Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Workshop Wednesday-Chocolate Reading Unit

Time to link up with Ideas by Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday. This weeks topic is "what is our favorite book to read with a small group of students?"
I hope Jessica doesn't mind, but I am going to have to cheat a little. I couldn't choose just one book, so I chose one of our units. In December, when my students have little to no focus because of all the holiday festivities I do a chocolate unit with my kids. I break the students up by ability and assign each child one of these books:
My low level book
Chocolate Fever is about a little boy who loves chocolate so much it is all that he eats. He breaks out in spots and is taken to the doctors by teachers from school. He is diagnosed with Chocolate Fever and that is where his adventures really begin.
My Middle level book
The Chocolate Touch is about a little boy who loves to eat chocolate and hates eating all other food. He discovers a "special" coin that allows him to buy a special chocolate from a candy store. When he eats the special chocolate it gives John the chocolate touch. Which makes everything his mouth touches turn to chocolate.
My high level book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a well loved story that has been made into numerous movies. The story is familiar, but the vocabulary made it perfect for my high level kids.

I use a literature circle printable from Laura Chandler called Literature Circle Preparation Form. You can download it for free on her site. It is a mini-literature circle job sheet, which is perfect for my kids as this is the first introduction they have to literature circles.

I like to use three books because it is an easy way to differentiate. I had my students read Monday-Thursday. They completed one part of their literature circle job each day and then on Friday would meet with their group to share and discuss their book. Each day they received a Hershey kiss to much on while they read. It was a really fun unit to work through together!

What is your favorite book to read in a small group with your students? Check out Ideas By Jivey for more book suggestions!

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  1. I love the idea of doing all three of those at the same time!!! Great thinking! :)
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    1. Thanks, and thanks for letting me choose more than one!

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    1. I know, my kiddos love getting a little treat from me.

  3. I have the chocolate fever books sitting in my fountas and pinnell bins, waiting for my kids to get to an O level! I think that will be next year...luckily I'm looping!


    1. It is such a great book-I hope you get to read it with them next year!

  4. oooo...sounds yummy! I love how they are differentiated, but still have the same theme!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. OMG! I LOVE the idea of a chocolate unit! It could be the perfect excuse for a little treat each day!

    1. They love receiving a little treat each day. They were so sad when the unit was over!

  6. Chocolate AND books! I think I'm in heaven!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. What a great line up! Can't go wrong when chocolate is involved! Thanks for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches