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The Book vs The Movie: The Read Aloud Activity That Combines Every Reading Strategy

September 20, 2017

Hopefully everyone’s settled in, getting to know and love your new students, and maybe thinking about introducing a read aloud sooner than later?

I know some teachers like to start this right away while others like to wait until all of their beginning of year assessments are complete and the madness has subsided before they get into it. Whichever camp you fall into, I know you’ll be inspired by one of my favorite activities: The Book VS The Movie.

Read aloud is one of the most anticipated parts of the day for myself and my students (confession: sometimes we don’t get to it every.single.day. but I try to squeeze it in!). The funniest thing is, even though my student beg me to read to them, we usually end up discussing the book for more time than we actually read, which helps stretch it out to last an entire trimester. Through our discussion, students are honing their reading skills! They are visualizing while I read, summarizing what we read before we continue, making connections with other books/ their lives, asking questions, making inferences, and more!

I like to stretch my read alouds over an entire trimester so students really get involved with the book and attached to the characters. It makes watching the movie a much more dramatic experience as students get upset that, “That’s not what the character is supposed to look like/ sound like/ do!” I’m always so excited to see my students getting so passionate about books! After we’ve watched the movie, we do this comparison activity as a closure to our read aloud before we begin another.

Over the years, I have read/ watched so many amazing books/ movies with my students in second and third grade including:

Stuart Little
E.B. White
James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White

Holes
Louis Sachar

Because of Winn- Dixie
Kate DiCamillo

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis

Matilda
Roald Dahl

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling

Mary Poppins
P.L. Travers

The Borrowers
Mary Norton

Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl

This year, with my fourth and fifth graders, I would like to read/ watch:

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

What are your favourite children’s books that have been made into movies?

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