Sunday, April 29, 2012


I love to do Novel Studies with my 3rd graders!   My kids seem to enjoy Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing the most.  They simply love humorous fiction.  They identify most with the 4th grader in the story, whose annoying little brother stirs up more trouble than one can imagine.  I, on the other hand, identify with the parent, who at his wits end with the younger sibling's misbehavior with food says, "Eat it or wear it." lol  
  I'm starting a new novel study this week on Indian in the Cupboard.  It's a far more challenging book for my soon to be 4th graders, but they truly enjoy it, and almost inevitably dive in to the sequel over the summer! Nothing makes me prouder when they come back in the fall with their comments about Return of the Indian.  I'm always looking for ways to create something fun for the kids to put together while doing their novel study.  This year  I was successful with a paper bag book (used with Chocolate Touch), a novel study house foldable (used with Stone Fox), a fish bowl foldable for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and will be using my latest "cupboard creation" for Indian in the Cupboard.  What are some cool things you do to implement novel studies or literature circles?  I'd love to hear about them.  I know there are some other GREAT ideas out there! :-)  PLEASE SHARE!  

Have a great week!


Nicole Shelby said...


Hey KY friend! I have a question for you. Are you (personally) on FB? There is a secret page called Top Teachers and there are a lot of TpT peeps on there. I was wanted to invite you, but I could not find you on FB. If you are on FB and you want to join, you have to friend me on FB and I will invite you. My name is Nicole Roberts Shelby on there.

Thanks friend!

Michelle said...

Hey girl...Off to find you on FB. THANKS so much for the sweet feedback on TpT! :-) Michelle

hmichaud said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I'm your newest follower =) I love the idea of using foldables for a novel study, what do you have them include inside?

Michelle said...

The insides are the best part. It's loaded with story elements practice (character, setting, plot summary, problem/solution), predictions, opinions, & whatever else I can squeeze into them. :-) Feel free to click on any of the above pics and it'll take you to a closer look at them in my store. You can see the inside pages. Thanks so much for stopping by. :-) Michelle

Jackie said...

Great ideas! I love foldables! We just started doing novel studies late this year, and I loved it! It was so much more enjoyable for me and the kids. We read "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" which is incredibly funny. The kids loved it! After reading, their final project was to write a 31st chapter with themselves as the main character! We used a foldable to organize our prewriting!


Mr. Brewer said...

I love what you did for the "Indian in the Cupboard." I love that book. I will have to keep that in my bag of tricks for next year! Thanks for sharing.

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