

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Heartwarming story, excellent for connections, questioning, and compare/contrast. I have it on CD too and the kids love listening to the different voices.

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

by Jon Scieszka and A. Wolf, illustrated by Lane Smith

Interest Level: Grades K - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Fable, Comedy and Humor

Resources: Yes

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Very funny fractured fairy tale, and it is perfect to teach point of view.

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The Wretched Stone

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Used for making inferences.

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Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Teaches creativity and being yourself.

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When the Soldiers Were Gone

by Vera W. Propp, edited by J. Bonnell

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Historical Fiction, excellent to use for plot because it has a clear cut problem, rising action, climax, and resolution. Overall, a heartwarming story.

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