We LOVE read aloud in third grade! I love reading aloud just for enjoyment and I also love completing novel studies with my students.
So, what is the difference of a plain read aloud and a novel studies?
Well, we do a read aloud every single day. For a read aloud I read to the students and ask questions for discussion throughout the book. But we do nothing with the book. No graphic organizers, no tests, no nothing! We just read for enjoyment and discussion.
For a novel study, we all have a copy of the book. We read it together and complete discussions, quizzes, projects and work on skills for each chapter. When we are in a novel study it is my main teaching source during that time. I am not reading other books or working on anything else. We just are working on all skills throughout the entire novel.
Many people ask me all the time what my favorite novels are for third grade. So, this is a round up post of my favorites. If you click on any of the books it will take you right to the novel on Amazon. (these are affiliate links)
I hope you can pull some of these books into your read aloud or novel studies. Each book (besides Shiloh and Stone Fox) are apart of a larger series. So, after you read one of the books to your students they will be begging you to read the rest or just begging to get to read the rest!