A. Read alouds - discovering how the mystery unfolds
  • The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg (you can figure it out as you go)
  • Dot and Jabber mysteries (you can figure it out as you go)
B. Book talks of chapter books
  • Harry Potter as fantasy-mystery (author reveals all at the end)
  • Nate the Great series
  • Cam Jansen series
  • Chet for Hire series
  • Encyclopedia Brown series
  • The Doll Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
C. Online exploration


  • : stanza, line, narrator (3rd)
  • Reading aloud - looking at the repetition, rhythm, and metaphor (comparing)
  • Writing our own poems in correct page layout
  • Interactive poem writing
  • Create an anthology of poems collected, poems written
  • Have a poetry reading with another class


Read alouds - finding the fantastic elements
  • Jane Yolen tales
  • Wolves in the Walls
Book talks
  • Secrets of Droon series
  • Dragonslayers series

Science Fiction

Read Alouds - finding the science and the fiction
  • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Great Illustrated Classics)
  • Andrew Lost series

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