When you hear words like just right books, making predictions, asking questions, and author studies, then you know that you have entered a classroom where great first teaching is happening. Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading a chapter of a book to a group of second graders in Ms. Witherspoon’s class in South Carolina. These kids are so hyped on reading that they even started their own Magic Tree House book club. How cool is that?
Once I heard that their favorite book series currently was the Magic School House Series, I knew that I could introduce them to another amazing author, Dan Gutman. This man writes amazing books and one of his series is the Baseball Card Adventures. The book that I shared with these students was Honus and Me. This is a fiction book about Honus Wagner a great baseball player and how a very lucky boy ends up with his baseball card. Not only does Honus come and visit the boy through the card, but also the boy gets to go back in time and see Honus play a real live game.
After I read the first chapter of this book, Ms. Witherspoon mentioned that she had this book in her classroom library. She also had the book Jackie and Me. So, the kids will have the opportunity to check out a new series and keep reading over the summer.
I love promoting reading over the summer and I have a special philosophy. If you hook a kid on a series then you can hook them onto reading for life. Sometimes that is all it takes. Ms. Witherspoon has hooked her kids on great books and they will definitely be reading over the summer.