Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman was the first book I read aloud with my fourth graders this year. Gil Goodson wants to win the games, but he is hampered by his father's scandalous dismissal from the company.
We spent time during each read aloud session, talking about the characters and how the author used their dialogue and actions to make each distinct. (Here is a graphic organizer to record the character sketches.) We also analyzed the plot twists as Gil continues toward his goal despite obstacles.
I know that reading aloud entire novels was out of fashion for awhile in elementary education. The discussions I had with my students affirmed that I should continue this practice.
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