When I discovered The Teaching Thief blog I knew I'd want to link up with her Fiction Friday series. One of my summer "to-do" projects each year is to read the SSYRA list (our state's reading motivation program for grades 3-8). So far I have read 10 of the 15 books on the grades 3 - 5 list. Each year I draw from this list for my classroom read-alouds. This year I have several that I absolutely love and will definitely want to read with my kids. The first one I plan to read is "The Trouble With Chickens" by Doreen Cronin. You may recognize her as the author of the wonderful Click, Clack, Moo books.
This book is laugh out loud funny and will be a great beginning of the year read for my class. The hero of the story is J.J. Tully, a former search and rescue dog. Now retired, he takes on a case involving some missing chicks. There are some great twists before the satisfactory conclusion. The fact that the book is written as a noir-style detective story makes it for me as much fun to read as it will be for the students to hear it!
Because I have to connect read-alouds to curriculum (no more we read for pleasure, I guess!), I have created simple booklets to go along with my planned read-alouds this year. I'm going to share this one with you, and I hope you will find it useful if you read this book in your classroom. It is four pages and I copy it 2-sided, fold in half, and put one section inside the other. Just click here to get your copy. Enjoy!