The Magic of Using Chapter Book Series

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The Magic of Using Chapter Book SeriesinYour Classroom


Andrew Lost

(J.C. Greenburg)Fun! Kinda gross science facts and stories:“Like most people don't have adventures inside a dog's nose or on the outside of a soap bubble.”

Non-Fiction Chapter Series? Yes!


Stephen and Lucy Hawking

Yes, the same Hawking who wroteA Brief History of Time

More Non-



EngagingSkill BuildingMore accurate predictionsCharacter Loyalty: Friends, familiarity, author’s style Continuity Comfort, especially for reluctant readers Kids anticipate what characters will do

Chapter Books- Why?


What’s the Value?

Anticipation of what is ahead!“I love my book friend.”“I get a good feeling reading about her/him.”“I can’t wait to see what happens.”With these familiarities, your student can make a scaffold for his/her own story writing!


Plot devices help reader:Summarize informationMake inferencesDraw conclusionsPlot structure stays the same even if:characters, setting, goals are different.

Stronger Writers-How?

Dragons of Wayward Crescent


Write a “wish list” synopsisPredict plotIntroduce one new characterCreate new environment

Adam Blake


What’s in the Next Book?


A copy for each child to follow as you read aloudRecorded readings helpful for reinforcementClassroom celebration at book’s (or series)end

For Developing Readers…


Showcasing and Empowering


Series in the Classroom


Keep them Hooked!

If you liked that…You may love this!

A New Basket? How about a…New Series?


A Tip on Next-Books…


BookAlike featureIn their Book Wizard great for Finding the next treasure!

Goodbye to Laura…Hello to Caddie


Alert!Some kids can get “stuck” in a series even after they’ve outgrown it…

Intervention!Gateway books help transition out of a series

Ron Roy (A to Z Mysteries)



(Mermaid Tales)


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Chapter Book Series?


Who’s Used?

(Get ‘


to read!)




43 Old



Good Scary Series in the manner of:



Is there Time with Standardized Tests?

Teaching with Chapter Book Series?


Yes! Even With “The Tests” Looming!

Incorporate skills taught in basal books.Read chapter books alongside basals.Use chapter books in units.You will find love of reading will soar!




How do YOU Find Time for Chapter Books?


Suggestions for Chapter Book Magic…

Select a series a bit above students’


reading level.

-Great for vocabulary introduction!

-Insecure readers can expand skills without frustration over unknown words.

Book should have rich language


tie in to other content areas.

Great if each child can have his/her own copy!


But first, here’s a bonus!All Chapter Books are rich witha vocabulary of similes, metaphors,themes and character…


Activities for Chapter Book Magic…

Keep it personal-- Write a letter from a character’s head. Let kids write questions to a character.Write an alternate ending.Write in a new character.Take out a character.Write a critique of the book.Write a new plot for an additional book.


At Unit/Series End, the learning, (disguised as fun)continues…Create a board game based on characters and events.Make a travel brochure if applicable.Do a puppet show based on favorite characters, the books or something original about the book that students create.


And continues…Have students create a comic book.Students can make an activity bag to share with friends/parents.Let students produce a play from book or new events around the book/s.


A Modest Suggestion ConcerningEvaluation…Consider assessing the project as an exam instead of students’ recalling facts about the book/s!


Have a Peek at My Books

Children’s Classic Silver Award


Children’s Classic Gold Award


Released March, 2013



Great Websites for Kids!


Word ProblemsA Math Cross-OverInstruct the students to take events from the story and turn them into math problems. The numbers in the word problems don't necessarily have to come straight from the book. If the book mentions geographical locations, allow the students to use maps to create problems based on finding the distance between two points. If your class is struggling with a particular math concept, you may consider framing the assignment so that all of the questions must include that concept.


A Great Activity for Comprehension and CognitionBook Bingo Each student receives a bingo card on which to record the books he has read. The squares of the card contain a variety of genres and series for students to choose from. For instance, one square might state, "Read a book from The Magic Tree House series," while another square might say, "Read a book about submarines." The student colors in the coordinating square when he finishes a task, and then he receives a reward when he completes a row or a column. This activity broadens students' exposure to a variety of books.


Open-Mind PresentationConnecting Events in the BookAn open-mind presentation helps students to relate to the main character of a book, and it aids them in connecting events that have happened throughout the story. Draw a portrait of the main character. Cut out the portrait and staple it to another piece of paper. Trace the outline of the portrait on the blank paper. Inside the outline, write words or draw pictures to illustrate the character's thoughts. Include the main events, people or items that were important to the character's development. Students can share their open-mind presentations with the class to discuss the words and pictures they chose.




Prediction Possibilities!

After reading the novel, let your students write paragraphs about what would have happened if events had changed or if characters had made different choices. They may use personal experiences or their opinions about the book to create their paragraphs. You might need to brainstorm some initial scenarios as a class for the students to expand on individually. What-if stories help students to identify with the characters and the storyline.


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